Ahlbeck, Our Last Beach Fling
Posted on June 20, 2015
Ahlbeck, on the large island of Usedom, is the easternmost German resort on the Baltic Sea before reaching the Polish border. The beach here is just as wide and blanketed with fine white sand as are all the previous beaches we visited this year. And the weather was finally beginning to warm up a bit. We were told that summer was a month late in coming this year.
From our upstairs windows and enclosed terrace, we looked out over the broad promenade that extended for two miles or more, and the sea beyond. Ships and large car ferries passed by day and night on their way to distant lands, carrying goods from Germany and Poland.
We took breakfast each morning on the ground floor. The buffet offered an amazing 75 varieties of breads, meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and lots of things an American might never think of as breakfast food such as pickled fish and grated beets. We chose a table each day very near the bread basket but we could have elected to eat on the sunny patio by the promenade. Here’s a photo looking down from our upstairs terrace.
Access to the beach is almost directly in front of us.
We walked to the beach early one morning to find our korb. We passed a maintenance man carefully sweeping away the sand that had blown in the previous evening so that the walkway was clean as a whistle, just like everything in this town.
The morning broke, bright and clear. Eva headed right to the beach for a day in the sun. I stayed in to catch up on blogging.
Like everyone else here, we spent a lot of time walking around the small town, on the wharf, and even to another country.
One morning after breakfast we decided to walk to Poland. The border was only about one kilometer away, so off we went.
There’s almost a kilometer of forest on either side of the divide except for the boardwalk, quite busy with walkers and bikers. As we entered the port city of Swinemunde we came upon hordes of Polish vacationers taking advantage of the first warm days in quite a while.
We couldn’t resist at least one lody so we stopped at a lody stand.
We were soon on our way to see northern Poland for ten days. Stay tuned.