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.

Our turn-of-the-century accommodations overlooking the Baltic Sea

Our turn-of-the-century accommodations overlooking the Baltic Sea

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.

One view from our terrace.

One view from our terrace.

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.

Breakfast on the patio in front

Breakfast on the patio in front of our hotel

Eva keeps her eye on the sea from our terrace.

Eva keeps her eye on the sea from our terrace.

Access to the beach is almost directly in front of us.

Our route to the beach is only moments away.

Our route to the beach is only moments away over this sand dune.

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.

Boardwalk freshly swept clean of drifting sand

Boardwalk freshly swept clean of drifting sand

Sand blowing at ankle height in the evening breeze

Sand blowing at ankle height in the evening breeze

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.

Korb No. 1 is Eva's home for one whole day

Korb No. 1 is Eva’s home for one whole day

Eva's idea of the perfect vacation - a good book, sunshine and a view of sea and sand.

Eva’s idea of the perfect vacation – a good book, sunshine and a view of sea and sand.

The broad sandy beach was so inviting.

The broad sandy beach was so inviting.

The korbs get populated during the day

The korbs get populated during the day

Power walking is a thing to do here.

Power walking is a thing to do here.

Like everyone else here, we spent a lot of time walking around the small town, on the wharf, and even to another country.

The wharf and town of Ahlbeck

The wharf and town of Ahlbeck

The center of town in the evening

The center of town in the evening

We took dinner at an outdoor cafe on the plaza, ordering one of the smallest things on the menu.

We took dinner at an outdoor cafe on the plaza, ordering one of the smallest things on the menu.

One morning after breakfast we decided to walk to Poland. The border was only about one kilometer away, so off we went.

The border, left side is Poland.

The border, left side is Poland.

Eva plants a foot in each country.

Eva plants a foot in each country.

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.

Ahh, sun!

Ahh, sun!

Ladies soaking up the sun

Ladies soaking up the sun

Everybody is outside

Everybody is outside

The elderly do it, too.

The elderly do it, too.

The Polish promenade, here well inland from the beach.

The Polish promenade, here well inland from the beach.

We couldn’t resist at least one lody so we stopped at a lody stand.

These are found all over Poland. Ice cream is a favorite everywhere.

These are found all over Poland. Ice cream is a favorite everywhere.

Did you expect us to resist? No way!

Did you expect us to resist? No way!

We were soon on our way to see northern Poland for ten days. Stay tuned.

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