Monday, October 16, 2006

Fehmarn

On Saturday, Dave and I took a day-trip up to Fehmarn -- an island north of Lübeck in the Baltic Sea.

On one side, the island is now connected to the mainland by a bridge, but ferries and ships leave the far side of the island for Denmark all day long.

Here you see Dave taste-testing wine from a wall of wine boxes. We stopped at two stores (one big, one humongous) that cater to the Danish daytrippers. They can purchase apparently nearly unlimited amounts of alcohol at cheaper German prices and then load up their vehicles and drive back to Denmark with it. Although boxed wine is pretty taboo elsewhere in Germany, Dave and I now know the exact store that must sell more than anywhere else in the country! They had hundreds of types from dozens of lands -- all in handy cardboard boxes with convenient carrying handles. Who would fuss with breakable glass and moldy corks again? :-)

The main town on the island, Burg, is a cute little place with cobblestone streets and a distinctly north German/Scandinavian architecture. The rest of the island seems to be pretty rural -- would be nice to see some of the countryside and the coast next time. But, the drive up and back was relaxing (thanks, Dave!) and we did get to walk around the town and have a late lunch/early dinner, too. Also, Daphne seemed to enjoy herself.

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-T

1 comment:

Fly By Night Sailor said...

Wow, it's a tasting extravaganza! I had no idea that the box was completely declasse in Germany. There seem to be some European countries where it's very accepted. My sister lives in Norway and boxed wine is very popular there. Too bad we can't get that kind of selection in the US.
Fly by Night
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