in the East Friesland Islands
Along the coast of
North Sea, the Dutch islands of West Friesland and the German islands
of East Friesland are
separated from the mainland by an expanse of — depending on
the tide — shallow sea or mudflats.
Channels are dredged
from the mainland and
among the islands to allow the passage of ferries and other ships. We
took one such ferry to the East Frisian island of Langeoog.
For the traveler, the
islands offer a variety of getaways, each with its own
charm. The trip to Langeoog is a voyage back to Europe as it was before
automobiles. Bicycle on brick-paved paths through the dunes. (Bring
your own bike on the ferry or use one of the many available for rent.)
With no cars to worry about, except for a few emergency and delivery
vehicles, it’s a great place for people who don't ordinarily
do a lot of bicycling.
Relax in a Strandkorb
(literally, “beach basket,” often referred to in
English as a beach chair). Enjoy an ice cream or lunch in an outdoor
café. Meander among the shops in town. Swim and surf in the
sea. Hike along the many kilometers of white-sand beach and keep an eye
out for bits of amber. Climb to the top of the old watertower for a
panoramic view. Most of all, slow down a bit.