We are breezing though the Baltic! But first…we had a brief stay in Kiel, Germany after completing the Kiel Canal. We met great new friends, Timo and Nathalie, who are moving aboard S/Y Seasick-Luzie. Timo and Nathalie welcomed us to Germany, shared fabulous stories, and swapped great information about the Batlic Sea! We are really hoping our paths cross again; it’s always a delight meeting like-minded, young cruisers!
Brian and I feel as though we’ve returned to our version of normalcy, sailor/explorers by day and dropping the hook in a cozy cove for peaceful (free) sleep by night. It’s wonderful! While anchored in the Schlei Fjord, Germany we spent an entire afternoon rigging the dinghy onto the davits so we no longer have need for a dock!
Our first stop in Denmark was the island of Aero, located in the South Funen (Fyn) Archipeligo. After tacking upwind all afternoon and evening (the days are already much longer now!) we’d finally anchored just as the sun was setting at 9:00 P.M. We raised the Danish courtesy flag, and bid goodnight to a new location, to a new country! If you’re curious about our exact routes and locations, check out the 2016 Travels tab on our homepage – thanks to our Admin, we’ve got a great map of our travels forming! The town of Aeroskobing, the “fairytale town,” is well preserved from the 18th century. On a dreary day, we walked through rolling fields and along winding, narrow roads to reach the town just beyond our anchorage. We found the harbour which long ago bustled with trading ships; now, a pleasure boat harbour and ferry dock.
After a stop at the tourist information center, we wound our way through cobblestone streets to admire the half-timbered, brick, ancient homes. Shops were closed. Streets were quiet. We had arrived well before pre-season at Aeroskobing, a gem in the summertime. For our walk back to the boat, we followed the Archipelago Trail. This trail has several sections along the islands of the South Funen Archipelago. We had a fabulous stroll down the beach, where we admired tiny beach houses which have been handed down through families for generations. Now, the houses can only be maintained; in fact, they are not allowed to be improved and no new houses are allowed to be built in order to preserve the beach.