But low and behold. Mr. C is returning from the (totally wonderful) excursion we had booked to whisk me off the ship as soon as I am "released" from "isolation" at 8PM.
My Mr. C. He's my hero. Especially today.
The little coastal town of Warnemunde (pronounced Vara-MoonDay) lies right outside my window, and it was part of his tour today. He felt terrible leaving me behind, but I couldn't see any good reason for two healthy people to miss seeing Germany. So now he's going to be my personal tour guide, and since we don't pull away from port until midnight, we still have several hours to explore.
Freedom! I wouldn't care if there was nothing to see, it feels fantastic to be set free from my stateroom to enjoy the fresh air and a stroll.
But there is much to see. This is a sea-side get-a-way town for the Germans, and it's charming and quaint and delightful.
We are far enough north, I should mention, that it's still light outside ~ and will be until well after 10PM tonight. That's a plus.
We wander the little cobblestone streets together, hand-in-hand, viewing the tidy little houses. He tells me that the ship Captains' houses are evident because of the fancier rooflines. A prestige kind of thing.
We find the beach, where it is evident that this is a highly prized summer activity. I've never before seen this particular type of beach cabana, which I assume can be rented by the day or holiday week?
Here we also find the obligatory lighthouse, of course.
It's quiet, and peaceful, and soothing. I love it.
Back along the canal, we decide we should have a bit of German food (since he tells me I missed a wonderful culinary experience at lunch -- authentic German schnitzel, apple strudel, and the like).
We settle for a brew house with an open air deck overlooking the canal, which I think is perfect. A German pretzel, ooozing butter from the inside out, with a light German beer completes the mood.
And by then it's nearly 11PM, so we make our way back, in the fading sunset (isn't that just so weird?!?), to the ship.
I've been redeemed. My Mr. C, he never fails me.
And I am ever-so-grateful not to have missed Germany entirely.
I so love this post......I am so glad you are loved so deeply!ReplyDelete
Your knight in shining armor! What a great story and so glad you were able to enjoy a taste of Germany!!! :) As you look back over all your travels you will probably find these few hours are near the top of your all time greatest memories!!! :)ReplyDelete
Dawn L ~ Reno, NV
What a lovely story!ReplyDelete
Vicki E ~ Spokane, WA
Atta boy, Mr. C!! #HeroPointsReplyDelete
Jeff P ~ Spokane, WA
You should write a book. Love your writing, Sherrie. Nice hero!ReplyDelete
Sherry P ~ Portland, OR
What a beautiful end to your day! It is a lovely town.ReplyDelete
Diane R ~ Spokane, WA
So glad you were able to see a little of Germany ! I especially love the Black Forest area of Germany...drop dead gorgeous but not in the coast !ReplyDelete
Carol R ~ Ipswich, SD
I agree with Sherry P. You pair your great writing with those photos that you take to really tell the story as if we were there! Cheers to Mr. C. Now that is romantic!ReplyDelete
Loved your story of Germany. My nephew (Gwen's son) lives 15 min from this town. Can't wait to visit it on our cruise. Are you still using the same camera that you recommend several trips ago? Love your pictures!ReplyDelete