Join me on part 3 of our Baltic cruise....our second port of call is Germany's northern seaport (Warnemunde). This was the view from the cruise ship. Isn't it a quaint little town?
We explored on our own (instead of taking expensive excursions with the cruise ship) around the cities since I wanted to make good use of my
broken German! My family were willing to let me do all the communicating when we were out and about.
(Virginia at the train station)
The train station is only a 10-minute walk from the cruise ship.
Warnemunde is a popular vacation spot for Germans. It has the largest sandy beach on the German Baltic Sea coast and stretches out over a length of 3 km.
While we were in town, we didn't forget to check out the German pastries--yum!
Clean and pleasant street--Alexandrinenstraße. It's just as you would expect from a German town.
We found the local super market and we went wild at the sight of the assorted gummy candy! I "allowed" my two big kids to choose a couple to take home.
After this brief visit to Warnemunde, we took a half hour taxi ride to Rostock. I asked several questions to the young taxi driver and through him, I got a sense of what it's like to live in this northern city. I know my kids cringed when I asked about unemployment and social problems...After all, it was part of East Germany back in 1990! Rostock is now a lovely city! We explored the magnificent St. Mary's Church Marienkirche.
After spending the day in the German town, we had a huge Bavarian party with a German brass band called "Oom-Pa-Pa" on the top deck of the ship....Wunderbar!
Life is Beautiful!
PS: our family vacation was featured in Holland America Blog thanks to a blog contest that David won. He had won us some amazing freebies!