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Travel Tuesday: Salzwiesen

Looking to the seaside from the top of the dike. Interestingly, no beach and no water are in this place (and many others, too). Every now and then, the flood covers the area. Thus the soil is very salty and only very specialized plant can grow here. It’s not possible to use it for growing food or building houses.

But, It’s an area absolutely necessary for some birds. So, many of these areas are preserved at certain times of the year.

In German, these area is called Salzwise (salt meadow or salt marsh).

Take care!


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Travel Tuesday: the rivers flow


In my last post, I introduced you to the idea of channels for draining the area behind the dikes for gaining farmland. The channels lead their water to bigger channels and where the water is led into the sea, they are called “Siel” (tidal outlet). Not only the outlet itself is called Siel, also the last and so biggest part of the channel system. You can often find towns at these outlets and big gates to prevent the water flooding the land during flood time. do you remember my post about the tidelands? These gates are constructed to close automatically when the flood comes. The rising water does it. And when the water level falls again, the gate is open from the inside by the pressure of the inside water.

Often you can find town where the Siels are. Sometimes the outer part of the Siel is used for a harbour like in Neuharlingersiel, where I took the image above. In the back you can see the harbour. Below the ground the water passes the tidal gate. The main part in this image is one of the upper flood-gates. This is only closed, when a serious storm flood is around the corner and the water level would rise higher than the harbour walls are. The gate is approximately 3m high.

Take care!

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Travel Tuesday: love locks


610_5236-s_wThose of you following my blog for some time, already know I’m collecting images of love locks from everywhere I see them. I already posted some of these images here.

Today, I assume, is a very good opportunity to show you another image.

Usually, lovers pick a symbolic place for their love lock. Often, the community government don’t like the huge amount of locks attached i.e. to a bridge or another kind of building. Recently, I read about the bridge in Paris, right behind the Notre Dame, where the city government was forced to remove the locks because the enormous wight was destabilizing the bridge.

Here, in front of the light house the city government set up a grid wall for attaching love-locks and called it “Schlosspark”. “Park” means park and “Schloss” is chateau or castle. But, the German word for a lock is also “Schloss”. And the German word “Park” can also mean “to park”. So, the name of the grid is a play on words: “park your lock” – or so :).

As you can see, despite many couples already attached their love-lock at the grid, there is still plenty of room.

Do you also have such places, where you live, where couples attach such locks? Feel free, to tell me in the comment section below.

Happy valentines day!

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Travel Tuesday: wide land

610_4765_wAs I wrote in one of my last posts, the area at the German coast is very swallow and flat. The highest points, beside the huge wind engines and power poles are the dikes. The dikes were built to save the land from being overflooded during i.e. storms or storm tides. The water would be able to destroy the land or at least make it fruitless because of the salt. Also, people live next to the dikes and there are some nice towns.

People used to live as fishermen, farmers and rangers here. And you can still find many, many fields like the one in the image above growing rape, potatoes, corn, wheat and other grains. In the back, you can see the dike. I wasn’t far away from the shore while taking this photo.

The dikes not only part the beach from the fertile lands, they are also nice paths. There are usually good ‘roads’ along the dikes for checking and  preventive maintenance. So, lorries can use these roads. But, usually they are for pedestrians and bikers. Cars aren’t generally allowed. Often you have one of these roads on the water side and one on the land side. So, you can change to the land side road, when the wind becomes too strong for you on the sea-side. sometimes there is a third path on top of the dike. But, this is primarily for pedestrians and gives you a nice view over the sea to one side and the land to the other side.

Take care!