A song beginning with H to keep you company .... Hold My Heart is about long distance romance and a solution to it.
** all photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.
We've travelled around Germany and Holland for many years - and a few years ago we played on Hallig Hooge .... a tiny island out in the middle of the North Sea .... In fact a hallig is smaller than an island - really more like a silt deposit - Wikepedia defines it as "a small island without a protective dyke ... off the North West Coast of Germany". There are 10 of them attached to Germany and a few more both to the North part of Denmark, and to the south, part of Holland. The word comes from Hal which means salt....
|That's the Hallig in the distance - barely visible above the horizon|
They've had the most interesting past .... all the houses are built on Wafts, small hills and the island is covered with dykes ....
So that when a storm comes, the houses stay above water and the animals can quickly be brought into shelter.... We've never been there during a storm, but it's so much a part of the island's story that travellers come to see the storms as a tourist attraction almost.
|A Waft in the distance on a very grey day last May|
|The weather had cleared up later in the day|
|our residence for the night|
|photo from the Internet|
|Photo from the Internet|
|Stock picture from the internet|
At one time, the church was flooded so badly that they now have no fixed tiles on the floor there, just sand, so that if there's a big storm it's not going to destroy everything before it and when the waters subside the building will still be intact.
|Among the many tourists who visit Hallig Hooge, |
are the Canada Geese ... Every year they arrive in their thousands.
|I love these seaside seats - |
so you can be outside to have a coffee or a beer
and still be sheltered with a blanket over your knees .... very civilised.
and I loved our hotel room - this is typical of German hotels - king size beds with single duvets .... nobody's going to steal your blankets in the night :)
|The view from our room - right out to sea.|