Rügen in the Baltic Sea

Great beach, shame I forgot my bucket and spade...

The island of Rügen sits in the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Mecklenburg Vorpommern. It was a popular holiday destination for East Germans during the days of the GDR. Of course, back then it wasn’t a case of just booking a holiday and off you go. Families often had to spend a long time on the waiting list before they were granted a trip to one of the island’s many campsites or holiday flats. Nowadays, though, it’s open to all, and it’s very hard to find anyone who’s been there and doesn’t like it. So a few weeks ago, when I made the astounding discovery that I’m liable to go into meltdown if I never take holidays but insist on working weekends and most of Christmas, I booked a hotel, packed a bag with more clothes than I could ever possibly wear, and headed north. Continue reading