As I take a train ride into London, Euston on this wet and dull morning my mind drifts back to last year and the memories we made on our summer holiday adventures. The last time I took a train ride was with my Husband and our four year old. We were on route from the port of Warnemunde to Rostock – a busy but pretty shopping town. The train was clean, and quiet. Not at all crowded and tickets a fraction of the price. As I remember the early morning mist was still visible as we are early risers and encourage our Daughter to cram as much exploring in as we can when we are traveling. So we took a small tour around Rostock and jumped back on the train to enjoy the small town of Warnemunde. We have visited once before and remember it well. The town offers an aspect of fun for all ages and although it gives the impression of a slow pace of life there is certainly tons to do. I never imagined Germany to have this little slice of tranquility. It seemed as though the secret had gotten out about how much of a gem Warnemunde was to visit as this August it seemed a little busier.
As I said you are spoiled for choice in Warnemunde. You could browse the shops which sell good leather, sun hats and silk scarves. Although their is a certain grace about this upmarket town so do not expect to find the tourist junk you see lining the markets of other European destinations. Instead you can find exquisite pieces at a very fair price. I shopped for some simple beachy linen trousers whilst Olivia rummaged through the enormous sea shells on offer testing each one thoroughly for the sound of the sea. I also found a beautiful sequined summer top which was a real bargain. As it was coming to the end of the summer, the boutique shops were throwing a sale. The shops are placed nicely on the edge of the port leading down to the beach which entails keeping a hard eye on everything around you as not to miss anything. Ice cream parlors for the kids where the owners serve you sundaes in old fashioned glasses, trendy bars for my Husband to stop for a beer. Seafood restaurants for lunch and boat rides which offer a full cream tea experience.
My Father in Law loves to stop for a fresh coffee and the biggest cream cakes you have ever seen in the district area of Warnemunde. Cakes upon cakes upon cakes. Both a photographers and sweet lovers delight. Unfortunately I did not grab a photo this year as I had to control my Husband from binging before our romantic dinner we had planned that evening.
We packed Olivia’s costume and sun cream in our back pack and headed down to the beach. We took pictures of the light house whilst we were there and watched the boats sail into port. I would love to stay in Warnemunde for a few days and watch the sunset from the lighthouse rocks or eat fresh fish by the docks. Warnemunde is a pretty coastal village good for walks and wandering until your heart content.
Before we stepped back onto the ship we let Olivia wear herself out one more time in the sand filled park by the ferry terminal. A great place to watch the locals catching the hop on ferry to the other side of the port. Warnemunde was our last port of call with the celebrity Eclipse before sailing back to Southampton. We were really sad to say goodbye.
One day we plan to visit Warnemunde for a third time along with our dog for a family road trip.
If you are interested in viewing a video blog of our trip to warnemunde then you can do so here.