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mandag 21. november 2011


OK whats exotic?? Here in the far cold north we find countries in Asia very exotic because they are very different from what we are used to. Exotic really means something different. I have to say that the most exotic place I've ever been is a small German island situated in the North sea. Germany, the North sea?? How can that be exotic you may wonder. 

I bet you've heard of the White Cliffs of Dover, but have you heard about the Red Cliffs of Helgoland?? I suppose not. But here they are, the flag of Helgoland is green, red and white, not to wonder when you look at the above photo. Or as the say in Helgoland: Grün ist das Land, Rot ist die Kant, Weiss ist der sand, das ist die farben von Helgoland.  Translated it means; The land is green,  the edge is red,  the sand is white, this is the colors of Helgoland.

Here is Die Lange Anna or tall Anna as we can call it in English, she is about to crumble away, so they are trying to protect her against the power of the sea. 
The main island is divided into two, underland where the shops are and overland where most of the about 1400 inhabitates of Helgoland lives. Between underland and overland there is an elevator bringing people up and down. The funny thing is this elevator closes at 23 so if you've not left the pub in time you have to walk up the stairs. We mostly walked the stairs that week we spent in there. Helgoland is mostly known as a tax free island, hordes of German pensioners are invading the island every day, they shop for 4-5 hours before they leave, for them Helgoland is just shops, for me the shops are the least interesting part of this wonderful island, or these islands because it's two small islands.

The other island is called Düne, it consist of mostly sand and has lovely beaches both for the seals.
and for us.

Helgoland is virtually free of cars, it's such a small island only 1,0km2 (04 sq mil,  the few cars is electric and transport goods around (take a look at the licence plate) There is a couple of ambulances on gasolin, I was brought to the hopital in one after spraining my foot in the stairs between overland and underland (no it was not after a visit to the pub) I wish I'd taken the elevator. 

 I think maybe you understand now why I find Helgoland the most exotic place I've been to. This small island has also a very big history. You can read more about Helgoland HERE

More exotic photos you can find HERE at Helenes place

15 kommentarer:

  1. Wonderful photos! Have a nice Monday, and nice week!:)

  2. Utrolig spesielt, ser nesten ut som murstein!

  3. Really special place :)
    Thanks for letting me know about it, now I will keep it in mind, and maybe go there myself one day :)

    By the way, did you notice this when you wisit my blog? Happy if you join :)

  4. Så flott, det er jo virkelig eksotisk ja. Skjønner godt at de beskytter Anna :0)

  5. Det här var ju verkligen exotiskt, tycker jag!
    Ett litet pyttelitet land, Helgoland. Som inte är med i EU! Förstår att många tyskar tar sig dit för att shoppa. :-)
    Du bjuder på fina bilder och jag lär mig något nytt.

    Vill bara nämna. :-) Det vore bra om du kunde få med alternativet "namn/url" bland kommentar-profilerna. Inte alla som kan lämna kommentar som du har det nu!

  6. Super flotte billeder.
    Ønsker dig en god mandag aften.
    /Hanne Bente

  7. Norge byr på mange eksotiske plasser. Om man har med seg øynene.
    Takk til deg og Helgoland.

    Ha en fin kveld

  8. Flotte eksotiske billeder du har valgt til dagens tema.. :-)

  9. Beklager feilslutning.
    Skal bruke briller litt oftere når jeg leser.

    Ha en fin kveld

  10. Fine pics from an exotic island. I didn't know that Helgoland was a tax-free area or that there's an underland and an overland :-D ... but it sure is very beautiful down there.
    Well chosen for this week's theme :-)

  11. Verkligen vackra bilder av vacker natur!

  12. Fantastiske bilder, nå må jeg klikke meg videre å
    lese mer om stedet. :)

  13. Her var flere eksotiske plasser, flotte bilder, fin tolkning:)

  14. Exceptionally beautiful place and has an exotic feeling by just looking at your shots
    : )