Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

Sailing is very popular in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, with a number of marinas around the main port town of Ganges Village (pictured)

Sailing is very popular in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, with a number of marinas around the main port town of Ganges Village (pictured)

 

Largest of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island is located between mainland British Columbia (e.g., Vancouver) and Vancouver Island (home of Victoria, Nanaimo, etc.).  We anchored in the bay outside of Ganges Village for a day, before returning to Vancouver to pick up adventurers headed north to the Alaskan Inside Passage and then on to the Alaskan Peninsula and Aleutian Islands.  The Saturday market was quite crowded with hundreds of vendors, mainly island artists and local farmers and a number of stalls selling food, coffee and other edibles.  The island is very popular for a variety of sports, ranging from hiking, biking, and fishing to kayaking and sailing.

 

John Quinn_s handmade vases in natural stone (“Cast in Stone”) are made on the island from both indigineous slate and stones and materials sourced from around the world, Salt Sprin

John Quinn’s handmade vases in natural stone (“Cast in Stone”) are made on the island from both indigineous slate and stones and materials sourced from around the world, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

A small harbor behind the Saturday market in Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

A small harbor behind the Saturday market in Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

The clouds built up in the early afternoon over Ganges Village creating a striking skyscape, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

The clouds built up in the early afternoon over Ganges Village creating a striking skyscape, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada

 

Our ship was anchored quite a ways from Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada – in the midst of many small Gulf Islands

Our ship was anchored quite a ways from Ganges Village, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada – in the midst of many small Gulf Islands

 

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Kiel, Germany

Known as the city that hosts the world’s largest sailing regatta (18 – 26 June, this year), Kiel, Germany has a multi-kilometer Embankment that is home to hundreds and hundreds of sail boats

Known as the city that hosts the world’s largest sailing regatta (18 – 26 June, this year), Kiel, Germany has a multi-kilometer Embankment that is home to hundreds and hundreds of sail boats

 

Kiel, the capital of Germany’s northernmost state, Schleswig-Holstein, is the jumping off point for the eponymous canal linking the Baltic with the North Sea [see our previous blog post].  Keil retains very little of its medieval origins thanks to heavy damage during WW II; the entire town was rebuilt after the war, with broad avenues and small parks replacing the narrow warren of streets.  Each June the city hosts the world’s largest sailing regatta; many sailboats can be seen along the multi-kilometer Embankment and the piers beyond.

 

Looking beyond the end of the embankment to piers and many more sailboats, Kiel, Germany

Looking beyond the end of the embankment to piers and many more sailboats, Kiel, Germany

 

Some of Kiel’s sailboats are from the golden age of fine wood craftsmanship in the construction of sailboats, Kiel, Germany

Some of Kiel’s sailboats are from the golden age of fine wood craftsmanship in the construction of sailboats, Kiel, Germany

 

Because the city was so heavily bombed and destroyed in World War II, many of the apartment buildings are of interesting modern design, Kiel, Germany

Because the city was so heavily bombed and destroyed in World War II, many of the apartment buildings are of interesting modern design, Kiel, Germany

 

The excellent view of the embankment and sailboats from our table at lunch at the Kiel Yacht Club (KYC), where we enjoyed deliciously prepared fresh, local fish, Kiel, Germany

The excellent view of the embankment and sailboats from our table at lunch at the Kiel Yacht Club (KYC), where we enjoyed deliciously prepared fresh, local fish, Kiel, Germany