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The Toilets of Paradise Island

sunny 15 °C

After a few weeks of variable weather we finally hit the sunshine on Denmark's Aero island and simultaneously stepped into the future and slipped into the past. Where else can you find a state of the art wind turbine powering the lights in a beachside thunder-box...
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But when it comes to lighting a public loo in an unusual way, what about the lighthouse at Soby on the west coast of the island...
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The small island of Aero is a pastoral paradise and has the best climate in all of Denmark so its understandable that many tourists visit here. It is especially popular with wedding parties, particularly for Germans with a romantic bent, but weddings tend to lead to excessive drinking so guidance may be needed – although this sign might confuse anyone already half-drunk and desperate...
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It appears that there are public toilets everywhere on Aero, some are even combined with historical artifacts to give them a more romantic appeal...
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But we are not here for the weddings, the booze or the loos. We came to see the beautiful thatched cottages...
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...the cobbled streets of 18th century houses...
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and the parade of colourful beach huts that line the shore...
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Aero is only a relatively short hop on a ferry from Germany and all but two cars that accompanied us from the port of Fynshavn were German. Denmark is generally more expensive than Germany so why is Aero so popular with the neighbours? Maybe it's because of the large flocks of swans, (the national bird of Denmark), the friendly locals and the beautiful scenery. But maybe it's because it only takes a week to get a wedding licence in Denmark while it can take three months in Germany. So, any German wanting or needing a 'quickie', need only slip over the border to Aero island to get hitched in one of the quaint whitewashed churches...
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Denmark is a generally flat land with many windswept islands scattered throughout the Wadden Sea and the Baltic. As a result, more than two-thirds of its electricity comes from renewable sources – especially wind power from legions of giant turbines. There are thousands of windmills, both on and off shore, and the latest has a giant wingspan of 164 metres, (twice the wingspan of an Airbus A380 super jumbo jet). However, none of today's turbines compare in beauty to this ancient thatched windmill in Aeroskoping – the historic centre of Aero...
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The island of Aero is not only self-sufficient in electricity, it has enough spare to power battery operated car ferries that are in the works to replace the aging fleet of polluting diesel vessels. This leads us to wonder which other islands in the world could follow Aero's lead and use the wind to cleanly drive their ferries!

Posted by Hawkson 08:57 Archived in Denmark

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Mixed feelings about that "historical" artifact--I actually operated one of those hay rakes when I was a boy. Seat's missing but everything else is there including trip lever.

by R and B

Very picturesque and love that the island is powered by the wind. Happy Thanksgiving. Thankful you are in my life.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Windmills are metaphors ... for something ... perhaps the past and the future. Lovely photos.

by Janet

Charming cottages. Love the one with bicycles in front. Not electrified by the looks of them! Happy Thanksgiving.

by Tom

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