Ærøskøbing's winding old cobbled streets have houses and hollyhocks in all the colors of the rainbow and testify to the island's old stories. On a trip with the security guard (the old city guard) around Ærøskøbing, we found out, for example, that in the old houses there was always room for a ship's mast in the attic; that the island had been a smuggler's paradise when Sønderjylland was German, and that the Ærøske flag is actually identical to the Lithuanian flag and is due to the efforts of a somewhat clumsy historian.
As we walked around the streets, we also stumbled upon the many bridal couples on a completely ordinary summer weekday - what the hell were they all going to do on Ærø?
It turned out, however, that the island is known for a fast case processing, which especially foreign couples take advantage of. An entire wedding industry has sprung up on the island, with 4.000 couples getting happily married each year.
The wedding and association bustle on the island, however, was nothing against the bustle of the many harbor parties, we could understand the young carpenter Mikkel, who had grown up on the island.
“Every weekend in July there is a harbor party. Last weekend in Søby, this weekend in Marstal and next weekend here in Ærøskøbing ” he told. "Many who have grown up on the island come home during the summer, and that way we can still keep in touch".
Mikkel had also worked at one of the island's shipyards, and while we were sitting and talking, one of his comrades, who had just returned home after sailing around the world's oceans for several months, swung past. Ærø has long maritime traditions, we understood, but for two land crabs like us, we had to show a trip to Marstal to fully understand what it was all about.
You can see the video from Ærø at the top of the page.
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