I arrived in Esens late in the day, just as the church offices were closing. It was clear I would have to stay till the next morning. I was able to find a hotel room in a perfect hotel that might have been 100 paces from the church.
This is the steeple of the Esens church, as seen from the window of my hotel room.
The next morning I woke up and looked out on the red clay roofs of old Esens. Esens today caters to tourism as much as anything else--it's not right on the beach, but close enough to the North Sea that Germans looking for a seaside vacation might come and take a room here for a month.
The church steeple as seen from my hotel room, in the morning.
I had a wonderful time in Esens, meeting people and exploring and learning, about both modern and historical Esens. I'll fill in more of that story later. (I have no pictures of the things I did or the people I met--I was too busy enjoying what I was doing to stop and take photos.)