First, stop Copenhagen
We stayed in the holiday home of Jeup and Allan which is about 50 minutes drive from the city. Jeup is my partner’s daughter and Allan is her husband.
Well, if you visit Copenhagen a must is a visit to the *Little Mermaid. This Poor misfortunate has in recent times been decapitated twice, had an arm cut off and paint thrown over her on a number of occasions. Amazingly, after all these misfortunes she manages to reincarnate into her former self.
The statue was donated to the city by the brewer Edvard Eriksen of Carlsberg fame.
A note on the plaque states climbing on the monument is forbidden. Interestingly enough nothing is said about hacking limbs off.
To travel is to live.” – Hans Christian Andersen
*The Little Mermaid is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale.
Visit Carlsberg Brewery
One of my friends labelled this picture Steptoe and Son after the British TV comedy series about a London East End rag and bone merchant.
The Brewery garden has some nice sculptures and is worth a visit
Above sculpture by Aguste Rodin titled Meditation
We did not leave without a drink or two
“Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chambers of my brain.
Quaintest thoughts — queerest fancies,
Come to life and fade away:
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.”
Edgar Allan Poe
The reason we took the river cruise was we were running short on hours and Allan suggested this was the best way to see the city given the time constraints.
I took a video of the cruise but quality wise it was not good so it’s gone to the bin which really means it needed a lot of editing and I was too lazy to do that.
Above is an incinerator plant smack bang in the middle of the city. Reputed to be the cleanest in the world. The structure you see around the plant which has not yet been finished is going to be a ski slope – Wow
Jazz on the quay side.
Thoughts on cities
All major cities have their sights – Museums, art galleries, historic buildings and so on… one, really only gets to knows a city by researching, walking and scratching its underbelly and I did not have time for that. What a shame.
A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.” – Moslih Eddin Saadi
Dinner in the holiday home – Good food, good wine, good friends, good times.
The windy part of Northern Denmark – the wind seems to blow forever. We stayed in a holiday home near the town of Lønstrup which was nice and cosy
Lønstrup gets up to about 10,00 visitors per week in high season. In the winter the population drops down to about 500 weather beaten hardy souls
Just south of Lønstrup is the site of the former Mårup Church, a medieval church that is now dismantled due to coastal erosion Built around 1250, it was originally 1 kilometre from the coast. It is believed the church will be rebuilt in Copenhagen. This has caused outrage within the local area.Time will tell what the outcome will be
Going South from the church is another abandoned structure, the Rubjerg Knude lighthouse. Partially buried in sand, the lighthouse was built at the turn of the 20th century. You can in places near the lighthouse see the outline of buildings now totally covered in sand
The great Danish desert!
The church before it was dismantled – photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Below all that remains
The Anchor that you see is that of a British sailing ship that foundered nearby in the eighteen century – It has been moved from the church to the graveyard. In time the graveyard will also have to be moved
On Skagen’s northeastern outskirts, Grenen Beach is where the Skagerrak and the Kattegat seas converge
The Skagerrak is a strait running between the southeast coast of Norway, the southwest coast of Sweden, and the Jutland peninsula of Denmark, connecting the North Sea and the Kattegat sea area, which leads to the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea drains into the Kattegat through the Danish Straits. The sea area is a continuation of the Skagerrak and may be seen as a bay where the two seas converge
This the spot where the two seas meet. Tan paddling like a female Moses about to create a great watery divide…Let’s walk to Sweden
Sculpture park – Blokhus
A great place to visit and relax.
The park is Denmark’s largest open-air art exhibition. The more than 20.000 m2 park contains sculptures made from materials such as sand, wood, iron, metal, stone and bronze.
I will let some photos do the talking
The images are of Hans Christian Andersen – Interpretation is up to you – let your imagination go to work. The rising of a fairy tale?
The God Thor does battle with the great serpent during a mythic war waged at Ragnarök. Thor slays the dragon and saves the world from destruction but Thor himself has been mortally inflicted with venom from the beast and shortly after dies
Gulliver in the Land of Giants
Sculpture by Niall Magee.
In Greek mythology, Minotauros was a creature with a head like a bull and a body like a human.
Quick Impressions of Denmark
A well-manicured country with an outwardly contented and self-satisfied populace. The jury is out on levels of fun and happiness. However, I will say I had a good time and enjoyed myself. For some weird reason travelling around Denmark, constantly reminded me of the movie the Stepford Wives.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain
PS Airports I had seven flights over the holiday period and I don’t wont to see an airport queue for quite some time.