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Day 70

A surprise at the end of the day

sunny 20 °C

We had a sunny day today but the high temperature was only 20 C or 68 F.

Reta was not feeling at the top of her game in the morning so Art did all the driving today. We drove from Kalmar to Stockholm.

Reta has been watching banks of pink and purple flowers in the ditches in Denmark and now Sweden. Today she actually got a photo of some of these flowers. Reta does not know the name of those flowers but she does enjoy them.

Pretty pink and purple flowers

Pretty pink and purple flowers

We had read that the biggest IKEA store in the world was on the outskirts of Stockholm. We found the store and spent some time walking through it. Sad to say, not a single item spoke up and said "Buy me, buy me." so we left with no purchases except for two boxes of frozen mashed potatoes and meatballs.

We found our hotel and got to our room and that was a surprise. The walls to the bathroom are glass. The bed is round and covered in red velvet. And to top it all off, there is a mirror in the ceiling. The place gives Reta the creeps. This room is already paid for so we need to stay here the two nights we booked.

Mirror on the ceiling

Mirror on the ceiling

70's porno bed

70's porno bed

Will let you know tomorrow how it feels to spend the night in someone's weird idea of what a hotel room should look like.

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Day 69

Goodbye Denmark, Hello Sweden

overcast 11 °C

We woke this morning to a cool and cloudy day. We set off to drive from Copenhagen, Denmark to Sweden.

We were looking forward to enjoying the Oresund Bridge which starts near Copenhagen and ends near Malmo, Sweden.

The Oresund Bridge opened on July 1, 2000. When driving from the Denmark side, you travel 4 kilometres or 2.5 miles in a tunnel from the Danish island of Amager to the artificial island of Peberholm in the middle of the strait. The bridge runs 7,845 metres or 25,738 feet from Peberholm to the Swedish shore. The highest point on the bridge is 240 metres or 788 feet high.

Part of Oresund Bridge

Part of Oresund Bridge

Driving over the bridge from Denmark to Sweden

Driving over the bridge from Denmark to Sweden

Driving over the bridge from Denmark to Sweden 2

Driving over the bridge from Denmark to Sweden 2

We arrived on the Swedish side and all vehicles were directed to immigration/customs control. The officer just looked at our passports and sent us on our way.

We then drove to Malmo to see the Turning Torso tower. This tower opened in 2005. It has an interesting design. The top floor is 90 degrees clockwise from the ground floor. It has 54 floors and 147 apartments. The bottom two segments are used for office space.

Signage

Signage

Turning Torso building Malmo, Sweden

Turning Torso building Malmo, Sweden

There is a sculpture of a hazel-coloured eye at the base of the tower. Reta was interested because hazel eyes are common in her family. The internet does not seem to be aware of this feature so no information is available.

Hazel eye at TurningTorso

Hazel eye at TurningTorso

We came across this charming scene as we drove toward Kalmar, Sweden.

Charming windmill scene

Charming windmill scene

We arrived at Kalmar earlier than we had planned so looked at the map and discovered the Island of Oland. This island is connected to Sweden by another long bridge. This is the Oland Bridge which crosses the Kalmar Strait. This bridge was opened in 1972. It is 6072 metres long (19,921 feet).

Part of bridge from Oland to Kalmar, Sweden

Part of bridge from Oland to Kalmar, Sweden

Oland Island was much bigger than we thought so we just drove around a bit and then returned to Kalmar. We did notice that fields were separated by rock or stone walls. The one we took a picture of was surrounding a church.

Rock walls

Rock walls

There were also a number of small windmills. Some of them were in very poor condition. We wondered what they had been used for.

Little windmills on Oland

Little windmills on Oland

We checked into our hotel in Kalmar and the lady at the desk suggested that we take a one-minute stroll over to the Kalmar Slott or Castle. The castle was closed for the day when we got there but we were free to wander around the grounds and enjoy the gardens and the building.

Kalmar Slott

Kalmar Slott

Castle sits on the shore, boat at anchor nearby

Castle sits on the shore, boat at anchor nearby

Cute little mushroom house and beautiful flowers

Cute little mushroom house and beautiful flowers

While we wandered around the grounds we spotted several bunnies. Not all of them stayed still long enough for Reta to get a photo but these two were very obliging.

Blond bunny

Blond bunny

Brown bunny

Brown bunny

We had a very unusual day weather wise. The weather was cool and cloudy with a temperature of 17 C (63 F). We stopped for lunch and the skies were clear and sunny and the temperature was 25 C (77 F). By the time we checked into our hotel it was cool, cloudy and windy with a temperature of 11 C (52 F).

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Day 68

A visit to Rodby/Lolland

sunny 25 °C

We awoke to another clear sky with wispy clouds. The high today was 25 C or 77 F. It was a very comfortable day.

We had not set any plans for the day so looked online for some suggestions. We thought something on the shore would be nice. We discovered Rodby which is the ferry terminal for a ferry that runs from Rodby, Denmark to Germany.

We had a pleasant drive south from Copenhagen to Rodby.

On arriving at Rodby we found our way to a spot where we could park the car and walk to the shore. There was a lookout tower set up there so we walked to the top of it. When we got there we found many explanation boards. These boards were describing a proposed tunnel to be dug under the Femern Baelt to provide a road for cars, buses and trains which would shorten travel time and link Denmark and Germany. This tunnel would be like the "Chunnel" that runs from England to France. This tunnel would, in conjunction with the Oresund Bridge, connect Germany with Denmark, Sweden and Norway. This would create a much quicker transportation route for trade berween these countries. The cost is as yet to be determined but we are sure it will be substantial. There is a lot of discussion about this project and it has not started.

The plan for tunnel

The plan for tunnel

At this point ferries provide a method for crossing this Femern Baelt of the Baltic Sea. They cross almost constantly. We saw many leave and arrive and leave again in the short time we were there.

A ferry crosses from Femern to Lolland

A ferry crosses from Femern to Lolland

A boat passed by as we watched.

A boat passing by

A boat passing by

We also spotted some wind turbines at work with their feet in the sea.

Wind turbines in sea

Wind turbines in sea

We found many wildflowers.

Wild roses

Wild roses

More poppies

More poppies

White wild Morning Glory blooms

White wild Morning Glory blooms

Pink wild Morning Glory blooms

Pink wild Morning Glory blooms

We drove around the marina to a spot where we could climb over the sand dunes and see the beach.

Marina at Lolland

Marina at Lolland

Beach along Femern Baelt

Beach along Femern Baelt

We also found an art installation to celebrate fifty years of friendship between, we think, Femern, Germany and Lolland (Rodby), Denmark.

Art installation to memorialize 50 years of friendship between Femern and Lolland

Art installation to memorialize 50 years of friendship between Femern and Lolland

We had lunch at Rodby/Lolland and then drove back to Copenhagen. We have another piece of roadside art to share with you.

Roadside art

Roadside art

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Day 67

Tour of Copenhagen

sunny 20 °C

Even with all the photos we sent out yesterday, we still forgot an interesting one. As we drove from the Viking Ship Museum to Frederiksborg Castle we spotted this compact wind farm. We had not seen one base holding four wind turbines.

Compact wind farm

Compact wind farm

Today was hair cut day. We went out to the car and as soon as we were out of the building Reta was cold so we went back to our hotel room and she put on slacks. The skies are still clear but there is a light breeze and the temperature was only 14 C ( 57 F).

Art had investigated where the closest hair salon might be and we got there before they opened. We did a bit of shopping and returned to the shop and both got a trim and now we look shipshape.

We then drove into Copenhagen to a parking garage that Art had researched. After getting our car secure we walked to the Hop On/Hop Off bus stop and arrived just in time to get on and start the tour.

Copenhagen, like many other European cities, is a very bicycle-friendly city. Reta looked up as the tour started and spotted a golden bicycle rider on a tower.

Bicycle decoration on a building in Copenhagen

Bicycle decoration on a building in Copenhagen

The next sight that our attention was drawn to is the Church of Our Savior. This church is known for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed. This church is also known for its carillon which is the largest in northern Europe and plays melodies every hour from 8 AM to midnight.

Church of Our Savior

Church of Our Savior

We drove past the Rosenborg Castle. This castle was built in the 17th Century and today houses many art displays and antique furnishings which are open to the public for viewing. Today the royal family does not live at this castle.

Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle

Our tour then took us out to the shore to see the "Little Mermaid" sculpture which tourists are anxious to see. The bus was having a ten-minute break so we got off and walked over to the "Little Mermaid" and were fortunate to get a photo without other tourists in it.

Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

As we were driving back along the Oresund Strait toward the centre of Copenhagen we saw a small island and beyond that we saw the two towers of the decommissioned nuclear plant in Sweden.

Island near Copenhagen with Swedish closed nuclear plant

Island near Copenhagen with Swedish closed nuclear plant

We also saw a Danish Naval ship at dock with a helicopter on board. It appeared that there had been some sort of ceremony going on and had just been completed.

Danish Navy ship with helicopter on board

Danish Navy ship with helicopter on board

We were driven past a housing development which was built for the seamen but it is now used by many. When it was built it was painted white with red trim to depict the colours of the Danish flag.

Houses built for seamen

Houses built for seamen

Our tour took us past the Tivoli Garden Amusement Park which claims to be the inspiration for Walt Disney to build Disneyland.

Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park

Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park

We also saw the "Black Diamond" which is a library clad in polished black granite. The cladding has earned this building its nickname.

The Black Diamond, an extension library

The Black Diamond, an extension library

We saw many canals in Copenhagen.

A Copenhagen canal

A Copenhagen canal

The Copenhagen Stock Exchange is very ornate and has a dragon spire. The heads of four dragons form the base and the entwined tails form the spire.
Copenhagen Stock Exchange with dragon spire

Copenhagen Stock Exchange with dragon spire

The following items are sights that caught our attention as we walked around the city centre:

A car with a message.

One Life. Live It

One Life. Live It

This circular building made of glass and copper (?).
Interesting building

Interesting building

An owl on the top of a concrete gate post.

Owl

Owl

A store that displayed its bicycles in a rainbow of colours.

Rainbow bicycles

Rainbow bicycles

A cat in an office window.

Cat

Cat

And last but not least, a theatre building in many colours.

Colourful building

Colourful building

We had a good day and enjoyed our Copenhagen experience. The day remained sunny but the high temperature for the day was 20 C (68 F).

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Day 66

The Viking Ships Museum, Frederiksborg Slot (Castle) and Kronborg Castle

sunny 26 °C

Last night after we finished our messages we noticed a lovely sunset out of our window so we decided to share it with you today.

Sunset June 4 16

Sunset June 4 16

This morning we were greeted by a bright sunny sky.

We had a circle tour planned for today that had so many interesting things that Reta took 90 pictures. It was difficult to pick out which ones to use.

Our first stop was at the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde, Denmark. The focus of this museum is a number of Viking ships that were discovered sunken in the Roskilde Fjord. These ships were "worn out" and so were sunk in the fjord as a line of defence against invasion. It is believed that these ships were sunk in 1070. They were discovered by excavations in the fjord and recreational divers in the early 1960's. The preservation of the recovered wooden ship parts helped the researchers to rebuild replicas of the original ships. They also made a display of what the recovered parts looked like and where they would fit in the original ships. The museum also shows how rope, sails and boats were made during the original construction of these boats. All of the displays were very interesting.

They had tours for people on a small sailing ship and also one that needed to be rowed.

Setting out for a sail from the Viking Museum at Roskilde

Setting out for a sail from the Viking Museum at Roskilde

Young people rowing their boat

Young people rowing their boat



They had a game set up which was fun for us to watch and fun for those who played it. They had three large wooden heads set up and the person playing was given a rope with what looked like a wooden mallet on it. The idea was to swing the rope and knock over the heads. We watched this woman play and we are not sure who laughed more, the woman or those watching her.

Woman playing game at museum

Woman playing game at museum

Woman playing game at museum 2

Woman playing game at museum 2



Reta did take a picture inside the museum to show how the pieces recovered from the fjord would fit into the original ship.

Remains of sunken Viking ships

Remains of sunken Viking ships



We also took a picture of one of the rebuilt ships. This one is called the Sea Stallion 2.

Rebuilt Sea Stallion 2

Rebuilt Sea Stallion 2

We noticed what did not make sense to us but we could not find an explanation for, a teepee. Now maybe the people of the 1070's or so may have used this type of tent on hunting trips or other times they were away from home.

What - Teepees in Denmark

What - Teepees in Denmark

We had lunch at an outside table at the cafe that is part of the museum. While we sat there a number of antique cars appeared across the parking lot and formed a semi-circle and were surrounded by car admirers. Reta did not notice that she caught the back of a man in these pictures. Kind of ironic that his T-shirt should say "Old Guys Rule". Reta bought her brothers "Old Guys Rule" T-shirts for Christmas one year from Cabela's (could the guy have been from the US or Canada?). Anyway, old guys and old cars rule.

Old car, old guy

Old car, old guy

Another picture of old guy with old car

Another picture of old guy with old car

Antique cars lined up

Antique cars lined up



After lunch we moved on to the Frederiksborg Slot or Castle at Hillerod, Denmark.

We were very impressed by the Frederiksborg Castle. It is one of the finest and largest Renaissance castles in northern Europe. We felt this was our favourite of all the castles we have seen. We did not do a tour of the interior but the exterior is really superb.

This castle has been Denmark's Museum of National History since 1878. The castle was built between 1588 and 1648. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1859. J. C. Jacobsen, brewer and owner of Carlsberg Breweries, founded this museum. This museum holds the most important collection of history and portrait paintings in Denmark which illustrate Denmark's history from 1500 until present times.

Frederiksborg Slot or Castle

Frederiksborg Slot or Castle



We found these water lilies as we walked to the castle.

Water Lilies

Water Lilies

We are not sending out all the photos of the exterior of the castle. This one is Reta's favourite.

Beautiful Castle Frederiksborg

Beautiful Castle Frederiksborg



When we walked around to the back of the castle we found this beautiful garden. We could not discover how large this park of gardens is but it is very large.

Garden at Frederiksborg

Garden at Frederiksborg

As we were about to leave the back part of the castle a horse and carriage came by.

Carriage ride

Carriage ride



Then we were met by a wandering group of ladies dressed in period costumes.

People in period costumes

People in period costumes



After touring Frederiksborg Castle grounds we drove on to Kronborg Castle which is also known as Hamlet's castle.
The Kronborg Castle is smaller than the Frederiksborg Castle which we had seen just a half hour or so before this one. This castle had its own charms.

Kronsberg Slot or Castle known as Hamlet's castle

Kronsberg Slot or Castle known as Hamlet's castle



Shakespeare set his story of Hamlet in the Kronborg Castle but he called it Elsinore. This castle was built in 1420 and as happened to many castles, it was destroyed by fire and then rebuilt. This castle is at the head of the Oresund sound and all ships passing to the Baltic Sea paid tolls at Kronborg. This made the castle of Kronborg and its nearby town of Helsingor very important. You can see Sweden from the grounds of this castle.

Across the Oresund Sound

Across the Oresund Sound



A model of the castle and its surroundings was on display.

Model of Kronborg Castle

Model of Kronborg Castle

We walked across a bridge over the moat to the castle grounds. Reta spotted two sculptured hands on the bridge floor. You can see her foot in the picture but she was not tempted to step on the hands.

Humour on bridge over moat

Humour on bridge over moat



On the way to the castle we found a court jester and his lady fair.

Court Jester

Court Jester

The court jester's lady fair

The court jester's lady fair

We spotted a couple of swans and their four cygnets swimming in the moat.

Swan couple and their 4 cygnets

Swan couple and their 4 cygnets



The Danish flag flies proudly over the castle.

Danish flag

Danish flag



The gift shop in the castle grounds gives us an opportunity to share with you a picture of a typical home in Denmark.

Typical house for area

Typical house for area

As we drove through the nearby town of Helsingor we spotted another antique car show.

Another antique car show

Another antique car show



This is one of the unusual cars from the car show.

Strange little vehicle

Strange little vehicle



We chose a route back to Ishoj along the shore and found that many people were enjoying a day at the beach.

A day on the beach

A day on the beach

We had a very pleasant day of sightseeing and of weather. The skies were clear and there was a light breeze. The high temperature that we recorded was 26 C (79 F).

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