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Day 65

Faaborg to Ishoj

sunny 29 °C

After a comfortable night in our castle just out of Faaborg we drove into town in search of breakfast and a laundromat.

We found both things in the "old town" part of Faaborg. The locals were setting up their Saturday Market as we arrived. Most of the stalls appeared to be of the flea market variety but the townsfolk were out and everyone was in good spirits. We ate our breakfast at a little table on the sidewalk and watched the show.

We walked around the "old town" and found the laundromat and found out how much money we would need. This laundromat is different from others we had found around Europe in that you could only use coins, where the others you could insert bills. This laundromat did have the control panel where you put in the money and push a button for which washer or dryer you want to use and those appliances start. We needed cash. We went back to our breakfast bakery but they said it was too early in the day for them to have a lot of cash. The local bank was closed. What to do?

We noticed a sign that said "Tourist Information" so we walked over there and sure enough even though it was Saturday they were open. We explained our predicament and they happily changed some bills for enough coins for us to do our laundry. We walked back to our car and moved it closer to the laundromat. We carried our laundry over to the laundromat and in about 1 and 1/2 hours we had our laundry done and were back at the car.

We had purchased lunch from our friends at the bakery so we set off for Ishoj on the outskirts of Copenhagen (Kobenhavn).

Copenhagen in Danish

Copenhagen in Danish

We drove for some time and then spotted a lunch spot on the shore of a lake. It was very warm but peaceful.

Lunch place

Lunch place

Other side of the lake

Other side of the lake

We did not need to drive much further and we reached the Great Belt Fixed Link Bridge. This is a suspension bridge, a railway tunnel (which we did not see), a little island called Sprogo and a box girder bridge. This bridge reaches 6790 metres or 22,277 feet. It provides a link between two Danish islands.

Part of Great Belt Fixed Link bridge, official name Ostbroen

Part of Great Belt Fixed Link bridge, official name Ostbroen

Sprogo Island between bridges

Sprogo Island between bridges

After leaving the bridge we noticed a number of buildings with odd roof lines. A quest on the internet tells us that this is a "crow stepped gable" or "stepped gable" or a "corbie gable". According to wikipedia:" This is a stairstep type of design at the top of a triangular gable-end of a building. The top of the parapet wall projects above the roofline and the top of the brick or stone wall is stacked in a step pattern above the roof as a decoration and as a convenient way to finish the brick courses."

Crow stepped gable

Crow stepped gable

It has been a hot sunny day with blue skies with light clouds. The temperature is 29 C or 84 F. Very warm.
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Posted by A-RPoulton 09:04 Archived in Denmark Comments (0)

Day 64

Skagen to Faaborg - a night in a castle

sunny 27 °C

We woke this morning to a bright sunny day. Again we were reminded of the big sky we see in Saskatchewan. The high temperature today was 27 C or 81 F.

We set off to Odense to see the museum about Hans Christian Andersen. We had a picnic lunch along the way and arrived about 1 PM in Odense. The city centre was filled with construction and blocked streets. Our GPS kept sending us on blocked streets or streets that cars were not allowed on. We tried and tried for about an hour to find our way to their museum and finally in great distress we left the city totally disgusted with the GPS and the city signage.

We drove to Faaborg to our lodging for the evening. We had planned to stay in the Hvedholm Slot or castle.

We are sending pictures of the wall paper and carpet design. Our room is very small and in the top floor so it is very hot. We opened the windows in hope of a breeze and cooler temperatures.

Hall Wallpaper

Hall Wallpaper

Carpet design

Carpet design

We are wondering about the "fleur de lis" pattern in the carpet but nothing we read about the history of the building would indicate a connection to France.

We noticed on the floor below us that there was a lovely large room set up for dinner. The hostess advised that a large group of Americans or Brits were coming much later in the evening for a fancy supper. It is now 8:15 PM and a bus load of people just arrived. The room is guarded by a suit of armour.

Splendid dining room set up for grand event

Splendid dining room set up for grand event

Suit of Armour

Suit of Armour

After getting settled in, we decided to take a walk around the property. We spotted the castle cat sneaking home and he/she did not look pleased.

Castle cat

Castle cat

This is a view of the castle from the pond.

Picture from pond

Picture from pond

Our window which is second from the right. Note the window open pleading for a breeze.

Our window second from end top floor

Our window second from end top floor

We walked out to the highway and took a picture of the "welcome sign" and the front gate and the fence posts with the pineapple design.

Welcome sign

Welcome sign

Front gate

Front gate

Fencing with pineapple design

Fencing with pineapple design

The pineapple design became a popular welcome and hospitality symbol in the 1800's so that explains why there are pineapples here in Denmark, far from where they can be grown.

This castle was built in the middle ages and burned down in the late 1600's. It was rebuilt in the late 1800's but the owner ran into taxation issues and sold the castle and grounds to the government. This building was used to house mental patients until the present owners bought the castle in the late 1990's and turned it into a hotel. They have a number of these historic buildings which they have set up as hotels. We had supper in the dining room tonight. It was horribly expensive and the service was deplorable but we did finally get to eat and get out of there.

Wonder what will happen to all those people in the special dining room tonight.

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Day 63

Touring Jutland in Denmark

semi-overcast 26 °C

We woke to a cloudy morning with temps. about 20 C (68 F). After a very good breakfast served by our hotel we set off to learn about Denmark.

Our first stop was at the town of Jelling. They have a UNESCO World Heritage site there that involves two burial mounds and recently discovered rune stones and evidence of a stockade from 900 AD to 1000 AD. We were surprised to find that they have completed in the last year an interactive museum that described Danish history very well. We were very impressed. We would recommend this stop to anyone, children, teens, adults or seniors.

National Museum in Jelling

National Museum in Jelling

Rune Stone

Rune Stone

They also had a modern invention in use there which was very interesting. It was a lawn mower that mowed the lawn without human intervention. We are sure it is programmed like the iRobot vacuum cleaner and fun to watch.

Automatic Lawn Mower

Automatic Lawn Mower

After leaving the museum we drove through flat agricultural land and then rolling green hills with wooded areas.

We got a bit of a surprise when we were driving through a town and a Lamborghini stopped beside us at a red light. We tried to get a good photo for all our car lover friends but did not do the best. This car was being driven by two blonde young ladies.

Lamborghini on the street

Lamborghini on the street

Lamborghini 2

Lamborghini 2

Our last stop for the day was at Grenen at the very northern tip of the continental peninsula that is Jutland. This point is where the Skagerrak sea runs into the Kattegat sea. We took a photo of the lighthouse that prevents ships from running into the barrier reef that is along this shoreline.

Lighthouse at Grenen

Lighthouse at Grenen

The beach at this point is a very popular vacation spot.

Grenen beach

Grenen beach

We spotted some violas in the grass as we walked back to our car.

Violas in the grass

Violas in the grass

Art remembers a ditty about this area. Part of a song sung by Danny Kaye.

"I sailed up the Skagerrak
And sailed down the Kattegat
Through the harbour and up to the quay
And there she stands waiting for me
With a welcome so warm and so gay
Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen."

We then drove to our hotel on the west coast of Jutland in a community called Hirtshals, Denmark. Reta thought the peach coloured marble(?) bathtub out front of the hotel was interesting.

A marble look alike bath tub at our hotel in Hirtshals

A marble look alike bath tub at our hotel in Hirtshals

We have had bright sunshine and light rain. The high temperature for the day was 26 C (79 F).

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Day 62

Hello Denmark

sunny 28 °C

Today we traveled from Stralsund, Germany to Grindsted, Denmark (Danmark).

This was a rather long trip for us at 500 km. We used to drive that far every day when we were travelling on Canada or US freeways but learned as we travelled through New Zealand and Australia that you can not travel that many kilometres in one day due to roads and travel speeds. We now usually use the computer to determine how far we can travel in our area of travel in 5 hours and find that now we are not driving madly every day. Today we were on freeways most of the day so we travelled six hours today including a stop for lunch and a couple of very long construction slow downs.

Traffic is slowed down as you pass through the border between Germany and Denmark. Cars were randomly being pulled over for inspection. We won the prize and were pulled over. The officers could speak English well and just examined our passports and Art's driver's licence. They were curious about a car with Italian plates being driven by Canadians. When we explained what we were doing the officer said that we would not have any vacation time left after we got back to Canada and we told him we were retired and he laughed and said, "So you never have any vacation time." He wished us a good trip and off we went.

Grindsted is the town next to the town where Lego is made. This town celebrates the industry of Lego by having an amusement park called "Legoland". We stopped in at Legoland and were told that if we came back at 4:30 PM the entrance fee was free so we went and checked into our hotel in Grindsted and returned to Legoland planning to do some looking around and making some purchases.

Legoland

Legoland

Map of Legoland

Map of Legoland

Legoland characters

Legoland characters

We found everything more expensive than it would be in Regina. Every child's T-shirt was $36.00 CDN or 180 Danish Kroner. We ended up picking up some small items and driving back to our hotel.

Reta had been watching the beautiful bushes of wild roses as we drove along today. They were deep pink, pink or white. She finally caught a picture of some deep pink ones.

Wild roses

Wild roses

We had a bright sunny day with big skies for most of the day. It reminded us of Saskatchewan, the land of living skies. There were a few sun showers. The high today was 28 C (82 F).

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Day 61

Bremin to Stralsund

semi-overcast 28 °C

We woke this morning to a cloudy morning.

We got breakfast and carted our stuff out to the garage and had our car elevator ride down to the street and set off.

We drove on freeways for the morning and then chose smaller highways in the afternoon.

When we stopped for lunch we were at a stop that has a gas station and restaurant and usually a convenience store as well. We noticed a little grey bird that I have been trying to catch a picture of for some days. This is not a perfect picture but not bad. We compared it with many birds on the internet and think it is a "White Wagtail". These little grey birds are great fun to watch.

White wagtail

White wagtail

It turned out that the restaurant at this stop was a McDonalds. We haven't eaten at their establishments for some time so it was OK. After lunch a potty break was called for. Pay toilets are the norm in the countries we have visited. The prices vary from 20 Euro cents to a whole Euro. Today the price was 70 Euro cents but look at the classy cubicle Reta got. First of all she opened the door and was confused thinking it was the cleaning closet and then she opened it again and verified that it was the loo. She just had to take a photo. Not many loos are as dressed up as that.

Classy cubicle in gas station

Classy cubicle in gas station

Tonight we are staying in a Wyndham hotel. We have stayed in very few American-style hotels. This one has a nautical theme in its decorations. We even have a lighthouse TV stand and mini bar. Thought you all would like to see that.

Lighthouse TV stand-mini bar

Lighthouse TV stand-mini bar

We are on the seventh floor (8th floor by North American standards - ground floor is 0 and the second floor is 1 and so on). When we looked out the window, we saw this building floating above the trees. We think from information we can find that this is St. Mary's Church.

St. Mary's Church in Stralsund

St. Mary's Church in Stralsund

We are in the northeastern part of Germany in a city named Stralsund, on the coast of the Baltic Sea. Today was our first glimpse of the Baltic Sea, although it was near Rostock which is west of here and is a well-known port.

We hear on the news that there was a terrible flood in the southwestern part of Germany. Fear not everyone, we are safe.

We are noticing that the daylight lasts longer and longer into the day. It is now 9:30 PM and it is still very light out. While we were noticing that we spotted a sunset to share with all of you.

Sunset May 31 16

Sunset May 31 16

We also noticed across the street from us that there are two windmills, one very modern and the other traditional.

Modern windmill and older windmill

Modern windmill and older windmill

The day turned out to be warm and sunny with a high temperature of 28 C (82 F).

Posted by A-RPoulton 12:54 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

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