Danish Travel Recipe for 3 Persons

Ingredients:
1. 3 people – various Nationalities.
(including 1 Chaperone)
2. One car with sufficient gas to avoid excuses
3. Various snacks
4. Yellow Car Alert Response (hit the person next to you when Yellow car is spotted)
5. Enough time for both sightseeing, and being late home to the wife with a poor excuse

Destination is the top of Denmark.

Be sure to add a good supply of doubt from someone’s mother, and an equal amount of doubt, about the driver’s real intentions.

Add the ingredients slowly, and be sure not to overheat the conversation with innuendos, and off-color conversation. Make sure the Chaperone is present at all times. If, in the event of Chaperone walkabout, then keep calm and assess the situation.

As the day progresses, be careful when striking the other persons with the Yellow Car Alert Response, as those bruises might take years to heal!

Remember to point out the interesting Flora and Fauna, and warn if Sheep are present, or their aromatic tendencies might just sour this recipe.

The snacks are to be consumed in place of nutritious food, and it is customary to leave a water bottle from your Home Country as an offering to the Danish Gods at Skagen.

If confronted with an unexpected question, try to divert attention by pointing out the Danish National Bird, The Seagull and its playful and magical ways!

If all goes well, with the ingredients mixed about with the ambience of the day, then remember to say something in Danish-French-English in order to make sure that everyone present, has had their needs seen to!

The finished product will resemble something like this:

mikkels-iphone6-pictures-066

with the Chaperone taking the picture, of course……


With any luck at all, this recipe can be used in the future,

with the taste increasing in intensity with each

subsequent attempt!


Bon Appétit!

 

 

Sæby Harbor. 15 March 2017

Today, I visited my mother in-law in the Danish Town of Sæby.

Actually, all towns and cities in Denmark are Danish, but it made it sound a bit more foreign like that!

(website in Danish – http://www.toppenafdanmark.dk/toppenafdanmark/velkommen-til-saeby)


IMG_7080

Here is the view from her apartment, close by the Harbor.

IMG_7081

This one-way street leads from the Church seen in the background.

IMG_7082

Lady of the Harbor statue in background.

IMG_7083IMG_7084

Rescue Station for ships in distress

IMG_7085

A one-dog journey along the Harbor Front.

IMG_7087

Sæby’s official Seal – with Mother Mary and son – note the horseshoe

IMG_7089

The Kattegat Sea on a blustery day

IMG_7090

This area is (usually) filled with fishermen from April to Summer months.

IMG_7091

No one to talk to today.

IMG_7092IMG_7093IMG_7094

Some pleasure craft based in Sæby.

IMG_7095

More horseshoes.

IMG_7096

Regulations concerning disposal of garbage,and other items to interest visitors.

IMG_7097

Remember to pick up after your dog.

IMG_7098

Last photo looking  towards the main part of Harbor.

Sæby was granted Market Rights in 1524, if you wondered about that?


Here is a video about Sæby, if my pictures weren’t enough for you?


Next Blog about Sæby will continue with photos in and around its church!

PS All photos taken with iPhone 4S.

 

 

More Sightseeing in Aalborg Photos

img_6783

Metal sidewalk patterns, at the Town Center – Nytorv.

img_6784

Fountains, just not active. Music and water combined in the Summer.

img_6785

The Old Tax Building, now serving as a Bank.

img_6786img_6787img_6788

Fountains, and the Limfjord Canal..

img_6789img_6790img_6791img_6793

Coffee and much more along the Pedestrian Street. The corner of Møllegade and Algade.

img_6794img_6795

Museum of the Franciscan Order. Elevator leads underground to artifacts dating back to 1250 AD. The Monastery remained active until 1530. The foundation is still visible.

img_6796

Signs designating the end of the Pedestrian Street.

img_6797

“Timbered” Building on Fjordgade.

img_6803img_6807img_6808

Various shots of Utzon Hus. Designed by Aalborg “boy” Jørn Utzon and completed in 2008, the year of his death.

img_6809img_6810

Views near Utzon Center on the Aalborg side of the Limfjord Canal.

img_6811

Aalborghus Slot dating back to 1539. Former Royal Residence.

img_6812

Along the waterfront looking westwards towards the Limfjord Drawbridge.

img_6813img_6814

Looking south past the inactive fountains, towards the Jens Bangs Stenhus at Nytorv.

img_6815img_6816

Aalborghus Slot and the Fountains.

img_6817

Tiled patterns.

img_6818img_6819img_6820img_6821

Street Scenes along the main N-S artery, Vesterbro.

biograf

Painting near the local Biograf (Cinema) above the railroad tracks.

img_6824img_6825

At Sculptor Park.

aalborg-tarnet

The Aalborg Tower. 55 meters tall from 1933. Restaurant located at top.

Art Museum at lower right.

aalborg-kort

Source: Google Maps

Approximate location of photos.

Who are we really, to one another?

Denmark. First day of March. Windy. Rainy. No one looks up from their umbrellas.

17015164_1780235572304026_1114286351_o

Dark and rainy. The dog still needs to go out.

17036048_1779931545667762_84390435_o17092825_1779931892334394_343465179_o

Stormy weather.

Who are we to one another? Are we just strangers on the street, those waiting for a bus, or looking out at the rain?

17092835_1780510798943170_1396661586_o

Or are we just blurry images in the rain? Who wants to sight-see today, anyway?

17091288_1780511932276390_1858721020_o

On board the bus, the situation isn’t any different. Rain, and more rain.

17016211_1780512148943035_1796619464_o17105772_1780514422276141_553717971_o17016258_1780512842276299_90687881_o

In one way, we have the lousy weather to keep us together! I can easily remark to a total stranger, “What about this weather, huh?” without worrying that I have stepped on somebody’s toes.

“Yes, it is really bad news!” or, if a young person answered they would say, Mega, or Giga, or Not Cool, or Totally?

We love to complain, don’t we? The weather being no exception. Politicians, taxes and everything else that goes on in the world, doesn’t seem to change very much. We complain about those things as well, but the weather is well, nothing that anyone has control over, and that makes it special!

Especially, if you are the complaining type….17091316_1780515795609337_110735390_o

What is the outlook? Rain, rain, rain, light rain, then sleet to finish off the week.

I can’t wait to complain about the weather tomorrow with my colleagues at work.

That will be another thing that we have in common……

 

A Day in Northern Jutland – Rubjerg Knud Lighthouse

Where are we going today, Papa Smurf? To the Western Coast of Northern Denmark:

website: http://rubjergknude.dk/engelsk/cover-page/front-page/ (in English)

rubjerg-knud

Source: Google Maps

After having left the top of Denmark at Skagen, the next stop for me would be this lonely corner of Denmark.

When this former lighthouse was built in the year 1900, it was already experiencing problems with sand intrusion. The Lighthouse was built at the highest point on this stretch of coastline, with over 200 meters to the coast. The builders could not have predicted the consequences of their labors.

In the 1920s large amounts of sand needed to be removed and driven away, while in the 1950 the sand had made it impossible to hear the foghorn. In August 1968 the Lighthouse was finally closed due to the height of the sand restricting the light from its tower from the ocean.

In 1988 I visited the Lighthouse for the first time and took this photo:

img224 The buildings seen around its base are gone today, but had once served as a museum.

The bricks are scattered about and used by others to make known of their visit.

mikkels-iphone6-pictures-091 mikkels-iphone6-pictures-092Photos taken from the Lighthouse, looking down.

It is estimated that the Lighthouse will fall into the ocean in 15-20 years, which is rather ironic with the sand getting ever higher, while the water erodes into the base of the Lighthouse.

base-of-fyr

Base of the Lighthouse.

fyr-i-baggrund

A dirt road/path leads to the Lighthouse, seen in the far background.

fyr-kantfyrmikkels-iphone6-pictures-079

A view of the Lighthouse and surrounding dunes.

mikkels-iphone6-pictures-080mikkels-iphone6-pictures-081mikkels-iphone6-pictures-082mikkels-iphone6-pictures-083

A panoramic view of the Lighthouse and its nemesis, the sand.

mikkels-iphone6-pictures-085

The remaining structures at/around the Lighthouse

mikkels-iphone6-pictures-087mikkels-iphone6-pictures-093mikkels-iphone6-pictures-096

Looking down from the top of the Lighthouse.

mikkels-iphone6-pictures-097mikkels-iphone6-pictures-100mikkels-iphone6-pictures-101

The sign at the Parking Area. (Fyr= Lighthouse in Danish)

If any of you wondered, about the sightings of Canadians, then the answer is Yes. One Canadian Girl was found to be at this stop……

My First Trip to Denmark – Day 2

OK. Still in Washington DC, but don’t fret. Denmark is still on the way!

img298-copy

Here is a photo taken with the Washington Monument on the left, and the Capitol Building just barely visible on the right hand side. This was actually a color photo, but my scanner and I couldn’t agree on that. I said that it was in color, but it won the argument, and made it in Black and White instead.

img299-copy

Blossoming Cherry Trees with the Washington Monument in the background.

img302-copy

The Smithsonian Institute (1855) visible with its distinctive red brick, in the background.

img303-copy

Sign on the streets of the City of Fairfax, Virginia.

img307-copy

Statue located at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.

img308

Civil War Cannons nearby.

I’d like to tell more about the Civil War, but that will have to wait until my re-telling of my Coast to Coast Trip across the USA. My then brother in-law was a Military Historian, and he showed me a number of interesting sites nearby Washington DC. Sorry, but the next blog will be concerning Denmark!

Yea! Denmark at last…..