Danish Travel Recipe for 3 Persons

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:


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)


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


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


Lady of the Harbor statue in background.


Rescue Station for ships in distress


A one-dog journey along the Harbor Front.


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


The Kattegat Sea on a blustery day


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


No one to talk to today.


Some pleasure craft based in Sæby.


More horseshoes.


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


Remember to pick up after your dog.


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


Metal sidewalk patterns, at the Town Center – Nytorv.


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


The Old Tax Building, now serving as a Bank.


Fountains, and the Limfjord Canal..


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


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.


Signs designating the end of the Pedestrian Street.


“Timbered” Building on Fjordgade.


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


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


Aalborghus Slot dating back to 1539. Former Royal Residence.


Along the waterfront looking westwards towards the Limfjord Drawbridge.


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


Aalborghus Slot and the Fountains.


Tiled patterns.


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


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


At Sculptor Park.


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

Art Museum at lower right.


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.


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


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?


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


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


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)


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 the Lighthouse.


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


A view of the Lighthouse and surrounding dunes.


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


The remaining structures at/around the Lighthouse


Looking down from the top of the Lighthouse.


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!


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.


Blossoming Cherry Trees with the Washington Monument in the background.


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


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


Statue located at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial.


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…..