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Published: September 10th 2016
Sunset over Nissum FjordRibe Domkirke
From Dianne's cousin's tower
The cathedral in Ribe, like many other cathedrals, was started in the 1100s, and had been modified many times over the years. The biggest difference seems to be that they are proud of the recovery they made after the 1283 collapse of one of the two Church towers that killed many people. They rebuilt the tower in the 1300s as a joint Church/state project. The Church used the lower half and the state, the upper. The view from the top of the tower was great. We were just leaving the top when the bells rang. Luckily, it was the quarter hour so it wasn’t too long a chime. Up the coast road
Heading up the northwest coast we discovered just how much of the Jutland peninsula of Denmark was water. We passed between the Ringkobing Fjord and the North Sea on a narrow strip of land that has the only link between the two. Boats enter the fjord and pass through the middle of the Jutland peninsula but certainly not in a straight line.
On the ocean side of the road there are huge sand dunes. Every once in a while there is a place
A great little car for what we needed. What Dianne wondered was, how did they know we were from BC? (ha, ha)
to climb over them to see the water. The view is tremendous. The sand beaches seem to go on forever. The wind sweeps across the North Sea and the result is huge waves that crash onto the shore. And this was still August. One can only imagine what the winter storms are like.
I always pictured a fjord as a long skinny channel with high mountains on both side. This fjord is more like a huge lake surrounded by sand dunes. We later saw paintings in a museum where there were many windjammers lined up in the Ringkobing harbour in the fjord. It is big. We thought of trying our hand at kayaking but based on the size of the waves in the fjord I think we may wait until we get back to Canada to go kayaking again. Family visit #1
Our first family visit was with Else and her husband, Mads. Else’s grandmother and Dianne’s grandmother were sisters which makes Else and Dianne second cousins (we looked it up on google so it MUST be right). Because they live so far away we have always thought of them as distant relatives. They live on a
Amazing how these churches have lasted as long as they have. This one shows one reason: they were restored at various times sometimes with different styles, sometimes different materials.
“farm” on the shores of another fjord although they are now retired from farming. Except for Else, who is still an active painter and poet. After our visit, she headed off to do a show of her works on the Faeroe Islands. She travels extensively to these shows. Neat stuff.
Their property is on the shore of one of the many fjords in the area and the views are spectacular, especially sundown over the water. They built a tower on the end of Else’s gallery where you can stand for hours, watching the scenery change.
Else took us on a couple of tours of the areas where Dianne’s grandparents had grown up and to the church where they were married. Hard to think this all happened over 100 years ago. Bovbjerg fyr
One of our stops was at this fyr, or lighthouse. We climbed the tower to get the best view and could see up and down the coast for miles. There is also an art gallery where Else was one of the featured artists. Even better. When discussing the view it came up that we were looking towards the English/Scottish border. Funny to think that
When you are in the tower you are right beside the bells.
Dianne’s family was living on the west coast of Denmark while mine was living on the east coast of England. All that separated them was a few miles of ocean. Maybe my Dad’s stories about Viking raiders were true. Car rental
Our car rental as we left Copenhagen turned out to be a great decision. It certainly made getting around easier. But eventually, we had to buy gas. Should be no problem as the pump has a screen that can give instructions in Danish, German or English. I couldn’t get it to change to English but how hard can it be? I guessed at what I should enter and I thought the pump was ready. It was. But when I opened the gas tank door, the gas cap had a lock! Since there was no separate key, I correctly guessed that the ignition key would unlock the cap. It seemed to, but it still took forever to get it off. By this time, the pump had timed out and I had to start again. I just had to hope that it cancelled the first transaction. Needless to say, the Danish relatives were amused. Summer house
View from the top
It's pretty hard to take a picture from a church tower and not include another church somewhere nearby. Its bad enough in Denmark, just wait till we get to Italy.
has another second cousin, Helle, who lives in the area. The grandmothers of all three “girls” were sisters. We moved to the location where Helle and her husband, Knud, had arranged for us to stay in a “summer house” next door to them. We were able to use this as a base to travel over a lot of North Jutland. One thing that really made an impression on us was how windy it was. Knud explained that in a week, only 5 days were windy; the other two had storms. Looking back on our time here, he was right! Mini-golf
We discovered an Adventure Playground nearby and played a couple of rounds of mini-golf. The courses were somewhat like courses we have played in Canada but fewer structures to contend with and longer, undulating “greens”. It was so windy that the balls often were blown off the course. That’s my story, anyway. They had two similar layouts for “football golf” and “handball golf” that seemed to be popular. I had never seen anything like these courses in Canada. Rest areas
We were impressed with the frequency of rest areas on our driving around the country. When
As you are driving north, you can see the fjords on your right but not the sea on your left because of these huge somewhat grass covered dunes
we mentioned this to Helle, she said she never stops at them unless there is a WC because you never know what people (read men) do at these sites. Sure enough, the next time we pulled into a rest area, there was a fellow standing by the bushes with a very suspicious posture. Lunch
We wanted to have a picnic lunch by the fjord but the only table we could find was in the garden of the museum. Of course, as soon as we finished and started our walkabout we found lots. Pretty windy by the water so maybe we were lucky to not find them sooner. Museum
Interesting exhibit at the museum dealing with the Second World War. Denmark was occupied during the war and supposedly was known to the occupiers as the “whipped cream front” as your chance of survival was much better than on the Eastern Front. The Air War often flew over Denmark so there was lots of evidence to be found to put into the museum. There was a very touching video of an English woman whose husband was “missing in action” until fairly recently. The remains of his plane were
The North Sea
When you stop and climb the dunes, you see the sea. These pictures don't really do justice to the cold wind blowing huge waves onto shore.
found and the crew was laid to rest with full honors, albeit over 50 years late. To Be Continued
When Dianne told me we were booked into the summer house for eight days I thought she had made a mistake. But the time was flying by. To Be Continued.
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