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Published: September 15th 2014
Sculpture by Aussie artist, Ron Mueck 1999
Desperately trying to do a bit of catch up on this blog. I am sitting on the bed in our very nice room aboard the River Victoria in Moscow, but I've still got plenty to tell about our time in Denmark.
We moved from cousin Ellen's place to cousin Kirsten. In between was the big family get together with many other family members, held in an old farmhouse on the island of Fyn. This was my big chance to catch up with other cousins and an aunt that I might not otherwise have seen. Thank you to cousin Signe and her family for hosting a wonderful day.
One of the highlights of our time with Kirsten and Karin was the visit to the city of Aarhus to see Aros, the art gallery and Rainbow Panorama - a multicoloured glass, circular walkway high above the city on top of the art gallery building. We also saw the sculpture of "Boy" which amazingly, was done by an Aussie. The sculpture is over 15m high and incredibly lifelike. Delicious lunch was followed by a boat trip out onto Aarhus Harbour. Maersk is a huge Danish company involved in shipping container transport -
Queen Margrethe's holiday house in Aarhus - nice!
you see the name all over the world. The CEO, son of the founder, died only a couple of years ago but not before donating a brand new opera house to the Danish public. It was Festival week in Aarhus so the city was alive with activities. People drinking and eating at the many restaurants alongside the canal, kids having a whale of a time inside plastic bubbles and much more. We stopped for coffee and cake and the cafe owner was Italian. I gotta say, it sounds funny to me to hear an Italian speak Danish, but then again they probably think I sound funny too. It's also amazing to see the 100's and 100's of bicycles parked outside their version of Myer.
Next day we visited Karen at her kolonihave - this is a plot of land with a little house. Many Danes live in apartments and this is a way for them to enjoy the benefits of a garden and outdoor life. The houses are quite small and must not be more than 10% of the land, often without electricity and can only be used from April to October. Karin's kolonihave is in an area with
Aros Gallery in Aarhus
Rainbow Panorama on the top
approx. 130 others and right beside the Queen's forest in central Aarhus, a beautiful spot. We had a lovely day with barbecued lamb and sausages and a variety of salads. This was followed by a wander in the forest and watching a pair of squirrels playing chasey.
Since John and I hadn't been to Legoland since 1981, next day we decided to drive the 1 and a half hour trip down there (on the wrong side of the road). That was where John learnt another Danish word - lukket. The empty car parks should have given us a clue. The only day we had available to visit Legoland and it was closed. So we took the scenic route back via a lovely town called Silkeborg. Scenic because we got hopelessly lost. We drove under the highway, over the highway and beside the highway, but we couldn't figure out how to get ON the highway. We also couldn't find my cousin's house when we got back to Aarhus. Memo: next time take the GPS.
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