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Jul 21, 2014 - Islands of Denmark

Under clear skies and over smooth water, we headed out of Oslo on our overnight ferry ride to Denmark to spend a few summer days with Marianne and Wolfgang at their cottage on Langeland Island. The ferry ride took us down the Oslo Fjord to the sea,  accompanied by some Prosecco, courtesy of the captain.  Marianne and Wolfgang met us at the port of Frederikhaven where we hopped on a local ferry to go spend a few days on the northern island of Laeso, an historic fishing enclave, dating back to the Viking period. Here are some highlights...

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Travels 2014

Jul 15, 2014 - Exploring North Funen

We had had two days of rain. Slowly on the Monday afternoon it started to clear and dry up. By the end of the afternoon you would never have known there had been heavy rain. Tony decided to just check the roof of the coach. Everything was fine but has he descended the back ladder the hook part of the bottom part of the ladder broke so he stranded on the top part of the ladder. He managed to safely jump down but we were both thankful that it gave way when it did rather than when he was on that bottom ladder otherwise it could have been one...

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Jul 12, 2014 - Valdemors Slot, and some strange woodland sculptures

Today we headed south to explore the islands of Tasinge and Langeland both connected by bridges to Funen. It was a glorious summer day. Our first stop was on the island of Tasinge at Troense a lovely little village with a pretty small harbour and thatched cottages. The cottages all have this rather strange and complicated roof line to their thatch. A lovely place to just stroll around. Just a few more kilometres along the road was the Valdemars Slot. This was originally one of King Christian IV’s lavish palaces which was built for his son...

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Jul 11, 2014 - Odense- birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen

Today we went to Odense the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. The day didn’t start well. Firstly they had road works entering the town which changed the route into the centre. After finding a car park there was no signs to where we needed to go. We eventual found the Hans Christian Anderson Museum which tells the life and times of Hans Christian and included in the museum the sparse cottage where it is believed Anderson was born in the old poor quarter of the city. The museum was good but would have liked a bit more about the...

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Jul 10, 2014 - Ladbyskibet and Hindsholm

Another hot day but not complaining. Our first stop of the day was at Ladbyskibet to visit Denmark’s only Viking Age ship grave. Around 925AD a Viking chieftain was buried in his ship which was 21.5m long and 3m wide with a burial mound raised over it, His grave was furnished with all his fine possessions, including 11 horses and 4 dogs. The grave was plundered later in the Viking period so the chieftain was removed and the grave goods destroyed. However what remains today is the imprint of the boat’s hull, the iron works and the skulls...

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Jul 9, 2014 - Egeskov Slot

The number one place to visit according to our guide book on Funen or Fyn was Egeskov Slot. We love to visit castles and gardens so this was right up our street. The castle was built by Frands Brockenhuus and was completed in 1554. A few years prior to this, he had married Anne Tinhuus who had taken over the original estate from her parents. At the time the castle was built there was political unrest, the Reformation and the Count’s Feud which caused many landowners to build their houses as well- protected castles. The castle was therefore...

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Jul 7, 2014 - Heading south onto Funen(Fyn) island

We had now completed our exploration of Jutland so headed south and east again to the middle main island called Funen or Fyn. For us it was a long journey just over 200 miles but mainly on motorways so easy driving but boring. We arrived at the campground at Hasmark Strand just north of Odense. It was very busy with "rug rats" or "ankle biters". You can tell it was now the school holidays. As drove to our site we noticed there was a Norwegian registered Southwind American motorhome. This was our first American motorhome we had seen on this...

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Jul 12, 2012 - The Trip to Odense

Leaving Sonderborg and our close friends, Bent and Vivi, was difficult but we've made them promise to visit us in Sydney one day. In any case, there is much yet to see and do and they can't join us on the next part of the trip. We take a ferry across the strait between Jutland and Fyn, two parts of Denmark. It takes about 45 minutes. We have been remarkably lucky with timely breaks in the weather during the whole trip. This was no exception. Even though clouds and rain surrouned us, we felt very little of it. There is a lot to look...

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Our Europe Excursion

Jun 25, 2012 - Odense

Drove to Odense. Thought we would go to to Egeskov, the castle that has the water around it, but it was calling for rain, and it's expensive, so we decided to just go to Odense. We walked around the streets where Hans Christian Anderson lived as a child - saw the house where he was born and lived as a child, the church where he was christianed and confirmed, the place where his mother washed clothes in the river, some statues, etc. It showered off and on and was chilly. Brigitte joined us for awhile when she got off work. We left that area...

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Oct 22, 2009 - Love, love Italy....

Venice is not the only lovely and beautiful place in northern Italy. We have visited the city of gondolas two years ago and we liked it, but did not love it. It’s a matter of facts that Venice is a dying city. It’s becoming a sort of Disneyland where just tourists have their spaces, while inhabitants are every year becoming less numerous because the city doesn’t offer that much to them. The problem with Venice is that you run a big risk of never getting to know real Venetian people, because much of the people you find in the city don’t live...

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Aug 15, 2009 - Odense

It's a rainy, gray Saturday morning here in Odense (pr. Oh-then-zuh). I arrived yesterday afternoon later than expected and literally had to run around town updating what I could before everything closed. Luckily this is a small chapter, so was able to finish up this morning before heading out. No time to add any restaurant listings, maybe next time. Odense is the birthplace of Hans Christian Anderson, and it's all about him here. There's a museum here built onto what was his childhood home. It's a modern, glass and metal building, very...

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Baltic Europe 2009

Oct 11, 2008 - Odense

so after copenhagen, i made a quick one night stop in odense, which is on the island of funen inbetween zealand which is where copenhagen is, and jutland, which is part of the euro continent. I did a lot of walking in the city and checked out a bunch of sites, the most impressive of which was the Hanz Christian Andersens museum.

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