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  • Day3

    Aarhus

    July 24, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Nach einer erholsamen Nacht auf einem geschützten Parkplatz fuhren wir weiter nach Aarhus. Unser erstes Ziel war die "endlose Brücke". Es handelt sich um eine kreisförmige Brücke die vom Strand in die Bucht führt. Hier lagen wir im Gras und genossen die Sonne. ☀️
    Danach begaben wir uns ins Zentrum und besuchten das Freilichtmuseum "Den Gamle By" (Die Alte Stadt). Hier wird dargestellt, wie die Menschen in Dänemark früher lebten.
    Die Nacht verbrachten wir in Hobro auf einem Campingplatz. 🏕️
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  • Day2

    1 - Aarhus

    August 3, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    10 hours on the train was a bit tooooo long. But we survived! Sadly a part of the group had a lot of trouble with the trains so they arrived later. We checked in into the Airbnb which is located at the harbor so also really central. We have a really nice view with a small balcony which is great. After we checked in and showered (since we were still wearing the clothes from Friday and it was disgusting) we strolled around the city to find something to eat. We ended up with a pizza.
    So after we had an delicious dinner we went to get the rest of the group whom finally arrived at the station and went for another walk through the city. Just exploring and seeing things, but taking it easy. My impression of Aarhus is really clean and safe. It’s not big like tourist big so you’re feeling kind of with the locals. It’s nice!
    This weekend in Aarhus there is a sort of festival in the harbor. So there are stages everywhere and they had a big firework show.
    But now it’s time to really catch up with some sleep since I haven’t really slept at all past night.

    Tomorrow we will continue our journey to Copenhagen.
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  • Day3

    Leaving Aarhus

    August 4, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Aarhus is a beautiful city. In the morning we had a really nice breakfast at grod, after that we went for a walk to the museaum Aros. It known from the rainbow panoramic view. It was really weird walking up there since everything was a weird color. But a truly nice experience. Then we checked out the museum, it was really big and it does have a lot of paintings in different styles and from different times. It was really nice to see. After the museum we went back to hostel to get our stuff and went on to the station. Goodbye Aarhus. 😇Read more

  • Day771

    The Thor Forest, Aarhus

    August 6, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Unusually for Denmark we are parked on a piece of land raised about 15m from the sea. The car park in Thors Skov or The Thor Forest (we love these Danish names) is located just a few kilometres from the outskirts of Aarhus, Denmark's second city. Sturdy Beech trees tower above us and their branches frame a view out to the powdery grey blue of the Baltic Sea. Although we can't see it from the van, a stream gushes down a crevasse which it has cut in the hillside and the sound of rushing water reaches our ears through the open windows. The stream passes a concrete building set back from the sandy beach and housing the Viking kayak club. Many people trudge up and down the steep concrete steps leading to it and we see a number of sea kayaks being paddled cross shore.

    Will has already taken the rough forest track from the other side of the car park down to the beach and had a refreshing dip in the sea. There are a number of other people doing this and we even see a couple drive up in dressing gowns covering their swimwear. The place is busy, but this isn't surprising considering its proximity to the big city.

    We decide to go for an explore on the tandem and after a short time following a rather tricky forest path we emerged onto the excellent tarmacced cycle track that led into Aarhus. On the way we passed a tall wire mesh fence with a double gate. Behind it were a herd of dear! We watched them for a while through the fence and listened to the strange long squeal made by a couple of them who seemed very interested in us. We were more than a little surprised when a group of tourists opened up the gates and went in to stroke them! Further on was another entrance with signs asking people to respect the wildlife and only feed them fruit and veg. A small caravan had set up shop here selling hot drinks and bags of carrots. We joined the 30 or so adults and children inside the park and both got to stroke the deer, who were a mix of Fallow and Sika deer. They were a little wary, but would approach you if they thought you had food. Wild boars also lived in the forest, but they were kept in a seperate area.

    We cycled onward into the outer limits of the urban area, choosing to turn back when the traffic got busy. On our return we stopped to explore a circular pier we had passed on the way in. The Infinate Bridge was built to bring people together, as the old piers that used to stretch out from the coastline used to do. Judging by the numbers gathered around and on it, it certainly seemed to be achieving its aim. We walked along its curved path, spotting several orange jellyfish with long tentacles floating underneath us.

    The following day we decided to drive the short distance into Aarhus because we wanted to give ourselves as long as possible to explore the city without worrying about Poppy. Unfortunately there was a fayre in town, as well as what we believe was an international sailing regatta, so the car parks were packed. Changing our plans, we returned to the outskirts of the forest where we left the van in the shade of a large oak tree and cycled the 2 miles to the city centre, most of which was on a dedicated cycle track, separated from the road by a kerb. Leaving the tandem chained to one of the many bike stands attached the walls of buildings, we set about sight seeing. We soon crossed over the train station and were drawn to the several hundred metres of pavement that was dedicated to double sided, double decker bike racks with a covered middle section. The provision for cyclists here is in a different ball park from what we've seen (or not) in the UK.

    First on the itinerary was the rainbow panorama at the Åros gallery. At the top of its premises the art museum has a huge circular walkway, whose sides are made up from large rectangular panes of glass, the colours of which change through a rainbow spectrum as you walk around it, giving you tinted views of the surroundings. We admired it from the ground and went in to the building with the intention of buying an entrance ticket, but at 140kr (£17) each we felt the fee was too steep for what would need to be a quick up, round and down tour.

    Den Gamle By (the old town) was next. We had visions of characterful, photogenic streets and followed the regular signs that pointed in its direction, only to be disappointed with what appeared to be an amusement park. A closed one. Oh well, never mind.

    By now it was was getting on for lunch time so we trudged our way towards Aarhus Street Food. A former garage, the industrial looking building houses a dozen or so eateries, selling an eclectic variety of consumables. We wound through the pallet benches and rainbow mix of parasols making up the outdoor seating and took a look inside. Traditional Danish dishes, hot dogs, pizzas, fish and chips, indian curries, icecream lollies and creme brulee donuts were among the offerings, along with milkshakes, fresh juices and a good selection of beers. Long wooden tables and benches filled shared eating areas, decorated with things such as lanterns and upside down umbrella frames strung with coloured ball lights. Food and drink prices were over inflated because it seemed to be marketing itself as 'the place to be'. We were pretty hungry by now, so despite this we chose 'Nord' because it offered Danish style food that was 90-100% organic. Our shared platter contained such things as toasted rye bread sticks, potato salad, salmon coleslaw and marinated beef slices. Will enjoyed it but Vicky wasn't so keen. She felt the whole place was trying a bit too hard with its hipster image, without paying enough attention to the content.

    After lunch it was time to return to the tandem and cycle back to Poppy and the van. We were glad to have looked round Aarhus, but certainly didn't like it as much as Aalborg that we visited a few weeks back. It was more spread out, pricier and didn't seem to contain that cosy character exuded by the more northern city.

    Back at the van, we noticed a couple of does and their fawns behind the wire mesh fence of the deer park. There were no gates nearby but taking a carrot from the fridge, Vicky fed one of the mothers through the fence.

    It was a hot day and we were parked close to the Infinite Bridge, so we got our swimming gear on and made our way down to the water. Will took the plunge first and was soon warned by a group of people standing on the pier that there were jellyfish in the water. Vicky recieved the same warning from a someone coming out of the sea with a child. They were the same jellyfish we'd seen the previous day, with long 'don't mess with me' tentacles. Will had the bright idea that he could stand on the walkway and act as a spotter for Vicky, who was thus able to swim a circuit of the pier without encountering any of the dreaded creatures. Will then dived in and swam to the shore where we both got out, choosing not to push our luck any further. A search of the internet later led us to believe they were most likely Lion's Mane Jellyfish; a species which does indeed have a painful sting.
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  • Day777

    Sletterhage Fyr

    August 12, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sletterhage is yet another small peninsula reaching out into Aarhus Bay. We are only 20km from where we stayed last night, this time in a gravel car park alongside other vans and Sletterhage Fyr, a lighthouse. There are views over the sandy grassland to the shore, stretching up to some small cliffs. The area is known in Denmark for its low rainfall and higher temperatures, but irony likes to show her colours occasionally and as such it rained almost constantly from the time we arrived to the time we left!

    It was nearing noon when we pulled up and as there was a trailer selling simple takeaway food and drinks, Will bought a hotdog made from local Djursland pork and Vicky had a hot chocolate. We took them to a picnic bench near the lighthouse and enjoyed their warmth as we huddled against the wind, looking out to sea. When we returned to the van we found a yellow slip of paper had been tucked under our windscreen wiper. It was a little note from the lighthouse attendants, in Danish, English and German, saying that we were welcome to park for 24 hours and asking us to kindly stay in the back of the lot if we were parking overnight. Needless to say we were more than happy with these terms!

    One of the nearby information boards informed us of a 4km walk taking in views over the bay. The area was unusually hilly and it said that due to the 40m -50m depth of the bay, the waters were a great place to spot seals, harbour porpoises and even whales! Vicky was intent on getting out to do some whale spotting but with the steady patter of rain it took her a bit to persuade pluviophobe Will to join her. We got kitted up in our wet weather gear, packed up and off we went with the camera and binoculars to hand. It was a well signed route with more information boards at various points. After walking along the stony beach we climbed up through hawthorn tunnels to an old concrete German radar tower. Inside there were half a dozen swallows nests with chicks almost big enough to fledge. We climbed up two flights onto the roof and looked down on the rolling landscape and sea. There were small boards on three walls of the tower, depicting and naming the little islands in the bay, although the rain made it difficult to make out the ones farther away. Gazing down at the waves we weren't able to see any whales, but we were lucky enough to spot a pod of porpoises close to shore! After watching them for a while we noticed some activity further out; splashing and fins above the water. From previous sightings of porpoises we have learned enough to know they don't slap the water. The longer we watched the cetaceans the more we became convinced they must be dolphins. Upon doing a little research we found that a rare pod of Bottlenose Dolphins, not seen here for 20 years, had been spotted in the bay in 2015.

    With the rain persisting, we took a seat on a couple of concrete plinths on the ground floor of the building, made ourselves cups of tea and enjoyed some raw vegan carrot cake that Vicky had made. Fortified with the warmth and calories, we continued the walk through a field of Danish Forest Cattle and back down to the beach, picking some damsons and plums on the way. There is so much fruit hanging heavy on the trees in this region, particularly sloes!

    Despite Will's initial reticence to go on the rainy walk, we were both really glad we got out and Will rewarded himself with a liquorice ice cream from the catering van upon our return!
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  • Day63

    Schlechtwetterprogram parat

    July 2, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Die erste Nacht in Dänemark. Es ist kalt und windig... Und doch wunderschön. Wir haben uns ein Premiumplatz ergattert. Scheiss auf den Wind, die Kälte und den Regen - mit den Fahrrädern ab nach Århus ins Kunstmuseeum (Danke Nöli😘), wo wir uns neben anderen spannenden Ausstellungen unverschämte Pornokunst reinziehen. Das erste nordische Sandwich verdrückt, nehmen wir doch noch ein kurzes Bad im Kattegat - welch Erfrischung!👌🏼Read more

  • Day2

    Den Uendelige Bro

    July 20, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Aarhus ist bekannt für seine vielen Kunstprojekte, deshalb schauten wir uns als erstes 'Den Uendelige Bro' (= die unendliche Brücke) an.
    Ein runder Steg direkt am Meer.
    Andy flug mit seiner Drohne über die Brücke. Aus der Luftperspektive sieht die Brücke noch viel besser aus.

  • Day2

    Aarhus

    July 20, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Mit den Fahrrädern erkundeten wir die Stadt.
    Unser erster Halt war in einem kleinen Hippie Dorf mitten in der Stadt. Dann gab es eine kleine Erfrischung und wir fanden einen lustigen kleinen Shop. Eine lokale Künstlerin verkaufte Tassen, Vasen mit Hängebrüsten. Dies ist mittlerweile ihr Markenzeichen, weil sie selber kleine Hängebrüste hat und diese aus einer Laune heraus in Szene setzte.
    Wir fuhren weiter und parkten unsere Fahrräder in einem Industriegebiet, damit Andy seine Drohne fliegen lassen konnte. Sein Ziel: die begehbare Dachinstallation in Regenbogenfarben des Künstlers Ólafur Elíasson. Auch hier schoss er wieder ein super Foto.
    Nach einigen Stunden auf dem Fahrrad war der Hunger sehr gross und wir gönnten uns am Hafen einen leckeren Dürum. Am Hafen fanden wir eine kleine Crossfit Area, kleine Häuschen zum Wohnen oder Arbeiten direkt am Meer, eine Schwimmbad mit Meerwasser sowie eine Wakeboard Anlage.
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  • Day7

    Moesgaard Museum

    June 30, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    A very impressive museum. Lots of interactive exhibits. The Big Man, a preserved body found in a bog.
    Part of one exhibition, how we honour and remember our dead, are the Australian Aboriginal mob from Gupuwiyak in North Eastern Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
    Also, the main exhibits are the Danish and how they lived through all the different ages up until now. Excellent. It is the second time I've seen it but still find it interesting. It's the first time Steve has seen it.Read more

  • Day7

    Hanging out with Thor

    June 30, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Today Thor took us to Moesgaard Museum and then a lovely lunch close by. Then for a swim. It is 28 degrees, very much a heat wave here. I've swum in Denmark! The water was a similar temperature to home.
    After that Thor took us to his apartment for a coffee and a bit of a drive around Aarhus.
    Then back to Karen and Ib's for another BBQ tea made by Thor. He loves cooking.Read more

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