|Children crabbing at Nykobing, Denmark|
Since I was in the neighbourhood so to speak, my lovely Danish friend whom I had met in Mongolia invited me to drop in. With a few days before my next flight, I couldn't resist the temptation. Previously I had only seen a bit of Copenhagen and the remote dunes of Romo, so I was delighted when my friend and her partner offered to show me around.
|It really was this green!|
The weather was perfect. Everything was lusciously green and this was only interrupted by the occasional bright splash of yellow rape fields or the purple of hundreds of lilacs in bloom. Here and there a few windmills turned lazily in the breeze, most of them sleek modern wind generators but there were at least two traditional ones too. One of the things I really liked was how low key and decentralised all the housing was, spead over low hills with lots of green in between. Although Denmark is a small country, only 43 thousand square kilometres, you never felt crowded anywhere except perhaps at the beaches. Even there, there were so many inlets and coves - Denmark is surrounded by water, that you could always get away from it all if you wanted to.
|A traditional farmhouse. I am told it's hard to insure them because thatched rooves are a fire hazard|
On the first day we visited a former artists' residence which is now a museum. It was set in beautiful gardens overlooking the sea. These artists were way ahead of their time. They home -schooled their children and travelled around Europe to paint. They also knew a thing or two about skylights and how to keep a place warm in winter.
|View from an upstairs bedroom|
|Denmark is boatlover's paradise|
|Lowenborg Castle is set in lovely grounds|
The next day we did a bit of a castle crawl. Danish castles are different, more like large estates. Perhaps they didn't have to keep out as many enemies as their central European counterparts. The churches are more modest too and look very modern although some of them are very old. If someone had not pointed out what they were, I may never have known, especially given the absence of crosses.