21.7.14

WHERE DENMARK ENDS











At Grenen, the very northern most tip of Denmark. It is also the point where the north sea and baltic sea meet, or rather, clash. Apparently due to different densities, the two seas are unable to merge properly and so instead of the smooth rhythmic folds that we're familiar with, the waves were going every other way like crazy. 

The locals though (and even the dogs!), were all happily taking off their shoes and walking off the tip, so that they can "dip each of the feet in the two seas".

I love them for that.




15.7.14

ABOUT ART, CAKE & COFFEE

We dropped by the Skagens Museum for some afternoon cake and to check out the Skagen painters. This was the studio of the famous Peder Severin Krøyer and his wife, the beautiful Marie Krøyer.

The dining room of the Brøndum Hotel, where artists used to gather, eat and socialize in the late 1800s. I was tickled by the hanging portraits of artists who would paint each other when they visited. It was just like what we would do with photos now.


I know a Van Gogh when I see one but otherwise I'm lost in the world of fine art, but this Skagen style of painting of light fascinates me. It felt so much like taking a photo that I was compelled to wonder which point I would have taken the light metering from. I can't believe this light was painted.

The Garden House, one of the oldest buildings in Skagen, now a cafe.

First time trying a rhubarb tart.


And where we finally ended up. All good things finish with some coffee and cake, don't you think? ;)



12.7.14

TOPPEN AF DANMARK

















We spent several days in Skagen, a well-loved seaside holiday at the very northern tip of Denmark. We were a little worried about the weather (forecasts for T-storms!), but a lovely local lady said to us before we went, "Don't worry, in Denmark we say that it's sunshine everyday in Skagen."

It might be pure Danish optimism, but it really did bring a smile to our faces.

From top:

Characteristic yellow houses in Skagen. Buildings here are all in varying shades of this sunny yellow. I wonder why.

Laundry is always a big part of our travels, we like to pack light. Accommodation was at the Skagen Holiday and we had an apartment all to ourselves. Jorgen who rented us the place was so nice, when we asked about a laundromat in town he simply offered us his own washing machine.

Near the wharves. Fresh fish and seafood are still being brought up the port everyday and you can see the auctions going on in the mornings if you're early enough.

We had lunch at the Pakhuset. Their mussels were the best I've ever had, so fresh with none of that heavy aftertaste I dislike about seafood.

Later, a stroll at the old part of the town. We took a long time choosing from among the millions of pebbles, this time we brought home one that looked exactly like a danish butter cookie :)



11.7.14

SOMEWHERE ENROUTE TO SKAGEN





Another staple of every road trip. Stopping at impossible places to take lots of photos of horses and cows (it was cows and sheep in New Zealand then).

Denmark had a lot of what I call 'real cows', the black-and-white version instead of the brown. It was what I had always thought cows looked like as a child.




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