Tuesday, 5th August

Firstly, apologies for the quality of the photos for this post. The camera has been mucking up again, but I have managed to salvage some of the photos for the blog. With the problem identified, I hope it won’t happen again in future because it’s heart breaking to upload the photos only to find that they are over exposed.

A huge day of travel today – three countries! We left Lund in Sweden and headed towards the Danish town of Roskilde. When we got there we had a coffee stop and looked around the town – it was really pretty!

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The reason we went to Roskilde was for the Viking Museum. It’s world renown and has a number of original viking long ships that were excavated on the site of the museum. They have also built a replica of a viking long ship exactly as the vikings would have, then they sailed it from Denmark to Ireland! At the museum you can actually join a group of other people and learn how to row and sail a viking boat.

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There are a couple of MASSIVE bridges in Denmark since there are some big islands that need to be linked. They do cost a lot of money in tolls, but are much better than waiting for ferries! Bec grabbed a couple of pics on her iPhone as we drove over one.

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Following the “ancestral trail”, we went to a little village in Germany called Kronshagen. This village was where my mother had one of her first jobs ever – looking after some children for a family. She remembered the house specifically and the address, so we went searching for it. We found some cute little houses and a forest that Mum may have walked through back then. The little house was still there! It had a loft area in the room with a little window and was very cute. Behind the house was a business that had the name of the family that she worked for back then! It would have been great to speak to them, but because we can’t speak enough German it would be hard to explain if they didn’t speak English!

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We finished the trip in a town called Lubeck. It’s been a long drive, but a great day.

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Saturday, 26th July

Planning has played a key part of our trip enabling us to make the most of the time we have to see and experience as much as possible. Since we had a lot to see today, we made a list of things to see based on research prior to our trip. Destinations on today’s itinerary:

Copenhagen City Hall (Also called the Radhus)

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Radhuspladsen (The market plaza at the front of the City Hall building)

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Nyhavn (strip of cafes and restaurants on the canal front)

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Kongens Nytorv (The King’s Square – also a central market place of the old city, but which is unfortunately under major construction work at the moment)

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The Little Mermaid statue (Probably the most famous of all Danish landmarks, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, popularised by Walt Disney)

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There are also obviously times that don’t go to plan and those also bring about some of the best experiences as well. For example, that time when it poured rain and we were forced to take shelter at Princess Mary’s house!

The first picture is the church near her house (Frederiks Church), the second her courtyard. The next two pictures are where she actually lives and her tinny if she should ever decided to throw a line in the harbour.

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Here are some other great sights of Copenhagen such as the Tivoli Gardens, Hans Christian Andersen Statue and busy Saturday mornings on a beautiful summer day.

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After a few beers in the sun and some fish and chips, we decided to call it a day and headed back to were we are staying. Then we had a small nap before having dinner. I know, I know, it’s a hard life!

Oh, and I almost forgot! For you Lozz – Danish danishes!

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Friday, 25th July

After a dramatic sunset the night before, we knew today would be a great day. And it was a bit of a special day for Keith.

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After leaving Hamburg, we headed towards the German/Danish border. On the way is a little town in Northern Germany called Wacken (pronounced Varken). Every year since 1990 there has been a massive heavy metal festival that goes for three or so days and features heaps of top name bands in metal. They usually draw on average 75,000 people to participate in the festival each year.

We didn’t have our travel plans confirmed early enough and Wacken 2014 was sold out, but we managed to be going past about a week before the festival started. We called in to see what the place was like, take some photos and buy some merch! Can you believe there was even a WOA (Wacken Open Air [Concert]) branded cow?

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We left Wacken travelling toward Copenhagen, our next stop though was a town called Horsens in Denmark to say hi to an old friend of ours – Tina! Not only did she make time to catch up with us, but also went to the trouble of creating us a traditional Danish Smorrebrod, it was absolutely delicious. Tina’s daughter Hannah had made an amazing chocolate cake, it was so wonderful to see Tina and Hannah, meet Tina’s mum and lovely neighbour and enjoy catching up and relaxing in the sunshine.

After leaving Tina’s place, we headed on to Copenhagen.

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