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Gluckstadt... lucky town - and Bremerhaven U-Boat

Submitted by mag on Tue, 07/24/2018 - 02:01

From Denmark we headed back via Gluckstadt, a charming German town on the Elbe where there is a ferry. It was a long and winding drive but it's the only Elbe crossing north of Hamburg and it avoids the nightmare snarl and permanent stau (backup) of the Hamburg freeway construction.  Our Gasthaus Kleiner Muck (it's not the most melodious language is it?) was right on the square and we had a lovely dinner at the Ratskeller. 

Aero! The Danish answer to Martha's Vinyard

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 13:25

On July 20, Jack and Linda hopped a northbound overnight ferry heading to Norway while we headed south to sunny, windswept Aero Island, the lovely Danish sailing, swimming and cycling mecca, where we spent a sunny and wonderful couple of days... getting lost on vanishing trails, enjoying the spectacular scenery, exploring new trails, meeting new friends, and having a wonderful time.   Lots of sailboats - only 8 miles from Germany so many German yachts as well as Danish.The scenery was so peaceful and idyllic I took way too many photos and it's hard to choose.   

Hamlet's Castle

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:32

A visit to Hamlet's Castle (Kronborg)  in Helsingor, the Danish riviera at Hornbaek, and dinner in the shadow of Fredericksberg Slot in Hillerod.The Casements were the scariest and most arduous parts of the castle - very dark and spooky, rough cobble floors and dank damp cold walls - a terrible duty assignment... this is where Hamlet was imagined to encounter his father ghost.  We saw no ghosts, but were still happy to emerge into the sunlight.  

Copenhagen by bike

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:05

A totally perfect day cycling and enjoying the sights of the beautiful Copenhagen - the world's most bike-friendly city.  We pedaled from Ganlose to Vaerlose and caught the S-tog to Osterport to begin our exploration.  It was a Sunday so the bike-traffic was not as fast-paced as on a working day when nearly 40% of workers commute by bike.  First to Amalienberg (royal residence) where we lucked into witnessing the changing of the guard, then on to Nyhavn (New Harbor) for lunch and watching the boat traffic, then on to Christiania (Denmark's time-warp Haight-Ashbury-like free society only muc

Ganlose! New home near Copenhagen

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 03:57

From Lubeck we had a choice of ferry (about $150) or long drive.  We chose the long drive.  there was a long jam at the Danish border as they searched vehicles including ours for immigrants. They are very serious about not letting illegal immigrants sneak into their country and very happy they did not join the EU where so many problems abound.  From the border there were gorgeous long bridges as we crossed from Jutland (the peninsula) to Funen (middle island) to Zealand the main islands.

Lubeck II - more photos of this historic and photogenic city

Submitted by mag on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 02:09

Once inside the main city gate (the Holsten Tor) there is much to explore around Lubeck - with plenty of bike trails and parks surrounding it.  The fascinating Schiffergesellschaft (seamans guild) is both a museum and restaurant. We planned to have a late lunch there but found a more enticing spot on the river.  Lubeck is a small roundish island with the remains of the defensive walls and battlements still much in evidence - in addition to  the iconic Holsten Tor on the west, the north Bergtor (Castle Gate) is still prominent.  

Lubeck! The original Common Market

Submitted by mag on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 15:28

Did you know there was a Common Market in Europe that lasted 600 years starting in the 1100s?  Neither did we! But we are learning all about the Hanseatic League here in Luebeck (sorry this keyboard has no umlaut) - the seat of the League controlling both the Baltic and North Seas all the way from Russia to London.   We had an idylic day exploring Luebeck.  

Groningen

Submitted by mag on Thu, 07/12/2018 - 02:55

Groningen is an amazing city... totally full of bikes and boats!   We had a lovely BnB right near the park and downtown and enjoyed cycling all around the city...

Haarlem, Hoofdorp and Hilversum

Submitted by mag on Sun, 07/08/2018 - 05:02

Friday and Saturday were great days, with many high points (and a few low points).  We spent most of Friday trying to solve the cash problem (usually we bring a pile of euros, but this time for some reason the financial planner under-estimated and didn't bring the right card setup-no reasonably priced solution... so a low point)  but the rest was highpoints with a delightful ride around the Zee-Loop all on scenic trails  (Haarlem to Bloemendaal aan Zee to Zandvoort aan Zee and back through the beautiful dunes).  Dinner in the Botermarkt.