Monday September 20 the sun set the trees ablaze at my dawn; it was a magical moment. The rest of the day was unremarkable; gloomy weather. Also, I forgot that museums are closed on Mondays. I was walking through the center of the town of Slikeborg; in the main square the town hall faced the Evangelical Church. I found a bivouac on the outskirts in a large parking lot in front of a primary school. Bicycle traffic is heavy in the city center, but in the suburbs car traffic is very heavy all day. We must qualify the appetite of the Nordics for the use of the bicycle. There, as elsewhere, modern cities are very extensive, excluding the automobile, no salvation, not to mention the transport of goods by truck. I have noticed that some semi-trailers have four axles and the tractor three axles with the carrier raised. Is this specific legislation in Denmark?
|Aarhus, Moesgaard-Museum, Sunrise|
Tuesday September 21 was a long morning of departmental roads to reach Kolding with finally the E20 motorway where I visited the Trapholt modern art and design museum. It exhibits a retrospective of furniture created by Danish designers as well as works by contemporary artists, some of which caught my attention. I present them with the commentary in English. I found a bivouac under the bridge of the E20 motorway which connects Jutland with the Funen.
|Kolding, Trapholt : astrological zodiac by Morkeberg|
Wednesday September 22 the day promised to be gloomy and overcast, see the photo of the motorway bridge at 07:00. During the fifty kilometers of highway to Odense, the weather turned fine. I wanted to visit the two places where HC Andersen lived in the outskirts. Unfortunately, after twists and turns I ran into road works that blocked access or underground parking lots. Alas, I gave up my goal to go to the banks of the Kertinge Nor in Ulriksholm where I bivouacked in a large parking lot.
|Kertinge Nor, Ulriksholm|
Thursday September 23, yesterday was a beautiful early autumn day, unfortunately today rain, overcast skies and squalls on the outskirts of Funen. Finally at the Vikingemus and Ladby I learned about information about the Viking era that was not reduced to the negative image of helping hands, murders and looting etc. Of course, Hollywood history and filmography always convey approximations. "History is the most dangerous product that the chemistry of the intellect has ever produced." P Valery. Brief History of the Vikings Here. I continued my way to Fyns Hoved to return to bivouac at the foot of the 18 km bridge connecting Fenen to Zealand.
Friday September 24th I left the approaches to the bridge connecting Fenen to Zeeland at around 07:10 am to stop on the other side at Korsor's Isbadsmuseet to take The Photo of the bridge. I continued to Roskilde to visit the Domkirke, which is to Danish royalty what the Cathedral of Saint Denis is to French royalty, the mausoleum of Kings and Queens. The current brick building was erected from 1170 and lasted more than 100 years. It is inspired by French Gothic architecture. It was listed in 1995 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It exhibits an organ from 1425/1554 as well as a bronze baptismal font from 1602. Of course the adjacent chapels contain the burials of the Danish monarchy. In Hillerod I took a look at Frederiksborg Slot, a huge building whose 80 rooms take more than three hours to visit. I refrained from this ordeal. I found overnight parking in Hornbaek near Helsingor.
Saturday September 25th I returned to Helsingor to visit Kronborg Castle known as Shakespeare's Hamlet Elsinore Castle. The style is resolutely Renaissance with fortifications referred to by Lonely Planet as "powerful Vaubanesque star bastions". Built in 1420 to control the strait between Denmark and Sweden. The rooms exhibit paintings depicting the Danish monarchy up to the present day with Margarethe 2 and her husband Henri de Laborde de Montpezat as well as tapestries, one of which depicts the decapitated head of Saint John the Baptist. The castle still presents Shakespeare's Hamlet today, a room exhibits the most remarkable artists including Richard Burton in 1954.
Sunday September 26 was my first contact with Copenhagen. The city is populous and it shows. Car traffic is intense with a speed limited to 40/50 and 60 in the suburbs. The buildings are brick. Parking will be problematic, lots of underground parking mentioned with a hat on P. My first visit was to Little Mermaid, the Little Mermaid, which is in the outlying Osterbro neighborhood. I was walking around. I found a bivouac at Refshaleonen in the street!