Danmark, Travel

Travel Tips and Reviews

Travel Reviews and Tips for Travelling

Are you travelling to any of the following destinations:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Finland
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

If so take a look at my Travel Tips Page

You can also find other useful information such as:

Packing tips for Travel

Scandinavian – Books for those who wish to travel via words

Marienlyst
Amanda in Denmark

Come back again – I am adding more reviews all the time

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Community, Danmark

What a Happy Interactive Wall Tells Us WPC

Wall – Weekly Photo Challange

In Denmark, a wall spoke to the world, and the world spoke on the wall!

2000 wooden boards were used to create an interesting visual barrier, around a construction zone, in the center of the city. The purpose was to create an interactive pixel screen that could be personalized, by each member of the public, in an artistic way.

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The so called “Happy Wall” is made up of colored recycled card that would change colour by reversing the card. One could then leave one’s mark, on the wall, using statements or words, even a personal message. Or you could simply create a pattern using color.

IMG_0135 (Small)The only limit was one’s imagination

IMG_0134 (Small)How many scaffolds can claim to raise awareness of public issues, and boast they they are recycling materials, adding to public awareness and creating a public interactive art installation?  Add the social media aspect of the Happy Wall, and art has meshed with technology!**

The wall was the concept of Thomas Dambo, who used materials from the 2013 Roskilde Music festival in a creative way. His artwork is amazing!!!!

Something really inspirational to ponder about.

**Postscript: The Wall will be there until around April 2015

Sønder Felding Denmark
Community, Danmark

Photo 101 – Home, Homeland, Hjem

Home, Hjem, Homeland

It’s not my home,  yet I would call it mine.

I am not the owner, yet family lived there some time.

I’ve never been inside this ancestral home,

It’s my essence, my roots, and in my dreams I’ll roam.

I don’t know the new residents, they were out when I called.,

It’s the history, what went before, that has me enthralled.

I am ‘of ‘ this place, and it is so much ‘of ‘ me,

this continuing story of my family tree.

Home – Something to Ponder About

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Danmark, History & Traditions

Photo 101 – Bliss, captions and Solitude -Rule of thirds

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There’s a new photographic challenge on the WordPress Blogging University, explore the tag photo101 to find out more. This photo addresses four days beautifully. This photo was taken way before the photo challenge existed and it seems I followed the rule of thirds.

For me, most of Denmark and lots of Scandinavia is embodied in the word “Bliss”  and scenes like this encapsulate the atmosphere I feel in the Danish countryside.

This is the place where my great grandfather was born. There is a salmon ladder here and the red building is a water mill that dates back to a time in the nineteenth century when a ‘fabrik’ or cloth factory was located here. The factory was run by the Larsens and made uniforms for Danish soldiers battling their southern neighbours!

Those days are long gone and the factory building is now a teacher’s convention centre, and the grounds are used for picnics and recreation. I think great grandfather and his family would find some bliss here!

Day 2 – Street and Establishment Shots

Day 3 Water Orientation

Day 4 Bliss

Day 5 Solitude and Rule of Thirds

Something to Ponder About

Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Proverbial Thursday – Proverbs and Sayings from around the World

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I find profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and across cultures, and speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned.

Quotes like proverbs, can make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking.  I hope you will too.

Two Danish perls of wisdom this week, although the proverb to me seems a little harsh!

 

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Danish Proverb

 

Den de vover, mister fodfæste for en tid. Den, der intet vover, mister sig selv.

He who dares, loses his footing for a time. He who dares not, loses himself

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Some Profound Wisdoms to Ponder About

 

Danmark, History & Traditions, Painting, Traditional Art

A Lingering Look at Architecture: April ~ Yellow Houses!

Yet another fun challenge. Yellow houses…. now this did attract my eye. Is there a ‘love’ button, as I could not just ‘like’ this post by  The Day After.

This is week three of the month’s theme : “Your Favorite Color Homes” in which we are encouraged to share some of the colorful homes captured on our travels or our neighborhood.

You won’t find many yellow houses in the Australian neighbourhood,

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but in Denmark: this special yellow is known in some parts as “Skagen Yellow” and my family’s ancestral home “Faergebo” was – yellow!

Sønder FeldingIsn’t it a beautiful home?

and there’s more in the Dutch – Danish fishing town of Dragør:

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and still more, in many villages from Christiansfeld to Odense:

But you will find some yellow architecture in old time Sweden too, like here:

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Gamla Stan

More often, you find red houses in Norway, but then again if you look closely, you will find the Danes had a bit of an influence there too:

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Join in here

Something Yellow to Ponder About

Community, Danmark, Gardening

A Word A Week Photo Challenge – Atmospheric

 

There is nothing quite like a beautiful garden to make you feel the peace and serenity – nature’s atmosphere. And the Danish forests are certainly full of atmosphere. Just look at this one:

 

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and another I previously posted in a different season

Vejen, Denmark
Vejen, Denmark

Once a week A Word in Your Ear  dips into the Oxford dictionary and picks a word on the page it falls open at.  The challenge given to us, is to post a photograph, poem, story – whatever the genre you like best to describe of what that word means to you.

More Atmosphere here:
http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/a-word-a-week-photograph-challenge-atmospheric/

http://suellewellyn2011.wordpress.com/a-word-a-week-photography-challenge/

Somewhere to ponder about

Danmark, History & Traditions, Traditional Art

Travel theme: Ancient

Jelling Rune StoneI was about to touch and photography history. This impressive Rune stone was raised in the 10th century at a time when the Vikings had their seat of power in Jelling, Denmark. The stones have stood there since. In 2008, four years after this photo was taken, UNESCO determined that the stones were weathering and needed extra protection and suggested moving them to an indoor location.

 

The sensible Danes found a compromise and built a glass cover over them, whilst leaving them in their original position. I don’t know if you can still touch and feel them, as we were able to, in 2004. It was a bizarre feeling touching something from that era.

This meets Ailsa’s from Where’sMyBackpack’s criteria of ancient, at least in my mind. Jelling is a beautiful town and I often ponder my time there.

Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Still in My Heart

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Still in My Heart

Home Sweet Home afar from me,
At least 20 hours over sky and sea,

A fairy tale land of red and white,
of rain, and wind, and winter nights.

Yet still you send my heart a flutter,
And here, I can but get your butter.

Cos’ when I’m sad and feeling down,
You can lift my spirits like a children’s clown.

What is this strange longing and connection,
I feel for such warm and fuzzy introspection?

Of land and family long dead and passed,
Would they think me to be completely daft?

Yet I am of them, and they are of me,
This continual spreading of the family tree.

The branches are the ancient Birch
Resilient, pervasive til one drops off the Perch.

If only I could stay or visit more often,
But my responsibilities and circumstances rarely soften.

So I must dream, wish and be ever so frugal,
And if I can’t afford to travel there, there is always Google!

Something to Ponder About

Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Travel theme: Yellow

Ailsa at the always interesting Where’s My Backpack has given us the travel theme of Yellow. Immediately, it reminded me of the yellow houses one sees in Denmark. “Skagen” yellow to be precise.

103_0337 - CopySkagen is a town in the very northern tip of Denmark, a  favourite place for 19th century Scandinavian artists due to the light found there. Read more about Skagen’s yellow quarter here

103_0343 - CopyThe old classrooms also were painted skagen yellow it seems.

Click on the above images to enlarge.

Skagen yellow, my subject for Ailsa’s travel theme for this week.

Pondering whether to join in? Here is how:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Yellow
  • Post a comment here so I can find your link
  • Include a link on Where’s my Backpack – Yellow in your post so others can find it too
Australia, Community, Danmark, History & Traditions

Daily Post Photography Challenge – Object

The Daily Post challenge encourages us to photograph one tangible object, being conscious of Aperture, composition, focus and depth of field. Furthermore, the post tells us some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects. I had already been experimenting with aperture the last month or so, and thus, I had this photo ready, (unknowingly), for this challenge. To me, it seems to encapsulate the beauty of our Australian family Christmases with the various Scandinavian traditions inextricably entwined with typically Australian ones.

Xmas 2013I used a low f stop to blur the background and make the Danish and Swedish decorations stand out.

To help me learn aperture settings and meanings I jotted down these notes from Photography 101 ‘focus’ tips found here

Shallow depth of field – bigger aperture – lower f number,
Deeper depth of field – smaller aperture – high f number.

Deep focus for landscape, architecture, interior design,
Shallow or short focus for sports, food or people.

The closer you are to the object, the less the depth of field,
The further away you are, the greater the depth of field in an image.

In my second photo, there was no study of depth of field, it is posted because it is one of the weirdest “objects” I have seen on my travels. It is the sort of thing that seem like a good idea at the time, that is: to advertise a fish shop, with an enormous fibreglass prawn, but then, when the fish shop closes……

They grow 'em big in Australia

What happened to the Big Prawn? Something to Ponder about.

Daily Post is found here.

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://perceptivepotcluelesskettle.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://moondustwriter.com/2014/01/31/photo-challengeobject-photography/

http://hamburgundmeehr.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://oneobserving.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/object/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://ceenphotography.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://smallbluegreenwords.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://redstuffdan.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://punctalucis.com/2014/01/31/weekly-photo-challenge-object-fiery-fluorite/

http://syllabubsea.wordpress.com/

http://lenzexperiments.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/weekly-photo-challenge-object/

http://mikehardisty.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/weekly-photo-challenge-object/