Trip Start Feb 24, 2005
Trip End Jul 06, 2005

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Thursday, April 28, 2005

I have seen so much of Fyn (the island which Nyborg is on), all the castles, harbors, museums. We spent a night in Esbjerg, visiting Freds sister Bente and her family. I remember Bente from before. She is so sweet, she holds my hand from time to time as if she were my auntie too.
Fred has taken me to see old mills, a museum that is a living model of an old village, as well as the Hans Christian Andersen house in Odense.
I swear there's a castle every five miles! The best one was the bright yellow "Lykkeholm," tucked away in its little valley, surrounded by its moat, its little lake, and the outlying forest. The name of the place means "islet of happiness."
The second best castle was Egeskov Castle, an eccentric Barons personal museum. Collections of old cars and motorcycles, family heirlooms, toys, etc. Peacocks wandered through the hedge mazes with us, and we ran from tree to tree on catwalks through the treetops. It was a grown mans boyish playground. How could I not enjoy that?
The next day we went to the Viking Museum in Roskilde. I was thrilled to see the wreckage of Viking ships that had been found in the harbor, the ancient water-worn wooden hulls. The ships now sailing the harbor, replicas of the old ships, glided so gracefully across the water, stunning displays of human artistry. And I rode in one! I grinned goofily the whole time, paddling, helping raise the sail. Boats are such a novelty for me, a girl of the desert - and a Viking boat!
I liked reading all the history of the Vikings, seeing the map of just how much of the world they had influenced. They had traveled most of the world, via rivers through Russia to the Middle East, by sea terrorizing the British Isles and all of Europe, and discovering North America.
I found a gift for Odin, a pendant styled like one found in a Viking burial site, depicting his two ravens. He would like it here, the forests, being able to suddenly stumble upon Viking burial grounds, with thier balanced boulder cairns that have stood for thousands of years.
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