Island Hopping in Denmark

Trip Start Mar 09, 2010
Trip End May 31, 2010

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Hello All,

It has been a great week here in Denmark - Spring is blooming out all over, and the Danes are so good about having spring flowers in their gardens and their homes as much as possible. Staying as a guest at Marianne and Ib's has been wonderful, and very comfortable, and I had a good week of working on my research here as well. Some of the activities we have accomplished are: 1) Going to Ikea (my first time ever!) where I bought a few things, and then we had dinner at Ikea's restaurant - naturally I have included a food picture, 2)  Biking down to Hellerup and the sea, and biking uphill back, 3) Going away for the weekend to the island of Aero in the south of Denmark. Beautiful!

I have included some photos of where I am staying here in the suburbs of Copenhagen - the Ingerslev house with spring flowers, Charlotte and her horse, our travels to the quaint island of Aero, and the captivating Danish architecture, which I photograph constantly.

 I have also officially become a Viking - I went with Marianne to her 'bathing' club, and we went dipping in the cold Danish sea (no swimsuits necessary), then we wrapped up in towels and sat in the sauna, back to dip in the cold sea, back to the hot sauna, and one last dip in the sea before we put our clothes back on and headed home for dinner. I think I slept really well that night!

 Our trip to a small Danish island was really a great get away - Marianne, Ib, and I left Friday morning and crossed some bridges then drove onto the ferry and took off for Aero - an hour later, we arrived in the main city of Aeroskoping, where we stayed in Susanna's Bed and Breakfast right in the middle of town. Check out the cute and colorful houses -  most of them built from the 1700s on. Even the ducks have their own little island houses. 

We drove out to the golf course at one end of the island (I have included a golf course photo for you golfers) where you can see which direction the winds blows based on the directions of nearby tree branches. We had a picnic lunch at the 'Flint', or cliff-side park looking out over the sea. It was so green, sunlit, and quiet! Very enjoyable.

Then after doing some shopping near our hotel, we rested up before our dinner out at the Cafe Mumm. Since it is still early in the season it was not very crowded, and we had a nice chat with the waiter and enjoyed a really delicious meal. I have become a fish fanatic over here.

Last night we went to dinner at Marianne's brother and his wife's house, and I met more new Danes and had a great time talking with everyone there. Dinner parties and meals in this country are a time for friends an family to connect, and I was treated to Danish home-style hospitality again last night. 

I hope Colorado's weather schizophrenia is calming down with longer days and shorter nights - I am enjoying days that end at 8 pm now . . . My best to you all.  Diane
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Louise on

It is spring in the air! Both here in the south of Sweden and also in Denmark
Your pictures looks great.

Leslie on

I can't help being a little jealous. But it's so much fun to read what you're up to and see the pictures. Hello to Marianne, Ib, Gunhild, Charlotte, Christian, John and Lise-Lotte for me.

It was easy to be coaxed into the sauna/skinny dipping adventure when you were 18 and I was 16. You're the gustiest broad I know - still willing to join in!

Juliet on

Diane, I am so enjoying following your travels! Every time you post to this blog, I want to get on a plane and join you. Continue to have fun and enjoy yourself.

Tobbe... on managed to do and see more than i did in 18 years in Denmark..( i was based in CPH with my "first" Airline) ...wonderful place and great travel home! we wait for you here on this baltic sea Island....T

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