Always ask the price before accepting an offer!!

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Flag of Denmark  , Jutland,
Tuesday, May 29, 2012

We have a new plan of action today. We will stick with the booked accommodation each night but our touring during the day will incorporate as much as possible the Marguerite Route - a country-wide scenic route that passes  more than 200 of Denmark's top attractions and through some of the country's most picturesque scenery. Of course, it is designed for travellers with infinite time on their hands, so we must be selective as to what sections and how much we shall do in the days remaining in Denmark.After leaving Holstebro we head directly for Randers, via Viborg, where we shall pick up the Marguerite Route (as denoted by a daisy on small brown roadside signs).

It does not take long to traverse the country from West to East, and after a short stop to look around Viborg, we are in Randers and looking for the daisy signs.

We find a daisy sign and begin to follow the route. It takes a little adjustment to realise that the signs do not always appear when they should (hidden by bushes, vandalised or just plain missing!) so a bit of educated guessing is the order of the day. When it becomes obvious we have totally gone off course, we set the GPS to the nearest town on our Europcar map that shows the Marguerite Route passing through, and we get back on course.

The Route certainly lives up to what is designed to do as what we are now seeing puts Denmark into a new light as far as sights and attractions are concerned. Our Denmark experience is now much more enjoyable as we traverse the countryside with one eye on the road and the other watching for a little brown daisy sign.

Through little villages and towns we go (Ostrup, Stovring, Voer and many others), fjord crossing by ferry, castle exploring and manor house gazing. Denmark is alive with sights and sounds in vast contrast to the previous 2 days. Even pastry shops in small country towns are easy to find!
Our journey brings us to our designated accommodation for the night.

It is called Fuglsřcentret, and is a full scale resort hotel and conference centre located in the heart of the National Park Mols Bjerge. Apart from conference facilities it has 2 sports halls, golf course, tennis courts and more. There are 148 rooms located in green surroundings, changing art exhibitions, theatre hall, café area and dining rooms. To top it off there is a splendid view of the sea.

We pull up at the front entrance. There is a distinct absence of activity and Gail is getting edgy. “Not again” she bemoans. I am not convinced of her pessimism and start toward the front door. It opens. A good sign! And there on the front reception counter is an envelope with our names. There is a key and instructions of what to do and where to go.

There may not be any people but at least we have a bed. In fact we have an entire resort to ourselves.

Once we get settled into our room we set out for a quick local meal. After an hour of driving around all the local villages we are, once again, becoming frustrated that not only is there very few eating establishments, but any that we find are closed - either for the night, season, or permanently. As a last resort we head toward Ebeltoft - a large township that is bound to have something open.

A couple of kilometres before we get there we pass what appears to be a hotel (pub) with an adjoining restaurant. We stop and go in. It appears quite swanky and we feel under-dressed but when your stomach is rumbling, nothing seems that significant. We are directed to a lounge area prior to being given our table. "A glass of champagne to start" the waiter asks presumingly. Before I had a chance to intervene Gail has accepted his generous offer and he is away with the speed of a gazelle.

This is not a good start to a quick local meal, especially when it is established that the glass of champagne (label unknown) works out to about $30. However, this is Denmark and nothing comes cheap! 

After the meal we continue down to Ebeltoft to have a look around then drive back to our ghost resort to sleep off the events of the day.
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Gill on

I am with you Gail! Go the glass of champagne! Bugger the price Phil, you are on holidays! xx

David on

Holiday or no holiday - $35 for a glass of champagne! I'm with you Phil, but for future reference do as I do since falling for this trick on the meal during which I proposed to Orli. As you are taken to the table, tell the waiter you do not drink, but no one will complain when you change your mind and ask for the wine list. Mind, you may get some looks and not just from the waiter if you then proceed to order the house red!

Christina on

Phil the correct response when champagne is mentioned is "Yes please"..........Well done Gail!!

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