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Denmark/Iceland Day 7: Well, Now I Have To Add Sweden

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We had hot weather which was unusual, so we were due for a more normal cold, rainy, windy day. That day was today.

We left Aarhus around 8am and drove to Malmo, Sweden. Malmo is near Copenhagen, just a (16km long) Oresund Bridge ride from near the Copenhagen Airport. Anyone care to guess how expensive for a one-way crossing? (no Googling it first!).

We were looking for something different to do to spend the day. But perhaps a bit of the reason for going to Malmo, Sweden was that Ellen wanted to hit the Thomas Sabo store there and pick up a charm or two. So that’s the address we put into Waze. As an aside, SHOUT OUT TO WAZE for keeping the GPS directions going in Sweden after we strayed from our Denmark data connection. We found the store quickly, were helped by a very nice Sabo employee and Ellen was successful in getting a few new charms and a ring.

Since we were there, we decided to explore. It was pouring rain, 50°F, with 25-40mph winds, but we were determined. We found the town square, city hall and Saint Peter’s Church. We liked Malmo a lot, except for the weather. He hadn’t made it that far south when we were in Sweden 2 years ago.

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We walked until we were so cold and wet that we couldn’t anymore. Stopped for coffee/tea and then came back to Denmark. We are staying at the Hilton at the airport, so we checked in, returned the car and then went back to the hotel. We had thought about going into Copenhagen for our last dinner, but decided to dry off instead. So we had dinner at the hotel and relaxed a little, before our flight to Iceland early tomorrow morning.

There was time for one last Carlsberg, however.

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Denmark/Iceland Day 6: Aarhus (is a very, very, very fine hus)

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Don’t let the blue sky fool you, we had some off and on rain today, but nothing to disrupt our plans. Today was Aarhus, just Aarhus. Based mostly on Rick Steves’ walking tour, we hit 2 churches, a beautiful street, the art museum and threw in the train station for fun.

The church (seen above) dates back to the 12th century. Many of the frescos had been whitewashed during the Reformation, but that served to perfectly preserve them. DSC_0422

The tour took us to a street that was billed as the prettiest in town, and it lived up to its billing.DSC_0437

We then went to the modern art museum, .ARoS. It was awesome on many counts, but two stood out. First was The Boy, a 15 foot sculpture that was spookily realistic-looking. Notice the scale with the real person!

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Then, on the roof of the building was a circular walkway with a rainbow of color as you went around. Pictures did capture the colors, but not the feeling of looking over the city through different color lenses. First a panoramic sense of it, then a single view.IMG_1328DSC_0458

We walked along the Stroget to the train station, which had a mall as part of it. Ellen had concerns if we’d have enough to do today, but we easily filled it.

Ellen found a highly recommended pizza restaurant, Cafe Piccolina, which was a block behind the main church. The chef was from Italy, the wife worked the front, the children wrapped the silver. And the pizza seemed authentic Italian. This is the al pomodoro.

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Tomorrow is our last day in Denmark, so we are thinking of throwing it a curve and going to Malmo, Sweden. The weather isn’t supposed to be that nice, but we thought it might be fun. We didn’t get to Malmo 2 years ago when we were in Sweden.


Denmark/Iceland Day 5: Odense to Aarhus

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Odense’s claim to fame is being the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. The museum chronicles his life and works. Poverty, homeliness, rejections…these factors led to the creative mind, but not always a happy life. Well explained, the museum was very interesting. It included an outdoor theater that packed in local children.IMG_1318DSC_0386 DSC_0389DSC_0410

After the museum, we walked through the town. Of course, a church as the focal point, some public art, it was pretty.DSC_0390 DSC_0393

We had seen a place called Burger Anarchy when searching for restaurants. We thought the name alone deserved a visit. So we had a very good lunch! The burgers rivaled anything we have back home.

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We found a mall outside Odense, and managed to find a soccer jersey from the Danish national team. That’s been my go-to souvenir of late.

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Then, about an hour and a half drive to the 2nd largest city in Denmark, Aarhus. We got here late afternoon, so we didn’t do much except find an exceptional place for dinner. At Mefisto, we started with venison carpaccio, which was delicious. Ellen had whole roasted flounder ​with corn and cauliflower in browned butter, I had salmon with lemon,  with creamed spinach and new potatoes. For dessert, Ellen had creme brulee which I had double chocolate cake with lemon ice cream. Well worth every calorie.

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