Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Big farms

Some of the farms moved to Brede Open-air Museum are huge, complete with stables, furnished living rooms, outhouses and barns. Surrounded with fields you get a good indication of how the countryside of Denmark looked in the good old days before the agriculture got industrialized.

Monday, August 30, 2010

How to move a village

Just north of Copenhagen is Brede Open-air Museum, which is a huge collection of old houses from all over Denmark and Scandinavia. To preserve and exhibit the houses, they were carefully taken down at their place of origin, transported to Brede and re-assembled and restored here. This has created a collection of mainly farmhouses and a few townhouses that show the differences in building style in the Danish regions. And as this is one of the few free museums in Denmark, it's well worth the visit. More about this place in the days to come.

Sunday, August 29, 2010


The perfect end of a day at Egeskov would for many be a nice big ice-cream. And just outside the gates is the last call for one of those. And you'll even be able to send that postcard to the rest of the family telling about your trip here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Visit on a nice day

On a beautiful summer day Egeskov Castle is the perfect place to visit for the whole family, as there's something for everyone. And between the visits to the museums, tree tops or the castle itself, the sun can be enjoyed in the vast park.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Egeskov Castle has done a lot to attract families with children, and one of the more popular attractions here for the kids is the tree top walking. Gangways have been suspended between the trees in 10-15m height, making it possibly to walk just under the canopies of the trees. It's also a great test for you to see if you suffer from vertigo...

Thursday, August 26, 2010


At Egeskov Castle is also a Museum of Horse-drawn Vehicles, and some of these old wagons are used for "public" transport around the grounds of the castle.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

An open junkyard

On top of the museums for motorcycles and veteran cars is the open depository, where a large number of old cars, bikes and spare-parts are kept. And this is open to the public. Only one big question remains; how do they get the cars down from here?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

This is not a stork

In Denmark the stork has been all but extinct for many years with only the occasional pair breeding here. But the image of the stork's nests on the roof of the farm, is still firmly rooted in the Danes traditional views of how a real farmhouse should look. At Egeskov Castle they obviously want to keep with the tradition, so without a real live stork, this one of plastic nests on one of the buildings.

Monday, August 23, 2010


When photographing cars I often opt for the details, and as veteran cars especially got a lot of those, the Veteran Car Museum at Egeskov Castle gave me plenty of motives.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

More cars

Some more photos of cars from the Veteran Car Museum at Egeskov Castle. As can be seen, the cars range from the fabulous to the ... not. There's certainly something for everyone's taste.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Veteran Car Museum

The Veteran Car Museum at Egeskov Castle is filled with 50 classic cars, 8 air-planes and a helicopter. For anyone interested in old mechanic things, a visit here is a must.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Old-fashioned motorcycles

Egeskov Castle is the place to go if you're into old-fashioned motorcycles. The Motorcycle Museum here has a vast collection of these two-wheelers going right back to the first noisy ones, all in pristine condition. Just look for the building with the two motorcycles on the roof and you're there.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Don't get lost

With four mazes, among them supposedly the world's biggest one, there's ample chances of getting lost at Egeskov Castle. The Old Maze is closed, though, as the wear and tear on the paths was just too much for the beech hedges.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ponds and waterlilies

The park around Egeskov Castle has a number of ponds and streams beside the old moat. Filled with ducks, geese and other waterfowl, they also have one of my favorite flowers, waterlilies.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

One big garden

At Egeskov Castle the park has been transformed into a number of different gardens with themes like the Scent Garden, the English Garden and the Water Garden, all well maintained and cared for. So just for the gardens, this is a fine place to visit.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Egeskov Castle

Egeskov Castle (Egeskov Slot) is a small castle on the island of Fünen (Fyn) in Denmark, built by Frands Brockenhuus and completed in 1554. Today the castle is owned by Count Michael Preben Ahlefeldt-Laurvig-Bille and most of the surrounding park and parts of the castle is open to the public. With the many different museums and attractions there, it's one of the most popular tourist attractions in Denmark. More about this castle in the days to come.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

A law-abiding tricyclist

In the last couple of weeks I've shown you a bunch of photos of bicyclists in Copenhagen, that didn't think the rules of traffic applied to them. Fortunately there's still a lot of law-abiding bicyclists here, so even though all of those photos was taken during a single hour, it was at one of the busiest places in Copenhagen and scores of other bicyclists went by while doing nothing wrong at all. This lady on her tricycle with flowers was one of those last.

For my next posts I'll leave Copenhagen for a while and show you some of the places that I've visited this summer.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another one

Another young man in Copenhagen on a bicycle that is obviously not built for him. With cell phone in hand and headphones covering the ears, he might have some trouble reacting to the traffic around him.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Not only youngsters

It's not only young people in Copenhagen, that has little respect for the traffic laws. Many elderly ones also seem to think, that the rules don't apply to them.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Find five faults

Can you find five faults on this photo from central Copenhagen? I'll give you a hint, it has to do with behaviour in the traffic.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


This lady realised that she was caught on camera as she pedalled by me chatting merrily on her phone, not that that made her stop her important conversation. For some, it seems, communicating is more important than life itself.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Texting or driving - that's the question

Another young lady more concentrated on her texting than her bicycle driving in Copenhagen. I pity the pedestrian, who gets in her way here. I know that women pride themselves for their ability to multitask, but this is dangerous!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Mother of the Year?

This mother, caught on camera in Copenhagen, sure shouldn't be elected Mother of the Year, as she obviusly can't be too fond of her children. She drives against the traffic on the sidewalk, crosses the pedestrian crossing and weaves in and out of the pedestrians on the square. If her children takes after her bad traffic habits, as they probably will, their lifespan won't be long, helmet or no helmet!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A lady's bicycle

A lot of the bicyclists in Copenhagen should be avoided at all costs, and this guy seems to be one of them. Driving through a busy pedestrian crossing while on the phone is an accident bound to happen. And then I get a bit suspicious when seeing a guy on a small lady's bicycle; I wonder if he borrowed it from his girlfriend or "borrowed" it from someone else. Maybe this is one of the 79.397 bicycles stolen last year in Denmark.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Watch out for the big yellow thing!

Texting while driving is as dangerous as DUI studies have shown, but apparently this young lady haven't heard or texting is just more important than her life. No wonder there's a lot of bicyclists that are injured in the traffic in Copenhagen.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Copenhagen - The Bicycle Capitol

I've grumbled about the bicyclists in Copenhagen before and their lack of respect for red lights. That's not the only rule that's being "bended" in the Copenhagen traffic. How about riding on the sidewalk right next to the bicycle lane? In the opposite direction as well, weaving in and out of the pedestrian traffic. No wonder that the one thing motorists and pedestrians in Copenhagen agree on is, that they hate these clowns and their sense of supperiority; "I'm on a bicycle and therefore better than the rest of you. And btw I'm immortal as well, so I can do as I please". I'll show you some more photos in the next days, all taken at the same place and during 30 minutes of time.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Facers 8 - Success

This is the reason the Copenhagen facers are still on the road, prowling for victims; they do catch some. The ICare facers are, btw, not the most aggressive. That price goes to the ones from UNICEF.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Facers 7 - Still Pushing

The facer from yesterday's post is here caught on Strøget in Copenhagen trying to persuade another innocent victim, that he should sign up for UNICEF. No luck this time either...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Facers 6 - Pushed too far

I've been telling you about the facers in Copenhagen before. This is one of the more funny ones, if you can call someone, who is persistent and pushy, funny. Her approach to "victims" is very animated and she seems to find it hard to believe, that you won't support her cause, because it's such a goood cause. Well, it is, but when pushed like this, many Danish people will refuse just to show that they don't like to be pushed.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Playing the cello

In Copenhagen the variety of street music is great. Here a guy with a cello gives a performance that was, literally, music for the ears.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Another performance on Strøget in Copenhagen. This one liked to spin on his head for a while, good thing he was wearing a helmet.