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Steeped in history

Aarhus, Denmark – Friday 19 July

A relatively calm crossing back to Denmark’s main port, Aarhus where we docked at midday.

Just like yesterday, we had brilliant hot weather in Aarhus today.  Here we joined a walking tour around the old city of Aarhus, led by a very able student.

We first went to a museum located in a bank basement exhibiting Viking relics unearthed in 1963 during the bank’s construction. Then on to the cathedral, Denmark’s longest and tallest church. The interior boasts over 200 frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries.  The church itself, Lutheran state church, had its own history.

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Aarhus Cathedral

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Aarhus Cathedral

We walked down to the river and along a section of it past bustling restaurants to show where this old walled city started.

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Walking Aarhus

Vor Frue Kirke is Our Lady’s Church which is the sole building from a 12th-century Dominican priory to survive Denmark’s Protestant Reformation.  While restoring the church in the 1950s, workers uncovered an earlier, 11th-century Romanesque stone crypt church dating from 1066 below.  The oldest existing stone church in all of Scandinavia, Aarhus’s Crypt Church is still used for worship.  In fact it is only one of four churches within the complex, there is also a very small chapel.

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Vor Frue Kirke

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Vor Frue Kirke

We continued down the original main street where narrow frontages often gave way to an extensive development to the rear; taxes were paid on the frontage.  On to the park where we viewed a temporary exhibition atop the Art Gallery.

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Walking Aarhus

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Walking Aarhus

Walked through various streets to see different examples of historic houses, then back to the port.  Docked at the port was the Queen’s Summer Boat.

About 2230 we passed under the Great Belt Bridge which is a suspension bridge otherwise known as the East bridge.  Emerald Princess cannot travel under or around the Öresund or Øresund Bridge (which is on the eastern side of Denmark and which we could see from our hotel room in Copenhagen) due to the lack of depth in the water for the ship’s draught.

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Walking Aarhus

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Saling under the Öresund or Øresund Bridge on the way to Rostock from Aarhus ablout 10.30pm
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Walking Copenhagen

Copenhagen – Sunday 14 July

Our hotel is on the canal overlooking Christianshavn.  In the distance we can see the bridge to Sweden.  We face South East and the sun rose early (0445 and was coming earlier than that!)

We had a slow start but then walked for five and a half hours, firstly towards Tivoli Gardens, then along the longest shopping street in the world (Stroget), to the  Amalienborg Palace, the Nyhavn harbour, and along the waterfront back to the hotel.  The harbour and waterfront are very old but much of it is being renovated/restored, especially along the canal waterfront where pedestrian and bicycle ways are being installed.

A good day with dinner again in the hotel.

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Todesfigur by Christian Lemmerz (1959) at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is an art museum built around the personal collection of Carl Jacobsen (1842–1914), the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries.

Primarily a sculpture museum as indicated by the name, the focal point of the museum is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Rodin works which is considered the most important outside France. However, the museum is equally noted for its collection of painting that includes an extensive collection of French impressionists and Post-impressionists as well as Danish Golden Age paintings.

There was a special exhibition “Degas’ Metode” showing the works of Edgar Degas.

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Joy was after a 2,000 g block of chocolate!

Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) is a famous amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. The park opened on August 15, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world.

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Look who we found walking down Stroget

Stroget is the longest shopping/pedestrian area in Europe and the world.  It stretches 3.2km from the Town Hall to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings New Square).

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Guarding Amalienborg Palace from foreigners

Amalienborg is the winter home of the Danish royal family. It consists of four identical classicizing palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard (Danish: Amalienborg Slotsplads); in the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg’s founder, King Frederick V.

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Views along the waterfront at Nyhavn

Nyhavn (literally: New Harbour) is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and bars, cafes and restaurants. Serving as a “heritage harbour”, the canal has many historical wooden ships.