A Day at "The Old Town": An historical village in Aarhus, Denmark
On the way to Aarhus, we passed over a long, really high bridge. We don't have anything like it in Australia. Below the bridge was an interesting building. It is an appartment block called "The Wave". It was designed by people in the office of Jorn Utzon, the same guy who designed our Sydney Opera House.
The block of appartments overlooks a lake. Nice.
The first thing we did in the historic village was to take a coach ride. I got to sit up front with the driver. He was talkative and like most people in Denmark, understood my English pretty well. He pointed out some thiongs to me and recommended the bakery as a great place to get a snack. Breads, cakes and biscuits from a woodfired oven. Yum!
All of the buildings are original and have painstakingly been dismantled and relocated at Aarhus as part of the 'living museum'. The various sections of the town cover periods from the 1600s, 1700s, 1800s, the 1940s and the 1970s. Many of the buildings are working examples of the times, for example, the bakery, the blacksmith and the sweet shop. Other buildings are furnished in the period and some have video or other interactive activities that help you to identify with the styles and struggles of live in earlier times.
I found a 1970s electronics store with a workshop for repairs out the back. I also found a radio technician who ran the store. His name was Erik. Bent and I had a long chat with him while the others looked around the store and eventually went to look at one of the many other exciting exhibits.
Near the electronics store, in the more modern section of the "Old Town", they have an enormous collection of poster art from all over Denmark as well as from other places. In the picture here you will be able to see a Mulin Rouge poster from a famous French painter - I don't recall his name.
Bent and his wife Vivi showed Lidwien and I around the city of Aarhus. There is as much history in the city as there is in the historic village situated here. This very old church is just one example. Driving down the city streets we saw buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries that are, today, peoples homes or the addresses of thriving businesses.
We stopped to see if we could catch a glimpse of the Queen's summer palace. Sghe and her family often holiday there for a few weeks each year. No-one was home so we let ourselves in. That is to say, that because the Royals were away, the grounds were open during the day. We were able to freely look around at their beautiful grounds, the palace itself - from the outside of course, and even their fruit trees and their vegie patch!
One thing that I have noticed about the royal family of Denmark, appart from the fact that the people have taken Mary into their hearts, is that the Royal Family is remarkably accessible. Their relationship with the people is strong and everybody loves them. They are just a bit different in that respect from the Brittish Royal Family.
Back in the car and making our way back to Bent and Vivi's place, we came across a deer park that Bent remembered from when he lived in Aarhus when he was younger. Despite the rain, we got out of the car to see if we could see a deer. The reserve was free to enter so we went right on in. Lidwien got quite a surprise when a deer just walked right up to her.
In the northern hemisphere the days are long this time of year and, unlike Australia, dusk lasts for a long time. Mornings start early and if you don't have good curtains, the light will wake you as early as 5:00am. What this has meant is that we are tired all the time. It also means that we have been able to back a whole lot into each day.
As it was getting dark, and that meant 10:00pm, we bid the deer goodbye and continued our journey back to our hosts' place. Exhausted but happy, we collapsed into bed in anticipation of waking to another exciting day.