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We found a great house for rent in July as one of Rikke's colleagues was heading for six weeks in Greenland for the summer holiday. It was a lovely home in a complex of townhouses (similar to our own actually). However, together with the house we became 'guardians' of their special family member, Cosine. It took a while but she eventually came looking for snuggles on my lap.

Cosine exploring her back garden

Cosine exploring her back garden


'Cosine' ..  the cute cat that came with the house we rented

'Cosine' .. the cute cat that came with the house we rented

Danes have a special affinity with their national flag. It has pride of place whatever the celebration … tho' I'm not sure who or what was being celebrated with the last pic which Chas happened upon on a walk one day!! The mind boggles.

Danish flag

Danish flag


Flags displayed along the road means ...   there's a party this way!!

Flags displayed along the road means ... there's a party this way!!


Yes,  hmmm....   Definitely different!!

Yes, hmmm.... Definitely different!!

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One of the wonders of travel is experiencing and understanding some of the cultural differences. For example, in Denmark (and I think Scandinavia generally) it is customary to put babies and toddlers outside in the fresh air for their lunchtime nap. This occurs up to ~10degC, but the children are rugged up in special sleeping bags, so they are very snug against the cold. This was a little one in the apartment block where we were staying .. out under the trees enjoying the lovely day.

A little one sleeping soundly under the trees, all wrapped up snug and warm

A little one sleeping soundly under the trees, all wrapped up snug and warm

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Another interesting children's story is the 'dummy tree'. This is a tree on the banks of the Aarhus River not far from town where little ones can place their dummy .. a symbolic gesture when it's time to let go. Very cute.

The Dummy Tree

The Dummy Tree

The Dummy Tree

The Dummy Tree

This was a community project happening next to the dummy tree on the day we visited. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see how it turned out.

The beginnings of a  community project along the river

The beginnings of a community project along the river


We didn't know what it was about and  didn't get to see how it turned out

We didn't know what it was about and didn't get to see how it turned out


Part of the project

Part of the project

A lovely part of the town area is Møllestien, a quaint little street especially preserved in the traditional style.

A lovely street  -  Møllestien, with houses dating from the 17th, 18th and 19thC.

A lovely street - Møllestien, with houses dating from the 17th, 18th and 19thC.


Møllestien

Møllestien


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Other points of interest:

  • I love the long summer daylight hours;

Long summer days  ..  this pic taken approx. 10.15pm

Long summer days .. this pic taken approx. 10.15pm

  • It's great fun to just wander down the walking street .. always something of interest to catch your eye

Aarhus walking street .. approximately 2kms through the centre of town

Aarhus walking street .. approximately 2kms through the centre of town

  • Bicycles - everyone cycles. Children start early to understand the culture of cycling. On this visit I noticed many parents guiding their very young children (5'ish) as they navigate the streets. The child stays next to kerb with the parent on the outside, and buses flying past. Vehicles must give way to cyclists, and cyclists to pedestrians. It works (mostly!!).

Bicycles are a big part of Danish culture. This is a very common sight everywhere in town.

Bicycles are a big part of Danish culture. This is a very common sight everywhere in town.


Bicycles, bicycles everywhere

Bicycles, bicycles everywhere

  • A sense of tradition and history everywhere.

A traditional half-timbered house in the middle of town

A traditional half-timbered house in the middle of town

  • Great restaurants and a lovely vibe ..

Aarhus's favourite meeting place with great restaurants by the canal

Aarhus's favourite meeting place with great restaurants by the canal


Lunch at another of our fav restaurants ..  Cafe Gaia organic and vegetarian

Lunch at another of our fav restaurants .. Cafe Gaia organic and vegetarian

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And something that can't be missed in Aarhus is the lovely street art. These are only a sample. They add interest and colour to ordinary structures.

This is my favourite

This is my favourite


Street art

Street art


Street art

Street art


Street art (this one is on the side of our apartment building

Street art (this one is on the side of our apartment building


Streetart  -  Nuclear power, No thanks

Streetart - Nuclear power, No thanks


Street art

Street art


Streetart

Streetart

Posted by patsaunder 02:50 Archived in Denmark

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