Summer has descended on Denmark. Schools are closing and it's time for vacation.
Also I imagine to M&F's favorite place, the hunting lodge at Trend.
At Trend you are far out in the countryside, yet close to everything. Especially if you are a family that just want to relax. Go for evening strolls. Jump on the bikes and explore the area. - Going through moors, villages, past farms, across streams, along fjords, up and down hills and deep inside forests or just enjoying the fields.
So I thought I would take you with me and M&F on such an illustrated bicycle ride in Northern Jutland.
In contrast to what many think, Denmark and Jutland in particular can be surprisingly hilly. Gentle hills. But after a long hot summers day up and down hills, you are ready to mail your legs as well as posterior home!
The reason is that during the last iceage the glaciers ended in Jutland, so the area is hilly where the glaciers pushed the earth before them.
Only a couple of hours ride from Trend are Rebild Hills and this is how it looks: http://www.rebildporten.dk/sites/def...bakker_t10.jpg
This is also the only place outside USA, where the 4th July is celebrated each year, and have been so for more than 100 years.
And being an active family, they may try some cross-country cycling: http://files.guidedanmark.org/files/483/483_310688.jpg
Or go fishing in a stream: https://dansknatur.files.wordpress.c...randzoner1.jpg
But most of Himmerland, where Trend is located looks like this: http://www.slagtenhelligko.dk/upload...erland-071.jpg
Our happy little family ride on, past farms: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Duysh2-dZc...0/IMG_0031.JPG
Through a bend in the road: http://www.stærhøj.dk/wp-content/upl...11/Tintin2.jpg
And suddenly they are passing through a village:
(I actually know this house. It's not that far from where I was born and grew up).
And sometimes you feel you have gone back centuries.
We now live in a village that look pretty much like this:
All of a sudden they encounter one of the many manors dotted all over DK: https://realdania.dk/~/media/realdan...02.jpg?mw=4000
At this time of year, many cows are on grass. This breed is among the most common in DK: http://landbrugsavisen.dk/files/arti...0gr%C3%A6s.jpg
Or eco-pigs. They are happy as long as they have their shelters: http://langeliniegaarden.dk/wp-conte...09/Ny-de-3.jpg
So there is plenty for Vincent to shout at.
But perhaps, Josephine as the observant girl, she is will wonder why some of the cows wear bras. - I.e. an udder-support: http://a.bimg.dk/node-images/78/6/80...t-yver---2.jpg
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Just a bit to the south and our family suddenly find themselves on the Jutland Moor:
By now our little family are getting hungry. So how about buying some strawberries, honey, carrots, peas and fresh potatoes from a roadside stand? You have never tasted potatoes until you have tasted freshly dug up potatoes, still with earth on them. That I guarantee!
The system is very simple: The farmer put their products at the side of the road, with a sign saying that a box of strawberries costs say 20 DKK. People pay by putting money in a box or a jar and in the evening the farmer go out to collect the money.
Having stuffed themselves with strawberries, the family head home. But in the evening after having tucked the twins to bed, M&F head to a nearby inn, for a little meal on their own.
A very ordinary inn that you can everywhere in the countryside: http://files.guidedanmark.org/files/463/463_308202.jpg
By the time M&F have finished their dinner, the clock is past 22.00 so they head for the nearby Limfjord to watch the sun go down:
On another day the family go east, towards the east coast of Jutland: http://cdn.simplesite.com/i/d9/d6/28...1280h1280_.jpg
And here they visit the national park, Lille Vildmose, where they will find, elks, bison, wild boars, the European Wild Ox and countless birds, like eagles.
(In Danish these eagles are called a Kongeørn = King-Eagle.)
- And that I think is enough for one day.