Cruising Down Denmark's Great Belt
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Exploring an endless coastline

Maybe not endless; very little about Denmark is big. But you don't have to travel far to look at the sea. There are two channels running down the sides of the island of Fyn, and one is larger than the other one. In our HR46, we traveled down the Lille Bælt (the Little Belt.) This time we took the other route.

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Skagen Art Museum
The artists who settled in Skagen because of its unusual light provided a visual encyclopedia of the difficulties and joys of life there.
Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen was so taken by the story of a Saeby woman that he was inspired to write "The Lady from the Sea". The town then took Ibsen's lead and commissioned this colossal sculpture of the same name. Here the lady looks out to sea and in to shore at the same time, symbolizing beginning and end, past and present, departure and return.
Walking street
There's something intimate and old-fashioned about the pedestrian shopping streets in every town. Most of the shops put their wares outdoors as a temptation to passers-by.
It's common to sit alongside, or inside, one of the medieval buildings to enjoy lunch, or a cup of coffee with cake, or a beer and some smoked fish.
Århus is the second-largest city in Denmark, but it has the intimacy of a small town. The theater façade retains an old-world feel, even as the performances that take place inside are undoubtedly very modern.
Hans Christian Andersen
You can't visit Denmark without tripping over native son Hans Christian Andersen. Plaques abound documenting his whereabouts. Statues in his home town Odense are based on his stories. But it's not a surprise that living among Denmark's historical towns and rich culture can fire the imagination.
Summer can't come soon enough for Scandinavians. While we Floridians are covered from head to toe, the locals sit outdoors as much as possible. Cafés are happy to help, by expanding their tables to the streets and setting up heaters under the sun umbrellas. Most places keep a pile of blankets for outdoor dining when it's really wintry.
After the king built a castle in Nyborg, the town assumed some political importance for several centuries. With power came the need for fortifications. This gate was once the only public entrance to Nyborg, a 40-meter-long passageway.
Denmark's relatively flat geography, its culture, and its energy policies all lead to a thriving bicycle culture. Young and old, commuters and tourists, casual and serious, bikes are everywhere. Odense is keeping count of bikes that pass any one of several of these meters installed around the city.
In the nineteenth century, shipyards in Svendborg built half of the vessels that sailed under the Danish flag.