Fotografia – Denmark 2019 (new series)

Rubjerg Knude

In May 2017 we travelled for the first time with our camper to Denmark and visited Jutland. As reference we followed the  Margueritruten (daisy route). Denmark is a very beautiful country and has all ingredients that we so much like: the sea, the coast, islands, nice rural areas, friendly people and space to breath and travel. We went back in May 2018 and  followed the southern part of the route. We have been to the islands Ærø, Funen, Langeland, Lolland, Falster, Møn and Sjælland. It seems that it has become a tradition to visit Denmark in spring. In 2019 we travelled on Djursland, the island Samsø and the northern part of Sjælland. The total length of the Margueritruten is 3.700 km’s and we have not yet finished the complete route. 

The photos of our travels you will find on our SmugMug site (please click) in a special folder containing galleries of of the above mentioned journeys, together with special series of the Æero island beach huts,  Møns Klint, Jylland at the sea, Lighthouses, the yellow fields of Jutland, Men at Sea and a Monochrome gallery. Here below you will find some extracts from our Denmark folder:

Møns Klint

Djursland

 

Lighthouses

The yellow fields

Beach huts at Ærø island

Fishing

Travelogue – Denmark 2017 – 2019

Gershoj

Camper Travelogue – Denmark 2017 – 2019

Period: 20 May 2017-30 May 2017. Distance: 2,915 km.

Photo gallery

You are invited to see the photos of our trip on: SmugMug

Route

  • Ribe – Esbjerg – Blåvand – Hvide Sande
  • Hvide Sand – Lyngvig Fyr – Trans – Boubjerg Fyr – Vestervig
  • Vestervig – Thy National Park – Mors Stoer – Stenbjerg Landingsplads – Nørre Vorupør
  • Nørre Vorupør -Hanstholm – Bulbjerg – Lild Strand – Børglum Kloster – Rødhus
  • Rødhus – Märup Kirke – Rudbjerg Knude – Rudbjerg Fyr – Tornby
  • Tornby – Hirtshals – Råbjerg Mile – Skagen – Saeby
  • Saeby – Hals – Mulbjerge -Mariager

Highlights of this trip

We followed to a great extent the Daisy Route (Danish: Margueritruten) an autoroute of about 3.700 km, of which we deviated regularly. In these ten days we traveled mainly in Jutland.

The highlights:

– Ribe, a beautiful old town. What is particularly striking is the use of colors. Almost Caribbean. The light was beautiful. We were there during the golden hour.

– The sculpture group Mennesket Ved Havet. Impressively high white sculptures of men who look out over the sea. Beautiful to photograph.

– The bunkers on the beach at Blåvand. An artist has put heads and tails of horses on the bunkers. It has become a beautiful setting on the beach.

– The Thy National Park, which includes a lighthouse from 1883. But also the Stenbjerg Landingsplads, here are white houses, where the fishermen once stored their tools, nets, etc. Beautiful light gave it a magic atmosphere.

– An evening, again with really beautiful light, on the small beach of Nørre Vorupør. There was a strong wind, which caused high waves. There were beautiful colourful fishing boats on the beach and the light was magical. Our cameras are not fond of sand, but we could not let this pass us.

– Near the Børglum Kloster is the Oxholm Molle. A special octagonal mill from 1857.

– The Rudbjerg Fyr, A lighthouse, which is disappearing in the sand, was probably the most beautiful place this holiday. The undergoing lighthouse with the sand dunes around it are truly spectacular. You imagine yourself in a desert.

– The Tilsandede Kirke. Just like the Rudbjerg Fyr this church began to disappear after violent sand storms in 1775.

– The beach at Mulbjerge. The coast of East Jutland is very different from the coast of West Jutland. The west and north very wild and rugged, the east friendly and some tame. This is an idyllic beach. Children caught fish with small fishing nets. A few white houses. A wooden pier that goes very far into the sea.

Travelogue

Period 20 May 2018-1 June 2018.  Distance 2,900 km.

 Route

  • Sønderborg – Fynshav – Søby – Marstal
  • Marstal – Ommels hoved – Strandby Havn – Ærokøbing
  • Ærokøbing – Marstal – Voderup Klint – Borgnaes -Skoldnaes – Søby – Faaborg
  • Faaborg – Troense – Dageløkke
  • Dageløkke – Hou – Tranekaer – Kelds Nor – Ristinge – Bagenkop
  • Bagenkop – (Lolland) Albuen – Harpelunde
  • Harpelunde – Maribo – Park van Corselitze – Stubbekøbing
  • Stubbekøbing – Møn – Fjaneford Kirke – Møns Klint
  • Møns Klint – Elmelunde Kirke, – Keltby Kirke – Stege – Ulvshale
  • Ulvshale – Nyord – Prætø – Rødvig
  • Rødvig – Stevns Klint – Slot Vallø – Kalmar – Sjølund
  • Sjølund -Christiansfeld – Aabenraa

Highlights of this trip

We continued the Margueritruten. This time the southern islands of Denmark.  All gems. The weather was Mediterranean just like last year.

The highlights:

– Sønderborg. A nice castle, beautifully situated by the water. Characteristic old trees close to the castle.

– The island Ærø. What a pretty sweet island. The whole island is a highlight. Unique are the beach huts at Marstal and at Ærøkøbing.

– The three older fishermen, Pensioners who were celebrating life in the morning with a beer at Stranby Havn on Ærø.

–  Ærøkøbing, like Ribe, colorful beautiful architecture

– The island Langeland. Like Ærø the whole island is a highlight for us. We visited the lighthouses of Hou and of Kelds Nor. Both are worthwhile visiting. The Cliff at Ristinge is quite high and style and a favorite hiking area.

– The Port of Bagenkop, colorful with the old fishing boats.

– The walk to the lighthouse of Albuen (Lolland). The lighthouse is not special, the road thereto is.

– The area at Maribo with the small lakes on the beautiful island Lolland. The Park of Corselitze is also very nice.

– The whole island Møn is a highlight, with the absolute winner this holiday the white chalk cliffs at Møns Klint. In the evening we walked on top and in the morning, we were very early at the foot of the cliff and we were there alone for several hours. A beautiful experience! It is an imposing steep coast of 7km long and a highest point of 128m (higher than Dover).

– Churches with interesting murals on Møn are the Elmelunde Kirke and the Keltby Kirke

– Nyord is a small peninsula, connected to Møn. Half-timbered houses, a beautiful octagonal church and a charming little harbor.

– Rødvig, a busy fishing site.

– Stevns Klint is more than worth visiting. The old church of Højerup of which a part of the rock is plunged into the sea, is so beautiful of simplicity. The walk from the church to the lighthouse Stevns Fyr Is impressive along the cliff.

Travelogue

Period 22 May 2019 – 31 May 2019.  Distance 2.800 km. 

Route

  • Zeeland-Wischhafen (Germany)
  • Wischhafen – Glückstadt (Ferry Elbe)-Flensburg-Randers-Mellerup
  • Mellerup – Voer (ferry)-Fjellerup-Ebeltoft
  • Ebeltoft – Helgenæs (via Mole Bjerge) – Porskar Stenhus-Skødstrup
  • Skødstrup – Kalo Ruin – Hov – Samsø (ferry)
  • Round trip Samsø
  • Samsø – Kalundborg (ferry)-Sjællands Odde-Hørby
  • Hørby-Kundby – Undløse-Gershøj
  • Gershøj – Frederiksund-Rendsburg

Highlights of this trip

We picked up the Margueritrutenin Jutland, from where we stopped in 2017.This trip we did Djursland, the island of Samsø and North Sjælland. We didn’t have as much luck with the weather as in previous years. The skies, on the other hand, were therefore very beautiful and often dramatic.

The highlights:

– Ebeltoft. We have been here many years ago and wanted to revisit the town. Many of the old half-timbered houses and old buildings have been preserved, all in the cheerful Danish colors. Ebeltoft has a nice atmosphere and we had a nice camper spot at the harbor, with a harbor master (?) who took very good care of his guests. A very nice elderly man.

– The Mol Bjerge Park. Beautiful undulating landscapes with often in the background the sea. On the islet Helgenæswe walked in the surroundings of the lighthouse. Along the beach were expansive fields of lilac/pink English grass. Mol Bjerge is a must.

Porskar Stenhus. One of the most imposing round dolmens of Denmark, with a diameter of about 20 meters.

-The walk we made at the Kalo ruinwas very worthwhile. This has previously been an imposing fortress. Again, beautiful fields with English grass.

-The island of Samsø. Not spectacular, but a friendly green island with friendly little villages. We had a beautiful camper spot in Ballen, right by the sea.

-The route from Kalundborgto Sjællands Oddewas scenic very beautiful. Hilly with beautiful vistas.

-On Sjælland We had very nice camper spots close to the sea at the port, e.g. in Hørbyand Gershøj. We really enjoyed these quiet spots.

-Beautiful churches in Kundbyand Undløse. The Undløse Kirke has beautiful mural paintings from 1430 – 1450. Special is that all people depicted have long noses.

Map of Denmark
The orange flags indicate the locations where we have taken our photos.

 

Travelogue – Spain and Portugal 2019

Sao Pedro das Cabecas

Period

14 March 2019 – 8 April 2019. Distance: 7,145 Km.

Photo gallery

A photo gallery with photos of our journey is now available on Smugmug (please click).

Route

  • Zeeland (NL) – Buchy (France, above Rouen)
  • Buchy – Mirambeau (France)
  • Mirambeau – Bordeau -Villaquiran de Los Infantes (Spain)
  • Villaquiran de Los Infantes – SalamancaValle Del Jerte – Navaconcejo
  • Novaconcejo – Coria- Valle La Vera – Losar de la Vera
  • Losar de la Vera – Villanueva de la Vera – Parque Nacional de Monfraqüe – Trujillo
  • Trujillo – Garrovillas -Valencia de Alcantera
  • Valencia de Alcantara – Marvao – Portalegre – Elvas – Olivenza Rosário (Portugal)
  • Rosário – Estremoz – Elvas – Rosário
  • Rosário – Terena – Barragem do Alvito – Viano do Alentejo
  • Viano do Alentejo – Alvito – Castro Verde
  • Castro Verde-Cuba-São Pedro das Cabecas
  • São Pedro das Cabecas – Barragem de Santa Clara-Cabo de São Vicente
  • Cabo de São Vicente-Carrapate -Villa Nove de Milfontes -Porto Covo
  • Porto Covo – São Bartolomeu da Sera – Santiago do Cacém-Porto da Carrasqueira – Comporta
  • Comporta – Peniche – Consolacao
  • Consolacao – Obidos – Nazaré -Coz
  • Coz – Aqueda – Bico
  • Bico – Bunheiro – Cortegaca – Ovar – Bico
  • Bico – Aveiro – Peso de Régua
  • Peso de Régua – Braga – Soajo
  • Soajo – Lindoso – NP da Peneda-Gerès – Santuario de NS da Lapa Soutelo – Boticas
  • Boticas – Senhora da Graca – Cascate de Figas de Ermelo- Peso de Régua
  • Peso de Régua – Pinhão – Chaves
  • Chaves – Saint Jean de Luz (France)
  • Saint Jean de Luz -Bordeau – Mayet (France)
  • Mayet -Zeeland (NL)

 Highlights of this trip

A nice journey which started in the Extremadura in Spain and then we traveled through Portugal. In Portugal we started our journey in our so beloved Alentejo region. Then towards the most southwestern point of the Iberian Peninsula, Cabo The São Vicente. Then along the Atlantic coast and partly inlands northward. And finally traversing the north of Portugal, along the river Douro, direction Spanish border (Chaves), where our journey ended. Lisbon, Porto, certain parts of the Alentejo and the Algarve we have visited in earlier years and were therefore not visited this time but of course well worth a trip.

The highlights:

Valle del Jerte. A 50 km long valley northeast of Plasencia. It is known throughout Spain for the more than one and a half million cherry trees that flourish in this period.

Valle la Vera. A beautiful valley with typical villages. We have been in Villanueva de la Vera. Many old houses with overhanging floors, resting on wooden beams. The valley lies on the southern flanks of the Sierra de Gredos.

Parc Nacional de Manfragüe. This National Park is quite beautiful. It is located at the Taag river. The fauna is special because of a large number of protected animals, such as monk vultures, black storks and eagles.

In Trujillo we made a city walk. The Plaza Mayor is nice. We drove the same day to Garrovillas, and this village has one of the most beautiful village squares in Spain.

Elvas. We visited Elvas back in 2010 and we didn’t see the charm then. Probably the wrong time. Now we found Elvas a beautiful, lively and atmospheric city. Narrow streets. The aqueduct of Elvas is the tallest in Europe. It was built in the 15thcentury and still active. We have to go back again to Elvas and take the appropriate time.

Terena is a very small village, along the road from Estremoz to Elvas. We found it very worthwhile visiting. Estremoz in miniature.

Alvito. A small town in the Alentejo. A small gem. The market is very cosy. The old town is beautiful. Some years ago, we made a Alvito of the Alentejo region and on the cover of our book is a photo of the Ermida The São Sebastião, a church with Moorish influences.

We passed Cuba. The country Cuba is high on my wish list to visit. This small town with the same name Cuba is worth a visit too. It has Cuban influences and this small town claims that  Christovão Colon (Columbus) was born here, in contradiction to the history books which say that Columbus was born in Genua.

Stunning views can be found at the São Pedro das Cabecas with a 360 degree’s view of the surrounding area. We stayed there for the night. The land owner told us the next day that this was not allowed, but he understood that we did not do it intentionally. You have enjoyed it in any case, he said.

Cabo de São Vicente. The lighthouse, the rocky coast and a beautiful sunset. We had a nice camper place for the night. Fortunately, not too many tourists, yet. A month later it is Sunset Circus.

Along the Atlantic coast we took at Carrapate a dirt road along the cliffs. This place is a paradise for the Surf Tribes. In Porto Covo, a blue-white town,with a beautiful coastline we stayed overnight.

We have visited two unique train stations in São Bartelomeu de Serra and Santiago do Cacém. We hope that the Portuguese will discover how unique these stations with tile tableaux really are and treat these stations as a national heritage.

The Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira is a characteristic very small tidal port in the delta of the Sado River. A big storm and everything will be vanished. It is ramshackle, but a great location for photo shoots.

Obidos. This is a must of course. In 1989 we were here for the first time. Although many tourists visit Obidos throughout the year, the town is rather unspoiled and still worth a visit.

Nazaré. Beautiful beach and a beautiful old town. If you are lucky, we were not, you can see spectacular high waves close to the lighthouse. A fantastic spectacle. Nazaré is a place you must visit. Unfortunately, but rightly of course, pretty camper unfriendly.

Coz. The Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Coz is the only landmark of the village. But definitely worth a visit.

At the Aveiro Lagoon is Bico. An excellent camper spot. In the port are the typical pointed lagoon fishing boats. Aveiro, we found not that interesting, too much pimped up for tourists. Well worth the effort is the Igreja Matriz de Cortegaca in Cortegaca. The walls of the church are covered by azulejas. Also the town Ovar is worth a visit.

In Braga we visited Bom Jesus do Monte. A pilgrimage’s place. Great, but too bombastic I find.

In the National Park da Peneda-Gerês, in the villages Soajo  and Lindoso, are really wonderful groups of espiqueiros. Espiqueiros are typical maize storage sites, but also stock shed for onions, garlic, pumpkins. The National Park located on the border of Spain and Portugal is breathtakingly beautiful.

We had seen a picture of a church in a rock. After a long search we found it: Santuário The NS da Lapa Soutela. It is about 10 km west of Vieira Do Minho. It was worth a detour, not only because of the church, but also the spectacular rocks behind the church. The gigantic boulders seem to only need a small push to thunder down.

From Boticas we drove through the Serra do Alvão. A beautiful old landscape. The Rio Olo collapses through the Figas waterfall. At Cascate de Figas de Ermelo you have a nice view of the waterfall. It is a very beautiful nature area.

From Peso de Régua we drove along the Douro river to Pinhão. A beautiful town along the Douro. Also, Pinhão has a unique train station with tableaux of azuleas. In the surrounding mountains of Pinhão are beautiful viewpoints over the Douro. However, with a camper it is a challenge to get there.

Travelogue – Greece 2017

Camper travelogue – Greece the mainland

Period: 9 September 2017-10 October 2017. Distance: 7,625 KM.

Photo gallery

You are kindly invited to see the photos of our trip on:  SmugMug

Route

  •  Zeeland – Vilsberg Lorraine Les Bouleaux
  • Vilsberg – Palazzago (Italy) (we lived here for 8 years)
  • Palazzago – Ancona
  • Ancona – Manfredonia
  • Manfredonia – Bari – Igoumenitsa
  • Igoumenitsa – Ioannina
  • Ioannina – Aristi (Voimatis) – Papingo
  • Papingo – Kastoria
  • Kastoria – Agios Germanos – Agios Achilios -Psarades (Prespa Lake)
  • Psarades – Nea Moudania ( Chalkadiki)
  • Moudania – Sithonia – Thessaloniki – Paralia Korinos
  • Korinos – Mount Olympos – Kastraki (Meteora)
  • Kastraki – Volos – Kato Gatzea (Pilion)
  • Kato Gatzea – Paralia Theotokou (Liri) – Kato Gatzea
  • Kato Gatzea – Volos – Macrinitsa – Tsangarada – Agios Ioanis
  • -Agios Ioanos – Davlia (Parnassos)
  • -Davlia – Delphi
  • -Delphi – Itea – Lidoriki – Galaxidi
  • Galaxidi – Nafpaktos – Andirio – Kato Vasiliki
  • Kato Vasiliki -Messolungi – Astakos – Mikikas
  • Mikikas – Lefkada – Agios Ioannis
  • Agios Ioannis – Zalongo – Mytikas
  • Mytikas – Arta – Koronissia – Parga
  • Parga – Koravostasi – Igoumenitsa
  • Igoumenitsa – Bari- Porto Recanati
  • Porto Recanati – Saint Koningbourg – Zeeland

 

The highlights of this trip

When we are heading to southern Italy or in this case Greece we go along Palazzago, where we have lived for eight years. Returning to Greece is in itself a highlight for us. We have lived in this beautiful country for six years. When we set our feet on land it is home coming for both of us. Also, for our dogs, they are both born on Corfu.

Summary:

-the beautiful old stone bridges in the Zagori In Epirus. In 2002 we also made a walk along the Vikos Gorge. With our dogs, of which Precious is an unguided missile, it is too risky. The concrete bridge over the Voidomatis river, at Aristi, is a good place to stay.

-the surroundings of and the Prespa Lake itself. You can see Albania and North Macedonia. Three countries that embrace the lake. The islet Agios Achilios is a heaven of peace in the Prespa Lake. The islet can be reached via a long walkway. At the Prespa Lake Gigantes (large beans) are cultivated. A beautiful crop.

-the route of Korinos, passing Mount Olympos, to Meteora. The tobacco plantations along the road are special.

–  Meteora is of course magical. Visit Meteora very early, because after nine o’clock the buses come with loads of tourists. We have been there 25 years ago during winter. It remains a wonder that on these masterful rocks these magnificent monasteries are built.

-the Pelion. We enjoyed the beautiful coastlines, but certainly also the inland.  A little gem was Paralia Theotokou, where we also stayed overnight. Macrinitsa and Tsangarada are definitely worth to make a stop.

-the area around Mount Parnassos. Orchomenos, the archaeological site, the Treasury of the Mynyas and opposite the Church of Skripou. The Jerusalem monastery. Osias Lucas is a must. Unfortunately, more commercial than 25 years ago, but still special.

– Delphi, a unique archaeological site. It is so beautiful, and you can wander for hours. We have been there many times and it always fascinates.

-In Distomo we have been to the monument in memory of 232 inhabitants of this place, who were shot on 10 June 1944 by the German occupiers. On the monument the ages are mentioned. All ages are represented.

– Galaxidi. With friends and family, we have spent many weekends in Galaxidi. At Bruno in pension Ganimedes. His breakfast was world famous. Unfortunately, Bruno died and is buried in Ponte St. Pietro in Italy, near Palazzago. Galaxidi is a beautiful place.

-the Bridge over the Gulf of Korinthos at Andirio. A piece of art.

-the road from Astakos To Mitikas and Mitikas Itself.

-the remnants of the earthquake-stricken Plagia. Now a paradise for goats, geese and cats.

-the monument at Zálongo was for us both very impressive. In 1803, a group of sixty women, with their children jumped in the sea from a 700-meter-high cliff, to prevent themselves from falling into the hands of Ali Pasha’s son Veli. The story goes that the women, before they jumped, danced and sang. The Dance of Zalongo.

-the Byzantine Church at Agios Dhimitrios Katsourris. One of the more beautiful churches we have visited in Greece.

-the road to Koronissia, a long road that meanders through the Lagoon. A paradise for many birds, including herons and flamingos.

-the Country of the Souliats, A group of Albanian Orthodox Christians who populated 11 villages. What a beautiful area! So pure.

 

Fotografia – Camper Travels

On the road with our camper

In 2016 we bought our first camper. We wanted to travel together with our two dogs and be free to go and stay where it is good. Business trips to the farthest places we had made enough. Now there is finally time and space for us. Although we can’t make very long trips yet, because our very old parents need us these days. Nothing is nicer than being on the road together in our camper. Where the wind carries us. Of course, with our cameras.

The first camper we bought in 2016 was the Pössl Road Scout R. A great camper, with which we started our camper adventure. It has not disappointed us and this camper made us even more enthusiastic for “camping”.  The Road Scout was 5.40 m long. A nice entry-level model. But travelling with two dogs needed a little bit more space and therefore we have bought a new buscamper in november last year, the Pössl 2 Win R, see the featured image on top of the page. This buscamper is 6 meters long and gives us more space inside without losing the flexibility of a buscamper. We do not want a truck to step on, but a buscamper, with which we can still visit the smaller villages and are able drive on difficult paths.

Here below some precious camper memories:

Gershoj
Sjaelland, Denmark