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

Fotografia – Story “The Westergren family”

Art in Denmark – The Westergren Family

On our latest journey in Denmark we suddenly came across a group of sculptures on a hill. It was raining, but the sculptures intrigued us, and I started to make some photos. An elderly man, standing next to the sculptures, invited us to come on the hill and see the sculptures more closely. The man did not speak English, but we understood that his father, Edwin Westergren, made the sculptures and some paintings and that this man was his son, Erik Westergren. Erik was a very friendly man and he tried to tell us that his father was a great artist and that he was repairing and finishing his fathers work and that Erik himself was also a painter and musician. Erik invited us to a small museum that he made of his father’s and his own work and showed us around. He was very proud. I very much liked the sculptures, but also the paintings and other artefacts, in particular the colours. I asked him if I was ok to make photos and I believe that he very much liked that we were so interested. From the brochures we bought and later from the internet we found out more about the family Westergren, although what is available in English is very limited.

Edwin Westergren(1921-1992) was a sculptor, painter, poet and philosopher, who lived and worked and ran an arts centre in a former dairy in a Danish village called Østby (“East Village”). He was born in Sweden, and according to local lore he arrived in Denmark as a lost-property foundling in a suitcase. After his death, his concrete sculptures, many of them unfinished, some of them very large, were left to the finishing touches of Mother Nature. The largest group, allegedly called “Will to Life”, is still standing on its hilltop: a wild, heroic landmark, gradually merging with the landscape. One son, Erik, also goes around to kindergartens with his soulmate (his words), spreading the joy of native American music to children. On Erics website (please click) you will find photos and also a movie where Erik is playing with his friends for the children. We found it great to meet a person like Eric and learn about his family’s history and see the artistic work of the family. We have made a short photo series in the Westergren museum and here below please find some photo’s. The full series can be seen on SmugMug (please click).

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Fotografia – Portfolio

 

 

All our photos’s are stored on SmugMug. In case you would like to go directly to the homepage please click here. Otherwise click on the headings (e.g. Belgium) below and your will be directed to the related folder on SmugMug. When you click in the photo’s the light box will show up.

Belgium

We travelled through Belgium many times on our way to South Europe and we visited Antwerp many times, however we never spend time and efforts to make photos in Belgium. Since we have more time nowadays and we  live so close to Belgium we have planned to make frequent visits to, in particular the beautiful cities, in Flanders, e.g. Antwerp, Brugge, Gent and Mechelen. We also started with a new project in Belgium “In Flanders Fields”, taking photos of the remains of the Great War.

 

 

 

France

In 2016 we bought a camper bus and the first trips we made were to Bretagne and later to the Provence and Languedoc in France. When we were young(er) we have spent many holidays in France, in the Auvergne and Normandy and Bretagne. Also for our work we have visited  Paris, Lyon and Marseille. We have only good memories of that time. Regretfully not too many photos, since life was not digital then.

Bretagne was a revisiting tour for us, whereas the Provence and Languesdoc were new. The amount of photos are limited, since we also had to take care of our two dogs during these travels and they are a bit “high maintenance” sometimes.

 

 

Greece

Greece is special for us. We lived in Greece from 1993 – 1999. We lived in Kifisia, a suburb of Athens. During the six years that we lived in Greece we fell in love with the country. The culture, the people, the food and Greek music made our stay an unforgettable experience. We only have a few photos of that period in our Greek folder. Scanning is an  issue. Most photos are from visits we made after 1999. In September and October 2017 we have been travelling with our camper on Greece’s mainland.

 

 

 

Italy

Italy is like Greece very special for us. We lived in Italy from 1999-2005 and from 2010-2012. We lived in a small community, Salvano, which  belongs to Palazzago a village in the vicinity of Bergamo. In 2015 we stayed also for two months in Lecce. Living and working in Italy was an unforgettable experience. Italy is so rich from a cultural point of view. The Italian people have been so nice to us. And what should we say about Italian food?  From the period 1999-2005 we do not have many photos. We filmed at that time and we still have some scanning to do of our old negative films.

 

 

 

Nederland

Nederland, our home country. Most of the photos are taken after having spent 14 years abroad, in Greece and Italy. We live with our two dogs in the province of Zeeland. A very quiet place to live. Surrounded by the sea. We feel very much at home here and we have a lovely old house with a big garden.

We have  started to work on a few series of Dutch cities. As you may notice Amsterdam is still missing, but is of course on the agenda.

 

 

Portugal

We have been traveling in Portugal during four holidays and we love this country. We feel at home in mediterranean countries. We try to stay away from the very touristic places, and very much like to travel around and find authentic places. In 2019 we toured through Portugal for the first time with our camper and it was just great. All the treasures of Portugal, e.g. the landscape, the sea, the people, the food and the fado music make this country the paradise it is .

 

 

 

Scandinavia

Since we bought our buscamper we travel every year to Scandinavia. In 2017 – 2019 we have been traveling in Denmark. We follow the Margueritruten, an autoroute through Denmark of about. 3.700 km’s. We started off in Jutland and  then we went to the islands of Ærø, Funen, Langeland, Lolland, Falster, Møn, Sjælland and Samsø. 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.

In 2019 we have made a round trip, starting in Denmark, though South-West  Norway and we ended in the south of Sweden on the island of Öland. It was a fantastic trip. It is our plan to travel in Scandinavia every year and explore Scandinavia further. It has so much to offer and we have only seen a small part of it yet. The nature is stunning. The weather might be a challenge sometimes.

We are now in the process of uploading our photos. Norway is almost done. We are now working on our photos of Sweden. A travelogue of our trip will soon be published.

 

 

Bodegas in Dueñas

Spain

Spain, like the other mediterranean countries, is a place where  we like to be and feel at home. We have been many times in Spain and visited many places. In earlier days we were there for work, but also traveled around on holidays. Regretfully, you will not find  photos from the early days here, since these photos have not been digitalised. In 2018 we have traveled with our camper in the north of Spain and in 2019 in the Extremadura. We will for sure make more journeys in this beautiful country, which is so rich when it comes to nature, culture and history.

 

 

 

United Kingdom

Regretfully only one gallery of UK. We hope that one day we are brave enough to travel with our camper through Britain. Brave to drive on the wrong side of the road.

 

 

 

 

Various Countries

In the galleries in this folder, you will find only a limited number of photos. Adriaan was visiting many countries for business, regretfully there was only limited time for making photographs. It is a pity not to have made more photos in Middle East, US, India and China.

 

 

 

 

Specials

In this folder we would like to publish galleries that will focus on specific topics. We will on a regular basis update the galleries and add new galleries.

 

 

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Photography and traveling are the main topics of this blog.  In fact a combination of both. We like to travel with our buscamper in Europe. We publish very short travelogues under Camper Travels. The travelogues are published in both English and Dutch. Since it is always nice to receive feed-back, we kindly ask you to leave a comment or contact us through the contact form.

Yvonne & Adriaan

Coming soon

In 2019 we have uploaded travelogues and related photo series of our camper travels in Portugal, Denmark and recently Norway and Sweden. We are now working on a series about Hanze towns in the Netherlands. Here below a teaser with the skyline of Deventer.

 

Deventer