We journeyed to Skagen, the place that every Dane said we must visit, on the train this weekend. The weather was pretty ordinary but we managed to visit a few of the most popular sights and enjoy some great cuisine. The seafood and traditional breakfasts were really very superb and we all were surprised to find but happily ate genuine, Napoli style pizza. I enjoyed the Skagen ‘light’ for snapping a few pics and some long walks, in the drizzle.
I now have even greater admiration for the Skagen Painters, especially as I wonder how they were able to actually have any time, when it wasn’t raining, to paint en plain air. Must have been tough keeping their canvas dry. Their persistence is on display at the excellent Skagen Museum. You may wish to check out the official site if interested in exploring Danish art of this late 19th century period.
PS Krøyer is Skagen’s most famous artist. I snapped this at the gallery and pay my own photographic homage to him below.
Hip Hip Hurra! is an award winning film that explores this late 19th century period and the painters of Skagen. I would like to find it. Anyone seen it? My Danish friends, is it worth tracking down?
Grenen, the most northern tip of Denmark, is where the Baltic and North Seas meet. We walked along the most excellent cycleway I have ever seem before riding a tractor to this spot where every Dane in the country has dipped their toes. There was much to see and the coastline is glorious.
The bunkers that dot the coastline are but few of the 300 that were placed by the Germans during WWII. Most are now covered by sand or out of view, below buildings and streets. The juxtaposition of gaily painted beach scenes with machine gun turrets is quite bizarre.
Walking around the harbour and the streets of Skagen is a delight. We really should have asked someone about the ‘stone thing’. It seems that most houses have these ornaments dangling somewhere around the yard.