Wednesday July 11, 2007

17-Skagen 2

We found ourselves in Denmark today, at the northernmost tip of the Danish peninsula, where two seas (the Skagerrak and the Kattegat) meet.

17-Skagen 3

We’d dropped anchor off the lovely little town of Skagen (pronounced ‘Skayin’), famous for its squat yellow houses capped with orange tile roofs … its multiple lighthouses … and its migrating sand-dune (the Rabjerg Mile, which is being blown eastward at a rate of some 50 feet a year). Half-buried under all this drifting sand is a 14th century church. (The congregation had to dig their way into the church during the 18th century, and eventually gave it up as a bad job.) Today only the tower is left – and this morning, after clambering over the sand-dune, we did some photo-taking at the ancient site.

17-Skagen 1

Then, for a bit of madness, we all packed into a tractor-driven bus – the ‘Sandormen’ (sandworm) for a bumpy ride along the beach to the sandspit where those two oceans (Atlantic and Baltic) collide. Some of us even braved the chilly water to put a foot in both currents – great fun!

TOMORROW: “Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, friendly old girl of a town.” So stay tuned …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN