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Denmark's Doorways

semi-overcast 16 °C

The southern Danish town of Tonder lies within howitzer range of Germany and has been back and forth over the border so many times in the past that the inhabitants must wonder which way to turn at times. The town was officially bilingual until the end of the second World War when the Germans were given the boot. However, Tonder survives on tourism these days and judging by the car licence plates in the parking lots, the Germans are back in force. The doorways of Tonder have a distinctly Teutonic look...
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...as does the medieval Renaissance church with its richly decorated pulpit carved in 1586 and its amazingly ornate organ...
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Tonder was German throughout World War 1 and some of the Zeppelin airships that bombed British cities were based here. The base and the airships were destroyed by aircraft from a British aircraft carrier in 1918 but the town remained unscathed and there are many shops and houses dating from the 18th century...
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We were expecting to visit the Friday market in Tonder, (as per the guidebook), but discovered that it had closed sometime ago. However, there were plenty of shops in the cobbled streets for those with deep pockets. This nice little chair had been reduced to a paltry five thousand six hundred and fifty Canadian dollars. (but that could be for a pair)...
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The Danes love their bakeries, and so do we, but it's no good asking for Danish pastries here in the oldest bakery in Tonder – these are all Danish pastries...
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And after lunch we headed to the beach to walk off some calories...
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Yes - those are cars and people at the other end of the beach but you may need binoculars to see them.
This is Romo; a small island in the Wadden Sea which can be reached by a lengthy causeway. It has miles of the widest beaches we have ever seen and, despite the time of year and the relatively murky weather, there were actually hundreds of German holidaymakers on the sands. There were also signs warning us not to use binoculars...
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At first we thought that was because we might be able to see the island's nudist colony from the top of the dyke, but then we discovered that a large area is a military zone and they didn't want us taking too close a look at their war games. We did manage to get a shot of this enormous tank in the distance...
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But, if you were hoping, we didn't see anything of any size worth photographing on the nudist beach.

Our tour of rural Denmark continues with almost unending vistas of arable land being grazed by cattle, sheep and pigs, and we are enjoying the bounty of pork, bacon, butter and cheese for which Denmark is renowned.
The answer to Thursday's blog question is that the boxes are Indian brick moulds. We have no idea why they are so popular in Denmark. Were they imported to make bricks, or did someone pick them up cheap in Delhi in the hope that the Danes would find a use for them? Answers on a postcard please ... Oh - never mind. We probably can't afford to buy you lunch in Denmark!

Posted by Hawkson 10:30 Archived in Denmark

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I did think brick moulds but then thought way too inefficient.
That's one lonely tank. Danish version of war games?

by R and B

The beach looks lovely but Sheila looks very cold.
We haven't seen much sunshine in these pictures. Our nephew is in Estonia doing military exercises as part of Denmark's military cooperation with NATO.

by keithandhelen

The art work on buildings and doors are wonderful and seemingly built to last centuries before European contact here on Turtle Island. There are nudes here early in the morning, mostly found in baths and showers.

by Janet

As the most frequent guesser, I will gratefully accept lunch at home in December😘

by The teenager

Happy to see you are traveling when will you come to Sri Lanka.

by Danushka

Wonder if there are other reminder's Dutch Indian
Colonies?

by olivia english

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