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Biking Vikings!

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Whenever we go to take a photograph of some important building in Denmark there always seems to be a biking Viking in the way. We get the camera set up with the perfect shot of a castle or palace; somewhere like Fredericksborg Slot, the Danish Royal castle in Hillerod north of Copenhagen, and bingo...
Yup – a biking Viking comes screaming around the corner and spoils the view. And then it happened again at the Amalienborg Palace in the heart of Copenhagen. The late afternoon sun was perfectly illuminating Queen Margrethe's stately abode; the royal standard was flying – she was at home; the tourists had all gone to their hotels; it was just us and two smartly dressed guardsmen – then this happened...
Biking Vikings have managed to get themselves and their machines into almost every picture we've taken in Denmark There's no getting away from them – they are everywhere. And when they are not scaring us by riding furiously on the footpaths and jumping traffic lights they are using them to block our view. Just look at this famous building – if you can...
And how on earth are we supposed to get to the subway station through this lot?...
Most Danish cyclists are, in truth, very considerate of motorists and pedestrians and they generally stick to the cycle paths. However, they are not always conscious of the impact they may have on the aesthetics of 500 year old buildings in somewhere like Koge...
Although, when when they are symmetrically parked in front of an ancient building they can create a pleasing work of art that marries ancient with modern...
There are 4 bicycles for every 5 residents in Denmark, (a percentage only beaten by the cycling crazy Dutch who, statistically, all own a bike). The Danes cycle on average 1.6 kilometres a day and they generally take their bikes with them wherever they go – especially on trains and subways where it is free...
Cycling is obviously good for health and great for the environment – it's just lousy for tourists who want to get shots of beautiful old buildings in Ribe for their travel blogs...
However, we have no such quibble with horses and we greatly enjoyed watching a horse-ploughing competition on our way from Aero to Copenhagen...
We will be in Copenhagen for the rest of the week and the weather is absolutely beautiful. So we are hoping to get some great bike-free shots of the castles, palaces, gardens and, of course, the Little Mermaid. Stay with us and keep your fingers crossed.

Posted by Hawkson 10:48 Archived in Denmark

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How very funny. Must be a very healthy country. Not the greatest for tourists. Were you tempted to hop on one. It actually looked scary with all the mass of parked bikes.

by Sue Fitzwilson

More boyhood memories. The draft horses in the foreground are classic Belgians. The taller ones in the mid background, I think, are Clydesdales. Fell off those with great regularity.

by R and B

Not to worry. Soon you will be back here careening around Cycling Canucks!

by Janet

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