Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Netherlands in Pictures

The Netherlands in Pictures

Amsterdam is a bustling city, full of art, culture, canals, tall old houses with fancy gables on top, bicycles, graffiti, souvenir shops, McDonalds, marijuana cafes, and, most of all, tourists. It’s alternately grubby and charming, with something for every taste—a place where the hottest tickets in town are Madame Toussaud’s wax museum, the Anne Frank… Read More

Old and New Netherlands

Old and New Netherlands

With 10 days between our housesits in Denmark and Belgium, we set off to the Netherlands to binge on art and architecture. I expected to revel in old things—17th-century paintings and traditional canal houses with decorative gables. I didn’t expect to find so many modern things to love. Read More

Quirks of Denmark

Quirks of Denmark

Every time we visit a new country, we’re struck by the ways in which it differs from other places we’ve been. As we leave Denmark for the Netherlands, here are some notable characteristics of Denmark (or at least of the places we were, Copenhagen and southern Jutland). This list is based on our observations, things… Read More

Denmark’s Oldest Town in Pictures

Denmark’s Oldest Town in Pictures

Ribe, Denmark—the oldest surviving town in Scandinavia—is one of the prettiest villages we’ve ever seen. Although popular with tourists, it doesn’t feel hokie or crowded (even in August). A stroll around town reveals a pretty little riverfront, where pleasure boats are moored; museums about Danish art and about the Viking presence in Ribe; and lots… Read More

Danish Archaeology Museums in Pictures

Danish Archaeology Museums in Pictures

Both Haderslev, where we housesat for a friend, and Ribe, which we visited during our stay, have good archeology museums. Ribe’s focuses on the town’s early years as a Viking trading post and a center of glass making. Haderslev’s focuses on Iron Age items excavated in the area, including a horde of Germanic weaponry and… Read More

Surrounded by History

Surrounded by History

An hour’s drive from our housesit in Denmark, Vikings were making glass and casting bronze on a riverbank 1,300 years ago—right where we strolled on a windy afternoon. Ten minutes away from our house, just on the other side of Haderslev, the weapons and accoutrements of more than 200 Germanic soldiers were ritually flung into… Read More

Outings Around Haderslev

Outings Around Haderslev

Whenever it has stopped raining for a few hours (which hasn’t been all that often), we’ve taken an opportunity to explore more of the area around our housesit. We discovered the library in Haderslev, a big, modern space next to the town’s little lake. Most of the cafes and restaurants in Haderslev aren’t set up… Read More