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Denmark-Sweden 2016


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large_1297706_14765310652156.jpgSadly the weather was a bit foggy so the seaside view could have been better. I drove along the coast to the isle of Møn but first stopped to take a look at Femmetofte kloster, I'm not sure if it's possible to visit the inside but I'm interested in the architecture not so much the interieur and I had the day fully planned. On the isle of Møn I stopped at Keldby kirke, it had the touristic attraction logo so I had to find out what's so special about this church because it doesn't look much different from other Danish churches from the outside. Well, the attraction is on the inside, paintings on the walls and ceiling, really beautiful. Elmelunde kirke has the logo as well but I safe this one for later.

I parked at GeoCenter Møns Klint, best place to start a hike according to my guidebook.large_1297706_14765310937901.jpgMøns Klint (beach route 4, maybe not)It has the description of a route looking a lot like route 4 & 5 of the folder combined. It discribes walking north (route 4), going down the stairs, walking south (4 & 5), going up the stairs and walking north back to the Geocenter. I had planned to do this hike but since I couldn't see much of the cliffs from the top I decided to start by going down to sea level. Good choise! Route 4 on sea level is gone (or you have to swim) so I started walking south on route 5. Some parts are quite narrow and the crashed tree with still some green leaves on it are not very comforting but the route is beautiful. The stairs up are not so much fun, but they had benches to rest every now and then. The route through the forrest is very nice, some parts are close to the edge and you can enjoy the view, but most part you have no idea the world ends in just a few meters.large_1297706_14765311306274.jpg

Back at the Geocenter I bought a big drink and sat on the terrace for a bit. Then on to Liselund Slot. It's a beautiful little castle/outhouse with beautiful gardens surrounding it. The grounds are right on the Cliff edge and in 1905 it got a lot smaller due to a big landslide. I walked around the gardens, peeked through windows. I don't want the guided tours of the interiour but I am curious sometimes.

I spotted a grave field (I think Bronze age burial mounds) on the way to Liselund and wanted to take a closer look. Apperently these things a quite common in this area so no sign, no place to park (I stopped on the side of the road to take pictures) and no path leading up there. I drove a bit further up the coast and tried to walk to the cliff edge from there but I think I took a wrong turn so after a while walking through the forrest I just turned and went the same way back.

Elmelunde kirke was already closed when I arrived back there but the sign said it's beautiful painted walls and ceilings again. The other special thing about this church is the Bronze age burial mound on church grounds, I always thought they were considered heresy in the old days.

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Posted by Stefmuts 05:21 Archived in Denmark Tagged landscapes cliffs nature sightseeing Comments (1)

Killybegs to Buncrana

Ireland 2008


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large_1297706_14345728077761.jpgToday again a beautiful and sunny day. In the port of Killybegs, we were pointed to the presence of some seals, they did not come real close but you could see their heads sticking out of the water. Today on the program Slieve League, with 598 meters Europe's largest cliff. This is really spectacular. You can walk all the way along the edge of the cliff, we didn't follow the whole trail though. On our way back down we started a conversation with a photographer who was waiting for just the right lightfall, he wanted to know if the view was getting better further up, we said not better, just different. He would wait a bit for the perfect shot and then go down for a really bad cup of coffee. He stated the Irish can't cook and can't make a decent cup of coffee (nb. he's an Irishman himself) I don't think the Irish can't cook but on the coffee part I think he's right.large_1297706_14345728317621.jpg

We drive to Dungloe and through the Derryveagh Mountains. Nice view on Errigal, highest mountain of Derryveagh. It looks like there's snow on the top but that only the light color rocks.

Then Letterkenny and on to the Inishowen peninsula. We visit Grianán Ailigh. The first building in this place dates back to 5th century BC and the current form is the result of the restorations that have taken place around 1870. Through narrow stairs on the wall you can climb the terraces where you have a beautiful view of the surroundings.large_1297706_14345728544630.jpg

Then we drive to Carndonagh, there should be a beautiful 7th century high cross there. We start our search at the cemetery, up till now all high crosses were at the cemetery, not this one though! We asked a local about it and he said follow me I will show you where it’s at. We walked up to the street, got in his car (!), drove a bit (not too far) and there it was, just by the side of the road. The man told us it used to be on the opposite side of the road but was moved with road works. He offered to wait to bring us back to the cemetery but we thought it would be fine to walk back, it’s not that far, so we thanked him and he left. The high cross is really beautiful and obviously very old. It’s the first one with its own roof to protect it for the effects of the weather.

Then a walk back to where we parked our car and on our way to our next B&B in Buncrana. Navigating is a bit more difficult because the lead language in Donegal [Donegal-travel-guide-936171] county is Gaelic and though most signs are both in English and Gaelic some are just in Gaelic. So is Letterkenny in Gaelic Leitir ceanainn and the city Centre is an lár. but we managed to get to the right place

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Posted by Stefmuts 04:18 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes cliffs high_cross Comments (0)

Skipping the cliffs of Moher & visiting the Burren

Ireland 2008


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large_1297706_14339646699663.jpgNext morning at breakfast we met an Italian couple also staying in the B&B, their route is opposite ours so we could exchange the must sees ahead. First we went back to Quin [Quin-travel-guide-938508] to take a picture of the abby right across the streed from the pub where we had dinner last night. Then its off to the famous Cliffs of Moher. At Lahinch we started following the coastal route again. At the Cliffs of Moher we found out that parking only already cost €8,- I really thought that was crazy much! So we skipped those famous cliffs. A bit further up the route, at Doolin we could see the cliffs in the distance and I must say I don\'t think they are specially more beautiful than the ones at Portmagee [Portmagee-travel-guide-938466] although those are not 8 km long. At Doolin we could take a boat trip to the cliffs but it was rough seas, we just got off a boat (Skellig islands tour) and we kind of had it with those cliffs. Off to the next site!

Well actually we are already at the next site, the Burren, it means rocky place, and so it is.large_1297706_14339646703953.jpgAnd across the pub, the abbeyThe limestone pavement as they call it looks really weird but beautiful. It is such a special landscape that there actually was a film crew filming. We visited Aillwee cave, how that was discovered is a nice story: In 1940 a farmer saw his dog disappear in a hole, he went home, got some candles and went in after the dog. The animal was alright sitting on a ledge in a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. the farmer took the dog and went home not telling about the cave for 33 years. In 1973 he finally told about what happened and the cave and today it is open for visits. The cave was formed by an underground river carving a egg shaped corridor, after the river dried up the sides caved in which gives it the special shape it has today. Entrance fee was €15,- but besides the cave you can also visit the bird park with lots of birds of preyand a cheese making farm.

At Poulnabrone we visited the famous dolmen, it is said to be a prehistoric gravesite (I was told the dolmens in the Netherlands weren\'t graves so i\'m not sure this one is) We had to wait for a whole bus Dutch seniors to leave but then we had the dolmen all to ourselves.

Next B&B in Clarebridge is right next to the pub, great!

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Posted by Stefmuts 03:34 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes cliffs nature coastline Comments (0)

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