A day on Lolland

This week my husband and I had the opportunity to go to Lolland for a little parent getaway and enjoy the autumn colours and some good food in the small town of Bandholm.

What we found was quietness. Yes it is out of the main season, but most schools have their autumn break and many places offer family activities. Bandholm even has an entrance to Knuthenborg Safari park. Yet there was very quiet everywhere we went - or perhaps we picked the quiet spots :-). So we spent a day quietly exploring places in Lolland. We walked around Bandholm and we learned about babyfood production and more at FraFejø at Knuthenlund. From Bandholm and nearby Kragenæs there are ferries to some small islands that have become famous in Denmark for their fruit production - Especially their apples.

Bandhold town and hotel

Bandhold town and hotel

Next we went to Kragenæs and hiked a mile to “Dodekalitten”. It’s a sculpture project still in progress. When finished it will consist of a Circle of 12 sculptures. There are mystical sounds coming out below the sculptures and you have a good view to the sea.

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A stop in Maribo for lunch and a visit to the cathedral. What we noticed driving around was that there are a lot of small bungalows and brick houses on Lolland and some are painted white, orange/red or yellow. The yellow houses around the cathedral in Maribo caught our eye.

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Next stop Fuglsang Art museum. The current exhibition was interesting, but the most fascinating was the landscape seen from and with the museum which opened in 2008. Loved the window opening up to the landscape and creating an everchanging painting at the end of the hall way.

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On our way back to Bandholm we stopped by Krenkerup Estate to admire the buildings in the beautiful late afternoon light. They have a brewery that makes excellent beer, but we skipped it for the dinner waiting for us. It looked like a perfect place to hang out in the summer.

What a nice day! And the dinner was a nice end to it. I don’t think i would vote Bandholm Hotel the best in Denmark, but the room was fine, the staff very friendly, there were lots of local ingredients and the breakfast was excellent. All in all good value for money there. I am already looking forward to more adventures in Denmark :-).

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes is a beautiful area of Marin consisting mostly of farmland, protected coastline, tiny towns, lots of hiking trails and cows, country homes and you can also find some nice places to eat. It’s very rural and you can spend lots of time there. Over the years we lived in Marin I have been there several times, but I haven’t seen it all and I would still like to go back and revisit. Here are photos from some of my favorit places to go: The lighthouse at the end of the seashore. You can see whales here during winter and Sealions all the year. Turn off the road for the cypress tunnel and take some beautiful photos there from the KPH radio station. Pierce Point Ranch is an old farm where you can start your hike to Tomales Point or go the beach or just wander around for the landscape and wildlife. You probably passes lots of Tule Elks and cows on the way there too. Buy sandwiches on the way at Inverness where you can also stop to see the shipwrecks and end your day in Point Reyes Station with lots of good food options. I love the small bakery and Cow Girls Cremery, but take your time to walk around and enjoy the atmosphere. I would go tomorrow…

Home Sweet old Home

Spent our Easter break back in Mill Valley feeling very much at home. Hanging out with  friends, revisiting favorite places and restaurants, cycling, hiking, drinking coffee at Peets & Equator - All good. Its a special place to us. We immediately made friends and fell in love with the beautiful landscapes, the mild weather and the Golden Gate Bridge when we lived there, so off course we miss this special place. What is so special about it? Let me show you some photos from this trip...

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Mt Tamalpais

The mountain which towers over Marin County and which Mill Valley sits upon. I love to spend time up there. The views are spectacular. You see the Pacific, San Francisco and the bay area and just the tip of the Golden Gate Bridge. My favorite place is right there on the photos above. You see the tree in the middle on the top (left)? There is a bench of stone  underneath it and now there is also a swing. A good place to picnic. We have been on numerous amazing hikes around here and watched many sunsets. It is only 30 min drive from Mill Valley. 

The Headlands

The headlands is the first part of Marin county that sticks out into the Pacific and stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley. If you drive from Golden Gate Bridge to the top of Hawk Hill you will have awesome views on a clear day and sunsets are amazing. It can get crowded up there and almost impossible to park near the bridge, but totally worth it. The light on San Francisco is great from this side. In the morning go to the other side below the bridge and have morning coffee at Cavallo Point or head to CIBO in Sausalito. We also did a nice hike by Rodeo Beach which is at the end of the valley you see on the photo with the painted walls and we discovered a new great viewpoint. William has been on two summercamps by Rodeo Beach and he told us quite a bit about the animals there and places he had been.

Stinson Beach

To get to Stinson Beach you have to drive over Mt. Tam or drive through the quaint town of Fairfax. Highway 1 is still under reconstruction from a mudslide before Stinson beach. Its the locals favorite beach and can be very crowded when it is hot, but not this time. We enjoyed walking on the beach and meeting up with Henning & Dave on their cycling trip. We did actually meet them earlier on the top of Mt. Tam, where we tested a Dji Mavic Air drone following them. A lot of fun and lots to learn for future projects. The best place for tacos and combucha is the Sirene cafe, but it was unfortunately closed that day. Instead we had coffee at Parkside.

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Mill Valley

Besides wonderful people, Mill Valley has many nice restaurants and a good atmosphere. I like all the redwood trees and steps around downtown. You can actually hike all the way from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. Its called the Dipsea hike and there is a yearly run too. We hiked it once and it is a beautiful trail through a very varied landscape. Its also hard with very few flat stretches. It is around 7 miles long. Downtown there is a square downtown with nice shops around and there are often interesting things going on like the Memorial Parade, the Art festival or the Film Festival.   

San Francisco

It got time to head home to Denmark. So great to catch up! We spent the last few hours in San Francisco - watching the fog hanging over the Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge, enjoying the sight of Dolphins in the bay (you can just see the fin sticking up in the water here), exploring Fort Point and enjoying icecream at Swensens and windowshopping at Fillmore St. Already looking forward to next time!

If you ever need tips for visiting this area you are welcome to get in touch. Its an awesome place with so much to see and do and eat!

Veddelev walk

Yet another day of exploring my new surroundings. Went for a nice refreshing walk with my dear aunt in Roskilde. It was cold, but clear and with a little bit of snow. The fjord is starting to freeze and the birds were standing on the ice in some places. We saw lots of birds on our walk. After about 7,5 km we ended our walk with a chat and a nice cup of hot tea to warm us. Life is good.