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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 25 Jul 2009

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

MapToday we drove north to visit Fridlandmuseet, an outdoor museum in the town of Kongens Lyngby. This “Heritage Park” is one of the largest and oldest in the world, spreading across 86 acres with more than 100 buildings, farms, mills, small holdings and a manor house, all relocated from Denmark’s mainland and islands. Of particular interest to Maurice were the woodworking shop and the saw mill which reminded him of his father’s business in N. Ireland. They also keep farm animals, horses, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens at various locations around the park. Most of the buildings are of brick or timber frame with thatched roofs. We noted that many of the homes did not have bedrooms. Instead there were curtained or covered alcoves with lumpy straw mattresses, all for very short people! We also saw a 3-seater outhouse, very amusing.
Later we drove on to visit Frederiksborg Castle and gardens. The impressive castle with adjoining church was built in the early 1600’s and is surrounded by a lake. In front are the amazing gardens, laid out on four terraces with water cascades flowing from a pond at the top to the lake. On the lower terrace there are four beds laid out with box plants in the pattern of the monograms of three Kings and a Queen of Denmark. The garden also has many trimmed plane trees and pyramidal yews laid out in patterns and rows as well as statues and fountains.
We returned to Copenhagen along the east coast of Denmark and found a lot of stately homes and apartments overlooking the sea in the villages along the way.