August 27, 2009

A Late Summer Walk.

Although I live in a very close proximity to the downtown of Denmark's second largest city, I also live a stone throw away from the country side. In fact, my neighbourhood lies at the city limits and I have beautiful natural scenery just outside my windows.

If I drive for about five minutes, I end up at an old estate with a large park like land, stretching across a large protected area. It is intersected by trails through old forests, following a small stream, all the way to the coast. Today the estate is part of the University and harbours the department of Archeology. Furthermore it functions as a Viking Museum, where ancient artifacts are on permanent display. Including the petrified, over 2000 year old body of the "Bog Man".

The surroundings are quiet and tranquil, with alleys lined by deep-rooted trees, leading to the old, water driven mill that still works on Sunday afternoons and from which the pristine forest trails head all the way to the sandy beaches through the natural woods from pre-historic times. I love to walk there and try to do so as often as I can.

There is nothing more therapeutic than a walk through beautiful nature on late summer afternoons. Or in any season, for that matter.

21 comments :

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

So true Protege.

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steviewren said...

What an interesting place. Just the sort of place I would love to visit. I read the book about Schliemann and his discoveries. It was fascinating. I went to the Viking museum in York, England about 10 years ago. Grauballe Man is so wonderfully preserved. It is fascinating to contemplate how he must have lived and died. Your pictures of the grounds are beautiful....a wonderful retreat from everyday life.

Shrinky said...

Truly a piece of paradise! My little island is also rich in it's Viking heritage, and I love exploring the sites when I can. A lovely post, thank you for sharing.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

You live in a most beautifully inspiring land. I tripped down the page. I'll be back. -Jayne

Gal Friday said...

That is one beautiful spot--would love to stroll around there!
I like it when you show different views of the place where you live.

MelRoXx said...

Denmark is beautiful!

Donna at Mourning Dove Cottage said...

What a beautiful place. It's so nice that you live close to the city and the country. How perfect!

Hugs,
Donna

sallymandy said...

Lovely and fascinating. Thank you so much. I feel like I'm seeing a magical place whenever I read about a truly ancient spot like this. So different from where I live--though I had my own late summer walk through a nearby forest and had similar thoughts about nature.

The archaeology and history you wrote about fascinate me. My daughter and I read about the bog bodies once when she was very young. I'd love to visit that museum.

Thanks, Z!

Cottage Garden said...

Thank you Protege for sharing with us your walk through such beautiful surroundings. You have the perfect walk - countryside, the coast but near the City too! I'm always interested to see the countryside and nature from other countries; your photos are wonderful.

Thank you as ever for your lovely comments at mine.

Have a great weekend.
Jeanne
x

Hola! I'm Claudia from said...

Beautiful surroundings!!! so green and alive! How lucky to have such nature so close. One's mind must wander away, huh?

Barbro Andersen said...

Beautiful pictures!

Diane said...

You do know that when I come to visit, I likely won't go home, right? ;)

Betsy said...

I'm continually intrigued by the varied natural places near you! ..the water, city, forest...busy or secluded...it's really wonderful!

Denise said...

wow. beautiful.
i like to drive around and walk into the woods. The most peaceful place on earth.

your father's art sure looks very very good. Wow infact.

Protege said...

=Bhavesh,
thank you.;))

=stevie,
you are so well traveled and have such a vast knowledge about different aspects of life. I agree on Schliemann and the Troy excavation, I was fascinated about this already as a child and I read the book about him as well. In a matter of fact that was what inspired me to want to become and archeologist. Of course, I grew out of that but history and archeology still hols my interest.
Always enjoy your visits.;)xo

=Shrinky,
thank you so much for your kind words and for your visit; I appreciate it.;))

=Jayne,
thank you for such a lovely comment and for stopping by, please do come back again.;))

=Tina,
I take all my visitors and guest on walk there and everyone loves it. Hope to take you there one day.;))xo

=MelRoXx,
thank you so much for your always kind words sweetie.;)) xo

=Donna,
thank you; I still miss the beauty f NC at times.;)) xo

=sallymandy,
I am sure the nature around must be out of this world as well. How interesting that you know about the bog bodies; aren't they just fascinating?
Thank you as always for a great and poignant comment.;) xo

=Jeanne,
I know that we are kindred spirits when it comes to nature and our joy and love for it.
Likewise, I always enjoy fully the descriptions and photographs of your surroundings that you post.
Have a great Friday.;)) xo

=Claudia,
thank you.;)) And yes indeed - there is nothing more tranquil an almost meditative than a walk through a quiet forest.;)) Always love when you stop by.;)) xo

=Barbro,
thank you - and right back at you. The nature where you live is out of this world.;))

=Diane,
GREAT! the house is way to big for me anyway.;)) So when are you coming?;)) Always enjoy the visits from my oldest friend.;)) xo

=Betsy,
thank you - that was so nicely put. Yo are so right, I have the right combination of everything.;)) Sometimes it is nice to hear it from others.;)) Always enjoy when you stop by.;)xo

=Denise,
so right you are.;)) I also love when you post collages of nature pictures on your blog.;)
Thank yo for complimenting my fathers art; he will be so pleased.;) xo

Barbro Andersen said...

Re: You are such a sweetheart! Thanks for commenting, always!

Mitr - Friend said...

Hi Protege,
Nice to have come across your blog via Phivos... I'm impressed.
Ur lucky to have such a beautiful contryside, nature kissed place near your home. I'm loving the greenery. Nice pics...
And is that you in your profile pic.? Great makeover it is... :)
Do drop into my blog sometime.
My Travelogue

Hilary said...

It looks like a wonderful area. I'd love to walk it with you one day. :)

Protege said...

=Barbro,
right back at you sweetie.;)) xo

=Mitr,
thank you so much for your kind words - yes I am lucky to live in a very beautiful part of Scandinavia.;) Indeed, it is me in the profile picture.;)Thank you so much for stopping by, please come again.;))

=Hilary,
I truly hope this will come true one day my friend; hope you are having a great weekend.;)) xo

gaelikaa said...

I have always been fascinated by Norse history, the Vikings, especially the Danes, made a lot of forays into Ireland in the past and Irish and Norse history are somewhat intertwined. I enjoyed reading this post.

Protege said...

=gaelikaa,
I too am fascinated by fables and tales from different cultures.;)
Thank you so much for always leaving such kind comments, the one for my one year anniversary was very touching.;))