Photo Friday: Skagen, Denmark

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Several travel bloggers I read dedicate one day a week to a mere photo. I kind of dig that, particularly because I have tens of thousands of discarded shots on my hard drive that never see the light of day—and it’s like a trip down Memory Lane for me. Besides, it’s Friday and most of you work in cubes and have numb minds by this point in the week, so behold, the inaugural photo:

When SVV and I were living in Denmark, we spent our Easter Break exploring the country by car. Above was one of my favorite sites we visited by far: Den Tilsandede Kirke. It was formerly a church, built in the 1300’s, but steady and vicious sandstorms in the 16th century swept grains from the neighboring dunes over it, eventually burying all but the bell tower (the visible part above). The congregation still used the church for more than a century, but as it became increasingly more difficult for them to dig through the sand for worship on Sunday mornings (I have the funniest image in my head of this calamity, don’t you?), King Christian 7 ordered it be shuttered in 1795. Now, it’s a museum and beacon of sorts.

Coincidentally, I was later given the Lonely Planet Denmark guide, which was naturally riddled with errors, and the cover shot was almost exactly the same as mine, only vertical like this one:

And I bet they paid the photographer the big bucks to take that shot; whereas, I would have done it with my point-and-shoot for a mere pint of Tuborg.

Raabjerg Mile: They may not look like much from this picture, but these suckas were as tall as 130 feet in points. Remember how they buried an entire church? Um, yeah.

The northeastern coast of Denmark.

I was hunting for the amber that routinely washes ashore. Instead, I found this guy.

The beach at Skagen.

I love taking pictures of flags. Guilty as charged.

Ditto to aerial views of coastlines.

Scott and I on the northernmost point of Denmark.

  • February 6, 2009

    Gosh, that church is striking. Gorgeous! How long were you living in Denmark for?

  • February 6, 2009

    I love the idea of Friday Photos! I vote yes! (Although I do love reading about people’s open house tours. :D)

    I’ve been to Denmark twice but I don’t remember much of it (both family vacations when I was about six or so), except that it seemed terribly… empty. It’s funny how now, fourteen years later, I would give most anything to move from the city out into a countryside as beautiful as Denmark’s. 😉

    The pictures are gorgeous as usual! I Googled the church to try to find something that showed what it used to look like before it was buried but alas, THEY DIDN’T HAVE PHOTOS IN THE 1300s. Duh, nice job, Katharina, try THINKING for a change! It’s rather fascinating, though.

    Oh and also, thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog. Heh. Have a great weekend!

  • February 6, 2009

    I’ll take photo Friday for $500 please Alex. LOL

  • February 6, 2009

    YAY!! Another reason to love Friday. Love the photo tour!

  • February 6, 2009

    have you ever thought about selling your photos to stock agencies? they are stunning. and i buy photos like these all the time…you know, FOR A LIVING.

  • February 6, 2009

    I definately like the photo Friday idea! I LOVE looking at your pictures!

  • February 6, 2009

    Photos, please! I need to get me to Denmark.

  • February 6, 2009

    For someone who’s a quarter Danish, I’ve been failing utterly in the Travel By Genealogy Plan. Luckily, you take awesome photos and I’ve now officially laid eyes on the Motherland. Maybe my migrating ancestors will cease spinning in their graves now.

  • February 6, 2009

    Love the photo Fridays! And that buried church is so cool.

  • February 6, 2009

    I never tire of seeing your photos!

  • February 6, 2009

    Wow, gorgeous! I like the photos. I’m 1/2 dead on Fridays, you’re so right!
    I had a puny Nikon Coolpix as well . . . and then another one after that, and both took amazing photos. I got some spectacular photos of Hampton Court Palace lit up at night that my dad’s fancy several hundred dollar camera coudln’t come close to. They really are fanatastic as far as point and shoots go.

  • February 6, 2009

    Is it gross that I immediately wanted to take a bite out of that starfish? He looks like a gummy candy..

  • February 6, 2009

    I love Photo Friday!

  • February 7, 2009

    I notice that you wisely left the combo “photos of my monthly bikini wax” out of the options….

  • February 7, 2009

    I love photo Friday! Those are gorgeous pics!!
    PS – do you ever travel to FL? 🙂

  • February 7, 2009

    I LOVE this idea! I liked hearing the story of that church-I dork out on stuff like that

  • February 7, 2009

    Beautiful shots… I really had no idea that Denmark had such a beautiful coast. Must add to my travel plans for the future.

    We are taking the kids to Mexico in 5 days… can’t wait to see a real beach. It has been a long winter.

  • February 8, 2009

    I think that’s a manny sticking out the back of my hat. Dubya tee eff ?

  • February 8, 2009

    I for one am not interested in your monthly Brazilian!

  • February 8, 2009

    Wow…we were just visiting my friend’s parents in northern Denmark in July 08 and hit the same buried church you did, after a lovely picnic. One of our hosts grew up in that lovely sea town, so was quite the tour guide and historian. It looks the same and I am surprised another USA’er was way up north in that part of the world. I wish I could attach my pics to show you. PS – this post is of first time de-lurking proportion … EVER!!

  • February 10, 2009

    I love Photo Friday! Also, your photos are awesome!

    I would love to hear about the wedding dress panel, though.

  • February 11, 2009

    I like your version of photo friday

  • August 26, 2017

    Hi Kristin,
    Your photos too good.But there are so many places in Denmark like Amalienborg Palace, The Kronborg Castle.

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