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Summer Holiday 2019

Summer holiday to Denmark and Netherlands, followed by a road trip back home.

Image: Driving south to Bergen, the grid company was installing new power lines. Image: We've arrived in the queue for the ferry to Denmark, just one car between us and mum. Image: Mom secured us a table in the forward lounge while we put the luggage in the cabin. Image: Helen, ready for the voyage. Image: Mango daiquiri for me and mum and strawberry for Helen. Image: View from the lounge towards Fløyen. Image: Some curious building at the quay. Image: We're on our way. Another mango daiquiri for mum, a Kronenberg for me and some fruity drink for Helen. Image: On deck enjoying the view as we're approaching Haugesund. Image: Sørhaugøy fyr lighthouse at the outskirts of Haugesund. Image: Helen managed to catch a sharp picture of a great black-backed gull in flight. Image: Horses browsing on Karmøy, just north of Karmsund Bridge. Image: Nice house by the bridge. Image: The Viking Village on Bukkøy. Image: Once in Denmark, we decided to kill some time by making a visit to Grenen at Skagen, the northernmost point of Denmark, where the seas Skagerrak and Kattegat meet. A busy area for shipping. Image: Lots of cargo vessels waiting for authorization to proceed into Danish waters. Image: View towards the tip of the land. Nazi Germany fortified this area heavily during their occupation. Image: Me and mum strolling towards the tip. Image: Mum and Helen, coming along. Image: View of Skagerrak, to the north of Grenen. Image: And Kattegat, to the east of Grenen. Image: Me, wading into the sea just where Skagerrak and Kattegat meet. Image: View back towards mom and Helen. Image: Me, wading back in. Image: The beach, on the Skagerrak side. Image: Mom enjoying the sun. Image: The beach on the Kattegat side, view towards the Skagen Gray Lighthouse. Image: Mom wanted to test the water temperature as well. Image: One of the WW2 bunkers at Skagen. The Kattegat strait was an important choke point. Image: Skagen Gray Lighthouse. Image: The grass-covered dunes at Skagen are so unlike anything back home. Image: In Ebeltoft. We'd checked in at our rental house, and now we're hungry. Me and mom had fish & chips, and Helen had the steak, at Café Casablanca. Image: Ebeltoft is quaint little town. Image: Me and the kids swimming in the indoor pool at the house. Image: The road from the house to the beach. Image: The girls are out swimming. It's actually really shallow there. Image: We took a day at Djurs Sommerland, a large amusement park in the area. This is me and Daniel on the Piraten roller coaster. Image: Wheeee! Image: Merete took the girls on a more docile pirate ride: Det Skøre Kompas. Image: And then I took Nicoline, Sophie and Philip for a ride on Piratfisken. Image: The girls are old enough to be allowed to ride together. Image: Going to get wet! Image: Wheeee! Image: And here comes me and Philip. Image: We also got wet. Image: Philip got a tiger face paint. Image: The girls riding the frog carousel. Image: Some fun for me as well: Tigeren. Image: Time for Solguden (the sun god). The music is a real brain bug. Image: Off we go. It's good to have daddy close when you're little. Image: Rio Grande Rafting. Fun for the whole family. Image: Back in Ebeltoft for some dinner. This time we tried Restaurant Mellem Jyder. And I tried this lovely ale. Image: Seagull on Boat at Sunset. Image: We had some nice colourful sunsets. The camera doesn't fully do it justice. Image: Some rather curious pines. Image: We're on the beach to fly some kites. Image: An older couple enjoying an evening walk. Image: And the kite is up! Image: Stunning evening light. Image: The kite came down. Trying again. Image: Come on! Image: Testing the wind. Image: And it's back up. Image: Flying a different kite this time. Image: Zooming in on the kite. Image: I found some kind of funnel spider, but it was too shy to be photographed except as a blurry dot. Image: "Det lille hus" ("the little house") in Ebeltoft. Image: The old technical school building. Image: Yours truly in front of "Den skæve bar" - the crooked bar. As is plainly apparent. Image: Closeup of the bar's signpost. Image: The best mailbox I ever saw. Image: My nieces Sophie and Nicoline swimming at the beach. Image: The rest of the family enjoying the sun. Image: We never got around to visiting the local brewery, but their products were in stock at the local supermarket. So I got to try them out. This is their saison. Image: And this is their weissbier. Image: And their… Belgian-style pale ale, apparently. Image: Their "farm brew." Image: Their bock. Image: And their Belgian brown ale. Image: It's our final day. And we're getting ready to depart. Image: The others have already gone. It's just me, mom and Helen left. Image: The gate is closed and we're off to hand-in the keys. Image: The next stop was Nibe, where Helen's cousin lives. We went to the nearby sports field to fly some kites. Image: The kite up close. 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