This morning the kids were in great spirits, Eloise built a tower as tall as herself to make sure she is still growing.
In Scandinavia, the morning started with a leisurely stroll through The Park of Music which was a bit of fun. Ever since 1987 famous artists who have performed in Aalborg have left living reminders of their visits. This would have been ideal for the kids combining their two favourite things: parks and buttons. Some of the artists who have planted a tree are: Backstreet Boys, Beyoncé, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, James Blunt, Jason Derulo, Mariah Carey, Maroon 5 and many more.
Kildeparken is one of the oldest parks in Aalborg, as it was landscaped in 1802. The beautiful park is known for its long list of classical pieces by famous artists, who have created both statues, scultpures and fountains. The most famous piece in the park is the Park of Music, which is a collection of trees that have been planted since 1987 by artists who have performed in Aalborg Culture and Congress Center. Most of these trees can be activated to plays three different tunes of the artists, who includes, among others sir Cliff Richard, Sting, Kenny Rogers, Take That, Rod Stewart and sir Elton John. The charming park is hosting a string of events each year. The largest annual event in Kildeparken is by far the carnival of Aalborg in May, which attracts most than 20.000 guests to a huge party in Kildeparken. Moreover, it is the place for childrens activities with a modern playground, or a separate childrens carnival in May each year.
After passing through the Music Park we made our way into the colourful beautiful city to check out the famous Danish architecture.
Some time was spent staring at Budolfi Church trying to determine why the top looked squinty, perhaps an optical illusion, we will never know.
We successfully dodged the bikes and electric cars down to the water’s edge to admire the wooden ships. Nathan and I were interested to visit the Utzon Center.
Inside there were a number of weird and wonderful architectural displays. We were excited to try out the VR headsets, my first VR experience. It felt very unusual to walk around the world of Minecraft, it certainly felt encapsulating, the one issue was neither of us had a clue of how to play Minecraft and felt guilty destroying everyone’s lovely creations. In the real world, there was no shortage of Lego. Lachlan would have been head first straight into the Lego pit if he was here.
Jørn Oberg Utzon,(9 April 1918 – 29 November 2008) was a Danish architect. He was most notable for designing the Sydney Opera House in Australia, completed in 1973. When it was declared a World Heritage Site on 28 June 2007, Utzon became only the second person to have received such recognition for one of his works during his lifetime, after Oscar Niemeyer. Other noteworthy works include Bagsværd Church near Copenhagen and the National Assembly Building in Kuwait. He also made important contributions to housing design, especially with his Kingo Houses near Helsingør.
In Glasgow, Lachlan had polished off his third snack for the day and commenced his transformation into Spider Boy.
After taking in the weird and wonderful art we all rendezvoused and could not walk past Penny Lane for lunch.
At home, Eloise was working on whipping up her own Glaswegian treats. Once, Lachlan had woken up it was jelly for all.
We were wrecked after travelling and our troll stroll yesterday. We still had unused tickets to the Defence and Garrison Museum after visiting Springeren yesterday. I bolted back just before closing time to check out the aircrafts.
Aalborg was fantastic, it had reinforced my opinions from our previous Copenhagen trip of Denmark having an outrageous standard of living. Everybody was super fit from cycling. The buildings were better, the food was better, the people seemed happier, the whole place was too clean for comfort. The whole city was immaculate and looked stunning. I made my way back through suburbia, surely the whole city cannot be as well organised, it was!
Aalborgtårnet (Aalborg Tower) is a 54.9 metre tall observation tower built of lattice steel in Aalborg, Denmark. The tower is built on a hill, providing a total height of 105 metres above sea level. The tower has a restaurant on the top. The tower was completed in 1933, and underwent a major reconstruction from February 2005 to March 2005, in which the whole tower was pulled down and later reerected.
It was then through the pretty Almen Kirkegård back to the hotel to put the legs up.
Dinner tonight was at the American-styled Bone’s Aalborg. To be honest, I was still recovering from the family-sized pizza, I was definitely not listening to Nathan about serving sizes tonight. There was a terrifying life-sized Harry Potter figurine, but I don’t want to scare the kiddies on here, so you will have to live with Jar Jar.
In Scotland, “Queen Elizabeth II’s cortege met by huge crowds in Edinburgh… Mourners lined the streets as the hearse travelled from Aberdeenshire to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where her coffin will rest overnight”. Words from our Scottish correspondent on the ground, Kirrie “it was very busy”. “A public proclamation to announce the accession of King Charles has taken place in Edinburgh”.