A Spontanoues Trip to Two Danish Islands

 

 

 

I got attracted by an announcement on a piano performance of Debussy’s 24 Preludes to be held at a Danish manor House, Fuglsang at the island called Lolland. You rarely hear his piano music in Denmark. To help the audience, a lady read an explanation of each prelude which expresses all emotions and description of nature.

 

 

 

We had breakfast in the huge kitchen which was decorated with photos from a century ago. The Manor House Fuglsang is connected to musicians coming to compose and perform. Our most cherished composer is Carl Nielsen (1865-1931), and he was often visiting the De Nedergaard family who owned Fuglsang.

 

 

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The main rooms were magnificent and are used for weddings and similar occasions.

 

 

My grandfather came from that area, and we would like to see the houses, churches and neighbourhoods of my family. My husband has written a post on that and it can be google translated.

 

 

At Svinø, an American Airman from WWII was buried. Of the five American airmen still buried here, we so far have seen four of the graves.

 

 


At Aereo, in Danish Ærø, one hour’s ferry ride from Svendborg, Funen we visited another grave for a young American airman. The tomb is faithfully kept by a lady whose family have held it since 1946. President Ronald Reagan once mentioned it in a speech.

The ferry would depart once an hour so it would be easy to go to the island. We then understood that we should have looked it up in advance. Every second ferry was in the dock.  We were lucky to get onboard after only one hour at the harbour.

The B&B Kimberley’s Memory

 

 

We had a booking at a B&B, and the sky was still light when we arrived at 8.30 PM. The host was not at home, but he had left the door open and a letter for us to guide us. The next morning he asked us if we had heard noises during the night? We hadn’t.

A sheep had given birth to three small lambs who had to take turns

The first day of two lambs' life

The house was from the 1800s. A sailor had left the ship in South Africa and worked in a diamond mine, he had earned enough money to return to the island and built the house called Kimberley’s Memory.

Many generations had been working as sailors or fishermen and when WWII started all who were on the sea continued with the Western Allied Forces as Denmark was occupied by the Germans in April 1945. The weather was suddenly so chilly that we took an early ferry back to Funen and had the time to see a Commonwealth war grave with nine buried airmen from Australia, England and Canada.

Thank you for giving your life for our freedom

Jack E. Wagner's grave in Marstal Aeroe

Jack E. Wagner’s grave in Marstal

 

11 Comments »

  1. Loved the slide show photos (I love old photos!) and the history involved.
    I have to tell you once again just how impressed I am by the continued gratitude of the danish people for what was carried out by the Allies. I thank you.

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