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Danish Skagen Painters

Where two seas meet in the most northern part of Jutland in Denmark is Skagen, a famous place for painters in the late 19th century. Artists also came from Norway and Sweden to participate in the gatherings at Anna and Michael Ancher’s home and at the Broendom Hotel which was owned by Anna’s family who had a significant influence in […]

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Resistance Fighters in Denmark During WWII

On the 4th and 5th of May, We celebrated our 74th anniversary for our liberation from the German occupation. The hated blackout curtains were thrown out and spontaneously candles lit up in windowsills. A custom still kept alive today by the older generations. In 1975, I had completed my education as a staff nurse at Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen. Little […]

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The Verdun Memorial Bench

The Verdun Memorial Bench at Kew Gardens It could be so that many Kew Garden visitors choose to take a rest at this memorial bench without realising the meaning of it. Hope and Remembrance It immediately caught my eye as something extraordinary, and a carved inscription beneath the seat tells the story that the wood comes from an acorn found […]

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Kew Gardens in London

Kew Gardens Founded in 1848, the Key Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage site. King George III was more interested in gardens and Botanic issues than the American Revolutionary War. The London Key Gardens are old Royal gardens with the world’s largest samples of plants. It’s as much a place for scientific studies than it is a botanic garden. A few […]

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Remembering Notre Dame #2

Remembering Notre Dame After I wrote about Notre Dame from the stories of my parents and grandparents, I found more details about their post-war journeys to Paris. My parents were on a youth group-tour in 1949, and after a long exhausting train ride without room to sleep, they went out sightseeing in Paris. Notre Dame was the first place they […]

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Remembering Notre Dame

  What happened yesterday was too horrible to comprehend. I had to gather my thoughts about my experience with the great cathedral.   As a child, I loved to look at my parents’ photo albums. In 1949, the year after they were married they went to France in a group tour through war-scarred Europe to get there.  The Notre Dame […]

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