Falster, Bogø and Møn

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Stubbekøbing to Praesto

Stubbekøbing was our first proper Danish town, with all the things a town should have including church, hardware shop, supermarket, hotel and bakery. We bought our first Danish pastries! It was windy and thick haze was everywhere, we believe from forest fires in Sweden. The ferry to Bogø carried several cars and a huge tractor along with a posse of cyclists.

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We were not on Bogø for long with a bridge connecting to the next island, Møn, where we saw the Grønsalen dolmen (102m long and 10m wide). There are many neolithic burial mounds in this part of Denmark.

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At nearby Hårbølle we stopped at a small cafe that is only open for 6 weeks in the summer, run by local volunteers, and providing a venue for community activities, concerts, exhibitions, film club and family events. We spoke with two Danish men (of retirement age) who worked there, both of whom spoke multiple languages, and one of whom had studied in Perth in the 1970s. They advised us on Danish pronounciations and cycling routes in Sweden.

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We have embarked on basic studies of Danish and can say to kaffe tak (2 coffees please) and to øl tak (2 beers please) – but the Danes cannot understand us and instantly switch to English. The Wikipedia article on the Danish language explains about the ‘very large vowel inventory comprising 27 phonemically distinctive vowels’ and points out that even Danish babies find it hard to get a grip on it, so there’s little hope for us!

In Stege, our biggest Danish town so far, we rested in the excellent tourist information centre – staffed by volunteers and equipped with couches – to recharge things.

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Stege

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Bikes retrieved from the canal, Stege

A bridge crossing followed to take us on to the island of Zealand and a thundery shower dampened us.

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Queen Alexandrine Bridge near Stege

We arrived in Praesto for the night and while drinking huge beers by the waterfront, we were persuaded by our neighbours to eat the Danish national dish – crispy pork with parsley sauce – which was available at the buffet. The man of this couple managed to get through 4 platefuls of this. We managed two – and agree that it is an excellent dish.

One Response to “Falster, Bogø and Møn”

  1. Herman Vandecauter Says:

    Megalithic burial mounds always nice for selfies! 🙂
    https://www.zonerama.com/HermanVDC/Album/3316999

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