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Faraway Files #30

TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY

THIRTY weeks of Sharing travel stories around the world

Can you feel it? The seasons are changing. Here in the Northern Hemisphere, we are definitely sensing summer coming on. Down under I’m watching fall take its last turns in brilliant colors all over my Instagram feed. If you live where seasons are less defined, how do have other ways of feeling the calendar change? Do holidays help mark the months?

In Denmark today is Kristi Himmelfartsdag and everyone gets a day off from work and school. It took me a long time, I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit, to realize that this was not a special day honoring a famous Dane named Kristi Himmelfart. No. It’s really just the church holiday you may know as Ascension Day. No Dane named Kristi. Or if there is, I haven’t met her yet.

What celebrations are on the calendar in your corner of the world? After thirty weeks of Faraway Files, we learned of a few! The Travel Blog Community has grown and now includes 120 contributors for all over the globe who have shared posts from 75 different countries! That is cool. Here’s how the community map is filling in. Where to this week? Have a festival to celebrate? Share it – we’d love to learn!

I’m going to share a few must do’s when visiting Copenhagen in the summer, but first I’ll high five my faves from last week.

FAVORITES WEEK #29

Please welcome Faraway Files community newcomer Ashley of Born Explorers. Last week she took us glamping in the desert in Oman. The cuddly camels and starry nights sound exquisite. And I appreciate her tip to choose a camp without the pool and air conditioning, sustainable AND less noise pollution from the generators. If you missed her beautiful and informative post, go say hej!

DESERT GLAMPING IN OMAN | Born Explorers

Urska at Slovenian Girl Abroad is filling my need of mountains. It’s flat here in Denmark. But the stunning and epic Swiss landscape is not! Take the tram and the funicular to the top. Or just say funicular. It’s fun!

TRIP TO STANSERHORN | SWITZERLAND | Slovenian Girl Abroad

Christine from The Journey of Christine was lucky enough to secure her 15-minute time slot with the serene and beautiful Last Supper fresco by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci. What may feel like crowd control is true conservation in action. Want to see a little of the beauty of Milan where the Last Supper lives? Trip through Christine’s lovely gallery.

THE LAST SUPPER AND SCENES FROM MILAN | The Journey of Christine

If you’ve been following along, you may know that I believe sustainable travel is truly the way to go. Dave over at Man Vs. Globe ascribes to the eat local, engage local and enjoy local part of traveling green. He takes on a tasty and titillating tour of Vietnamese street food led by a local. I love it! Maybe not the field mice on the menu? But maybe?

A CULINARY TOUR OF CAN THO STREET FOOD | VIETNAM | Man Vs. Globe

 

Did I whet your appetite? Want to take us to dinner? How about just a post to share? Link up deets below. Tell us where to go!

Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #30
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We’d love you to join us in building this supportive and growing community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
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Faraway Files #29

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TWENTY-NINE weeks of Sharing travel stories around the world

Last weekend was the Grand Finale of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Don’t know what Eurovision is? WHAT?!? WHA???! WHAT?!?!? Ok. Neither did I. Until I moved to Europe. But I’m here to tell you that if you’ve never seen it – it’s a must do. At least once.

Countries from all over Europe (which somehow includes Australia and Israel) send their best act to compete in a three-round competition for the best song in Europe title. Most of the time, it has very little to do with the actual song and more to do with epic performances and some seriously dramatic staging, lighting and wait for it… fire shooting in circles around the acts. Pyrotechnics. Next level pyrotechnics.

EUROVISION EUROPE

It is over-the-top. It is kitsch. It is cliché. It is awesomesauce. There. I said it. I love Eurovision. Each year’s winner becomes the following year’s host. Last year Ukraine won and thus the whole world watched the stage set in Kiev. 26 countries made it to the finals to perform on the big stage. I will admit this is the first year we have really watched the show, as I am normally at a themed viewing party and am probably doing a little more chatting than following along. But this year the whole family got in on the experience. We watched, we critiqued, we giggled, we were impressed and we voted. Our favorites did not win, but we loved them anyway.

And since you may not have had the pleasure of experiencing the wonder of Eurovision – I want to share them you! They all offer something a little different on the amazingness scale – from Moldova’s new dance moves to Croatia’s multiple personality performance to Romania’s cure to everything wrong in the world right now. Yodel rap. Yes. Yodel rap. Feeling down? Yodel it. But in the end, I think it was Sweden who won my heart. Coordinated dance moves on treadmills while singing perfectly into the camera? I can’t go on. When they look this freaking beautiful.

Moldova’s Sunstroke Project performs Hey Mamma

Croatia’s Jacques Houdek performs My Friend

Romania’s Ilinca featuring Alex Florea perform Yodel It!

Sweden’s Robin Bengtsson and crew perform I Can’t Go On.

In the end? Portugal won with a beautiful song and heartfelt backstory. Congratulations Portugal! Maybe a trip to Lisbon next year to watch it live would be in order! Who’s with me?

And while Eurovision took us all over, so did the Faraway Files community last week. We actually had posts about Ukraine AND Moldova! Double bonus. We were also taken to the territories of Puerto Rico and Guadeloupe – both in the beautiful Caribbean. These were my favorites from week 28.

FAVORITES WEEK #28

You may know Wilbur of Wilbur’s Travels, but he has an offshoot blog, equally as interesting called On Tracks all about rail travel. Last week Wilbur took Faraway Files to my new Eurovision favorites Ukraine and Moldova. A great post honestly sharing what to expect from train travel in Eastern Europe and some lovely Moldovan countryside and glimpses of Kiev.

TRAIN TOURS IN EASTERN EUROPE #1 | MOLDOVA | On Tracks Blog 

Our Faraway Files community expert on cutest German towns, Lorelei of California Globetrotter shows us the redonkulous charm of Idstein. An easy day-trip from Frankfurt to half-timbered town charm.

IDSTEIN: THE CUTEST DAY TRIP FROM FRANKFURT | California Globetrotter

Smidge at Love From Scotland showed us the charming and beautiful Scottish coast along the Angus Coastal Route. I want to try some of the local fish!

DISCOVERING SUNNY SCOTLAND ON THE ANGUS COASTAL ROUTE | Love From Scotland

Allison of Becoming a Traveling Family shared the lovely sites and scenery of Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory that sits south in the beautiful blue Caribbean waters. With a rich culture, sandy beaches and hikes through the rainforest – this little island ticks all the boxes.

PUERTO RICO WITH KIDS: A THREE DAY ITINERARY | Becoming a Traveling Family

This week I’m looking for giants in the forests outside of Copenhagen. Danish artist Thomas Dambo has hidden huge sculptures in several areas south of town in an open-air treasure hunt. The 6 Forgotten Giants made entirely of reclaimed and recycled wood are a magical day out for all ages.


FARAWAY FILES TRAVEL BLOG COMMUNITY LINKUP #29
WANT TO JOIN IN?

We’d love you to join us in building this supportive and growing community who will inspire and share each other’s posts. All three hosts will try to read and comment on every post and we’ll share them on social media too. Each week we’ll choose our favorites and highlight them on our blogs and social media channels using #FarawayFiles.

HOW IT WORKS:
  • Link up one travel-related post and add the Faraway Files badge onto the post or your blog (code below) or link back to the hosts.
  • The link up will go live every Thursday at 8 am UK time (9 am, CET) until midnight on Friday. It will alternate between Untold Morsels, Suitcases and Sandcastles, and Oregon Girl around the World.
  • Link ups work best if everyone shares so please comment on all three of the hosts’ posts and at least two others.

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Looking for Giants | A Day out in Denmark Seeking the 6 Forgotten Giants | A Public Sculpture Treasure Hunt by artist Thomas Dambo | via Oregon Girl Around the World

Let’s go Hunting for Giants in Denmark

Being outside with your littles communing in nature can be magical. Add in the mystery, giddy anticipation and energy generated when following a treasure map to find real live GIANTS in your midst – and that magic goes next level.

The 6 Forgotten Giants

An Open Air Sculpture Treasure Hunt

Danish artist Thomas Dambo and a merry crew of volunteers have hidden six epic sculptures in the woods south of Copenhagen. Who wouldn’t be merry while creating such magic? Thomas uses reclaimed and recycled wood to assemble the giants that you will find. And while they may not be breathing, they breathe life into your littles. And not so littles. What joy to discover.

THE 6 FORGOTTEN GIANTS | Map from ThomasDambo.com

Last weekend, we set out to find some. We started in reverse order driving to the farthest one from Copenhagen first. You will need a car for this trip, or much more time. Only two of the giants live near each other.  And while part of the fun is seeking and finding, admittedly the maps are really quite vague. I don’t want to ruin the fun and divulge all the secrets. But maybe a few tips to start you on your giant tracking.

#6 Teddy Venlig | Teddy Friendly | Hakkemøsen in Høje Taastrup

Teddy is a perfect place to start. He was the easiest to find and a fun friendly giant. Set along the lake at Hakkemøsen in Høje Taastrup he offers his arm to help you across.

Hakkemøsen
Hakkemosevej 6, 2630 Taastrup
30-minute drive from Copenhagen central.

At Hakkemøsen, park your car at the further parking lot, once entering the park. Take the trail towards the lake at the end of the parking lot. Take the trail to the right and curve around the lake. You should find Teddy waiting for you in under 5 minutes.

NOTE: Hakkemøsen park has a fun adventure course for kids, as well as fishing, camping and fire pits. You could make a day out of an adventure just here alone.

#5 THOMAS PÅ BJERGET | Thomas on the Mountain | Vallensbæk MOSE

Thomas was the most difficult to find, hiding on the backside of a hill in the Vallensbæk Mose. We asked a few fellow giant hunters for tips and finally found him lounging with his long legs stretched out down towards the valley below.

 

#4 LILLE TILDE LITTLE TILDE | VALLENSBÆK MOSE

Little Tilde was my favorite. What a sweetie with her not-so-little tail curling out behind her as she stands watch across the lake.

 

WHERE TO FIND THOMAS AND TILDE

Vallensbæk Mose
Rendsagervej 5, 2625 Vallensbæk

Take the Vallensbæk exit off Route 21 and then left onto Vallensbækvej. Follow it straight across to Rendsagervej and enter the parking lot for Spisetedet Mosen. Park here.

Vallensbæk Mose is beautiful and scenic setting with both paved and wooded paths. Grab food or slow down for lunch from the Spisestedet Mosen near the parking lot. Or maybe an ice cream reward once done! No other options out in the park. Keep an eye out for baby geese and friendly goats.

SPOILER ALERT: Someone has geolocated Lille Tilde and Thomas on the Mountain on Google Maps for you.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Plan on an about an hour per giant. Especially if you don’t take the google hints. It took our group with littles in tow about three hours to find Teddy, Tilde and Thomas. Take it slow, enjoy the journey.

WHAT TO BRING:

MAP: Your treasure map – x marks the spot.

WATER: Bring your own reusable bottle – no fountains on the trail.

GOOD SHOES: Make sure they’re sturdy, you’ll be walking over hill and yon.

A JACKET: Preferably waterproof, weather changes quickly in Denmark.

PICNIC: Or snacks for your seekers. Pack out what you don’t eat.

SMILES: Patience and a good attitude – some are quite tricky to track down.

Looking for Giants | A Day out in Denmark Seeking the 6 Forgotten Giants | A Public Sculpture Treasure Hunt by artist Thomas Dambo | via Oregon Girl Around the World

Get out there and explore! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

Next up: Oscar Under the Bridge, Sleeping Louis and Hilltop Trine. Stay tuned.

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