I was looking forward to seeing the Danish countryside and, of course, finally getting to see the city my mother had written about so eloquently. The train trip took 2 hours and 50 minutes and, to be frank, the countryside was less than exciting being relentlessly flat with just the odd interesting building or bridge along the way.
|Interesting Danish architecture|
|Aarhus Opera House|
elegant opera house and the imposing cathedral and down to the waterfront onto Skolebakken and there it was, exactly as she described it, although now rental apartments. I felt quite emotional imagining my parents living there as I stood on the pavement they must have walked hundreds of times. Right opposite the building was the Falck, or rescue service, station which my mother had described in detail. A new office block has gone up on the waterfront but I think apart from that little has changed since they lived there.
|Boat offering in Aarhus Domkirke|
My mother loved to stroll the quaint narrow streets behind their hotel with their brightly painted, half timbered houses all leaning higgledy piggledy against each other and I loved it too.
Many of the buildings house trendy shops, art galleries and coffee bars but, once again, I think little has changed. I spent quite some time in this old picturesque part of town, peering through narrow openings between buildings into quaint timeless courtyards and strolling over the cobble stones happily snapping photos.
|The quaint cobbled streets of Aarhus|
|Cafes line the canal in central Aarhus|