April 20, 2012
Our Short Walking-tour of Aarhus, Denmark
Aarhus (arr-hoose), Denmark was our second port-of-call. The ship didn’t arrive there until 10 am, so we all took the opportunity to sleep in and have a leisurely breakfast. Of course, I couldn’t resist going around singing “Aar hus, is a very, very, very, fine hus” until my wife and kids begged me to stop.
Nancy ventured out onto the pier before the rest of us. That’s when she took this shot of these colourful Danish folk dancers entertaining and greeting the passengers as they disembarked. It’s nice when local activities like this await us as we get off the ship. It puts everyone in a cheerful mood and leaves a lasting good impression.
Nancy then re-boarded the ship because she and Jeffrey had an on-board activity planned for after breakfast. That was just as well because I was feeling a little under the weather.
After breakfast we disembarked and walked around town. Aarhus is Denmark’s second largest port. But other than a couple of Baltic Ferry ships that arrived later in the day, we were the only ship in port. The historic part of the city we toured was close to Aarhus University, so there were lots of local businesses, bars, and restaurants that cater to students. As well they should, because 20 percent of the city’s population are students.
The area of Aarhus we were walking through was particularly colourful. Maybe it was the red tile roofs, or the painted stucco and wood walls. Or maybe all the flowers. It just seemed to make the old buildings look quaint and welcoming, instead of… well, old.
After wandering through the town awhile, we came across Old Town, an historic park founded by a local benefactor who wanted to see the city’s older buildings and medieval architecture preserved. What we would call a pioneer village. So we stopped in to take a look.
Our walking visit to old Aarhus was only a few hours long, but it was fun and somewhat exhausting because many of the streets either slanted up or down and were paved with stones. Back onboard the ship, Nancy and I took a reading break to enjoy the view of the town in the late afternoon. Sunsets take their time that far north, so we were able to enjoy the evening view for several hours.
The nice thing about a cruise is that, after your day’s activities on shore, there are still plenty of shipboard activities to keep you busy and entertained. Traveling as a family, Nancy and I avoid the casino and bars. So after dinner we checked out a movie from the ship’s well-stocked video library – Quantum of Solace, I believe it was – and we watched it together on the TV in our cabin.
That concludes our leisurely day in lovely Aarhus, Denmark. Our next day’s port was Warnemunde, Germany, a seaside resort town on the Baltic coast. Surprisingly, it turned out to be one of my all time favourite cruise destinations.