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Kalundborg

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28th June, 2014

We arrived on the pilot station under a sunny sky at 6:30am. It was a beautiful 10 miles to the port. We were berthed at 8:00am.

Kalundborg is a Danish city situated on the western edge on the main island Zealand. It is well known as the location of a large broadcasting facility, the Transmitter Kalundborg, the largest coal-fired power station in Denmark and the for the beautiful five spired church which is closely associated with King Valdemar I and the famous Archbishop Absalon. The church itself is said to be built by Absalon’s brother Esbern Snare. The city is also the traditional seat of the aristocratic Lerche family. The stately home of Lerchenborg, the best example of rococo architecture in Denmark, can be seen on the town’s outskirts.

Soon the ship was cleared and the passengers could proceed ashore. The tours today were. Copenhagen Canal Cruise. The elegant, relaxed city of Copenhagen can be fully appreciated on this enjoyable excursion combining a city tour with a relaxing canal cruise. Sight were amongst others were the royal palaces of Amalienborg, Kongens Nytorv, the new Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, the Town Hall, Rosenborg Castle,Christiansborg Palace (the seat of the Danish Parliament). And the lively Nyhavn waterfront. After lunch in a local restaurant, a leisurely canal cruise transported one along the many narrow canals of the inner city and across the harbour.

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Lerchenborg and Birkegaarden Garden. After a drive through the countryside through the charming countryside the tour arrived at Lerchenborg Manor House. Built between 1745-53 by General Christian Lerche, it is one of Denmark’s finest baroque houses, overlooking a symmetrical baroque garden with lime walk and arching hedges. It houses a rococo-influenced interior, portraits and decoration. After a drive along the banks of Lake Tissoe, the fourth largest lake in Denmark and an area known for its Viking archaeological finds the tour arrived at Saeby Church, originally a monastery, with its famous 16th century murals depicting the story of Mary’s parents. From here one travelled on to Birkegaarden Gardens, created by the owners from what was originally a smallholding purchased in 1970. Viewed were the Danish/English gardens, Japanese inspired garden including meditation, sand and promenade gardens, and an oak wood.

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Roskilde Viking ships. This tour took one across the island of Zealand on the way to the ancient town of Roskilde, former capital of Denmark and home of the spectacular Viking Ship Museum. The Viking Ship Museum is located at the foot of Roskilde Fjord beside the Roskilde harbour, approximately 18 miles from Copenhagen. In 1962, five Viking ships were rescued and resurrected from the fjord. The ships had originally been sunk intentionally to protect the harbour from attack. All five ships are vastly different. They were built for different purposes, different waters and by different Viking builders. They all highlight the scope of Viking shipbuilding. Outside the museum one found the Museum Island with an archaeology workshop and a working Viking boatyard where master craftsmen make replicas of Viking-age wooden boats and longboats, using the same materials and techniques the Vikings did. The tour was concluded with a visit to Roskilde Cathedral, which has been the traditional burial place of Danish Kings and Queens for more than 500 years and now houses 37 Royal Tombs. The Cathedral stands on a ridge in the very heart of Roskilde and is an extremely prominent feature in the town and in the local landscape. In 1995, the Cathedral was added to UNESCO’s list of the world’s most precious cultural assets. It is one of the earliest examples of French-inspired, Gothic brick architecture, and the whole site exhibits a beautifully, harmonious unity.

Copenhagen Free Spirited. The perfect way to explore this beautiful and interesting city on your own with transport provided.

For the passengers who wanted to discover Kalundborg independently, there was a shuttle bus. The bus stopped in a surprisingly nice little old part of the town. A good experience was the choir singing in the church with the 5 spires.

For those passengers on board the cruise staff had organised and hosted different activities.

All aboard was at 4:30pm today. As soon as all passengers were on board, the pilot on the bridge, the gangway raised and the linesmen in position we let go the lines and were on our way out of the port and retracing our beautiful morning scenery to the pilot station. Here we disembarked the pilot and set course for Sanderfjord.

The evening started with cocktail hour in the Cooper’s and Aviators Bar and early evening music for listening and dancing in the drawing Room, followed by dinner. After dinner the Britannia Lounge hosted music for dancing, followed by a performance of The Crystal Palace String Quartet and Star of the West End Peter Karrie. This was followed by music for listening and dancing with the Perfect Mood Duo in the Drawing Room and Late Night Musical melodies with Lloyd Hulme at the piano in the Cooper’s Bar.

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