Vacation Time! Create something with a vacation theme, i.e. camper/camping, flight to somewhere, travel log, or write a blog post about your favorite vacation/vacation spot ever! (why would you recommend it to someone else?) Another idea: You might also want to post about your dream vacation. (Do some research.) Think travel, not staycation.
Ideally, I would visit over the 4th of July. Since 1912 thousands of Danes have celebrated Independence day at Rebild Bakker in Denmark as a small gesture of gratitude towards accepting so many Danish immigrants over the years. It remains the biggest 4th of July celebration outside US.
My great-grandfathers were some of those Danish immigrants. Here is a picture of my paternal grandfather’s family, probably taken sometime between 1900-1910.
Larsen / Larson Studio Portrait
My grandfather, Hans William Walder Larson, known to the family as "Billy" or "WW", is the boy seated next to his father, Jens Peder Larsen.
(Yes, it is true. Half the siblings are Larsons with an "o" and the other half are Larsens with an "e."
I've heard different family folklore about how this came to be, but the one my dad believed to be true was this: "SON" was the American way to spell it -- and they wanted to be good Americans.
My maternal great-grandfather, Jens Peder Quist and his wife, also came from Denmark, but I know very little about my maternal grandfather's family history. (Much more is known about my maternal grandmother's family, but that deserves another post.)
So -- each of my parents was half Dane, and that makes me half Dane!
The Larsen/Larson relatives have kept in touch with the Danish relatives “across the pond” for many decades. My third cousin Lise’s great-great maternal grandparents were in the Royal Danish Orchestra and Royal Danish Ballet. What a shock for her grandmother to have seen the height of culture as a child, only to move to a farm on the desolate prairies of Green Valley Township in Miner County, South Dakota, a thousand miles from the nearest ocean and her family!
My dad's Aunt Dot, the milliner, made trips to Denmark every other year.
Great Aunt Dot Larsen's Hat Shop
Great Aunt Dot and Friend - Wild and Crazy Hats!
She collected pretty blue Royal Copenhagen China plates.
Royal Copenhagen Christmas Collector Plate - 1953
(the year I was born)
My dad’s cousin Jay and his family made several trips to Denmark. Here is Jay with his daughter Lise near the white cliffs of Mon.
And my brother and sister-in-law have visited Bandhoi Farm on the Island of Mon where they have been welcomed as family by relatives who speak fluent English.
You will find the Island of Mon on the southeasternmost corner of the map above. The Island of Mon is famous for its white chalk cliffs, Mons Klint.
From the highest point of the cliffs, on a clear day, I am told you can see both Germany and Sweden. Perhaps if I'm that close to Germany, I could take a little detour to meet my BBA teammate Duni in person!
I would love to visit Stege, the largest town on the island, and of course, Copenhagen -- the Little Mermaid in the harbor, the shops and cafes,
and who could visit Denmark without touring Tivoli Gardens.
Tivoli Gardens - www.tripadvisor.com
And, if Jerry is able to travel, we would certainly take a side trip to Finland. (He is 31/32 Finnish by heritage, and grew up bilingual.) Uff-dah! That's a lot of Scandinavian!!
I follow Go Visit Denmark on Facebook and each post makes me want to visit more. Perhaps, someday, it will happen.
I believe every soul has a homing instinct.