An Entertaining Stroll In The Citadel

I’m standing on top of the Citadel’s ramparts looking over the harbour while swallows fly closely by. I am sure the birds benefit from the steep ramparts one way or another.

Particularly two traditions link the Citadel to the public holiday, Stor Bededag and the night before.

Best known is the custom of eating warm wheat buns on Stor Bededags evening. The reason is that not even the bakers were supposed to work from sundown the night before Stor Bededag and throughout the following day.
Therefore very large wheat buns were baked the day before which people could take home to heat and eat the next day.

However, the wheat buns were eaten the same night – while they were still warm and crisp.
Today it is possible to buy the wheat buns all over when Stor Bededag is approaching.

The second tradition normally associated with Stor Bededag, was the habit of Copenhagen’s bourgeoisie walking on the ramparts on the evening of Stor Bededag. The custom can be traced back to the 1700s and is said to be caused by the melodious chimes of Our Lady Church’s carillon, which lured people of Copenhagen out on a stroll to enjoy the newly sprouted, spring green linden and chestnut trees.

The carillon was set up in 1747 and destroyed by the British bombardment in 1807 the church’s spire was hit and crashed into the main building, which burned completely.

It seems that the tradition once again is popular among people from Copenhagen and every day might work

Notes
Useful information on this site: Copenhagenet.dk
Kastellet
Kastellet, Copenhagen, Wikipedia

Husk solcreme, badetøj, halstørklæde og vanter

Solen skinnede for første gang i lang tid, og en vandring langs havnebassinerne i København fristede endnu engang. Der, hvor der var læ, sad folk og nød solen.

Jeg gik ud på Kalvebod Bølge, et helt enestående badeanlæg med ‘gangbroer’ ude i havnen.

Overfor Kalvebod Bølge ligger Københavns Havnebad Islands Brygge. Der var besøgende i havnebadet, i badetøj naturligvis. Jeg tror, vandet var varmere end luften, for vinden var iskold. På kanten af et bassin stod der Las Palmas! Det eneste vi mangler er palmer.

Hørte jeg nogen tale om vikinger? Det er meget passende, fordi det snart er vintersolhverv. Om 10 dage, den 22. december kl. 5.48. Efter vintersolhverv bliver dagene længere, og  lyset vender tilbage.

“Vintersolhverv er en glædens dag, fordi den er symbolet på lysets tilbagevenden i vort liv. Vintersolhverv er vikingernes jul, hvor de ikke fejrede men drak jól og havde midvinterblót, en ofring for at sikre frugtbarhed.” Vintersolhverv

Jeg glæder mig, og jeg har tænkt mig at fejre dagen i naturen. Måske skinner solen også den dag 🙂

God tur i solen i morgen ❤

Havnebadet Islands Brygge

Kalvebod Bølge

‘Bernstoffsparken’

Jeg har ofte cyklet forbi Bernstoffsparken ad Jægersborg Allé, men forleden gjorde jeg et ophold. Vejret var for godt til ikke at udforske parken.
Den overraskede positivt. Stor variation med niveauforskelle, beplantning, sø og flere rum i slotshaven.
I parken er der en café, som drives af frivillige.
Bernstoff Slot stiller en lang række faciliteter til rådighed, men det bliver nok aldrig som dengang, da ‘Europas Svigerfar’ Christian den 9. brugte slottet som sommerresidens : Bernstoff Slot

Falder jeres vej forbi slottet, så er en vandretur hele vejen rundt i parken en anbefaling værd.