A great deal of activity is underway throughout the city in preparation.
|One suspects these were not the original columns, but then again...|
|I heard about this bathroom before seeing it, as Sally exclaimed "Oh my God. Come and see this!"|
|The view from our window|
|Not a pretty sight. Ironically, I had rented this type of car since I was very worried about theft of luggage, but inadvertently left my bag on the back seat after trying to improve my parking!|
Ironically, my bag contained very little....just a spare battery for my phone, my Tesla hat, a cable for my camera, and the portable GPS I had brought from Canada since it's expensive to rent a GPS in Europe. (If anyone sees a rough looking guy in a grey Tesla hat, please ask him to send me back by bag!)
Fortunately the new car also had built in navigation so I managed without it. I must say, if you don't normally bother with GPS in Europe, it's becoming an essential feature when travelling. Not only does it tell you where to go, it lets you know the speed limit...which can be very important, and where there is traffic congestion to avoid.
|The weather forecast on our first morning did not look good. But compared to the floods in Paris, we were not complaining|
|A sign inside this elevator says it's the oldest in Norther Europe. Note the hand-painted murals by a Hungarian artist|
Along the waterfront a new community is taking shape with some dramatic new architecture. (See the next post for more information.) However, as so often seems the case with Danish planning, the ground plane feels very sterile and not at all welcoming. There are limited private outdoor spaces, but maybe Danes prefer it that way. I just don't understand.
We stayed two nights and if at all possible I would like to return next year to see how the city has changed. Till then, here are some more photos.
|One of the new highrises juxtaposed with an older streetscape.|
|The music school!|
|A sign I came across on the main pedestrian street|
|Aarhus is a mix of old and new. A delightful street of individually owned rowhouses.....the sort of thing we should be building in Vancouver.|
|The city hall, designed by Arne Jacobsen was undergoing renovation in advance of next year's festivities|
|I was surprised by the streetscapes of colourful buildings in Aarhus and throughout the country. It often seemed that one person had coordinated the colours, but they hadn't. Danes just have good design and colour sense!|
|There are some taller buildings in the city, but not a lot. Most highrises are commercial buildings, not residential.|
|I was intrigued by this structure above the parking lot of the conference centre, and the parking space striping (below)|
|I was intrigued by this advertising so I looked it up. "WhiteAway.com is the largest retailer of home appliances, and our goal is to make it easy and simple to buy cheap goods on the web." Danes seem to take delight using English 4-letter words!|