Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Visiting Skagen

Skagen takes its name from the region, which projects into the waters between the North Sea and the straits of Denmark. Skagen is considered the boundary between the Skagerrak (named after Skagen) and the Kattegat. At its very tip is a sandy, shifting headland known as Grenen. Here it's possible to experience the sight of waves clashing together from each side of the tip.
This is where I grew up.

The area is extremely picturesque, and distinguished by its low, yellow houses with red tile roofs nestled into the beach areas. The impressive and wild landscape was largely formed by a severe process of desertification that hit the area in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Problems with moving dunes and desertification were brought under control in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries by large-scale plantations of grasses, bushes and fir trees. Two significant migratory dunes remain in the area, including the enormous Råbjerg Mile.
The area is closely associated with the Skagen Painters, a community of artists (artist colony), who flocked to this picturesque, and then unspoiled, area in the late 1800s to escape the city and to record artistically a way of life they realized was soon to disappear. The Skagen Painters, were not just painters, but also writers, and other influential people as well. While only a few were fulltime residents of the area, they were often joined by friends, especially during the summer months. Among these notable visitors and residents of the time were writers Holger Drachmann, Georg Brandes, and Henrik Pontoppidan, artists Peder Severin Krøyer, Marie Triepcke Krøyer Alfvén, Christian Krohg, Michael Ancher and Anna Ancher, and composer Hugo Alfvén. They were often gathered at the area's Brøndum's Hotel, which is still in operation today.I went there one afternoon to relax and drink some tea:

Holger Drachmann's house is also a museum today:

This is "Vippefyret". A vippefyr or bascule light was a type of small navigational aid popular in Denmark in the eighteenth century and before. It consisted of a basket in which wood or coal was set; this was then burned. The basket was affixed to a lever which allowed it to be manipulated as required.
The vippefyr system was generally viewed as ineffective, as it produced little light and was usually unreliable. It is still there today. And every year on June 23rd people go there to celebrate "Skt Hans " which is midsummer eve.

This is the beach behind my house growing up, it was pretty much my back yard. I spent so much time here:

All visitors always talk about the "special light" in Skagen. But as beautiful that light is during the day, the night time is the prettiest. During the summer months, all the tourists go to the beach for the sunset, and once the sun is setting they all applaud. It's become a tradition.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Copenhagen Day 1

When I first arrived in Copenhagen I walked all over town. And took a million pictures. I used to live here and love the city. It's pretty small but there's so much to do here.
Rundetaarn (The Round Tower) was built on the initiative of King Christian IV (1588-1648)

Rosenborg Castle is not only a beautiful historic building, it is also a fascinating museum of cultural history which houses some of Denmark’s greatest cultural treasures, not least the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia.
The museum tells the history of the Danish kings through 300 years, from Frederik II in the late 16th century to Frederik VII in the 19th century; the history of the kings since then feature in the Amalienborg Museum.

The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (Glypto-, from the Greek root glyphein, to carve and theke, a storing-place) is an art museum in Copenhagen, Denmark. The collection is built around the personal collection of the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries, Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914).
Primarily a sculpture museum as indicated by the name, the focal point of the museum is antique sculpture from the ancient cultures around the Mediterranean including Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as more modern sculptures such as a collection of Rodin works which is considered the most important outside France. However, the museum is equally noted for its collection of painting that include an extensive collection of French impressionists and Post-impressionists as well as Danish Golden Age paintings.

Christianshavn is a neighbourhood located on an artificial island in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was founded by Christian IV as part of his fortification of Copenhagen and inspired by Dutch cities and dominated by canals, it is the part of Copenhagen with the most nautical atmosphere. Once a working-class neighbourhood, Christianshavn has developed into a trendy and bohemian part of the city with its own distinguished personality, residents tending to see them selves first is Christianshavners and then as Copenhageners.

Nyhavn (lit. "New Harbor") is a popular area in Copenhagen, Denmark with both locals and tourists. Starting from the memorial anchor at Kongens Nytorv, the street is lined with many bars and restaurants facing out to a picturesque harbor.

Amalienborg Palace is the winter home of the Danish royal family, and is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. It consists of four identical classicizing palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard (Amalienborg Slotsplads); in the center of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg's founder, King Frederik V.
Amalienborg was originally built for four noble families; however, when Christiansborg Palace burnt down on 26 February 1794, the royal family bought the palaces and moved in. Over the years various kings and their families have resided in the four different palaces.

And this was only my first day here. More to come :-)
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Sunday, July 19, 2009

London and missing videos...

OK, I realize I have been a bit slow to update the blog lately.
As most of you know we went to London to do a few shows. It was so amazing being back. We pretty much lived there a couple of years ago, so it was really nice seeing some friends and jjust walking around in the city.
First thing we did was go back to Hyde Park. It was easy getting there, we were staying in an apartment right across the street.
The soul brothers chillin' out:

And a Doherty moment:

The hardest part was the time change. We really didn;'t sleep much. One morning I got up around 5.30 am and finally just went out. This picture is from Queensway at 6.30am.

A really nice surprise was to see my friend Phil again. I met Phil 10 years ago, when I used to play shows at The Whiskey in West Hollywood, and he was the soundguy back then. Now he lives in London and he ended up being our soundguy while we were there. That was so awesome:

My favorite show was the Barfly show:

It was our most important show, and it also turned out to be the coolest of them all. It was packed, and that is always a nice feeling.
I had a few videos from the show I wanted to post here. But....They are gone. I must have deleted them by accident, and I am so pissed. I found one of them, but the sound is gone. Very strange. But my computer is also 5 years old. I guess I should just be happy that it's still running.
I will post more blogs from Denmark, where I am on vacation until the next tour.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009

London day 1

We are back in London.It feels great, despite of some serious jetlag. We arrived friday morning at 7am and went straight to a hotel at the airport to sleep.

This morning we took the Heathrow Connect train to Paddington:

The guys found a new little friend while we were waiting for the train. Very cute.

Then from Paddington we got a cab to the apartment in bayswater:


The apartment is amazing. It's a 2 story "flat", as they call it here. The livingroom has 6 of my favorite chair:

Andy is here too:

The upstairs is really nice:

The balcony:

It's almost noon. I have been awake since 1.30am. A bit of jetlag :-)
We are waiting for our tour manager to show up with the splitter, so we can pick up our gear at the storage unit. Our first show is tonight.
More pictures later. Very happy to be back in London.
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