What to do on a dull Sunday?
The boys didn’t want to go anywhere, they’re teenagers and they only wanted to spend the day gaming. I persuaded Sigurd to a drive to Vejle to see the new houses on the harbour and a walk on the beach.
Vejle is developing rapidly these years. There are many really nice flats and penthouse apartments on the harbour and prices probably not so nice. All harbour cities in Denmark are doing major “development” project these years, when the waterfront is no longer used for industry. I don’t know if it’s beautiful or just plain. The buildings are beautiful, however, I think it is a pity to remove the view of the harbour and the fjord with tall buildings. Unfortunately, it happens everywhere that “high-rise buildings” a built on the waterfront and cut off the natural connection between land and water. I believe, in context to climate challenges and floods, that within the next 10-15 years it will no longer be allowed.
Furthermore, if we are completely honest, only a few days a year it is great to live directly on the waterfront by the sea. The weather in Denmark is often windy, cool and rainy. Living on the harbour is also a bit like living in an aquarium I think. Today, with bright frosty weather and occasional sun, there were many people out walking on the harbourside. Sick and tired from Corona, they were out for a Sunday walk just like us. Danes and foreigners, young and old. With the recommended distance between each other, we enjoyed the weather and the slightly raw air and the smell of salt water and seaweed. Everyone was looking into the flats – we did too, as it’s interesting to see how others live.
It was beautiful at the beach, many walking their dog and some were even having a bonfire. Many had brought the afternoon coffee and enjoyed it at tables and benches, wearing warm clothes and sitting on thick blankets. It looked so cosy!
We completed our Sunday trip with a drive in Bredballe and looked at the very expensive and very nice villas with a seaview being built these years. We wondered if people also have time to enjoy the view of the fjord, or whether they are so busy making money for the mortgage that they are never home… it would be a bit of a shame live in such a nice neighbourhood and not have time to enjoy it. But a very nice place, I do understand why it’s so popular to live there.
[My own house dreams are going in a completely different direction, more on this another time.]