Apr 28, 2011

Cherry trees are blossoming on Boegevej, 27 April 2011

Moen and Nyord, 25 April 2011

Lisbeths and my Easter Monday trip was to one of the easternmost islands of Denmark: Moen and a small island next to it: Nyord

The road from Moen to Nyord

Our first stop was the very small island Nyord.
Nyord has two parts: One hill created by the ice during the ice-age, and one very low created by the sea, which has deposit material here.
First we visited the flat meadows

The low meadows on Nyord are very important for many migratory birds, and they are protected nature
On the picture Danish name: Vibe, UK: Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)

Danish name: Kanadagås, UK: Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis), an invasive species in Scandinavia

Nyord town

View from Nyord to Moen

hether you are standing on the beach looking up at the cliff, or you are up there looking down, you will feel the thrill of being on a roller coaster. There is nothing like it elsewhere in Denmark.
According to an old legend, the King of the Cliff, the Jew Opsal, lives on Møns Klint. It is said that there are two caves in Møns Klint; in one of them lives the King of the Cliff himself, in the other live his dog and white horse.
The King of the Cliff was to protect Møn from misfortune and attack.

Not only is the dramatically steep cliff an experience in itself, but also the woods and the open spaces are full of exciting wildlife. The area is well known for its many beautiful orchids.

View from the top of Møns Klint
Møns Klint is one of the most curious landscapes in Denmark. It is a chalk cliff, almost 8 kilometres in length, its highest peak measuring just on 100 metres.

The last stop was grasslands of Høvblege on the island of Møn
There is a fantastic view from Høvblege
over the Baltic Sea
Høvblege house many orchids, butterflies and day-flying moths

Høvblege is one of the few places in Denmark where European Serin lives.
Danish name: Gulirisk, UK: European Serin (Serinus serinus)

Apr 16, 2011

Hills west of Saburtalo (Tbilisi, Georgia), April 16, 2011

After I had not been biking for nearly a year, I decided to give it a try. I had spotted an interesting trip on Google Earth. The roads I had found on Google Earth to the villages (Nafetvrebi and Mukhatskaro) on the hills west of Saburtalo one of the districts of Tbilisi.

The road went up, up and up, and the effort was close to what I am able to handle. But I succeeded, with many nice views on the tough road up and easy way down.

On my way out of town I passed several cemeteries, where people were very busy tidying up the graves.

I am always impressed by the Georgian gravestones.

Much of the way uphill was through the village Nafetvrebi.
Half of the houses was deserted or never finalised, and I saw very few people - a very strange feeling, like a ghost town or after a war.
Difficult to explain why, the village was only half an hour drive from Tbilisi centre and the houses had fantastic views.

A nice small mountain stream -

- the perfect place to throw your garbage.

Georgian architects does not seem to be involved in the design of many of the countryside houses

Lise Lake and Tbilisi reservoir
It was very hard on my legs to cycle uphill. But I also got managed to get higher than on other cycle trips. Here I look down at the Tbilisi reservoir (centre) and Lisi Lake, two places that Vlado and I have visited on our bikes: When we went there I found it rather challenging, but on this trip I got far higher up.

The area around Tbilisi is rich in deep gorges and steep mountain ridges, which divides the town

Around Tbilisi you find many areas with soviet concrete blocks

Spring is in the air

The last road section before I came to the urban area

Apr 12, 2011

Algeti National Park, 9 April 2011

Saturday Søren and I went to Algeti National Park together with Patrick from Germany and Sasja from Ukraine, two of Sørens friends.

The Park is at distance of 60 km west of Tbilisi. It covers the southern slopes of eastern part of the Trialeti range in the gorge of the Algeti River and is situated within 1100 - 1950 m above sea level. The Park was established in 1965.

Originally we had planned to start at 9 am, but it was raining heavily in the morning so the trip was cancelled. But as the weather improved during the day we started at 2 pm, and had very nice weather with clear skies and a beautiful walk in the park.

Passing the Algeti River on a primitive bridge

We had very clear skies and on our way back to Tbilisi we had some nice views to the high Caucasus