People are waiting for a tour round the City Hall - or the new part of it.
Notice the floor. It is wood and is made of remnants from production of furniture. The price was the same as a floor of concrete.
Mayor Poul Lindor Nielsen was yesterday telling the visiting citizens the story of the new City Hall, or new part of the City Hall. He called it The Bridge, which can be understood from the photo at the screens behind him. You can walk from the two old buildings to the other through the new one. It is now possible to have all administrative tasks of the municipality at the same place.
Roskilde has got a new City Hall. This week the citisens has been invited to see their new house from the inside. A few days ago 300 participated, today 200. While waiting I was talking to Astrid, Verner and Ruth (left to right). They are all retired, but very active and curious people. They are active in Kirkens Genbrug (Churchs' Second Hand Shop) and Ruth also at Byhøjskolen. Astrid and Verner has lived in Roskilde since they got married 1952. The following days you will see more photos from the City Hall.
If you have seen the last to photos, you have noticed the information of the path of the Gods. Here is the continuation.
When I was standing at the road to take a photo of Tornhøj, I shot the road in the direction towards west. You just see a little part Baunehøj where the road seems to end. Just at that point the village Øster Syv (øster = east, syv = seven) begins. You also see a church. This church is situated in the next village, Kirke Syv (Kirke = Church). The seven-part of the names follows of the seven hills at the area. It is a very old cultural and holy part of the southern part of Ramsødalen, which have rich soil and is good for agricultural life, as it has been many 1000 years.
Today I passed Baunehøj by car on my way to Sorø, but stopped a little too far from the hill. Another day I shall go closer to get a better photo and more information - and continue to the church.
Baunehøj has a special significance. The word "bavn" means a fire used as a signal, which could be seen far away. So - bavnhill is Baunehøj.
Yesterdays photo was a road with a church far away, and I said that it had something to do with "The Path of the Gods". Tornhøj at todays photo is connected to that path and is placed a few meters from the road between Ramsømagle and Øster Syv.
Not easy to understand, but the path is a 64 km long hikingroute from Køge Bugt to Isefjorden (two danish coasts). In danish the path is called "Gudernes Stræde". There are 80 signposts with text at the path or nearby.
Tornhøj - says the text - is 3500 years old and a Big Farmer was buried here. Nearby was other graves and this part of the path has been a holy place for 5000 years. Gudernes Stræde has it own homepage in Danish.
You will find an interactive map (danish: kort) here.
At this map you will see that path through Gadstrup, Ramsømagle and Østersyv, and if you look carefully between the last two places you will find Tornhøj.
Later I shall visit other places at the path.
It is not easy to understand that this road between Ramsømagle and Øster Syv is part of the Path of the Gods. At least it is running nearby and there are detours to interesting places. More follows tomorrow.
These weeks an exhibition of local poster art can be seen at Roskilde Bibliotek (Roskilde Central Library), where you find the Local History Archives. The posters - which I was permitted to show here - are from the period 1930 - 40. This one - without a year - is telling when the yearly Dyrskuet (Cattle Show, The Farmers Animal Exhibition - or, what is it called in English?) take place. You see the Cathedral in the background. The elderly farmer in the front makes an association to my grandfather with the slightly bended old legs in his rubber boots!
Here is Birgit, Birte, Jytte, Kirsten, Marianne, Ragnhild and Yrsa. Every monday they meet at 10 am to take a walk around Ramsøen. They practice Nordic Walking (Danish: Stavgang), enjoy the walkings, the fresh air and "talk and walk". They celebrate birthsdays together. The agespan is nearly 20 years - from 60 to 78.
The second photo is the beginning of todays walk, which last 1-2 hours.
For many centuries the tombs of Danish Kings and Queens are in Roskilde Cathedral. In the coming days some of the sarcophagi will be shown at the blog. Here it is the sarcophagus of Chr. IV (1588-1648).
Today it is 5 years ago Eric Tenin posted his first photo to his Paris Daily Photo Blog - since he has posted a photo every day. The five years are celebrated by bloggers in the City Daily Photo Community by imitating one of Erics techniques.
I have not done it much - here is a photo taken earlier today. It is a pile of 1.5 m snow (or black snow) seen from an ants' perspective.
The other day I visited the Cathedral. I knew there was a scaffold inside the church, because a re-liming (correct word?) is taking place. The lime-proces was last time done in 1972. Therefor the interior does not look as usual.
Roskilde Cathedral is on the UNESCO World Heritage List
Some time ago I showed a photo of a Culture-bus at the winterfestival in Roskilde. I was on my way somewhere else and didn't look inside the bus. Returning to that part of Roskilde I forgot all about the bus, but the comments made me search the internet for more information.
There are three busses in Roskilde with different purposes, but all based on the same intention: to meet the citizens localy where they are.
The Culture-bus is for children in kindergardens and schools and young people. If it is difficult for them to go to Roskilde, the bus with a particularly performance or other art goes to them.
The library bus at the photo - which yesterday was parked by the central library in Roskilde - makes it easy for people to take out books at places in the municipality with too great distance to one of the libraries.
The text at the bus means: Roskilde libraries. What do you want to know?
The third bus is a health-bus, which is parked at various places for some time. The citizens are invited inside to get information concerning health and get bloodpresure measured etc.
These busses are part of the service the municipality offers its citizens.
The comming days will show photos from inside Roskilde Cathedral.
Today I was in Roskilde. It was rather cold, but the sun was shining. After having taken photos of the Library Bus (a post of special busses in Roskilde, including the earlier mentioned Culture Bus, follows soon) and the Cahedral inside using the present light (posts will also follow), I returned to the station to take the train back home. At Algade I saw the sun shining at the window of a toyshop called Fætter BR, Cousin BR - the effect was as seen at the photo.
At a distance of 200 meters near Gadstrup School, the driving speed is 30 km/h at some times. Of course it is when the chrildren are going to and from school, but sometimes the system think they are there, but none are to be seen. It is a good idea to signal care. The tendency to drive too fast is wellknown in Denmark (too).
Every december I write a Christmasletter called "The Year in Gadstrup and environs". Sometimes the environs is a country far away.
This months themeday is Passageway and I use - too selfcentered, you may think - the same "globalised" idea and my photo is showing a passageway in St. Paul de Vence, Provence.
I am living between Roskilde and Køge, at the southern border of Roskilde municipality. Some days I go to Roskilde, some others to Køge. I have decided to expand this blog also to show photos from Køge.