Lund On Foot

Lund is a small, compact city so it was easy to walk round to all the principle sites. The map leaflet was very handy to ensure we didn’t miss anything. We included some window-shopping and book shop browsing and a bit of eating and tea drinking throughout the day.  The route starts at Lund Cathedral where we joined a tour in English.

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Lund Cathedral

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Rear of Lund Cathedral

It has an astronomical clock very much like the one in Lübeck

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And we were taken into the crypt where our guide told us the legend behind the man embracing a pillar : Finn the Giant [the story is retold here]

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This is Hökeriet Lund’s oldest grocery shop located in a traditional timber building dating back to 1815. It still exists as a shop and there’s also a small cafe but as we passed it was not yet open.

Kulturen is a museum of urban and rural life throughout the ages. It occupies to blocks of buildings in the centre of Lund and exhibits date from the Middle Ages up to the 1930s. There are also activities for children. These buildings you can see from the street but we didn’t actually visit.

We did however visit the Museum of Sketches for Public Art. Once inside we did understand what this was all about and very interesting it was too. The gallery presents sketches and models not only of the winning entries for competitions for public art but also unsuccessful entries.

Skissernas Museum – Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art is a unique art museum focusing on the artistic creative process. Here is the world’s largest collection of sketches, models and models for Swedish and international public art.

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In the gallery foyer the windows formed frames for our own ‘art’ photography.

Our final visit in Lund was to the Historical Museum. Post to follow …

The University City of Lund

After breakfast on Monday 3 July at precisely 9.30am as predicted our taxi transfer arrived to pick us up and transport us to Simrishamn train station and at 10am (also on the dot!) our holiday with Macs Adventure came to end. And so the final couple of days of my Big Adventure were to be spent in the cultured and historic university city of Lund.

The train journey involved a change of train and we decided to take the bus instead; a journey of about an hour and a half.

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Lilla Hotellet, Lund

After dropping our bags at the hotel right in the centre of town we picked up a walking tour of Lund leaflet (a formula that worked well in Ystad) and headed for the Botanical Garden which has a cafe and where Alison had visited before.

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Founded as part of the Medical Faculty in 1690. It was replaced by a new garden (on the same site) in the mid-18th century. In 1750 a ‘disciple’ of the famous Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus was appointed manager: Jacob Georg Agardh. The garden established on its own present site in the heart of Lund in 1862-67.

We then had a walk around the old part of the University. Last year the University was 350 years old  (but the original foundation of a studium generale dates back to 1438) It’s the oldest university in northern Europe and the highest rated university in Sweden. It’s world class and ranked in the Top 100. It also has some beautiful historic buildings:

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A Walk Through Huntingdonshire : Villages, Riverside Scenery and Historical Interest

There’s a walk that I’ve been looking forward to doing for several years. I found it when searching for more information about The Manor House, Hemingford Grey the location of Lucy Boston’s book “The Children of Green Knowe”. More recently, I read about Lynne’s visit to The Manor House on her blog The Dovegreyreader Scribbles. The walk appeared to have all the ingredients of a pleasant morning out in the Huntingdonshire countryside. So, as I happened to find myself here in Huntingdon this morning, I decided to try it out.

The 5 mile walk starts from the National Trust car park at Houghton Mill where there’s a Tea Shop and it’s possible to borrow a copy of the walk.

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Lübeck : City of Nobel Prize Winners : Thomas Mann; Willy Brandt; Günter Grass

 

The excellent Buddenbrook Book Shop

Lübeck is proud to claim three Nobel Prize winners among its residents: Thomas Mann (1875-1955) Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929);  Willy Brandt (1913-1992) Nobel Peace Prize in 1971; and Günter Grass (born in Danzig in 1927 died Lübeck 2015) Nobel Prize for Literature in 1999. All three claim this Hanseatic city as their home. The writer Thomas Mann was born here and for the first 18 years of his life called this city on the river Trave his home. The politician Willy Brandt was also born in Lübeck and, similarly, spent his formative years in the Hanseatic city. The author Günter Grass moved to Lübeck at the age of 68 – to be, as he once stated, “closer” to Thomas Mann and Willy Brandt.

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