2011-06-25

Bridges are perhaps the most invisible form of public architecture

.... And they fascinate me ....
When I was a child, travelling from East to West took forever. The Great Belt dividing Zeeland from Funen (Fyn) had to be crossed by ferry. Somewhat cosy ... once on board, we'd go to the restaurant to dine. Tables covered with white tablecloths, white porcelain, 'silver' cutlery, food served by waiters dressed in black. - During winter-time the crossing could take up to 2 hours ... in good weather not more than 1 hour. You had all the time in the world. You could go on deck and watch the waves, or you could simply sit in a comfortable chair, relax and enjoy a good meal.
Today, crossing the Great Belt only takes 15 minutes. You don't leave the car or the train to stretch your legs. You're so busy, that you forget to enjoy the spectacular view when crossing the 17 kilometres combined bridge and dam construction. I (who have the fortunate luck not to possess a drivers license) am able to enjoy. And the view is fantastic. The bridge construction takes you up, up, up - high above the sea - and from there you can see far, far away. A sunny day gives you the best view .... when it rains, you're able to admire the sky .... It's a matter of taste ....
Once you reach Funen the highway will take you to Jutland via the Little Belt Bridge (there are actually 2 - but your choice will be the one on the highway). Crossing Little Belt is just as exciting. It gives you the opportunity to get a view of the towns Middelfart and Fredericia (the later is where I spent a great deal of my childhood as my dad's regiment was deployed there).
Anyway - Today I got some nice shots of the Little Belt Bridge - and previously I got some shots of the Great Belt Fixed Link ....








A glimpse of the original Little Belt Bridge in the distance 

 Entering the Great Belt Fixed Link




Despite of my thrill over these fabulous bridges, I still miss the nostalgic ferry trips. Those were the days. ....

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