When I discovered that Sólstafir was to give a single concert in Denmark this autumn, and that this would not be in Copenhagen, I was very disappointed. True, I had seen them in Helsinki last year, but this performance was not associated with kind memories: the acoustic had been awful all evening long, and the audience quite disrepectful, so since then I had longed for their come-back. I vaguely envisioned traveling to Aarhus for this concert, but it was on Monday, so I forgot about this idea… until the day I discovered that week 42 was a week of holiday at DTU. All of a sudden, this trip became really feasible! Therefore, before going on a bike expedition to south-west Jutland, I spent a afternoon and an evening in Aarhus. Follow the guide!
The bus left me near ARoS, the Art Museum of the city. It was cloudy, and would be during the whole day, but this made the contrast between the sky and the promenade called “Your rainbow panorama”, set up on top of the museum, even more abrupt. In front of the building, an astonishing playground attracted kids by the score…
While it was starting to rain, I reached the canal that cuts the city in half. Behind this canal, I discovered a cute and quiet street called Møllestien, which is lined by small colourful houses and basically empty. I spent some time there, enjoying the quietude of the place.
It was not really raining, but there was water in the air. Actually, it felt a lot like Brittany, and its eternal drizzle. Luckily, Aarhus is a colourful city, with some timbered house like in Alsace…France, is that you?
But Aarhus also seemed to be a committed city, and a few buildings were covered by modern frescoes, like this one against nuclear power (or weapons? or both?), or this giant pencil driving away tanks and soldiers, strangely reminiscent of the post Charlie Hebdo-shooting period in the beginning of the year…
Aarhus is also the 2017 European Capital of Culture, and is transforming its harbour to make it more human-friendly. Dokk1 is part of this project: this huge building overlooking the port houses a library and a certain number of admnistration services, but its most remarkable feature is located on the ground floor, and beneath, and it’s a parking. A parking?
Yes, an automatic car park, to be precise. Basically, you leave your car in one of the 20 alcoves, and the system stores it underground and retrieves it for you when you leave. Amazing, isn’t it? With 1000 storage places, it’s the largest in Europe.
Finally, Aarhus is also an old city, founded by Vikings in the 8th century, and you can find there churches and majestic buildings made of this red brick I adore.
BONUS: motivational quote of the day
Oh, by the way, the concert was good!