Billund to Skagen

Day 5…….

Cowboy, Toilet Door
Cowboy, Toilet Door

The whole place awash with western Lego images, country music playing through the toilet block.  It’s been a pleasant short sharp stay in Legoland campsite.  The plan always to stay one night and move on.  As part of the package we were given or opted for the two day ticket.  

The youngest wants to milk the deal for what it’s worth, the 15 year old non commital and the adults ready to move onto the next adventure.

Sensing an opportunity to get a morning of adult time we strike a deal of the boys getting to the park for opening time whilst we wrap up and get a coffee in Billund.

Dropped the boys by bike off at the entrance to  Lego land, checked they got in ok and arranged to meet them back at the bikes for 12:30.  Finished packing up the van which was practically done and moved it off the pitch to the check-in car park, reception gave us a free voucher for the parking and we headed into town with our bikes.

The centre of Billund feels very much under re-development around the heart of the newly built Lego house…more a museum come homage to Lego without the amusement rides. Very strong design and Apple feeling, shop felt special compared to Lego land. Large open space and could easily have whiled a day away here. Does feel very much aimed at the younger Lego enthusiast though. It was just nice to enjoy the vibe. The tree in the middle is awesome, the Lilly pond, the dog at the lamp post and the ice cream stall just great to see. If I lived locally I’d get myself an annual pass for sure.

The bakery in town was just what you could hope for, way too much choice, seats and great coffee. Alongside that came across a great kitchen shop Imerco….which we’ll speak of some more later in the holiday.

Back to the van, our bikes on, then picked the boys up at there bikes and good as gold they arrived at 12:30. Rolls were had and we were on the road…..good nice summer vibe through the fields, Meny supermarket and ice creams, another hour.

Drive went fine until we hit the tunnel, at Aalborg, this added on a hour and then the roads were fine again.  Stressful awning pitch up as everyone wanted to muck in and be helpful which just made it harder.  Determined not to crack, I relented, got into direction mode and took a few deep breaths.

Simple pasta and Ragu tea from the freezer that we brought….which was just perfect, with a glass of red in the sunshine.  Up until this point just felt like we’d been waiting for this moment a real taste of being on holiday.  Finished the day of with a cycle around the campsite and a beach walk as the sun went down. Idyllic.

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Day 6, Skagen is coming…..as part of the Danish Adventure

Ribe to Billund, Legoland

Day 4….

When ever I mentioned Denmark in conversation as our summer destination I was either met with chat about Copenhagen or Lego.   Denmark being the home of Lego how could we not visit with two boys in tow (that was my excuse!)…..and the good news we could camp right next door.

Legoland Billund

Camping in Ribe we woke at 7 to the alarm and the sun blaring through the canvas vents.  The boys in a tent beside us, we were packed up for 8:40

Popped into føtex for sandwich and breakfast number 2.  Huge disappointment as the sandwiches we spotted yesterday weren’t ready so it was mad dash picnic gather.  Bread rolls, ham and pre-sliced port salut.

The drive fairly easy 55 mins, through fields of wheat, barley and flowering potatoes.  Driving through the arable land on traffic free roads calming.

As we approached Billund the traffic was fairly light and as we approached Legoland a small traffic queue was forming for the Legoland carpark which we cut short by taking the campsite turning.  Our pitch was ready, so no temporary parking issues. Into the park for 10:30 looking for coffee.   We could see someone had one but couldn’t find an open station, we ended up in pirates cove on a boat waiting for the pirates cafĂ© to open at 11 which seemed like the standard opening time for eateries.

Coffee and pastry fuelled we were  good to go.

It’s a theme park, and food wise the usual was on offer.  Did walk by a Mexican place and passed someone who had a bowl of appetising  bean stew that made me look twice.

We’d opted for freshly baked rolls from the supermarket as per above and left the teenage boys which left myself and the boys wanting more, the wind was taking its tole on our appetites.   In comparison to our small rucksack, which did get searched people were taking in small trolleys and cool boxes.

We bailed out at 4, getting our hands stamped for a re-entry later for the rides that are just that much more quieter.    The boys got onto a few things a couple of times this way without queuing at all.

The campsite as you can imagine is busy, reception was busy, they have pitches and sleeping options of all shapes and sizes.  With differently themed areas.  I don’t think I’ve ever listened to as much country music in my life and couldn’t help singing along to the Gambler whilst brushing my teeth.  Public areas are good, communal cooking area and seating area all good.  Camping at Legoland is a short distance from the site, but definitely recommended.

Legoland for my eldest, a 15 year old at time of writing…..probably on the verge of being a bit too old, that said he went back in for the morning the day after on our 2 days for 1 deal as part of the camping package.

All time favourite hero

Day 5, Billund to Skagen is next…..as part of the Danish Adventure