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Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse looks unreal. It is located on the coast of the North Sea in Rubjerg, Hjørring Municipality, Denmark. Construction began in 1899 and it was first lit on December 27, 1900.

In August of 1968 the lighthouse ceased operating but remained open as a coffee shop and museum. In 2002 it was all abandoned because of the intensely shifting sands. By 2009 the buildings were removed because of the damage caused by the pressure of the sand. It is believed that the tower will fall into the sea by 2023.

Check it out on Google Maps or Earth with these coordinates 57°26’56.02”N 9°46’27.66”E. I couldn’t see it well with Google Maps, but I know it’s there because you can plainly see it’s shadow across the sand!

Images and text found on ThingsIHappenToLike

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…. in Sweden you can buy your Christmas trees fully decorated now

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You just got to love Danish travelling ads – Ted

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The word rune comes from the Norse rún which means mystery. No one knows exactly when, where or by whom the runes were invented. The only thing archaeologists can confirm is that the oldest runic inscriptions found are about 1700 years old. They were discovered in Denmark and Norway.

The runic alphabet was used within Germanic languages – but primarily in the Nordic countries. It was a writing system where each character marked a certain sound. The alphabet is called Futhark after the first six runes. (An observant reader count seven letters in the name: The reason is that th is a diphthong – the same sound as the English sound th in thing). The original name is spelled fuþark.

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My full name written in futhark runes

Icelandic is the only Nordic language that still has the þ sound in daily speach and contrary to in English they write it þ and not th.

The first paragraph in this post translated to Icelandic:
Orðið Rune kemur frá norrænni hlaupa sem þýðir leyndardómur. Enginn veit nákvæmlega hvenær, hvar eða af hverjum rúnirnar voru fundin. Það eina sem fornleifafræðingar geta staðfest er að elstu rúnir áletranir fundust eru um 1700 ára gömul. Þeir fundust í Danmörku og Noregi. (Translated with Google Translator)

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This magnificent building is the cold water bathing house  in Varberg, an old health resort in Sweden.

Image found at Kul Tur I Natur

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