Let's go find some fossils!!!
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Michele and I were super excited to go to Denmark for two reasons: 1) a new country! and 2) fossils!!! We were headed to Møns Klint - chalk cliffs on the island of Møn where you can find fossils on the beach. When we were researching for this trip we both looked through a travel book on Denmark and picked out our favorite destination. And we both picked Møns Klint (go figure, we're both geologists). The tricky part was getting there. We were still staying with my relatives and they have been so kind and generous to us that we didn't want to inconvenience them. We suggested Møn and they were both excited to go someplace new and were willing to drive us all there.
We started out early because it took about an hour just to get to the ferry to Denmark. The ferry was like a cruise ship except you park your cars below. Upstairs they had restaurants and a duty-free shop. The ride was only about 45 minutes but it felt shorter. The water was a deep blue and we passed a couple of other ferries. We actually were on 4 different islands on this adventure.
Møns Klint was amazing. They have an incredible museum called the Geocenter with interactive displays in three languages (see my review). While we were there, they offered a guided tour down to the beach, so we jumped on it. They asked who speaks which languages and it turns out the common language was English.
On the beach, our guide showed us the different types of fossils we could find. The most common was a belemnite - a cylindrical orange fossil smaller than a finger. These were once parts of ancient squids. The orange color helps to find them among the black flint rocks and white chalk.
We went back to the Geocenter for a picnic lunch of bologna salad (yum!!!) and rolls and hot tea. We finished the museum and came out much smarter. They even had a kids area where you can use all your senses. One of the displays was a sniffing one where you smell a flower and try to identify the smell. My favorite smell turned out to be a fox. What does a fox even smell like?
While we were in the museum it started snowing. Hard. It was very pretty, but it was causing white out conditions on the drive home. It was hard to see the road! We stopped briefly at Liselund, which is a summer cottage that was a gift from some guy to his wife (I forget the story). We made it back and took the ferry where we could watch the sunset. And after an extremely long day, we made it home and crashed. This was by far one of our favorite stops on the whole trip! I'm so glad Wolfgang and Ute are so generous and drove us there.