Saturday, 3 September 2011

All the way to Legoland.....

Smudge in California
I have several stories about Legoland, the real, original Legoland in Billund, Denmark. We went there in 1988 to fulfil an ambition of Mr M's. My Eldest son was serving in the BAOR (British Army on the Rhine) and we went out to stay with him and his then wife for two weeks. I will tell the tale of the bus journey across six countries another time. This time we are going to Legoland with Nettie and Smudge.

It is several hundred miles from Verden to Billund Nettie and I were in the back of the ford Taunus with Mr M and Smudge in the front. We left at "stupid o' clock" (a technical army term) in the morning and arrived at Legoland around midday. We parked in the HUGE carpark and rushed to get into the park. As we walked towards the gate Mr M said "We'll do this logically, ok. We'll go around clockwise, that way we'll see everything and we won't miss a thing!" He was clutching the brochure that Nettie had obtained from the Toc H office on camp, and he and smudge had studied all the pictures and decided what they simply had to see at all costs.
I paid the nice Danish Lady at the gate and we all trooped through. First we bought a coffee each and a donut - we managed this in Danish and by pointing. The people who served us spoke perfect English. We were embarrassed. as soon as Mr M had finished his cup of tea he was itching to get started so we stood up and prepared to follow him. Now remember he had said clockwise so we don't miss anything, right?
Wrong.
He suddenly spotted a canal scene with moving trucks so he rushed of to the right to look and photograph and as he rushed he called over his shoulder "Ann, Ann! look, lorries moving!" as he arrived at the side of the exhibit he spotted the airport with moving planes so he rushed to the left, again calling over his shoulder Nettie, look, LOOK! the plane! the plane!" and was for a while known as Tattoo after the little character from Fantasy Island.
We zig-zagged our way around in his wake, much to the amusement of the other visitors. His obvious delight in all the exhibits and the number of rolls of film he used meant that he was totally unaware of the reaction he was getting.
Meanwhile Smudge was looking more and more downcast. Even a ride in Legotop (a tall column with a glass bottomed thing around it that people sit in and go up incredibly high to look at the view) where Nettie went green but didn't scream failed to make him smile. Eventually we asked him what was causing the bottom lip to stick out and he showed us the brochure. It had a big picture of the space shuttle on its launch rocket made of Lego. It was then that we realised that it had been removed because it was when the first shuttle disaster had happened. Smudge was not happy and as we headed for Legoredo he muttered "All the way to Legoland and no bl**dy rocket!"

Next month I will tell you about The carkeys getting locked in the boot and the rescue Viking. This story has been brought to you by Storytelling Sunday invented by Sian at High in the Sky take a look at all the other stories.

14 comments:

Amy said...

Goodness, what an adventure! I can just picture you all making your way around, following the excitement!

Melissa said...

What an adventure, so much for the well-laid clockwise plans & seeing the rocket. Thanks for the memory of Tattoo on Fantasy Island - we watched that show when I was growing up.

debs14 said...

It's always so much fun to see somewhere new through an excited person's eyes isn't it? Love the way that the carefully thought of plan to go round clockwise was immediately discarded!

Sian said...

lol! What a trip. I can just imagine you zigzagging about trying to take it all in. We have been to Legoland Windsor, but a trip to Denmark would be the ultimate - especially if they sell nice doughnuts!

Thanks for your story today :)

Angelfish said...

What a great tale. I can just imagine the excitement that propelled him from one exhibit to the next!

Tracy said...

Wow, what an adventure. I have always wondered the point of going to a place like that without a child. NOw I see it is for the men!

Ruth said...

Funny story ~ I love the rocket comment best!

S said...

Oh what excitement - the best kind that takes you "off plan" due to enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing.

Missus Wookie said...

I can just sense the excitement - having followed Wookie around such places just enjoying his amazement. We've never managed the original Legoland - still on our plans.

Sorry you missed out on the rocket... there is a really cool one at the Windsor Legoland now :)

tidbitsandtreasures2011 said...

We have a Legoland opening near us in a month or two. The journey is substantial, but pales in comparison to yours. But your description definitely makes me want to go!

Becky said...

What a great story! I love the idea of going round clockwise that went totally to pot!

Miriam said...

Oh I just love reading your stories and this is no exception. Going 'round in any organised fashion would be something we would talk about, but no, we are dodgers and weavers and then at the end we have the conversation, did you see so&so? No! well what about so&so? No, I missed that!

Gail said...

Ok, second try - Boy can I ever relate to the zigzagging - that sounds like us at the California one. Got a real chuckle from the "Tattoo" reference.

Jimjams said...

Brilliantly told - I can picture it perfectly! We've done Legoland Windsor a couple of times when the kids were small - one day we'll get to the original one - and we won't bother to make plans as we'll be the same I think!