Growing up in a Danish family, it was only a matter of time until I would finally visit Denmark. Once the plans were made, I had a countdown ready to go, and bragged to everyone I knew about the journey I was about to take. Even now, I think I can honestly say, I have never been so happy with anything in my life as I was on this trip.
To start our trip to Denmark, we flew with Iceland Air and had a short stop over in Reykjavik before continuing over to Copenhagen. I enjoyed flying with Iceland Air because it had some cute touches that made me feel welcome. The staff was friendly, and the pillows had an Icelandic lullaby written on it in both Icelandic and English. Also, the personal televisions had fun facts about Iceland. It was homey.
Finally, we began to fly over Denmark. I was so excited as my mom pointed out the areas that would have been lived in by my Grandparents. Then as we descended, I was able to see more details in the landscape and the houses, and I was in complete awe. Excitement took over, and I couldn’t wait to land and begin exploring.
Once we arrived in baggage claim, we were greeted by this large neon sign, and it was my first official photo in Denmark.
We were picked up at the airport by a Danish family friend, Herdis, and she drove us to her house where we were able to shower before she took us on a brief tour of Amager, which is where my Grandmother grew up.
While we were with her in Copenhagen, we visited Tivoli, Hamlet’s Castle, Frederiksborg Castle, Amalienborg Palace and Marselisborg Palace. I had been to Castle Loma in Toronto before and was enravished with it, so Mom had to show me what a “real castle” looked like.
Tivoli is an amusement park in the heart of my favorite city, Copenhagen. I didn’t get to participate in any of the rides as I was with my mom and an elderly lady, but we walked everywhere. This was the first time my camera ever got so much use. At the time I was just using a point and shoot Canon SD 1000. The gardens throughout are beautiful, the vendors and little stores are cute, and the people were nice. We were also so lucky that we had a warm and sunny day – which lasted our whole two week visit. If you know Denmark, then you know it is quite the rainy country.
This is the main residence of the Danish Royal Family. I was so excited to be there, as I have a huge love for our Royals. We witnessed the changing of the guards at noon, but unfortunately the Queen wasn’t home, as the flag on her palace wasn’t raised. Each Royal family has their own residence in the area. We did however, see one of the royal cars, which even my Mom got excited about.
We also visited Kronborg Slot (Hamlet’s Castle). This was the first castle I had ever seen in my life. And it was very interesting because in school we were studying Shakespeare at the time. I was even able to use a few of the photos in a school project. I loved the history and the feel of the castle. The old wooden floors made with long planks, the massive windows, the size and the dungeon. I was enraptured in it. It was such a treasured experience. It was beautiful. If you are a history or Shakespeare buff, I highly recommend this place!
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the size of this ballroom…. Even the fire places towered over me.
Another palace we visited was Marselisborg Palace. There is a little ice cream hut across the street, where we grabbed some “is” (Ice cream) and looked around. Of course we took some tourist-y pictures, but we couldn’t get too close. A guard was pacing at the front, watching over the area. We spent most of our time here walking in the Palace garden which was vast and beautiful.
Then the castle which peaked my interest the most was Frederiksborg Slot. (Slot = Castle). It was massive, detailed, beautiful. And unfortunately we arrived right after it closed for the night, and we were heading to a different part of Denmark the next day. Now in 2014, I have yet to experience the inside of this castle. When I visited with my Mom and Grandmother in 2012, we nearly went, but the plans fell through. Maybe that’s part of my obsession with the castle. But I feel so connected here just on the grounds, and I have even thought of being married here (is that actually allowed…?). Anyways, without further ado, I present to you, Frederiksborg.
Unfortunately, when we returned to Canada and I uploaded my pictures, I forgot to upload the memory card these and a few other location photos were on, and I just deleted them without a second glance. Luckily, we had sent the pictures to be printed straight from the memory card, back before I knew what editing was, so I was able to scan a few like these ones (this is what I looked like six years ago, by the way). So some nice tourist pictures for you to feast your eyes on. But really, isn’t the architecture here just BEAUTIFUL???I can’t even begin to tell you how large this castle is.
And here are a few more pictures from my first half of the trip which was in the Copenhagen area.
So that’s it for Part One!
Stay tuned for the post on my second half of this trip from Sjælland and Ebletoft.