Denmark Day 7

On Day 7 we were very busy too, since it was our (sniff!) last day in Denmark. Don’t last days make you think about every little detail more?

We got up, had coffee and breakfast, making sure to savor our bread and cheese. Then we all headed to Kronborg Slot, better known as Hamlet’s castle, where we had such fun touring the grounds.

From there we went to Louisiana, the museum of Modern Art. We ate lunch at their buffet, which was really delicious. Then we toured the exhibits until we were too tired to stay any longer.

Back at the house, we went down to the beach to put the last touches on our sand castle. I think it’s pretty awesome. Then after some iPad time, we took some Champagne down to the sea–ever since my dad passed away in 2009, I always take a pinch of his ashes with me on my travels. Dad met Kathryn and Ole in Phoenix, so they wanted to be part of the ceremony. We toasted to Ed Murphy in the windy, chilly Danish evening.

What an amazing trip. Kathryn, Ole, Emma, and Esben, thanks for making Denmark so special for us. It was hard to leave you and head to Sweden!

Denmark Day 6

We had our quiet day. So that makes it time to live it up. On Day 6 in Denmark, that’s just what we did. First we drove to the nearest Fjord and hopped a ferry. This was a big thrill, and we got to watch lots of sailboats pass by. The weather was perfect and the sky was clear. From there we drove to Ole’s mom’s house where she served us a traditional Danish lunch. After lunch the kids played at Grandma’s house while the grown-ups headed to town and visited a wonderful art co-op in the town where Ole went to high school. John and I bought a print there and are very happy to have it in our home. From there we drove to the king’s marker–used to designate the king’s hunting ground. We took some pics THEN picked some fresh cherries off the tree. Next we headed to the farm where Ole grew up. It was such a treat to see his childhood home and to tour the modern facilities, where they package the fresh vegetables for restaurant use and sale in stores. We got to walk out into the fields and pick some carrots. From there, the Sorensen’s went to Ole’s sister’s house, while John and I went to Dragsholm Slot for a gourmet meal. First we toured the grounds and the castle. It’s a gorgeous structure that would make a great place for a small gathering (Kathryn suggested our wedding!?!). The meal was delicious and so much fun. After we ate we drove back to the house in time to watch our 6th Danish Sunset.

 

 

 

Denmark Day 5

We decided that a quiet day would be nice, so first we started off by heading down the road to Gillileje to buy some fish for dinner. Then we came back to the cabin, and after some great beach time (while we worked on a killer castle I will reveal later) we had a relaxing lunch of Smørrebrød. After lunch we did some shopping in town. And then we all met back at the cabin for a delicious fisk dinner. Ole’s friends came up from Copenhagen and kept us laughing all night!

Denmark Day 4

After a delicious breakfast on the porch, John and I drove about 40 minutes in to Copenhagen for the day. We started at the National Museum then headed to the New Harbor for lunch at Restaurant Heering. From there we strolled along the Strøget, and finally made our way to Mikkeler brewery for an IPA.

That night, we had a special visit from Kathryn’s Swedish high school friend Alsa and her Canadian boyfriend Louis. We had a delicious dinner and watched the sun go down.

Denmark Day 3

The next morning we woke and had a delicious breakfast of Danish bread with jam and cheese, and then we said goodbye to Ole’s family before hopping in the car to head to the Viking Museum.

This was a fun interactive museum where we learned how the vikings made pots, dyed wool, carved boats, and cooked over an open fire. The museum also had a killer raspberry patch!

From there we headed to Fredensborg in North Zealand to visit the Queen’s summer residence. We had lots of fun touring the grounds.

From there we headed north to Smidstrup where we saw the beach rental for the first time. I was smitten! It became perfectly clear why so many Scandinavians ended up in Minnesota. The house reminded me of being on Cross Lake.