A Castle and Some Art

It was our fourth day in Denmark and our last with a car and so we headed north. Our first stop was Frederiksborg Castle in Hillerod just 30 minutes away from Copenhagen. It was the royal residence for King Christian IV in the early 17th century.

It was a small and beautiful castle which we all enjoyed walking through.. and then outside was a small lake, ponds, fountains and beautiful gardens that the boys really enjoyed running through. 

Our next stop was Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk. 

The above was a mixed media piece called Gleaming Lights of the Soul by Yayoi Kusama. There was a small line, a few people were allowed to enter the room at a time. We were given a minute in the room. It was a dark room filled with water the walls and ceilings were mirrors. We walked out onto a platform. The room was full of tiny lights. The colors changing.. it was simply sublime. This is one of the museum's few permanent installation. 

We took a break from experiencing all the art.. they had a room full of early sketches made by Picasso before he became Picasso.. so interesting.. and I loved watching D just soak it all up... I digress.. we took a break and decided to make some art instead.. 

Then we headed out to the extensive grounds dotted with sculptures and a stunning view

We were back in Copenhagen before dinner.. he had some Italian food and ended the night with the best cheesecake in Denmark! The pistachio was divine.

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Light Outside My Door - A beautiful spherical glass lantern shinning bright outside the door of an Old Quebec house.
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A Day in Aarhus

We started our third day with breakfast at Cafe Norden.




It's wasn't a very typical American breakfast but to our surprise our pickiest eater gobbled it all up

On our second day of having a car we drove to Aarhus. It was over 3 hours away. Once we arrived we started by driving around for a bit before heading to the ARoS Museum. It is wonderful to see D's world grow and him beginning to enjoy art.

We had three favorites.. the first and most awesome was the rainbow panorama. We spent countless minutes here.. going around and around the walkway enjoying the colors of the rainbow.

Our second favorite was based on mirrors and perception but photographs were not allowed.

Another favorite was Boy by Ron Mueck. It was a large piece and the detail was amazing

After leaving the museum we grabbed some lunch at The Shack

Yup.. another burger. Due to our religion we have a lot of dietary restrictions.. so burgers and pizza was usually our best bet.. 

after eating we wandered around the city..

 Our not so great attempts at capturing a mid jump photo..

We grabbed some ice cream and while we wanted to stay a little longer we had to keep in mind the over 3 hours drive back to Copenhagen. 

All in all if we had to do it again we would have skipped Aarhus, while the rainbow panorama was awesome it was not worth the 6 hours commute. We didn't get to spend enough time in Aarhus and truth be told when compared to Copenhagen it was not as impressive. 
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Koi - The stunning brilliantly colorful fish found in the Koi Pond in the Montreal Botanical Gardens.

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Copenhagen Day 1 and 2

We flew into Compenhagen in the morning.. we planned it this way so that by noon we were all settled in and could venture out and start exploring.. We started with lunch. We got burgers at Cock and Bull

Took a 60 minute canal tour, which I highly recommend and I don't say this because it was an amazing tour. It was a good tour with a good guide but mainly because it was a great way to acquaint ourselves with the city. 

There were a number of bridges dotting the canal. Some so low even our captain had to duck

After which we made our way to the infamous Nyhavn. The whole time the boys seemed to be cranky, my leg was starting to hurt for those who don't know I had an ankle injury in December and am still recovering from it. I am good as long as I take my medication. But with all the traveling I forgot to take my pill twice. When bribing the kids with ice cream didn't even make them happy and I was in so much pain I started to hobble we decided it was time to head back to the apartment. We all took showers horrible water pressure put on a movie and called it an early night. 

Best Decision Ever! Because on day 2 everyone was in a better mood.

Day two was going to be our first day of renting a car and venturing out of Copenhagen. Interesting tidbit, car rental's are very expensive for the Danes as are car's in general. They do this to encourage walking and biking. But if you are not a Dane then renting a car is not a problem. 

Destination - Mon Klint a 6 km stretch of chalk cliffs along the eastern coast of the Danish island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. Some of the cliffs fall a sheer 120 m to the sea below.

I was afraid the kids would give us a hard time with all the walking. I was wrong.

There were a few hundred steps that led you up the cliffs and then once you came back down there were another few hundred steps that took you down to the beach.

The first set of steps were fine but on our way up from the water we were dying.. all of us except D. D our resident complainer never complained. He was the first one up.. me forcing myself to be the second because I had to keep on eye on him and he would stop for a break!

We were back in Copenhagen by early evening. Found a car park.. parking is also pretty pricey. But being used to New York prices they didn't shock us too much.

The rest of the evening we spent walking through the streets of Indre By. It was like a 5th Ave of sorts.

We made one last stop at the Round Tower before heading to dinner. The Round Tower was built in the 17th century as an astronomical observatory.

 Instead of stairs there was a spiral ramp which the boys loved to run up and then on the way down they both got on the little umbrella stroller and rolled down.

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