Scandinavia (part one)
How would you react if someday your husband/wife comes to you and says: “Honey, in 3 months we will drive to Norway for a vacation” ? Would you be surprised ? Well I was, because this was a dream of mine ever since I can remember, to visit Scandinavia. After I heard the news all I could think was: “what if we can shoot a wedding while we are there ?” Easy said than done, right? Actually it was really easy and quick for Chip, my husband, to find a couple who would get married around the same time while we were in Norway.
After everything was set in motion, everything was booked, the itinerary scheduled, after we bought the necessary stuff for the trip, we eagerly waited for the day of departure ! And it finally came, on a Saturday after a long day at work ( shooting at 2 weddings), we took our 3 kids, our luggages, our gear, packed everything in the car and started our 1.300 km long drive to Copenhagen.
Just before they woke up
Let me tell you something, if you didn’t already know, traveling with small kids is not easy. Let me repeat that : IS NOT EASY! So we made sure, we have fully charged iPad’s and iPhone’s, car chargers, neck-pillows, sick-bags, teddy-bears and of course 90% of the toys they are not using at home:) Thank God we travelled trough the night and it was humanly calm in the car, but at 7am serenity was gone, kids woke up ! Anyway, after several stops, we arrived in Puttgarden and embarked the ferry to Denmark
Hooooraaay ! At 2pm we touched the soil of the northern territory, first country Denmark. Three hours later we unpacked everything from the car in our flat in Charlottenlund – Copenhagen. Chip, wanted to eat out in the town and we looked online for a restaurant. And then IT HIT US, we were like 800m from the beach away, we all jumped in the car and drove to the nearest beach: Bellevue Strandpark. When we came at the beach, the girls couldn’t wait any more and they instantly jumped with their clothes on in the baltic sea. See for yourselves 🙂
on the shores of the baltic sea near Copenhagen
I love this danish proverb below:
“ Tid, ebbe og flod venter ikke på nogen. ”
This goes something like this: “Time and tide waits for no man”. And it’s so true, you realize this when you come to a place like this and when you look at the waves and at the vastness of the sea. Your realize that nothing lasts forever, this sea will be long here after we’re gone, and then eventually it will disappear as well. And I also realized how grateful I must be to God, for being able to see my children grow and also for giving me this gift to stop time, trough pictures. Ok, I know I got a little philosophical there, but couldn’t help it seeing these beautiful waves…….Oh, and here’s a picture of my hubby with our son
hubby & boy
“..work with me boy, make it look like I really saw something in the distance…”
You got to see Copenhagen it’s an amazing place. Early next day we used our Copenhagen Card and took the train to Copenhagen. First stop: Den Bla Planet or The Blue Planet, the national aquarium of Denmark. The aquarium is situated directly by the sea and is housing a huge variety of sea life; one word AMAZING
….and for those quite moments, you can just go outside on the terrace or by the sea shore and enjoy the view….
...She sells sea shells by the sea shore..
..so if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells…
There are so many things to see in Copenhagen & surroundings but we stayed just two days so we picked only the ones achievable with kids. So we made a short stop to Tivoli Gardens and then of course to The Fairytale House of Hans Christian Andersen which is nearby. But if you really want to see Copenhagen you gotta go on a boat tour, and so did we. Wow, what a delight for the eyes Copenhagen is, especially from the water side. When we entered Nyhavn I was speechless; the colors, the history, the boats – it seemed like i was taken back in time
Nyhavn – means New Harbour, but this harbour is really old, in fact the oldest building was built in 1681. Hans Christian Andersen used to live here for 18 years, and probably got his inspiration for fairytales like “The little mermaid” from this small and lovely harbour
…you also gotta love the people, relaxed, happy, friendly and welcoming….
A recent poll, said that danish people are one of the happiest people in the world
Being almost totally exhausted from so much sight-seeing, we decided to look for the nearest train station and go back to the flat:) Copenhagen’s public transport is top notch, so there is little room for confusion or delays. What a day, we have walked and seen so much, it was now time to rest because the next day we would walk even more….this time at the country side. Here are some random pictures I took in Copenhagen
Everyone has highs and lows, good days and bad days, and there are the excellent days. Not that often, but now and then an ordinary day turns out to be fantastic. This was to be our last day in Copenhagen & Denmark so we were very undecided what we should do, we had no plan so we looked in a brochure and we saw Jægersborg Dyrehave, which of course at first didn’t mean anything to us. So we translated the text from the brochure and we found out that this is a park with huge oak trees and around 2000 deers that are running around the park. This park is so awesome that it is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. When we arrived at the red gate of the park I knew this day is going to be one of those fantastic ones
This forest is “au naturel” meaning that old trees are felled only if they are a danger to the public
The park is so huge that you’re never sure you’ll even get to see a deer. We saw not just one but a whole herd, maybe hundreds
pack of red deers
Those who hunt deer, sometimes raise tigers (indian proverb)
There’s always one who is late, right ?
This park was the hunting ground for King Christian VI, and of course he needed a small cottage to stay when he was hunting and also when he was hanging out with his mates. That’s why he commissioned architect Lauritz de Thurah to build for him the Hermitage Hunting Lodge. Fancy, isn’t it ?
Royal hunting cabin
We spent a lot of time in the park, the kids loved it. You can walk around through the woods, have a picnic and watch the deers running wild. You can sit on a bank and watch sweet 70 years old ladies playing golf or wave to passing joggers. This park gives you the feeling of being small and overwhelmed by nature, in a sense you become more aware of creation.
walking the narrow path
How small we are, and how little we know
As the end of the day drew near, we decided to remain connected to nature and history. Not far away from Dyrehaven is one of the oldest open air museums in the world called Frilandsmuseet or simply Open Air Museum in Lyngby. So, dear reader, if you really want to experience Denmark and to dive into it’s history then this is a must go to place. You can see beautiful homes from the 16th, 17th century and you’ll be literally transported in the rural life of 1700. The museum focuses on buildings, landscapes and tools
First hand history lesson
Now this is sleeping old school
Danish home patio
You gotta love the colors
I believe the picture above was the last one we took in Denmark. It was such a blessed experience but now it was time to head back to the flat, to pack our things and to have a good night sleep. The next day we would be traveling further north through Sweden and finally to Norway, our main destination.
Denmark is definitely on my top 10 list, and I really recommend it to everyone. What I love the most is how people found a way to integrate everything into nature, and how they protect their culture, habits and history.
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