Viking Ships and Viking Food

While we had a great time in Berlin, we were certainly ready to head back to Copenhagen right away. I t’s not that Berlin wasn’t great, it just wasn’t cosy like Denmark.

Oh I don’t think I’ve mentioned “cosy” … from what I could tell, if there was one “thing” the Danes would want a tourist to say about their country it’s that it was “cosy.” You can take my word for it, the food, the atmosphere, the people, were certainly cosy.

On our first day back we grabbed some pastries and took a train out to a small town to see a Viking ship museum. The ship museum is focused around 7 viking ships that were found sunk together off the coast. They were able to salvage enough of the ships to preserve and piece back together. It was a very modern, beautiful museum all around right along the water. In the summertime you can take a ride on a ship that was built how the vikings built their ships, so I will be back for that experience one day.

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This is the side of the ship you can ride on in the summer: DSC_2699 DSC_2702 DSC_2705 DSC_2711 DSC_2713 DSC_2714 DSC_2717 DSC_2722 DSC_2733 DSC_2746The highlight of the museum was a room full of Viking clothing and some props. Thankfully, being there in the “off season” we had the space to ourselves to really explore our inner Viking. 
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There was a beautiful restaurant outside of the ship museum, in full coziness they had fur blankets for the chairs and beautiful, natural candle-filled centerpieces. The food was unbelievable as well – take a look at Kyle’s pork sandwich. DM_Ships1 DM_Ships2Yes, my salmon (which was equally delicious) looked a little sad next to that sandwich.

After that big meal (and after all of the coffee I drank) we burned off some energy by chasing ducks around the park.

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DSC_2870And how cool is this tree? It’s an actual tree, carved to look like this. We found it in a cemetery and I could not get over how interesting it was.

Ok, I think I have one more post in me from our trip, then I’ll start to get up to speed on our other adventure photos since then!

 

Commanding the Copenhagen Canals

It has been about 2 full weeks since we have returned from our trip and I think we might finally be recovered. I would love to blame the amount of walking we did (a lot) but I really think it was the crazy-delicious food. They say Americans eat a lot – but, I’d bet the Danes eat more.

On day 2 in Denmark we continued touring around, with the “high point” being a canal boat tour around town. In DC the boat tours really don’t see much (#truth) so when J&C were pushing it in Copenhagen we were a little skeptical. I stand corrected, because there were few sites not accessible by boat in this town.

Here I am before we took off:

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This is the new opera house: DSC_2216

This is an important office building:

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If you look closely you’ll se our old friend David – this statue is literally following us!

DSC_2222You can barely see our fearless guide at the front of this boat. This lady gave the tour in Danish, German, and English all at once – quite impressive. 
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These are the royal homes and the cathedral, which we’ll visit later in the day…DSC_2259 DSC_2263Hey we were just at this church yesterday! 
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The fearless crew:
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Ok, time for a post-tour photoshoot: DSC_2360* DSC_2363 DSC_2366* DSC_2368

We decided to go back to the royal residences for some closeup shots. See below the guards marching around: DSC_2377 DSC_2379

It seemed a bit illegal to get into these guard-shacks (see: guards marching in above photos) but that didn’t stop a couple of us from testing them out ourselves:DSC_2387DSC_2386*

DSC_2388After that we made a run for it into a museum. But first, check out these lovebirds (for once, it’s not AZ&KZ):

DSC_2393Alright these next few photos are from from Denmark Design Museum which was pretty interesting if you’re ever in Copenhagen. It not only chronicles the  history of Danish home furnishings design, but it also is a torcher museum for people who like testing out chairs. There were so many chairs, and you were NOT allowed to sit in them.  At first, I was saying “ok, this is fine, it’s a museum not for touching things,” but by the end of it I was nearly in tears wishing I could test some of them out for myself. What is form without function? Really.

DSC_2394 DSC_2395 DSC_2396The guys, checking out the wood options for cabinet building: 
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Next stop on this trip: BERLIN!