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Spending Some Time Abroad: Aarhus, Denmark

Before we arrived in Denmark, we had to cross the Baltic Sea.

Before we arrived in Denmark, we had to cross the Baltic Sea.

Here is a look at the ferry we took across the Baltic.

Here is a look at the ferry we took across the Baltic.

Instead of switching trains, we just drove the train onto the ferry!

Instead of switching trains, we just drove the train onto the ferry!

Aarhus Rådhus (Aka Aarhus Town Hall). Scandinavian design at its finest, or not. You decide for yourself.

Aarhus Rådhus (Aka Aarhus Town Hall). Scandinavian design at its finest, or not. You decide for yourself.

Aarhus Central Station.

Aarhus Central Station.

The ARoS Museum sticks out even from a distance.

The ARoS Museum sticks out even from a distance.

Known worldwide for its iconic installation, Your Rainbow Panorama, the ARoS Art Museum is a beautiful sight.

Known worldwide for its iconic installation, Your Rainbow Panorama, the ARoS Art Museum is a beautiful sight.

Your Rainbow Panorama.

Your Rainbow Panorama.

Looking out across Your Rainbow Panorama and the city of Aarhus.

Looking out across Your Rainbow Panorama and the city of Aarhus.

What is art? Color!

What is art? Color!

The city of Aarhus from atop the ARoS museum.

The city of Aarhus from atop the ARoS museum.

Modern Art.

Modern Art.

The Guggenheim? Nope, ARoS!

The Guggenheim? Nope, ARoS!

One of ARoS' temporary exhibits featured iconic American artist Wes Lang.

One of ARoS’ temporary exhibits featured iconic American artist Wes Lang.

Wes Lang's amazing portraits.

Wes Lang’s amazing portraits.

Thats a big Boy (Ron Muecks, 1958).

Thats a big Boy (Ron Muecks, 1958).

At 4.5 meters high, Boy is an enormous sculpture. He towers over Mattie even while in a crouched position.

At 4.5 meters high, Boy is an enormous sculpture. He towers over Mattie even while in a crouched position.

He looks so real.

He looks so real.

Aarhus Cathedral.

Aarhus Cathedral.

Aarhus Theatre.

Aarhus Theatre.

Den Gamle By is an open air, living history museum. The museum highlights life in Denmark in the 1550s, the 1920s, and the 1970s.

Den Gamle By is an open air, living history museum. The museum highlights life in Denmark in the 1550s, the 1920s, and the 1970s.

This sweets shop from the 1550s still serves their iconic lemon cookies and macaroons. We couldn't resist.

This sweets shop from the 1550s still serves their iconic lemon cookies and macaroons. We couldn’t resist.

An old Danish textile mill circa 1920s.

An old Danish textile mill circa 1920s.

Danes love their black licorice! (Thankfully, so do I...)

Danes love their black licorice! (Thankfully, so do I…)

We visited Den Gamle By (Aka Old Town) on an absolutely beautiful afternoon.

We visited Den Gamle By (Aka Old Town) on an absolutely beautiful afternoon.

This wood cutting puts the "living' in living history museum.

This wood cutting puts the “living’ in living history museum.

Before I returned home to the states, Mother Nature surprised Mattie and I with a beautiful rainbow outside her apartment. Overall, it was a successful trip. I can't wait to take my sister to school again!

Before I returned home to the states, Mother Nature surprised Mattie and I with a beautiful rainbow outside her apartment. Overall, it was a successful trip. I can’t wait to take my sister to school again!

I happened to open my window on my return flight  from Reykjavik, Iceland. This mammoth of a glacier sprawled out over Greenland. This was an absolutely incredible chance encounter!

I happened to open my window on my return flight from Reykjavik, Iceland. This mammoth of a glacier sprawled out over Greenland. This was an absolutely incredible chance encounter!

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Spending Some Time Abroad: Hamburg, Germany.

Hamburg Rathaus (Aka Town Hall). One of my favorite buildings we saw during our travels.

Hamburg Rathaus (Aka Town Hall). One of my favorite buildings we saw during our travels.

A look at the intricate stonework that adorns Hamburg's Town Hall.

A look at the intricate stonework that adorns Hamburg’s Town Hall.

The interior of the Town Hall was impressive as well. Very gothic.

The interior of the Town Hall was impressive as well. Very gothic.

Case and point for my Gothic comment: this ferocious lion with the city's coat of arms.

Case and point for my Gothic comment: this ferocious lion with the city’s coat of arms.

The city of Hamburg's flag. And yes, that is a TV tower spire in the background.

The city of Hamburg’s flag. And yes, that is a TV tower spire in the background.

The Hamburg History Museum. Mattie and I ducked in here for a few hours during a rainstorm.

The Hamburg History Museum. Mattie and I ducked in here for a few hours during a rainstorm.

German beer steins have been common since the middle ages.

German beer steins have been common since the middle ages.

Hamburg has been one of the world's busiest and most important port cities for centuries. An enormous anchor like this would have been common in years past.

Hamburg has been one of the world’s busiest and most important port cities for centuries. An enormous anchor like this would have been common in years past.

Whaling was once one of the very lucrative industry. This fin would've welcomed guests to a fisherman's storefront,

Whaling was once one of the very lucrative industry. This fin would’ve welcomed guests to a fisherman’s storefront,

A part of sailing history I was unfamiliar with was the sale of captured sailors into slavery. In port cities such as Hamburg, funds were often established to help pay for the release of captured sailors.

A part of sailing history I was unfamiliar with was the sale of captured sailors into slavery. In port cities such as Hamburg, funds were often established to help pay for the release of captured sailors.

Paying tribute to Hamburg's intimate relationship with Elbe river.

Paying tribute to Hamburg’s intimate relationship with Elbe river.

The Port of Hamburg looks enormous even from a distance.

The Port of Hamburg looks enormous even from a distance.

A closer look at the port.

A closer look at the port.

Some of the world's largest ships are built on enormous dry dock like this.

Some of the world’s largest ships are built on enormous dry dock like this.

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, which is scheduled to open in 2017 sits right on the edge of the Elbe river.

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall, which is scheduled to open in 2017 sits right on the edge of the Elbe river.

The Hamburg Skyline.

The Hamburg Skyline.

Hamburg's famous Chilehaus. This iconic building is constructed of 4.5 million bricks.

Hamburg’s famous Chilehaus. This iconic building is constructed of 4.5 million bricks.

The entrance to the Old Elbe Tunnel.

The entrance to the Old Elbe Tunnel.

The details: Constructed in 1911, 426 meters long, 24 meters under the Elbe river.

The details: Constructed in 1911, 426 meters long, 24 meters under the Elbe river.

Down below. Crossing under the Elbe river via the Elbe Tunnel.

Down below. Crossing under the Elbe river via the Elbe Tunnel.

During select hours of the day, cars can cross under the Elbe through the Elbe tunnel.

During select hours of the day, cars can cross under the Elbe through the Elbe tunnel.

St. Michaelis Church. Mattie and I climbed 132 meters to the observation deck!

St. Michaelis Church. Mattie and I climbed 132 meters to the observation deck!

A view from the top of St. Michaelis Church.

A view from the top of St. Michaelis Church.

What is a German city without a massive, UFO-inspired TV tower.

What is a German city without a massive, UFO-inspired TV tower.

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the Port of Hamburg from the top of St. Michaelis Church.

The Elbe Philharmonic Hall and the Port of Hamburg from the top of St. Michaelis Church.

The alter of St. Michaelis Church.

The alter of St. Michaelis Church.

A close up of the church's alter.

A close up of the church’s alter.

In addition to an extensive train and bus system, Hamburg also has water ferries. Mattie and I couldn't resist.

In addition to an extensive train and bus system, Hamburg also has water ferries. Mattie and I couldn’t resist.

Hamburg's Fish Market. One of the cities most famous landmarks.

Hamburg’s Fish Market. One of the cities most famous landmarks.

Don't let the English-translated name fool you: the Museum of Arts and Crafts housed some impressive artwork.

Don’t let the English-translated name fool you: the Museum of Arts and Crafts housed some impressive artwork.

Hercules wrestling a giant. Looks like no big deal.

Hercules wrestling a giant. Looks like no big deal.

This exhibit paid homage to curiosity cabinets. These cabinets, often private collections of the wealthy, were the earliest known museums.

This exhibit paid homage to curiosity cabinets. These cabinets, often private collections of the wealthy, were the earliest known museums.

An impressive sundial.

An impressive sundial.

One of the Museum of Arts and Crafts temporary exhibits highlights WWI artifacts and propaganda. This trench board game was sold in England to raise money for the war effort.

One of the Museum of Arts and Crafts temporary exhibits highlights WWI artifacts and propaganda. This trench board game was sold in England to raise money for the war effort.

Playing cards.

Playing cards.

A Trench Tree. These portable Christmas trees were donated and distributed to German troops.

A Trench Tree. These portable Christmas trees were donated and distributed to German troops.

A certificate of honorable discharge following a Hamburg citizen's service.

A certificate of honorable discharge following a Hamburg citizen’s service.

An English propaganda poster.

An English propaganda poster.

This was my favorite poster in the collection: Australia, a former English colony, will become New Germany is the Great War is lost. That may have been enough to get me to enlist if I were a Britt.

This was my favorite poster in the collection: Australia, a former English colony, will become New Germany is the Great War is lost. That may have been enough to get me to enlist if I were a Britt.

Classic.

Classic.

The Museum of Arts and Crafts also housed an extensive Japanese Art collection.

The Museum of Arts and Crafts also housed an extensive Japanese Art collection.

A Japanese Samurai helment.

A Japanese Samurai helment.

Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Aka The House of Photography).

Deichtorhallen Hamburg (Aka The House of Photography).

An artists' alternative interpretation to Germany's iconic coat of arms.

An artists’ alternative interpretation to Germany’s iconic coat of arms.

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Fischerhaus. A classic flounder-focused eatery.

Hamburg's hauptbahnhof (Aka Central Station) was packed during rush hour.

Hamburg’s hauptbahnhof (Aka Central Station) was packed during rush hour.

On our train ride out of the city, we were granted one final look at Hamburg's TV tower.

On our train ride out of the city, we were granted one final look at Hamburg’s TV tower.

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Spending Some Time Abroad: Berlin, Germany

Willkommen in Berlin!

Willkommen in Berlin!

The Reichstag Building home to the German Parliament and amazing free guided tours!

The Reichstag Building home to the German Parliament and amazing free guided tours!

Paying close attention to my audio guide.

Paying close attention to my audio guide.

The inside of the Reichstag Dome is pretty spectacular. The building itself is a combination of old and new: the outside edifice has been preserved since the late 1800s but the dome was constructed in 1999.

The inside of the Reichstag Dome is pretty spectacular. The building itself is a combination of old and new: the outside edifice has been preserved since the late 1800s but the dome was constructed in 1999.

The top of the dome. To our surprise, it is an open air structure. Rain and snow are collected in the giant collection duct in the center of this photo.

The top of the dome. To our surprise, it is an open air structure. Rain and snow are collected in the giant collection duct in the center of this photo.

Although the light was not the best when we visited the Reichstag Building, I could still peer down into the parliament, which is housed directly below the dome.

Although the light was not the best when we visited the Reichstag Building, I could still peer down into the parliament, which is housed directly below the dome.

Less than half a kilometer from the Reichstag Building  sits Berlin's most iconic sight: Brandenburger Tor (Aka Brandenburg Gate).

Less than half a kilometer from the Reichstag Building sits Berlin’s most iconic sight: Brandenburger Tor (Aka Brandenburg Gate).

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. 2,711 stone slabs rest in central Berlin. The memorial opened in 2005,  60 years after the end of WWII.

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. 2,711 stone slabs rest in central Berlin. The memorial opened in 2005, 60 years after the end of WWII.

Solitude.

Solitude.

Another iconic sight: the Victory Column. The column commemorates the Prussian victory in the Prussian-Danish War. Remember that one from history class?

Another iconic sight: the Victory Column. The column commemorates the Prussian victory in the Prussian-Danish War. Remember that one from history class?

A closer look at the top of the Victory Column.

A closer look at the top of the Victory Column.

The city's iconic and proudly displayed flag.

The city’s iconic and proudly displayed flag.

It's important to the German people that they have excellent TV reception to watch their beloved Bundesliga. Futbol is king across Europe but especially in Germany.

It’s important to the German people that they have excellent TV reception to watch their beloved Bundesliga. Futbol is king across Europe but especially in Germany.

Old meets new.

Old meets new.

If you love history, as I do, Berlin has to be on your list of places to visit. The Prussian Empire, the rise and fall of the Nazi Party, and the Cold War. This city and the German people have been through it all. Pictured here: a section of the Berlin Wall as it stood during the Cold War.

If you love history, as I do, Berlin has to be on your list of places to visit. The Prussian Empire, the rise and fall of the Nazi Party, and the Cold War. This city and the German people have been through it all. Pictured here: a section of the Berlin Wall as it stood during the Cold War.

Topography of Terror. A free museum centered on the atrocities and genocide committed by the Nazi party during the middle of the 20th century. This was a very powerful museum.

Topography of Terror. A free museum centered on the atrocities and genocide committed by the Nazi party during the middle of the 20th century. This was a very powerful museum.

Located on the excavated ruins of some of the Nazi Party's most important buildings, (SS Headquarters, Gestapo Offices, and Reich Security Offices), the Topography of Terror takes visitors on a year-by-year journey through the rise and fall of the Nazi Empire.

Located on the excavated ruins of some of the Nazi Party’s most important buildings, (SS Headquarters, Gestapo Offices, and Reich Security Offices), the Topography of Terror takes visitors on a year-by-year journey through the rise and fall of the Nazi Empire.

History explained.

History explained.

A chart displaying the various patches worn by discriminated peoples during Nazi rule.

A chart displaying the various patches worn by discriminated peoples during Nazi rule.

Tourist Trap #1 (In my personal opinion): Checkpoint Charlie. Formerly a check pont between East and West Berlin, Check Point Charlie has been preserved and appears, for the most part, as it did during the Cold War.

Tourist Trap #1 (In my personal opinion): Checkpoint Charlie. Formerly a check pont between East and West Berlin, Check Point Charlie has been preserved and appears, for the most part, as it did during the Cold War.

Careful son, you must pay 2 Euros to touch.

Careful son, you must pay 2 Euros to touch.

One cannot travel to Germany and not sample the national beverage.

One cannot travel to Germany and not sample the national beverage.

The Pergamon Museum was well worth the wait. Although, we did not have to wait 3 hours. I can understand how that would drive someone to madness...

The Pergamon Museum was well worth the wait. Although, we did not have to wait 3 hours. I can understand how that would drive someone to madness…

Why was the wait 3 hours to get into the Pergamon Museum? The answer is simple: The Ishtar Gate. This photo does not do this structure justice. It was absolutely stunning.

Why was the wait 3 hours to get into the Pergamon Museum? The answer is simple: The Ishtar Gate. This photo does not do this structure justice. It was absolutely stunning.

The Ishtar Gate was the one of eight gates into the ancient city of Babylon. Originally constructed in 575 BC, the gate has been reconstructed within the Pergamon Museum.

The Ishtar Gate was the one of eight gates into the ancient city of Babylon. Originally constructed in 575 BC, the gate has been reconstructed within the Pergamon Museum.

Yet another perspective.

Yet another perspective.

These lions, which appear on both the gate itself and the precessional way, were intended to intimidate visitors and impose the power of the city of Babylon.

These lions, which appear on both the gate itself and the precessional way, were intended to intimidate visitors and impose the power of the city of Babylon.

After exploring for a few hours, Mattie and I began referring to the Pergamon Museum as "the museum of really big things." In addition to the Ishtar Gate, the museum also houses the Pergamon Alter, an ancient Greek

After exploring for a few hours, Mattie and I began referring to the Pergamon Museum as “the museum of really big things.” In addition to the Ishtar Gate, the museum also houses the Pergamon Alter, an enormous structure complete with a highly detailed frieze that used to adorn the city’s acropolis.

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The Aleppo Room. These wooden walls used to serve as a wealthy merchant and broker’s meeting room. There are Arabic inscriptions as well as snippets from the Old and New Testaments. During the 1600s when this room was constructed, Aleppo, in modern-day Syria, served as the meeting place of east and west.

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A more detailed shot of a side panel in the Aleppo Room.

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The famous Mshatta Facade. This 8th century facade used to cover Qasr Mshatta’s desert palace in Jordan.

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An impressive piece from the Islamic art collection of the Pergamon Museum.

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More pieces from the Islamic art collection.

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More pieces from the Islamic art collection.

Olympiastadion Berlin (Aka Berlin's Olympic Stadium). Located on the outskirts of the city, this stadium hosted the 1936 Olympics.

Olympiastadion Berlin (Aka Berlin’s Olympic Stadium). Located on the outskirts of the city, this stadium hosted the 1936 Olympics.

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Mattie and I took part in the VIP Tour where we were granted special access to the luxury boxes, dressing rooms, and conference center. However, we visited on a day when English tours were not available. So we hung in the back of a German tour and tried to blend in.

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Adolf Hitler watched Jessie Owens win 4 gold medals, including the 100 meter dash, from this raised podium.

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Down to the staging area of the pitch.

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This is what the players see as they take the pitch.

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You’ve got to keep your boots clean!

 

Lacing up my boots.

Lacing up my boots.

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Although the exterior facade has remained nearly untouched since 1936, the stadium did receive a new roof prior to the 2006 World Cup.

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The main entryway into the stadium.

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An absolutely stunning stadium.

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The stadium is home to Berlin’s top Bundisliga team: Hertha Berlin. A look at their 2014-2015 kits.

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The Berlin Wall Memorial.

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Looking down on a preserved section of the Berlin Wall, as it stood from 1961 through 1989. This observatory also provided a great view of the Berlin skyline.

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In the 1985 the Church of Reconciliation was destroyed to clear a path for an increasingly fortified Berlin Wall. The Chapel of Reconciliation now stands where the church once did.

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The inside of the Chapel.

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Tunnel 57 was one of the many secret tunnels that connected East and West Berlin. This particular tunnel was one of the most successful in the history of the Berlin Wall, successfully ferrying 57 individuals to safety.

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Charlottenburg Palace. This former Prussian Palace was the brainchild of Sophie Charlotte, the wife of a powerful king.

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The crowns housed in Charlottenburg Palace.

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In addition to an impressive palace, Charlottenburg Palace is known for its expansive gardens. Sophie Charlotte was obviously very fond of horticulture.

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Charlottenburg Palace from the gardens.

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Berliner Dom is Berlin’s most famous cathedral. The omnipresent TV Tower can be seen in the background.

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The Neues Museum, located on Museum Island in central Berlin, houses one of the most complete collections of Egyptian art including the famous Bust of Queen Nefertiti. Unsurprisingly, there was no wait to enter this museum. Everybody was standing in line to view the Ishtar Gate in the Pergamon Museum.

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The Neues Museums’ extensive collection of sarcophaguses, including a piece from Northern Europe (Front left) and Ancient Rome (Front right).

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The Neues Museum provided an extensive collection of Roman artifacts found in Egypt. This coffin head is one stunning example.

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Thank goodness for zoom! Although tourists were forbidden from taking photos of the Bust of Nefertiti, I couldn’t help trying to snag a shot from a distance.

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One of my favorite shots of the trip: taking a different perspective can sometimes yield unexpected results.

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In addition to the Bust of Nefertiti, the Neues Museum is known for their collection of Early European art and artifacts. The Golden Hat has been dated back to the Bronze Age and is made entirely of thin gold leaf. Archeologists think that this hat was worn by deities or priests when worshiping the the Sun Cult, which common during the time period.

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Spending Some Time Abroad: Copenhagen, Denmark

Off to take Mattie to Aarhus University  where she'll spend the semester. We decided to take an untraditional path to get to school: Iceland - Copenhagen - Berlin - Hamburg - Aarhus.

Off to take Mattie to Aarhus University where she’ll spend the semester. We decided to take an untraditional path to get to school: Iceland – Copenhagen – Berlin – Hamburg – Aarhus.

Welcome to Copenhagen. Graffiti is extremely common and appeared to be a widely accepted part of daily life.

Welcome to Copenhagen. Graffiti is extremely common and appeared to be a widely accepted part of daily life.

Københaven rådhus. (Copenhagen's Town Hall). We missed the opportunity to see the city from the bell tower balcony, but the building itself was an impressive sight.

Københaven rådhus. (Copenhagen’s Town Hall). We missed the opportunity to see the city from the bell tower balcony, but the building itself was an impressive sight.

Christiansborg Palace in downtown Københaven. Some of the rooms are still used to day by the Danish Royal Family and visitors can walk through the Royal Stables and the Throne Room.

Christiansborg Palace in downtown Københaven. Some of the rooms are still used to day by the Danish Royal Family and visitors can walk through the Royal Stables and the Throne Room.

The Marble Church, adorned with its iconic green copper dome, is a must-see when exploring Københaven. The church is conveniently located between Amalienborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle making it an easily accessible attraction.

The Marble Church, adorned with its iconic green copper dome, is a must-see when exploring Københaven. The church is conveniently located between Amalienborg Castle and Rosenborg Castle making it an easily accessible attraction.

The impressive alter inside the Marble Church.

The impressive alter inside the Marble Church.

A close up shot of the cross.

A close up shot of the cross.

This organ is, in all likelihood, fancier than your favorite organ. All Gold Everything.

This organ is, in all likelihood, fancier than your favorite organ. All Gold Everything.

Tourist Photo Opportunity: Nyhaven. This tiny stretch of shops and hotels is known across Europe as a must-see. It is also the former home of Denmark's most cherished author: Hans Christian Andersen.

Tourist Photo Opportunity: Nyhaven. This tiny stretch of shops and hotels is known across Europe as a must-see. It is also the former home of Denmark’s most cherished author: Hans Christian Andersen.

The Little Mermaid is Københaven's most iconic sight and sits atop nearly all the tourist books' "Must See" charts. It is hard to believe she is over 100 years old. She still looks great!

The Little Mermaid is Københaven’s most iconic sight and sits atop nearly all the tourist books’ “Must See” charts. It is hard to believe she is over 100 years old. She still looks great!

Have you ever stumbled across articles that showcase famous landmarks from different perspectives? The Huffington Post published a great article earlier this year. Well, The Little Mermaid belongs on one of these lists. If you're having trouble locating the 101 year old mermaid, she can be found daydreaming between the fellow in the black shirt and the women in white in the center of the shot. Needless to say, the place was crawling with tourist groups and busloads of people. Thankfully, Mattie and I walked and could leave without sitting in traffic.

Have you ever stumbled across articles that showcase famous landmarks from different perspectives? The Huffington Post published a great article earlier this year. Well, The Little Mermaid belongs on one of these lists. If you’re having trouble locating the 101 year old mermaid, she can be found daydreaming between the fellow in the black shirt and the women in white in the center of the shot. Needless to say, the place was crawling with tourist groups and busloads of people. Thankfully, Mattie and I walked and could leave without sitting in traffic.

Rosenborg Castle. Home of the former home of the Danish Royal Family and the current home of the Crown Jewels.

Rosenborg Slot (Aka Rosenborg Castle). Home of the former home of the Danish Royal Family and the current home of the Crown Jewels.

Imagine walking into the Royal Family's throne room in the 1600s and seeing this on the ceiling...

Imagine walking into the Royal Family’s throne room in the 1600s and seeing this on the ceiling…

...And then seeing this as you approached the Royal Family...

…And then seeing this as you approached the Royal Family…

I don't know which was more impressive: the thrones of the three lions standing guard.

I don’t know which was more impressive: the thrones of the three lions standing guard.

After exploring three floors of the 17th Century palace, we headed down into the cellar and were filed into a viewing dark chamber. Although we had to wait for quite some time for our turn, it was well worth it. The Crowns were spectacular and held in pristine condition considering they are over 400 years old.

After exploring three floors of the 17th Century palace, we headed down into the cellar and were filed into a viewing dark chamber. Although we had to wait for quite some time for our turn, it was well worth it. The Crowns were spectacular and held in pristine condition considering they are over 400 years old.

The King's Crown Jewels, complete with a gold and diamond belt.

The King’s Crown Jewels, complete with a gold and diamond belt.

The Queen's Crown Jewels.

The Queen’s Crown Jewels.

After viewing Rosenborg Castle and the Danish Crown Jewels, we headed towards Amalienborg Palace. But before we reached the palace, we stopped to watch the changing of he guard. This ceremony takes place everyday at noon. Due to the fact that the Queen was not in residence, the procession did not include a band and artillery.

After viewing Rosenborg Castle and the Danish Crown Jewels, we headed towards Amalienborg Palace. But before we reached the palace, we stopped to watch the changing of he guard. This ceremony takes place everyday at noon. Due to the fact that the Queen was not in residence, the procession did not include a band and artillery.

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At exactly 12:00, the replacement guards marched into the square.

At exactly 12:00, the replacement guards marched into the square.

The calm after the storm (aka the ceremonial changing of the guard).

The calm after the storm (aka the ceremonial changing of the guard).

A look at the traditional Danish Flag (Red with a white cross) with a little Royal Flare (The Coat of Arms).

A look at the traditional Danish Flag (Red with a white cross) with a little Royal Flare (The Coat of Arms).

Located in Københaven's Christiania neighborhood, The Church of our Savior flies under the radar of most tourists. But not us. And yes, you do get to climb those exterior spiral stairs...

Located in Københaven’s Christiania neighborhood, The Church of our Savior flies under the radar of most tourists. But not us. And yes, you do get to climb those exterior spiral stairs…

Mattie braving the wind for the sake of incredible views of Københaven.

Mattie braving the wind for the sake of incredible views of Københaven.

#ViewsFromTheTop: The famous Øresund Bridge that connects Københaven, Denmark to Malmö, Sweeden.

#ViewsFromTheTop: The famous Øresund Bridge that connects Københaven, Denmark to Malmö, Sweeden.

#ViewsFromTheTop: Looking out across Københaven.

#ViewsFromTheTop: Looking out across Københaven.

#ViewsFromTheTop: Christiansborg Palace (Brown Building) and the Old Stock Exchange (Green Copper Building in the forefront).

#ViewsFromTheTop: Christiansborg Palace (Brown Building) and the Old Stock Exchange (Green Copper Building in the forefront).

Don't let the smile fool you, I was absolutely petrified.

Don’t let the smile fool you, I was absolutely petrified.

They do it differently in Denmark: This couple tied the knot on a canal boat.

They do it differently in Denmark: This couple tied the knot on a canal boat.

Ready for a mouth full? The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is Københaven's most iconic art museum and home to one of the World's most extensive collections of Egyptian art and artifacts.

Ready for a mouth full? The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is Københaven’s most iconic art museum and home to one of the World’s most extensive collections of Egyptian art and artifacts.

Beyond the art, the building itself serves as a work of art in its own right.

Beyond the art, the building itself serves as a work of art in its own right.

The piece that started it all. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is the result of the personal collection and endowment of the Jacobsen Family, the founders of the Carlsberg Brewery. This sculpture is said to have been the first purchase of Carl Jacobsen. The story goes that Jacobsen became infatuated with the piece and this led him to expand his collections.

The piece that started it all. The Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is the result of the personal collection and endowment of the Jacobsen Family, the founders of the Carlsberg Brewery. This sculpture is said to have been the first purchase of Carl Jacobsen. The story goes that Jacobsen became infatuated with the piece and this led him to expand his collections.

The Reaper.

The Reaper. Those sunken cheekbones give me the shivers even now.

In addition to housing an extensive collection of Egyptian art, the museum also has a large collection of iconic French art. This Degas, entitled The Little Fourteen Dancer, was one of the painters few sculptures.

In addition to housing an extensive collection of Egyptian art, the museum also has a large collection of iconic French art. This Degas, entitled The Little Fourteen Dancer, was one of the painters few sculptures.

How awesome of an idea is this? A collection of lost noses and ears. The Greeks could learn a thing or two from the Danes!

How awesome of an idea is this? A collection of lost noses and ears. The Greeks could learn a thing or two from the Danes!

Pompeius the Great - Caesar's Rival.

Pompeius the Great – Caesar’s Rival.

The Black Head of a King.

The Black Head of King Amenemhat.

The head of a cat, a common symbol in Egyptian art. I found this piece to be especially attractive due to it's jewel incrusted eyes.

The head of a cat, a common symbol in Egyptian art. I found this piece to be especially attractive due to it’s jewel incrusted eyes.

A pristine Egyptian sarcophagus. It is amazing how these survived thousands of years out in the elements!

A pristine Egyptian sarcophagus. It is amazing how these survived thousands of years out in the elements!

A French Masterpiece: Laurent-Honoré Marqueste's Perseus Slaying Medusa. The raw emotion is incredible.

A French Masterpiece: Laurent-Honoré Marqueste’s Perseus Slaying Medusa. The raw emotion is incredible.

Although I wasn't too keen on the artwork in the room, this chair is flat-out awesome. You've got to love Scandinavian furniture!

Although I wasn’t too keen on the artwork in the room, this chair is flat-out awesome. You’ve got to love Scandinavian furniture!

Mother Denmark.

Mother Denmark.

Københaven's Central Station. After spending two days in this beautiful, Mattie and I headed south to Germany.

Københaven’s Central Station. After spending two days in this beautiful, Mattie and I headed south to Germany.

What's an overnight train ride without a smoked salmon bagel sandwich? (Not pictured: black licorice sticks)

What’s an overnight train ride without a smoked salmon bagel sandwich? (Not pictured: black licorice sticks)

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Summer Fun at the History Colorado Center

The History Colorado Center in located in the heart of downtown Denver, a short walk from both the State Capital and the Denver Art Museum.

The History Colorado Center in located in the heart of downtown Denver, a short walk from both the State Capital and the Denver Art Museum.

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A giant physical map of Colorado welcomed guests to the museum.

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Visitors can travel back in time and experience important moments in Colorado’s history via these time machines. Each of the three machines available were moveable.

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One of the original welcome signs implemented in the 1950s. Signs like these are still in use today.

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An experiential learning opportunity for all visitors: take a trip back in time to Keota, Colorado during the 1920s.

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Stop number one: Keota’s general store.

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In addition to recreated goods visitors could purchase at the general store, there were also authentic artifacts from the time period.

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It is hard to imagine that people used to purchase almost all of their household goods from mail order catalogs. This interactive Montgomery Ward catalog allowed visitors to interact with a well-known mail order catalog.

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The next stop was Keota’s one room schoolhouse.

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One of my distant relatives used to attend school in Keota. Although, other than the face, he bares little resemblance to me.

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Visitors could add their faces to the Keota yearbook using this interactive desk. A nice touch!

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Next up: driving an old Ford Model T around Colorado’s eastern plains.

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Another look at the Model T driving experience.

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An additional exhibit focused on Colorado as a whole, tracing the state’s collective history. This model Bison showcased the ways in which Indigenous Americans utilized different parts to fulfill everyday necessities.

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Visitors had an opportunity to participate in a role playing game (RPG) to better understand everyday life at Bent’s Fort.

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Visitors could help blast for ore inside a makeshift mine similar to those found across the state during the pioneer days.

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This ski jumping simulator allowed visitors to take their best shot at landing a jump on Steamboat Springs’ ski jump course.

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Another exhibit: Colorado A through Z. The letter “D” is for “Devoted.” Case and point: the Denver Bronco’s famed Bucket Man.

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A very cool interactive feature highlighting how much water can be found in differing levels of snowpack. This feature addressed a common misconception: 2 feet of snowpack = 2 feet of drinkable water. As you can see, this is clearly not the case: 2 feet of snowpack = 3 inches of water.

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The museum’s temporary exhibit focused on food. In this part of the exhibit, visitors could examine scale models highlighting food production in different parts of the world. From France to Vietnam to Brazil.

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Ever wondered how chili peppers were ranked? This feature taught many visitors, including myself, about the Scoville Index.

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An interactive portion of the food exhibit tested visitors’ sense of smell. Each participant attempted to match the smelling gel cups with their respective picture. It was much harder than it looked!

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A closer look at the smelling gel cups and the scents they were imitating: cinnamon roll, liquorice, spearmint gum, and hazelnut spice.

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The revealed results. I mixed up, among others, spearmint and peppermint.

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What good would an interactive feature be without an informative infographic?

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This was, in my opinion, the coolest part of the food exhibit: a look at common dining rooms over the course of culinary history. Pictured here: Jane Austen’s English dining room.

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The rulers of the dominant Mongol Empire ate their meals in a setting similar to this.

Summer Fun at Hammond’s Candy

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An old school carmel cooker circa 1906.

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This unusual machine used to churn out one of America’s favorite hard candies: Jolly Ranchers.

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Hammond’s recycles broken candy when making a new batch.

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Candy recycling! This makes me feel better about my sweet tooth.

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Churning the recycled candy with the new batch.

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This 60-70 pound hunk of candy will eventually become hundreds of candy canes.

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Another look at the 60-70 pound block of candy being molded.

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It will take close to 2 hours to turn the 60-70 pound chunk of candy into candy canes.

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Workers mold the candy canes quickly before they harden.

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In addition to hard candy, Hammond’s also produces chocolates in their Denver factory.

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A worker heats a batch of chocolate. And yes, that is a hair dryer.

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Every single candy cane, lollipop, and chocolate is wrapped by hand in Hammond’s factory.

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A breakneck wrapping pace is necessary to keep up with candy production.

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Willy Wonka’s secret door?

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Summer Fun at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

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Colorado’s State mineral: Rhodochrosite. Red like the Colorado soil!

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An amazing look at the different geometric shapes these minerals take as they grow and develop.

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The gold collection. Kept under lock and key in a safe. Behind bulletproof glass!

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A miner’s cap circa 1920.

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Rhodochrosite and 24 karat gold makes for one heck of a necklace!

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The mineral that led, in large part, to the population boom in Colorado: silver.

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Even prospectors enjoyed a little light reading. Leadville Gold Belt Map circa 1884.

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No that is not a blue ICEE.

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A look at both the amazing coloration and geometric shapes of our planet’s minerals.

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It would be pretty cool to find a rock so rare that it ended up on the cover of an introductory textbook.

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One of the museum’s best cases: a showcase of old mining tools.

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Colorado’s state rock, mineral, and gem.

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An awesome interactive feature of the museum is the “View From Our Window” station. The informational video takes visitors on a journey back in time to relive the geological past of Colorado.

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Miss Colorado Crown jewels.

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A journey into Blaster’s Uranium Mine lets visitors explore life inside an old Colorado mine.

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One of the state’s two moon rocks is housed at the museum. Under lock and key and behind bullet proof glass.

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A fossilized dinosaur femur. That bad boy is huge!

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The museum did an excellent job of balancing “cool looking rocks” with educational content. For example, this hardness scale engages students with samples to exemplify the scientific content.

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A new addition to the museum is the Geology Trail. The trail takes visitors across the School of Mines campus to explore different geological features. Pictured here: a fossilized palm tree from when this part of the state was pristine beachfront property.