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.
No caption needed.
No caption needed.
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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