Well, we just successfully completed our first Christmas here in Denmark. Luckily, Brian’s mom was able to come over on Christmas Eve and provide some much needed family-ness to make the holiday feel more like a holiday. She stayed until January 7th, and we took her around Aarhus then to Lund, Sweden and then to Copenhagen. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much good food in my life! We all here have to go on diets and start running just to undo all the damage 🙂
Below are some photos of our Christmas and our travels. I explain more about each photo and where we were in the captions. Click through to see the descriptions and the photo in full.
Our lovely little tree with its very Danish paper ornaments and star on top.
We all got lots and lots of knitted wear for Christmas this year. It was just what we needed!
I got an entire outfit made of white by accident, but it was awesome.
Roses we bought for Brian’s mom.
Our Danish-American hybrid dinner on Christmas night: Danish flæskesteg, and American stuffing and mashed potatoes with gravy. Plus brussels sprouts because we’d run out of fancy recipes by the time we got to the vegetable… (Also, I just learned this when it kept telling me that “brussel sprouts” was misspelled: apparently it’s actually called a “brussels sprout”! Who knew?!)
And what would Christmas dinner in Denmark be without a little aquavit?
We took Brian’s mom to see the big Danish cathedral, which was very impressive.
We also took her to a Danish institution: the A.C. Perch tea room. In fact, we went twice! Once in Aarhus and once in Copenhagen.
We also went to the biggest tourist attraction in Aarhus: Den Gamle By, or the Old Town. It’s like Williamsburg for Aarhus but with many different years covered (from like 1500’s maybe up to the 1970’s!). We hadn’t been yet, so it was quite fun. But a warning for those who haven’t yet visited: take your own lunch!! They only have one hotdog cart and a couple mini bakeries. It’s not at all like American theme parks where there’s food everywhere.
After a day in Lund, Sweden – of which I apparent have no photos – we went back to Denmark and spent a day at Frederiksborg castle. It used to be the royal residence and the site of all the coronations, but after a fire in the 1700s (1800s?) the royal family moved out and J.C. Jacobsen, founder of Carlsberg, turned it into a museum of Danish history. I highly highly recommend it as a tourist destination, and would vote for it over Kronsborg, the Hamlet castle (which is also just North of Copenhagen).
I’d also highly recommend the audio tour. It was really interesting and well done.
The first day in Copenhagen, we went to Carlsberg brewery for a tour. This is me trying to get one of their horses to let me pet her.
This is Brian petting Axel. We discovered that the secret is talking Danish to them. Which, duh! They’re Danish horses!
Cheersing at Carlsberg.
The next day we spent going to museums, but first we walked through Nyhavn (which means “new harbor” but is actually, confusingly, the old harbor…)
It was quite cold and rainy that day, as you can see here. Thank goodness for my new knitwear!
Then we stopped by Amalienborg where the royal family actually lives and saw the changing of the guard! It was quite cool and took like 30-45 minutes! To get to this courtyard, the soldiers actually march through the city streets with the band playing. It’s really fun if you happen upon them when they’re marching.
Our last museum was the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which was founded by Carl Jacobsen (the son of the founder of Carlsberg) and is really really cool. The art is neat, but the architecture is amazing! And on Sundays the whole thing is free! You gotta love philanthropy.