We drove to Copenhagen on Saturday for a weekend trip through Denmark's capital city. I have so many things that I want to show my parents, but I had to decide what to show them on this first trip! Especially since the weather was just a little cold! After driving across Storebælt bridge onto Zealand/Sealand (Denmark's largest island where Copenhagen is found), we began our tour in Roskilde. Denmark has many cathedrals throughout the country, and I have heard that Roskilde was one of the best...and it was!
Sneen faldt og vinden blæste omkring os, men vi skyndte os ind den varme, smukke kirke. Min far sagde den samme ting jeg har sagt mange tid før....."Vi har ikke ting ligesom denne i Amerika fordi vores land er ikke så gammelt. Det er forbløffende at se ting så gammel og med så meget historie!"
The snow fell and the wind blew all around us, but we hurried inside the warm and beautiful church. My dad said the same thing that I have said so many times before...."We just do not have things like this in America because our country is very old. It is amazing to see things so old and with much history!"
Ligkisterne af tyve konger og sytten dronninger er i Roskilde Domkirke.
The coffins of twenty kings and seventeen queens are in Roskilde Cathedral.
Vi gik igennem Roskildes Julemarked og mine forældre var overrasket at se så mange menneske ud i koldt vejr!
We walked through Roskilde's outdoor Christmas market and my parents were surprised to see so many people out in the cold weather!
Fra Roskilde, kørte vi til Hillerød for at have frokost og besøge Frederiksborg Slot. Det var så sjov at se mine forældres reaktion når de så deres først slot!
From Roskilde, we drove to Hillerød for lunch and to visit Fredericksborg Castle. It was so fun to see my parents' reaction when they saw their first castle!
Frederiksborg Slot er bygget i 1600erne og selv om den overlevede krigen med Sverige, overlevede den ikke ilden i 1859. Kong Frederik 7. spurgde hans tjener at lave en ild i "brækket" ildsted hvilken havde ikke branksikker vægge. I en kort tid, brænder hele slot. Folket af Danmark folk arbejdede sammen og rekonstruerede Frederiksborg Slot i 1878.
Frederiksborg Castle was built in the 1600s and although it survived the war with Sweden, it did not survive the fire of 1859. King Frederik VII asked his servant to make a fire in a "broken" fireplace that did not have fireproof walls. In a short time, the entire castle was on fire. The people of Denmark worked together and reconstructed the castle in 1878.
Siden jeg mødte Mads, har jeg læste mange ting om Danmarks historie så det var dejligt for at dele alting med min mor og far. Mads ville fortælle en ting om noget vi så eller besøgte og jeg ville fortælle noget ekstra at jeg har lærte. Det var vidunderligt at vi "kunne dele vores Danmark" med mine forældre.
Since I met Mads, I have read many things about Denmark's history so it was really neat to be able to share everything with my mom and dad. Mads would tell one thing about something we saw or visited, and I would tell something extra that I had learned. It was wonderful that we "could share our Denmark" with my parents.
Da vi kørte til København fra Hillerød, gik solen ned og det blev mere og mere koldt, så vi bestemmede at have en hyggelig aften sammen i hotelet, i stedet for går til Tivoli. Vi vil have mange mere muligheder at vise Tivoli til dem i fremtiden. Vi spiste en lækker aftensmad sammen og sad og snakket for mange timer. Det var en perfekt slutning til en dejlig dag!
When we drove to Copenhagen from Hillerød, the sun went down and so did the temperatures, so we decided to have a cozy night together in the hotel, instead of going to Tivoli. We will have many more opportunities to show Tivoli to them in the future. We ate a delicious dinner together and sat and talked for hours. It was a perfect end to a great day!
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Would you believe that in the almost 9 years I lived in Copenhagen, I never visited Roskilde Domkirke??! Your post makes me think I should make it a priority the next time I'm back for a visit :D
What a great weekend! Living in Europe, it is easy to take all the wonderful history that surrounds us for granted... In England we have castles and churches and cathedrals everywhere... And here in Sweden, our local church dates back centuries and centuries and centuries...
That Fredericksborg Castle is so beautiful! Even I might go out in the cold to see it :-D
Must be so much fun having your parents over! Enjoy it! My parents actually got married in Frederiksborg Slotskirke - it's a beautiful place.
What a nice trip! Did you meet up with Sarah or other expats?
This sounds like a wonderful day with some exciting things to see! I'm also glad you finally got to Roskilde! I think it is such a cool town and a lot of fun to walk around both the city and the coast of the fjord. Keep having fun showing off your new home!
Hi Kelli, sounds like a great start to your parents visit, a Danish birthday celebration for your dad on day 1 and a real castle on day 2...I'm anxious to see what happens on day 3! Funny your dad is called Pappa Mike...my dad is also called Mike and my kids call him Pappa Mike. Small world.. continue to enjoy your family, I sure am jealous, wish my parents could come over!!!
Yea! Your parents are adorable! SO glad you are having such a great time! I hope they don't FREEZE!
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