danish design { new & old}

Our wandering today took us from the west coast of Sealand to the est coast, an hour’s drive through endless green roads with only little cottages, black sheep and some horses to punctuate and add some ahh’s and ohh’s from myself and my family.
We arrived in Helsingor, the old city facing the swedish Helsinborg, where the great Kronborg castle greeted us with its majestic silhouette.



old houses in pretty tones are a delight for the eye, making it impossible to chose our favourite..

The new came as a surprise on our way back from the old city, a funky multicolored glass house stranded on the docks, attracting us as a magnet..

I wanted to stay in that glass house for a while.. it truly makes you happy…


a castle in evolution

Castles are magical; they are filled with stories, kings & queens, horses, cooks, fireplaces, paintings, chandeliers, heavy drapes, knights and princesses.

Frederiksborg Castle had it all. The pompous and extravagant interior, the dreamy halls and hallways, the scary & humid dongeons, the gorgeous and impressive park.

I kept imagining how people must have lived back then, with no heating, no toilets, no electricity, but nevertheless in stunning & huge rooms.

Here are some of my snapshots during our visit;

sleek and sereen entrance of Frederiksborg castle
the "back yard" of the castle!
the church of the castle
the chapel, grand and overwhelming
fabulous glass mosaics
my favourite place; a hallway filled with paintings, stunning views and pretty decoration

The original castle built in 1560 by King Frederik 2nd, was torn down by his son Christian the 4th, who disliked the style  and built in stead a renaissance-like castle. 300 years later, King Frederik the 7th moved in with his wife Louise and installed more chimneys to heat up that big cold place, which unfortunately caused a major fire destroying most of the castle!

The people of Denmark were then asked to donate to the Restoration of the castle . An important danish figure H.C. Jacobsen, the founder of Carlsberg Breweries, invested a huge sum and created the now present Museum of National History of Frederiskborg. The castle is no longer inhabited by the royal family, but is visited by thousands of delighted tourists every year.

swans & castles

Castle of Hillerod, Denmark

Three things I like about this picture;

1. The swan family.They approached us with dignity and were not afraid of us. They swam delicately towards us, with all their pride. They stopped few minutes by our side, then slowly continued their family outing! Wonderfully elegant and peaceful!

2. The castle behind the swans; it is not the main castle of Hillerod, which is much larger, but an annexe for the royal family during their vacation and smaller outings!

3. The biking couple; it is such a refreshing transportation mode…no pollution…fresh air…just nice!