Saturday, January 12, 2013

My European Adventure - A Danish Castle

These are pictures of our visit to Frederiksborg Castle.  This also happens to be the castle they used during the filming of the Prince and Me.  It is located just outside Copenhagen in Hillerod.  If you don't speak Danish, don't try and pronounce the city.  You won't get it right.  After trying to say it several times and gaging each and every time, I finally gave up and moved on!

How do you take your pictures?  Maybe like this . . .
Or how about like this?
Or maybe more like this?

This was the view crossing over the bridge to enter the castle

Entering the courtyard of the castle

This fountain is in the center of the castles courtyard

Here are some pictures of the inside of the castle.  Everything was very ornate. 
Here is my awesome sister practicing her dance moves in the ballroom.  I pretty sure she stole her choreography from Beauty and the Beast.
I thought this was quite beautiful.  This is the Celestial Globe.  The planets move around the sun according to the Copernican system.  The very small globe above moves according to the Ptolomean system.
Look at the intricate detail.
Hmmm... should i make our master bed look like this?  Ummm . . . NO?
Loved the look of this piano.

This little section of the castle was dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish author and poet.  Some of his stories include The Princess and the Pea, The Emperors New Clothes, and The Little Mermaid.
 We were very lucky that day to be able to hear the castles chapel organ be played.  It was quite incredible.
 In order for it to work someone has to stand behind it constantly and pull these cords that open the massive bellows system.  
 A disappointment was the portion of the castle that is home to several of Carl Bloch's famous paintings.  They had most of the lights out so you could barely see anything.  This was the best I could do.  But whats cool is if you look in the glass there is a ghost image.  How cool is that?  I wish you could see it better.  But the back image is Christ hanging on the cross and the image of him in the glass is of him being resurrected.  So AWESOME!
 And really I have no idea who this is, but his portrait was hanging on one of the walls in the castle and as soon as I saw it I thought that looks like Jim Broadbent from Nicholas Nickleby or from Harry Potter.
What do you think?

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