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Copenhagen Sites (Death March part 2)

Finishing up our long Thursday tour on foot we walked past the Kastellet, a star shaped fort with moats surrounding it. It was built in the 17th century as part of Copenhagen’s defenses of their important harbor but now serves as a venue for open air concerts and home to new baby swans and geese. With an hour left before …

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North Copenhagen (Death March part 1)

On Thursday afternoon J took K on a (apparently) 21,000 step (9.5 mile) tour around North and Central Copenhagen to see a number of sights….hey, I did buy her a ice cream.  Anyway she knew I was prone to death marches since experiencing them first hand in Spain. The march, I mean tour started when we arrive in Nyhavn fresh …

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Den Bla Planet (The Blue Planet)

Thursday morning, J & K hopped on the metro and went to the coast!  We visited Den Bla Planet, the National Denmark Aquarium. The aquarium was divided into ocean reefs and rainforest streams and fresh water lakes.  Everything in this place was huge! The ocean tank was the biggest I have ever seen.  Something like 15 feet tall and 25 …

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Daytrip to Hillerod, Denmark

Today K and J took the train north of Copenhagen to the city of Hillerod to visit the Frederiksborg Slot (Castle) built in the early 1700s by Christen the IV, it was Denmark’s 1st royal residence. Set on a beautiful lake, the castle has elaborate Italian inspired gardens and lavishly furnished interiors with hundreds and hundreds of paintings/portraits covering the …

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We have arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark

J and the new K are off on a new adventure!  We traveled via Iceland and arrive at 2:00 pm in Copenhagen. Our hotel (hostel being a more accurate description) is just north of the old town. We were inspired by the one and only public transportation cheerleader, Y. W. and in her honor metro/bused it from the airport to …

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Magnetic Mega Museum

We are home! Traveling to the home of Van Gogh is bound to up the refrigerator impressionist art magnet collection and boy howdy it did!  It took J a couple of months to complete the new arrangement but here is what it looks like now.  There is a  total of 84 pieces of art and I am not sure what …

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Trip to Leiden

On our last full day in The Netherlands we traveled south by train to the college town of Leiden.  Much like Amsterdam is had very pleasant row houses with canals running through out the city center. The rail station was a easy walk to the University of Leiden and its Botanical gardens.  The gardens incorporated several glasshouses, lookouts and walks …

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Van Gogh’s landscapes from the Kroller-Muller…

Van Gogh had a large variety of subjects for his artwork.  Portraits, still life’s, landscapes, other random things.  But the landscapes are some of my favorites. The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam had two that were painted shortly before his death that I really like, but we’re talking only the Kroller-Muller right now, but there are some great ones here …

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Van Gogh’s contemporaries at the Kroller-Muller…

While the Kroller-Muller museum has many many Van Gogh pieces, about 200 in total, at the time the collection was built in the 1910 – 1930, they wisely added art contemporaries at the time to truly show a wide array of Modern Art. During our visit we saw a few of my old impressionist favorites including Pizarro and Sisely, but …

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The flowers of van Gogh at the Kroller-Muller…

We traveled by tram, train, taxi, walked, and bused out way to Otterlo in Dutch national park to reach the Kroller-Muller museum. This museum has the largest private collection of Van Gogh pieces anywhere, with over 200, and a great complimentary set of works by his contemporaries as well. To much for one post because this museum really has a …