– commentary by Madie –
Today has been a huge highlight, the Frederiksborg Castle is phenomenal my friends! We woke up bright and early so we could make the journey from Copenhagen to Hillerød to be at the castle right on time. Madie and I weren’t sure how long we would spend at the castle but even after spending an entire day there we feel we could have stayed longer exploring the castle hallways (and pretending we are Elsa and Ana from Frozen) .
The cool thing about this castle is that it is actually still in use by Danish royalty today… too bad my royal Danish ancestors made the trek to America forever ago or else there is a slight chance this castle might have been my summer home (slight chance but still a chance right?) (ya……. no.) .
Something unique about the Frederiksborg Castle is that it is actually lined with original artwork by Carl Bloch – a Danish artist whose depictions of Christ have been adopted by the LDS church. I had no idea this was the location of his artwork but it was amazing to see such a collection. I love how the former Danish king was so spiritually and religiously inclined that he commissioned Carl Bloch to paint so many! In one of the photos below you can see the king’s private sanctuary with his personal altar, the walls are lined with original Carl Bloch paintings.
After exploring the thousands of castle hallways and secret rooms (and Kyla biffing it in the middle of our dance duet in the ballroom) we finally made it back to the main floor where we were treated with a huge surprise. Currently Steve McCurry’s photography exhibit is on display. You may not know this photographer by name but he is world renowned for his iconic photo of a young Afghan girl with expressive green eyes. Seriously I feel like my inner artistic self was in heaven seeing this photograph in real life as well as the rest of the exhibit. One of those art exhibits that is truly moving, inspirational and creates a burning desire in you to learn more and experience life.
Following our time at the museum we grabbed a bite to eat at the cutest cafe in Hillerød (that had FREE bathrooms and FREE water – SCORE) before boarding the train back to Copenhagen. Once we arrived in Copenhagen we headed over to the little museum about Hans Christian Andersen. Guys I knew the original fairy tales were gruesome but not that gruesome. No wonder Disney had to use their artistic license to make edits! (according to our british friends, Thumbelina is a “selfish little cow” for leaving her mom for a prince)
The rest of the night was spent hanging in the city, stopping by a few coffee shops and making new friends. Madie and I are getting really good at this “meet the locals” thing (Danish men are all tens – they are our new Ryan Goslings) .