What is a trip to Denmark without a study of Vikings? We were fortunate to come across a viking ship museum. The Danish government had excavated 5 ships from the bottom of the bay, and pieced them together over a long period of time. This gives us an idea of how the ships were made and constructed, and why Viking ships were so much faster than other countries ships at that time. It was most fascinating.
What a treat it was to be able to walk around on a Viking ship
replica, and try on their armor and clothing. We loved playing dress up.
We did learn that the Vikings had very few swords. Swords was a sign of wealth because they were typically bought off of the Germanic people. There came a point where the Germanic people forbid sales of swords to the Vikings because the Vikings would then take their German swords and pillage the Germans. The Vikings just weren't very good at making swords themselves. But they were really good at making and using axes. These weapons were not open to the public, but because we mingled in with a school tour group, we were able to reap the benefits of the weaponry exhibit, and an English tour.
Copenhagen (København as the Danes call it) was one of the most organized cities we have been to so far. It is filled with bicycles. Oodles and oodles of bicycles! This is a picture we took, when we got off the train that brought us into downtown. Copenhagen was great in the fact that everything is so centrally located. Most of the sites are all in the middle of the city, so it is easy to get around and see things. This also makes rent and property prices high. This city was extremely expensive for everything.
Tessa stands below a portrait of Christian IV. We feel Max
also has a certain "kingly" quality about him.
This is the original Christus that all of the replicas have been copied from. It was a beautiful little church with statues of Peter and the other apostles as well. To add to the magic an organist was playing throughout our visit and was absolutely incredible.
As you can see, one of us had a meltdown moment, so
we took a little break, and a photo in this amazing city.
We were lucky to be able to find the temple in Denmark.
It was no easy find, but Kari was able to track it down!
March 31, 2016