Elsinore - Drunk Swedes and Suicidal Danes!

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
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Trip End Dec 20, 2007


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Saturday, September 1, 2007

Today DIS arranged a bus to go up to Elsinore...or in Danish terms Helsingor, made famous by Shakespeare's Hamlet.  Of course, Hamlet lived before the castle of Kromborg actually existed but oh well.

We first wandered around the little town of Helsingor.   It's very touristy but in a cute way.  Helsingor is only 4km away from Helsing-something...the Swedish sister town.  Sweden is basicaly a dry country due to their heavy taxes on alcohol sooo giant ferries make the crossing every 20 minutes depositing Swedes into the city.  There is an inordinate amount of alcohol stores all claiming cheap prices (pfft...$3 for a smirnoff ice is still not cheap) and the Swedes then hall cases and cases of it back to Sweden.


The castle was also really cool even though the decorations inside were a little sparse as after it was used as a castle it was used for military training.







However, it still has a moat and lots of castle-like things. 






My favorite piece of artwork came from the queen's room.  Among all the pretty and cute paintings there was this one.    It's symbolic of ...something.  They told us on the tour but I don't remember.  Basically, it's a guy eatting a baby.





And there was a cool old statue of a Viking! 




I'm too lazy to type more so just check out the pictures.
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