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Trip Start May 09, 2014
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Trip End Jul 18, 2014


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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Today we went to Kronborg Castle (also known as Elsinore and claimed to be the setting for Hamlet) and to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

We caught a train at 08:00 to Helsingor (Elsinore) without realising that today is a holiday here – for Ascension Day, the 39th day after Easter Sunday.  This meant most shops were closed.  We managed to find an open bakery for a breakfast comprising bread and cheese and tea and coffee; not at all our usual morning repast.

We walked towards the castle and were surprised to see the Noah's Ark we had seen the day before in Copenhagen.  We walked past the Cultural Centre, which opened in 2010.

One of the tourist brochures stated that Kronborg Castle opened at 10:00 which is when we arrived; only to discover that their opening time is 11:00.  This turned out not to matter as there is plenty to see around the castle.  The defences were most impressive.  We walked all around the castle, Tom taking lots of photos and arrived back at the entrance as the ticket office and shop opened.

Kronborg Castle was built by Frederick II to impress the world and it was well known in the late 1500s – early 1600s as one of the finest Renaissance castles in "The World" (or Europe as we know it).  It is believed that Shakespeare would have known about it and may even have visited it.  We took three tours while here; the first of the casemates as they are called.  These are the ground floor areas under the living areas used for storage and, in times of war, a fortified area from which to fight.  Our next tour was an overview of the castle which was used by the military after the Royals stopped using it as one of their residences in the late 1600s.  Our final tour was entitled “In the footsteps of Hamlet” and was excellently led by Horatio who told the bones of the story in about 45 minutes, taking us to the various places where, plausibly, the action could have taken place.  It was a fun tour.

We had lunch at the Cultural Centre.  By now there were lots of people out enjoying the warm, sunny holiday.

We caught a train 3 stops back Humlebæk to visit the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.  Ruth’s plan was to spend several hours there including having dinner as its advertised closing time was 22:00.  However that was for days that were not holidays; today’s closing time was 18:00, giving us only 2 hours.  It is spectacularly located on the foreshore.  There were people everywhere on the green lush lawns enjoying the sunshine, children playing on the incline down to the water, even one brave (stupid?) man swimming.

There were modern sculptures throughout the gardens, including some by Henry Moore.  We spent time enjoying the sun and the gardens, including walking around a lake surrounded by light forest then viewed the art work indoors, including a film made of flooding a McDonalds outlet.

When back in town we had a FAQ meal of huge servings.  This made Ruth determined to seek recommendations for future meals.
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