Last night after we finished our messages we noticed a lovely sunset out of our window so we decided to share it with you today.
Sunset June 4 16
This morning we were greeted by a bright sunny sky.
We had a circle tour planned for today that had so many interesting things that Reta took 90 pictures. It was difficult to pick out which ones to use.
Our first stop was at the Viking Ship Museum at Roskilde, Denmark. The focus of this museum is a number of Viking ships that were discovered sunken in the Roskilde Fjord. These ships were "worn out" and so were sunk in the fjord as a line of defence against invasion. It is believed that these ships were sunk in 1070. They were discovered by excavations in the fjord and recreational divers in the early 1960's. The preservation of the recovered wooden ship parts helped the researchers to rebuild replicas of the original ships. They also made a display of what the recovered parts looked like and where they would fit in the original ships. The museum also shows how rope, sails and boats were made during the original construction of these boats. All of the displays were very interesting.
They had tours for people on a small sailing ship and also one that needed to be rowed.
Setting out for a sail from the Viking Museum at Roskilde
Young people rowing their boat
They had a game set up which was fun for us to watch and fun for those who played it. They had three large wooden heads set up and the person playing was given a rope with what looked like a wooden mallet on it. The idea was to swing the rope and knock over the heads. We watched this woman play and we are not sure who laughed more, the woman or those watching her.
Woman playing game at museum
Woman playing game at museum 2
Reta did take a picture inside the museum to show how the pieces recovered from the fjord would fit into the original ship.
Remains of sunken Viking ships
We also took a picture of one of the rebuilt ships. This one is called the Sea Stallion 2.
Rebuilt Sea Stallion 2
We noticed what did not make sense to us but we could not find an explanation for, a teepee. Now maybe the people of the 1070's or so may have used this type of tent on hunting trips or other times they were away from home.
What - Teepees in Denmark
We had lunch at an outside table at the cafe that is part of the museum. While we sat there a number of antique cars appeared across the parking lot and formed a semi-circle and were surrounded by car admirers. Reta did not notice that she caught the back of a man in these pictures. Kind of ironic that his T-shirt should say "Old Guys Rule". Reta bought her brothers "Old Guys Rule" T-shirts for Christmas one year from Cabela's (could the guy have been from the US or Canada?). Anyway, old guys and old cars rule.
Old car, old guy
Another picture of old guy with old car
Antique cars lined up
After lunch we moved on to the Frederiksborg Slot or Castle at Hillerod, Denmark.
We were very impressed by the Frederiksborg Castle. It is one of the finest and largest Renaissance castles in northern Europe. We felt this was our favourite of all the castles we have seen. We did not do a tour of the interior but the exterior is really superb.
This castle has been Denmark's Museum of National History since 1878. The castle was built between 1588 and 1648. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1859. J. C. Jacobsen, brewer and owner of Carlsberg Breweries, founded this museum. This museum holds the most important collection of history and portrait paintings in Denmark which illustrate Denmark's history from 1500 until present times.
Frederiksborg Slot or Castle
We found these water lilies as we walked to the castle.
We are not sending out all the photos of the exterior of the castle. This one is Reta's favourite.
Beautiful Castle Frederiksborg
When we walked around to the back of the castle we found this beautiful garden. We could not discover how large this park of gardens is but it is very large.
Garden at Frederiksborg
As we were about to leave the back part of the castle a horse and carriage came by.
Then we were met by a wandering group of ladies dressed in period costumes.
People in period costumes
After touring Frederiksborg Castle grounds we drove on to Kronborg Castle which is also known as Hamlet's castle.
The Kronborg Castle is smaller than the Frederiksborg Castle which we had seen just a half hour or so before this one. This castle had its own charms.
Kronsberg Slot or Castle known as Hamlet's castle
Shakespeare set his story of Hamlet in the Kronborg Castle but he called it Elsinore. This castle was built in 1420 and as happened to many castles, it was destroyed by fire and then rebuilt. This castle is at the head of the Oresund sound and all ships passing to the Baltic Sea paid tolls at Kronborg. This made the castle of Kronborg and its nearby town of Helsingor very important. You can see Sweden from the grounds of this castle.
Across the Oresund Sound
A model of the castle and its surroundings was on display.
Model of Kronborg Castle
We walked across a bridge over the moat to the castle grounds. Reta spotted two sculptured hands on the bridge floor. You can see her foot in the picture but she was not tempted to step on the hands.
Humour on bridge over moat
On the way to the castle we found a court jester and his lady fair.
The court jester's lady fair
We spotted a couple of swans and their four cygnets swimming in the moat.
Swan couple and their 4 cygnets
The Danish flag flies proudly over the castle.
The gift shop in the castle grounds gives us an opportunity to share with you a picture of a typical home in Denmark.
Typical house for area
As we drove through the nearby town of Helsingor we spotted another antique car show.
Another antique car show
This is one of the unusual cars from the car show.
Strange little vehicle
We chose a route back to Ishoj along the shore and found that many people were enjoying a day at the beach.
A day on the beach
We had a very pleasant day of sightseeing and of weather. The skies were clear and there was a light breeze. The high temperature that we recorded was 26 C (79 F).