Thursday, July 22, 2010

When I’m Not Reading…

When I’m Not Reading is a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Missie of The Unread Reader (*waves* hello darling!).

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1. Every Thursday make a post in which you share a little something about yourself or what you like to do outside of blogging. Include pictures or videos.  Make it fun and wild or simple and sweet!


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Honestly, reading is kind of my job. When I’m not reading I usually work or spend my time commuting to and from work. For my first post I thought I’d take you on a little tour of the town I live in. I assume you’re all familiar with Shakespeare’s Hamlet (although Shakespeare did steal it from Saxo Grammaticus)? Excellent! Well I live in Elsinore, Denmark. The town in which Hamlet takes place…and yes we do have a HUGE freaking castle, Kronborg, is actually on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

I have a lot of history in Elsinore. My dad’s aunt and uncle lived here, my mom grew up here, and I still have friends and family here. I didn’t grow up in Elsinore, I’m from a town in the northern part of Jutland, but Elsinore has always been like I second home to me. I moved here nine years ago when I started university – I couldn’t get a place in Copenhagen and Elsinore is only about an hour away by train.

Kronborg is a Renaissance castle, and absolutely beautiful both on the inside and the outside. Construction began in 1574, and reinforced in the 17th century. There are all sorts of hidden gems in and around the castle in particular Denmark’s Viking protector, who is sleeping in the casemates under the castle.

 

Oh woops! Sorry wrong Viking! (Sweden is just 20 minutes away by boat though).

Okay right Viking. His name is Holger Danske (Holger the Dane). Legend has it that is Denmark is ever attacked Holger will wake from his slumber, defend the country, and be triumphant.

 

Beautiful ballerina fountain.

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On of my favourite places to go, just to enjoy the silence, is Sankt Mariæ Kirke (St. Mary’s Church). It’s part of a medieval Karmeliter monastery.

 

The last place I want to show you is the cemetery. I’ve always hated. As a kids my parents would drag my brother and I there every time we were in town because our grandparents are buried there. As I’ve grown older I’ve come to appreciate it more – it’s situated right in the middle of town yet it is very quiet and peaceful.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little tour of Elsinore.

6 comments:

tradermare said...

Awesome! I can hardly believe it's been almost a year since you introduced me to Elsinore with a few postcards! Looks like a lovely place. Holger still hangs in my office! *hugs* tm

smittenskitten said...

WOW!!!
It's a beautiful place. Specially the snow. <3 it.
:)

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

That is so fantastic to live in a town with such history. I can only boast I live where napoleon dynamite was born and filmed. There really was ligers here.

Love your blog design, though your twitter follow button doesn't seem to be working.

said...

Cool post...what a beautiful place to live:-)

Midnyte Reader said...

Wow, thank you SO much for posting that. The tour of your town is beautiful. I love traveling and now I have one more place I have to see!

said...

I love these pictures! Amazing! What a rich history. Thanks for the tour.

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