Friday, November 17, 2017

A Stroll Down Nyhavn

Happy Friday y'all! I'm back with one more travel post this week! Looking back and editing all of these pictures has me wanting to be back on our adventure. Today we're moving on to the third country and final city of our trip, Copenhagen!

We took a train from Stockholm to Copenhagen. It was about 5 hours long, but it didn't feel like it was that long! We had plenty of space and things to keep Chloe entertained. Plus we napped and apparently JP took the opportunity to capture the moment. I'm kind of glad that he did because my baby won't stay this little forever!

We got to Copenhagen, checked into our hotel, dropped our bags and set off to explore for the evening! First stop, Nyhavn!

We decided to walk through the city to get to the harbor. If you don't know about Nyhavn, it's the picturesque canal with all the colorful buildings from the 1700 and 1800's! It's known for it's history of drunken sailors, whore houses and literary exploits. Now it's known for it's beautiful views and restaurants.

At the end of the canal is a large anchor honoring the Danish sailors who lost their lives during World War II.

We decided to find a restaurant serving more traditional Danish food. There are tons of restaurant options and it's definitely more pricey than other restaurants around Copenhagen because of the location. We figured we had to have one meal there! The restaurant we chose was called Hyttefadet and I loved how they gave a history of the restaurant and Nyhavn on the menu!

I can't remember what exactly we ordered, but it was fish two ways with shrimp, aioli and asparagus. After dinner we walked back down the canal and found an ice cream shop! I think ice cream on vacation is one of my favorite things, and ice cream in Copenhagen is amazing.

We decided to walk back to our hotel along the water instead of through the city and that was the best choice we could have made! Along the way, we found some little trampolines to play on! Chloe was super excited since she's obsessed with jumping. But let's be real, I was the most excited and had a blast bouncing and flipping!

And that my friends was our first day in Copenhagen. We were pretty exhausted from the travel and walking the city, so we called it an early night. We had big plans for our first full day in Copenhagen!

If you're interested on catching up or checking our our Scandinavian adventures from the beginning, take a look:
Sneak Peek | Start of our Adventures | Oslo Part 1 | Oslo Part 2 | Lilleputthammer | Hiking in Norway | Charlotte & Ole's Wedding | Maihaugen | Gamla stan | Vasamuseet | Skansen
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Skansen, Stockholm, Sweden

Skansen is the world's largest open air museum! You may remember our visit to Maihaugen while we were in Lillehammer. Maihaugen was amazing and I enjoyed learning about Norway's history, but Skansen was so much bigger and different in many ways. Skansen was opened in 1891 as a way to preserve the rural way of life that was slowly fading to the Industrial Revolution and the new industrialized way of life. Instead of being lost to history, rural Sweden is preserved in Skansen.

We we entered Skansen, we walked up a crazy huge hill. There was an option to ride a railcar if you can't or don't want to take the hike. The first area we came across was the Town Quarter which is designed to look how a Swedish town looked in the early 1900's. 

The town had a bakery, glass blowing shop, furniture store, industrial works and a pottery shop. The coolest thing is that all of the shops were actually open and selling the goods made in house. The bakery smelled so good and if I hadn't just eaten, I would have bought several pastries!

My favorite shop was the glassblowing shop. I've always loved watching glassblowers at work. The way they can create such beautiful pieces is fascinating. I wish that we had seen this later in the day when I was prepared to spend money on something meaningful! We talked about going back before leaving, but we kind of forgot after a long day of exploring.

The Industrial Works store was awesome for two engineering nerds. {Fun fact: I have an engineering degree that I don't really use!} I wish I would have gotten some shots of the machines inside, but instead I have one of me and my tiny human!

Outside of the shops was this wheelbarrow that Chloe quickly became obsessed with. Lucky for me, her daddy was the horse to carry her around!

We spent quite a while in the Quarter Town before moving on. We passed by this yellow house that I remember was important, but I didn't take a picture of the sign to remind me why it was important. Either way it's pretty, so I thought I'd share!

This next one I did take a picture of the plaque! This is the Seglora Church. It was erected in 1730 and brought to Skansen in 1916. It's one of Sweden's most popular places for weddings.

Later we came upon the petting zoo! Chloe was so excited to play around with the animals. She pet the goats and the pigs with her daddy.

Not only did they have a petting zoo, but they had a children's discovery area which Chloe had the best time playing around!

Around Skansen there were several different farmsteads from the 1600, 1700, and 1800's. The best part about walking around and learning about everything is that all of the plaques were in Swedish and English. There were also tons of people walking around to tell you more! People were in character from the century of their lodging. They went about their days just as someone would have back when they lived there!

Around the backside of Skansen is actually a zoo with Nordic animals! We saw otters, seals, bears, reindeer, moose, wolves and more! Can you see the swimming seal in the picture below?!

We loved seeing the reindeer! I asked Chloe what they were and she said, "Sben!" aka Sven from Frozen. How beautiful is that white one?

Below is a Sami hut. The Sami people are the only indigenous people to Scandinavia. Their huts were over by the reindeer because they are known for their reindeer herding.

I think the bears exhibit was Chloe's favorite part of the entire day! The bears were incredibly playful running up and down their playground, wrestling each other and swimming. We had to watch the bears from several different areas since Chloe was in awe.

We eventually were able to peel her away from the bears to visit another farmstead.

The summer farmstead pasture is where the animals were brought during the summer for the farm girls to make cheese and butter from rich summer milk!

This guy was working on a loom in one of the farmstead houses making the rugs that were throughout the house.

The schoolhouse was both the school room and teacher's accommodations. In the 1800's, it was determined that every parish should have at least one school. At the school there was a teach that showed us how the children learned reading, writing and arithmetic on their slate boards.

Skansen was amazing. We thought about not going since we had already gone to an open air museum in Lillehammer. I'm so glad that we decided to go anyway! I knew that it would be a different experience. The animals alone made it worth it for Chloe. If you find yourself in Stockholm, this is a must see. You'll learn so much about Swedish history and culture!

That's about all we have for Sweden, next up is Copenhagen!

If you're interested on catching up or checking our our Scandinavian adventures from the beginning, take a look:

Thursday, November 9, 2017

This Crazy Life

Y'all. Life is just crazy right now. Every time I sit down to put my thoughts or memories in this place something comes up, I'm totally distracted and it takes me forever to get back to it again. I'm loving every post that I get to share with y'all about our Scandinavian adventure. I do hope that y'all are enjoying them as well. It's fun going through the pictures and reliving the experience! I know I'll be so thankful for the posts when Chloe gets older and angrily tells me that trip doesn't count because she doesn't even remember it. She's my daughter after all and I can already hear the attitude!
It's just taking me so much longer than planned to get them all posted. I think I have about 3 more posts left; one in Stockholm and at least two for Copenhagen! I promise they won't disappoint and my goal is to have them posted before Thanksgiving. But you know, life with a two year old can be unpredictable.

Also life as a dog mom can be unpredictable. I didn't post about it last week because it had me so stressed out, but we were at the vet with Maggie a few times after she got into it with my parents' dog. Don't get me wrong, I blame neither/both dogs. They're dogs and it happens, but Bailey got her jaws around Maggie's face managed to sink her teeth in giving Maggie two puncture wounds. Of course it happened hours before JP left to go to Dubai. {Oh yeah, did I mention that I was single mom-ing it last week? I wasn't joking about his crazy life!} I kept the wound clean and kept checking on it, but of course Halloween night her face swelled up and her eye swelled shut! We spent most of Wednesday morning at the vet with an infected dog and wild toddler. It was a blast, let me tell ya. Chloe wanted to go. Maggie wanted to get the hell out of there. And I just wanted everyone to chill out. Luckily our vet is amazing and fit us in despite her packed schedule. They drained Maggie's wounds and got her on painkiller and antibiotics. I kept her in a cone for the first two days just to promote healing, but that was all we both could stand! It's looking much better and healing now, but last week I was dealing with an agitated pup whose face kept leaking. Here's a peek at how glamorous she looked post face shave and wound draining!

The Maggie debacle, JP being gone, the craziness of the holiday season, the business of having a two year old, life in general and a few other personal things have kept our family on our toes. Luckily we have each other and the most amazing family and friends to help us out along the way.

So here's to Friday eve! I hope y'all have a wonderful and not so crazy Thursday. That's what I'm shooting for.

If you're interested on catching up or checking our our Scandinavian adventures from the beginning, take a look:
Sneak Peek | Start of our Adventures | Oslo Part 1 | Oslo Part 2 | Lilleputthammer | Hiking in Norway | Charlotte & Ole's Wedding | Maihaugen | Gamla stan | Vasamuseet

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