Well I made the transition from writer to author last week. It took fourteen years and six months but I finally have a book out. To celebrate, I drove off the hill to give my Jr. High and High school English teachers copies of my book. It feels so good to be able to hand that book to someone who challenged you and helped you to grow as a person and a writer so many years ago. Then I hosted my very first facebook party and ate pizza with The Hunky Hubby and our three boys while we let them watch Return of the King for the first time. Thank you so much to everyone who came to celebrate with me! I’ll include some pictures and fun facts about Copenhagen for anyone who missed the launch party below, but it was such a good day, especially eating pastries with my boys.
The city of Copenhagen was originally a Viking fishing village founded all the way back in the 10th century. Copenhagen grew over the years and eventually became the capital of Denmark in the early 15th century.
Some historians think that the ancestor of the Newfoundland dog was also a Viking. Leif Erickson the Viking explorer arrived in North America with his faithful companion Oolam, a large black canine called a Viking bear dog and the exploration of a Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, Canada revealed the skeletons of large dogs.
Rosenborg Castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 in the Dutch Renaissance style which was typical of Danish buildings at that time. It was expanded several times until it was finished in the style that it stands in today by 1624. It is a popular tourist attraction and houses the crown jewels of the Danish monarchy. Originally a private royal garden, The King’s Garden at Rosenborg castle and is the oldest park in Copenhagen. It dates back 400 years and is open to the public. Visitors can enjoy live concerts, puppet theater, croquet, picnics, the rose garden, and the fabulous crocus lawn.
Frederick’s Church popularly known as The Marble Church, has the largest church dome in Scandinavia. The foundation stone was set by king Frederick V on October 31, 1749. After the death of its designer, the church was a ruin for nearly 150 years. In a highly controversial deal in 1874, Denmark’s Finance Minister sold the ruins to Carl Frederik Tietgen — with the understanding that he would build a church similar to the original plans. Though the oldest part of the church is marble, it was completed using limestone and finally opened to the public on August 19, 1894. Inscribed in gold lettering on the front portico are the words: HERRENS ORD BLIVER EVINDELIG which is Danish for “the word of the Lord endureth for ever.” – 1 Peter 1:25.
Tilvoli Gardens opened on August 15th, 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Situated in the middle of Copenhagen, Denmark it is rumored to have been the inspiration of Walt Disney’s Disney World. Some of its oldest attractions were razed during wartime, but many of the old features still stand. Beautiful garden paths, small boats to rent on the lake, and a restaurant within a floating pirate ship bring in tourists from around the world. The park even has a working wooden rollercoaster that was built in 1914. A human operator uses a brake to slow the rollercoaster on the hills so that it won’t gain too much speed. I’m curious, how many of you would ride this amazing attraction?
Tivoli’s Moorish Palace, now the Nimb hotel and restaurant was originally a “Bazar in the Chinese style” and featured shops and a restaurant. It burned down in 1862, was rebuilt and then torn down, until finally the present building was completed in 1909. The Nimb is one of the finest hotels in the world and is known for their Sunday Luxury Brunch.
The Danish, as in the pastry, did not actually originate in Denmark. In the 1850’s the pasry workers of Denmark went on strike and bakers from Austria came to Denmark. They brought their own recipes which soon became popular in Denmark and the world over. Here is a link to a Danish bakery in California if you wish to torture yourself reading about pastry dough and fillings and chocolate and the buttery aroma of fresh baked goods. Also, here is a link to the Yelp page about The Danish Bakery in Leavenworth, WA which is my personal favorite. Their almond kringle is to die for. Photo by Rakratchada Torsap