Unexpectedly cheap airfare and a chance to connect with cousins from Finland for a few days led to a week exploring Copenhagen and the Danish countryside in May 2011.
A spring get-away in Denmark
We spent a week traveling in Copenhagen and the Danish countryside beyond.
May 11 – Copenhagen
Last year an email address provided by an elderly relative on the east coast of the United States led to contact with cousins in Finland, which was followed by last summer’s visit and on-going communication via email and Facebook.
All of this led to the following partial exchange on Facebook:
- Me: $650 rd trip Mpls to Copenhagen in May. Trying to be responsible and not book tickets. . .
- One of several friends to comment: $650? That’s cheaper than driving to Oregon!
- One of the Finnish cousins: what´s holding you back? book the tickets to Copenhagen and from Copenhagen to Oulu (100€) and we´ll pick you up, you are welcome to stay as long as you want to…
- And: or we´ll come to copenhagen…
- Me: Thinking about it. . . (the fare still seems to be there)
- And then: Booked.
So now Lane and I are waiting in Copenhagen’s airport, watching for my Finnish cousins to appear. The internet has made the world a much more closely connected place. I think that is a very good thing.
(The cousins arrive while I am in the bathroom putting in my contact lenses. Somehow, without having met before, they connect with Lane and the three of them are chatting when I return. This is going to be a good trip.)
May 12 – Copenhagen
The Marble Church
It was a long, slow route from the laying of the cornerstone for the Marble Church (formally named Frederik’s Church, but more famous for its solid marble walls) in 1749 to its completion in 1894.
During that interval the Copenhagen church sat abandoned for more than 100 years – something that’s a little hard to believe today.
May 13, 2011 – Copenhagen
Train Station Goodbyes
My cousins are heading home today, so we all head back to the train Copenhagen H, with the H standing for Hovedbanegård) was constructed in 1911, so has the high ceilings and dramatic metalwork of that time.central train station (
It is both elegant and gritty at the same time. We have already determined that it is always busy. And it is a fitting place to say goodbye.
May 14, 2011 – from Copenhagen into the countryside
Crossing the Farø Bridge to Falster
Denmark is a land of wonderful bridges and the Farø Bridge is certainly among the more dramatic. It’s actually two bridges (that intersect with a third) on the tiny Island of Farø. It looked interesting on the map, but the southern cable-stayed portion is absolutely gorgeous – even in the rain!
May 15, 2011 – Lolland, Falster, and Møn
May 16, 2011 – Møn and Zealand
May 17, 2011 – Between Denmark and Sweden
It’s always good to come around a bend and see Brogård in the distance. It feels like home even if my visits are always short.
May 18, 2011 – One last morning in Denmark