14 May 2019 Tuesday
Woke up to a sunny morning.
A cosy corner outside our hotel room.
Simple breakfast to start our day…
Time to set off…
We have some struggle (with cashless parking) before arriving at the ferry terminal.
Inside ferry terminal….while waiting for our ferry, we have a few snapshot at the sunny harbor front.
and the city center
Long Linkway to the ferry
And this is the ferry
Hooooonnnnkkkk …. Hooooonnnnkkkk… Bye Bye Sweden…. as we cruised out of the harbor.
The first attraction on the ferry – Duty Free Shopping
We were delighted with the setting in the ferry.
Guest gathered and relax around the front window.
Overlooking vehicles that were doing the crossing.
I explored the vehicle deck. I had no experience in transporting car on ferry… maybe one day I should try !
Looking ahead… that is Denmark
and Kronborg Castle …. inching nearer and nearer
Preparing vehicle for driving off…
I am impressed…. by the meaning of seamless.
The last few vehicles leaving the ferry.
Vehicle entering the ferry.
Exit from the Ferry Terminal… we found ourselves at the railway station.
3 ladies outside Helsingor Rail Station.
A short walk along alleys leading up to Kronborg Castle. Pretty cool.
Stopover at Culture Yard and Helsingor Library. Superb unsupported Architecture.
And the neighboring Cultural Yard
Very cool and relaxing waterfront.
Our pictures…. and / with Garbage Fish
Zoomed in on Garbage Fish. I guessed it try to create awareness of not to throw garbage into the sea…. Opps ! the items on the fish look too clean and too new to be called garbage.
Approaching Kronborg Castle
walk path lined with tress with fresh green leaves… the essence of Spring lingered in the air.
Our pictures on bridge linking to castle
Alas…. but nobody crying for help !
Entrance to castle compound….
Looking back… this is superb….. too good to be real.
A cannon besides the entrance.
A display showing the site plan…
and the Kronborg castle
Our pictures …
Moat around the castle.
I scaled the grassy patch to take a look…. it is the strait between Denmark and Sweden.
We brought our tickets and proceed to castle entrance.
Our pictures at the entrance of castle building.
A short walk….we were at the Central Square
Zoomed in on majestic spires.
My wife was running around…
and I am everywhere
Suddenly, we spotted a cruel scene….someone was being punished.
Entering the Palace ….
A good fire place. feeling warm and good.
The King’s Chamber…. look more a study or an office.
Isolated table for the King to work….
And an ancient map … I think it is impressively close to real.
The bed rooms.
and this is the Queen’s Chamber.
Adjoining Hall is Queen’s Gallery.
Another section of Queen’s Gallery.
The Queen had good collection of paint works. We spent a long while examining the paint work with the lovely accompanied explanation…indeed a little explanation really help people to understand the paint work a lot more.
Doing up the art pieces more than 300 years ago and preserving them in absolutely good condition is itself an unimaginable wonder !
Frantz Cleyn (1582-1658)
The mothers lead their somewhat reluctant children to school. The children carry previsions in little baskets, and their books are tucked under their arms. An old man points towards the school’s winding stairs, a symbol of the gradual acquisition of wisdom. The motif refers to childhood, Puer (age 5-14), the second of the Seven Ages of Man. (exact text explaining the pictures)
Reinhold Timm (-1639)
An Academy for Nobelmen, the early 17th Century
Sitting beneath his desk underneath a richly decorated canopy, the teacher address a group of young students with a speaking gesture. This the painting symbolizes the third of the Seven Liberal Arts : Rhetoric. On the left, a young man clutches his glove, at the time a symbol of nobility. Rhetoric was a significant part of a nobleman’s education (exact text explaining the pictures)
Isaac Isaacsz (1599-1688)
A Banquet 1622
Separated by a draped balustrade from the table with splendid tableware in the foreground, a princely banquet is held underneath a canopy. between the columns, court musicians are scarcely visible. The motif might illustrate a scene from the 13th book of Vergil’s epic, the Aeneid. In this case, the banquet is occasioned by the wedding between Aeneas and Lavinia. (exact text explaining the pictures)
Frantz Cleyn (1582-1658)
fireworks at Castel St Angelo, the early 17th Century
Captivated by the spectacular fireworks, the audience has gathered around the illuminated castle St Angelo in Rome. Since the beginning of the 16th century, a similar night can be witnessed annually at this location on Jun 29, the celebration day of St peter and St Paul. Considering the presence of the prince clad in Turban, the celebration might be occasioned by the birth of a new prince. (exact text explaining the pictures)
With their books on their laps, little boys are benched in the apse of the school building. Here they practice reading aloud under the young teacher supervisions. Sitting at a table, some older boys study attentively. Rnthroned on the far right, the aged teacher examines a rather anxious boy in the alphabet. The scene represents the first of the Seven Liberal Arts : Grammar. (exact text explaining the pictures)
Standing underneath a draped canopy, the groom and the bride swear the oath of matrimony while receiving their blessings from a bishop. Bridesmaids and a choirboy participate in the ceremony, which is witnessed by the wedded couple’s families. In general, the painting represents Youth, Juventus (age 23-41), the fourth of the seven Ages of man. (exact text explaining the pictures)
Pieter Isaacsz (1569-1625)
Bathing at an oriental Harbour, early 17th century.
Wearing oriental attire, a prince watches a group of men preparing to take a swim. The prince may be herod the Great, who cunningly had his brother-in-law killed by drowning according to the ancient historian Josephus. At the time of Christian IV, Herod was regarded as the personification of Tyranny. Accordingly, this scene might have served as deterrent example for the just prince. (exact text explaining the pictures)
Picture of the last chamber
…. and making our way down the spiral staircase
leading us to an art gallery.
Varying sight of Kronborg Castle….an overview
some artistic details
and an winter Kronborg…
The magic of the place,….
And the magic of Shakespeare….
The magic of Hamlet
Exit from the art Gallery…an external view of the castle
and the old cannon is still threatening Sweden…
closing up on Cannons
Guarded by a lady !
On the walk path along the castle wall…. the scent of spring green is in the air…
Tiny flowers carpeted over the green patches
A little beyond…. fishing amid the cool breeze.
Last few pictures before leaving the castle.
A little quick bite at Helsingor cultural yard
While having lunch…we noticed something glittering under the bright sunlight…
Oh no… not mermaid…. a merman !
A last attraction @ Helsingor. … St Olaf’s Church
Closing in at the Church
From the walkway to the ferry… more vehicles arriving Denmark.
and I try to capture the seamless connection again as we approach Sweden.
After a good rest at the hotel…. we were off back to Helsingborg City Center.
Quiet street lined with classical old architecture… gave me a feel of walking into lifestyle of last century.
Very Unique multiple arch constructions…
Looking back at main street while we make our way up the steps.
pictures at the summit.
A good look at the route leading to the harbour.
Approaching the majestic Karnan
The fiery warmth of Firavin amid the freezing cold air caught our attention.
Pretty good and warm food feast our taste buds.
And in deep thought or a little prayer after meal !
After dinner… we strolled to the harbour. Buildings glittered with golden sunlights.
Panoramic view of the harbor.
The Helsingor – Helsingborg Connection.
At one corner of the harbour lies the searfarer’s monument.
close up on this Guarding Angel…
The City Hall…it reminded me of the castle in Anderson’s fairy tales.
Front View of the city hall.
Statue of Mangus Stenbock on horse
Notice the Cannon behind the horse… it is a checkmate situation in Chinese Chess and the Chinese has an idiom on this arrangement.
We scaled up the Terrace Stairs (King Oscar II’s terrace)…to enjoy the sunset view…
the color of sunset…
We waited and it was well after 2100 hrs… the sun finally sink below the horizon.
bit by bit…. darkness prevail. (In absentia lucis, Tenebrae vincunt)
End of Day 4 :
It was a day of two cities with seamless ferry in between. At Helsinborg….We love the magic of Kronborg Castle, the magic of Shakespeare, the magic of Hamlet. At Helsingor, it was a wonderful mixed of modernization and essence of Middle Age Era…. strolling on the cobblestone alley, looking at the castle like architecture….it feel as if we were into the setting of Hans Andersen Fairy tales.
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