3 October 2016

Lovely Lübeck, 16th August 2016

What a lovely day to walk the gorgeous Hanseatic city of Lübeck. After a quick stop at our hotel, we set out to explore. First stop, the Holsten Gate. Built between 1464 and 1478, the Holsten Gate was one of four gates that surrounded the city in the Middle Ages.

A perfect spot for some family pictures.

And even some taken by Josh!

Inside St Mary's Church.

Lighting a candle to remember our loved ones.

The church was heavily destroyed during an air raid in 1942 and it was reported that the bells continued to ring as they fell.

Striking a pose again, could they both be teething?

Little devil!

The Town Hall and Town Square.

Before dinner Ben made the obligatory "quick trip" to find the local delicacy, this time it was the famous marzipan we had heard so much about from our German friends. We had (incorrectly) assumed it would be sold everywhere, being that Lübeck Marzipan has a European Protected Geographical Indication. Despite seeing most of the other sights around town we had not stumbled across any marzipan. We surely couldn't go home without it!

Exhausted after his marzipan hunt, Ben sat down for a hard-earned beer.

Josh was a little more excited for his drink!

The food was delicious too!

After dinner we continued our slow stroll around the town, before heading back to our hotel. It is a really beautiful small town, easy to walk around and a great place to visit. We loved the architecture of the red brick buildings.

And we found a digger! Everyone was happy!

Kronborg Castle, 13th August 2016

While Ben claimed this was ACTUALLY Hamlet's castle ("Hamlet was a fictional character!"), it was here that Shakespeare set his famous play. It was also supposed to be the best castle in Denmark, and indeed one of Europe's finest Renaissance castles. All sounds good so far!

Lew was suitably impressed, and this was just the carpark.

It is a pretty impressive view.

Rare photos of the boys doing the same pose, three times over!

Look left.

And smile.

Out the front of the ol' Bro house.

Near the entrance there was a scale model of the castle and its extensive fortifications. Since its construction in 1574, the fortifications have been altered and changed and added to. She's a strong castle!

We were greeted with a musical accompaniment as we walked in: here comes the parade! Doo doo da doo!

The Chapel. This room was used also used for ammunition storage during the Danish military's occupation of the castle. As you do.

We had to climb up windy staircase to the top of the castle for the magnificent views across to Sweden...

... and so Lewie could scare the life out of me as he ran full speed along the roof to the edge! Eek!

We're up so high!

Up again?

In the Great Banquet Hall, very grand.

Walking back to the car. Wouldn't it be nice to live in castle, Mum?