Friday, April 24, 2015

The Day I was on a Movie Set


We're in Copenhagen, Denmark...it's rather cold and sometimes rainy...it's definitely not tourist season time...but apparently it's filming a movie season time! So I found myself walking on the set of a movie. I was a total dork about it...but I mean, come on SO COOL!

A couple days before I found myself on the movie set, I was in the same area, Nyhavn, and thought it was interesting that there were a lot of the old ships out and tons of old wooden crates (picture at the top of this post taken then). There had been some ships out previously, this is my favorite area so I visit it frequently, but definitely not wooden crates and barrels. I had purchased my ice cream that day and was sitting on the edge of the canal, watching this girl go boat to boat and cover things up with brown gaff tape, which I thought was odd but other than that I didn't think much of it. I went home that evening and told Kevin all about the wooden crates and barrels and how cool it was. Totally had no idea.

A couple days later, I'm on the walking tour, and boom...Nyhavn has turned into a full blown movie set. One of the guys on the tour said he's staying in a hotel down where they were filming and this morning walked out the door and onto the set, also having had no previous knowledge of it. He was pointing everything out, they'd put crates and tarps over anything that was modern day: a canal tour sign, metal bike racks...and they'd even brought in gravel and covered the street in it, as opposed to concrete. There were horses and old cars, more barrels and crates. It was pretty stinkin' awesome.







I finished out the walking tour and promptly headed back to get some more peeks in. I walked right by the staff buffet line and all their equipment (or at least part of it). I took too many pictures than it's probably appropriate too but it was just so cool to me! I saw actors/actresses all dressed in period character (1920s). Plus with all the ships sails and the crates out, it looked pretty darn picturesque.

I was like a kid in a candy shop. I loved seeing how they were covering up contemporary things. I loved seeing the people in character. They even had a guy pulling a horse carriage and his role was simply to go up and down the street constantly. The old cars and carriages were all so cool to see up close. I was definitely "star-struck" and I didn't even see any "movie stars."

So there ya have it...the day I was on a movie set...and acted like a ridiculous child.






look at all those cute people in 20s fashion


this is my I'm-on-a-movie-set-selfie


lovely right? Seriously, couldn't get enough of this part of Copenhagen...with or without movie sets



One of the tourist canal tour stations all covered up

the guy who's job it was to go up/down the street, no worries yall, he had his cigarette



this shows where they added the gravel to the road...pretty cool



Oh and the movie is The Danish Girl set to release in November of this year. 
You can read Copenhagen's news post about the movie filming here.
Ever been on a movie set? Did you geek out too?


Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen
seven- our 27 hour trip to PARIS!
eight-A preview of our portrait session with the Eiffel Tower!
nine- Changing of the guards, ice cream, The Royal Library...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ice Cream in the Forties


It is Monday .I'm been sitting in bed all morning so far. reading blogs, writing one post, and organized some pictures. I still haven't even opened the blinds! I needed some down time.


Later on, I ended up going out to catch the changing of the guards at Amelianborg. I caught them om their way, so cool! Then I went to buy the bowls and little leather animal that I've been eyeing since day two here. Thanks mom for the spending money. I can't wait to put the little elephant up on our shelf, and maybe one day in my kid's room,and use the pretty bowls! Friends, if you ever find yourself in Copenhagen, please go check out this shop! Zane is the name of the shop and it's right at the corner of Nyhavn and the main road.




It was rather nice out, nice being that it was sunny and not freezing windy, so I opted for an ice cream (ironically, I had poked fun at the Danes last week for eating ice cream when it was 50 degrees and here I was getting it when it was in the forties) for lunch, my first paid lunch out. It was so relaxing to just sit on the side of the water and watch loads of crates being carried about from ships to the docks and back again. It was very picturesque though I did find it odd, none of these "old-fashioned" crates were here the previous times. It was the first time I really slowed down. I ran so hard last week. The ice cream was delicious, I got a strawberry and chocolate brownie in a cone dipped in freshly made melted dark chocolate.

I felt well rested afterward, but my fingers were indeed really cold. From there, I decided to check out The Royal Library, nicknamed the Black Diamond for the stunning contemporary add on to the historic building. While the architecture is pretty darn cool, it is really just a library. So unless you like to walk around and watch people study, you likely won't spend much time here.

There were also ALOT more older ships in the harbor today.



All my barrels and crates that mysteriously showed up...there was also a lady putting brown masking tape over white paper things on the ships...









I stopped at the shopping district, Stroget, to get Kevin some gloves. It's in the 40s here but apparently gloves are out of season. They were crazy hard to find, and the ones I did find were on the pricier side. I ended finding some on clearance at an H&M, or what the Danes like to call their peace with Sweden result in them putting a ton of H&Ms in. I went inside Illumns Bolighus, love this store too, and looked at the wooden animals, something else I've been eyeing, but I wasn't quite ready to make the purchase plunge.

On my way home from my outing I stopped at an Aldi, they have Aldi here!, but they didn't have everything. I went home unloaded and went to head to the local mall that has a grocery store in it, apparently common for this part of the world. I made it through the whole day almost without glancing a the map but got lost going to the mall that is a FIVE minute walk from the house.

I finally made it and wandered into another store that also had the wooden animals. Three times in one day I've eyed these guys. Not to mention all the times before. I went to the grocery store and talked to my mom about the little wooden creations through text. I made it home and prepared a nice dinner for Kevin. A healthy one! Salad and chicken! No baked pastries for once. We settled into a low key night of working on some things, reading and talking about the days ahead.


Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen
seven- our 27 hour trip to PARIS!
eight-A preview of our portrait session with the Eiffel Tower!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Eiffel Tower Portrait Session



Not too long ago, I recall reading Victoria's blog post about their Paris adventure and how they chose to get some pictures taken while they were there. I loved her idea, I stashed it away in a bucket list as a dream for one day far, far away.

Little did I know that in just months, Kevin and I would have the opportunity to go to Paris ourselves. Most people plan their Europe adventures months in advance, Kevin and I planned it in days. There was one thing we were sure of, our anniversary pictures this year would be with the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

I searched some photographers but eventually found my way to Katie Donnelly, recommend by Victoria's photographer.  From the moment, we received her excited email response, I knew we'd found the right gal for our session.

Katie moved to Paris from New York and has studied photography nearly all her life. She is incredibly sweet, and so much fun! She even gave me a complete guide to what she would do if she only had a day in Paris, and we really did do much of what she recommended.

We had the best time with her and we loved the images she caught. We are simply so blown away and look forward to someday possibly meeting up with her again. If you're looking to get a little mini session in with the iconic Eiffel Tower, or anywhere else in Paris, you MUST book up Katie. And if you're headed there in the next 6 months, you'll get a 10% discount if you mention that I sent you!

Follow Katie on instagram, facebook and of course her website as well.


I can't wait to share more but here's a few of the shots she took!






Happy nearly THIRD anniversary to us!



Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen
seven- our 27 hour trip to PARIS!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Day We Went to PARIS

our first site of the Eiffel on our way to the hotel

We got up EARLY, as in before-the-sun-came-through-the-windows early, a first since we've been here. Since we had packed most everything up  the night before, the morning went pretty quick. Right before we left as I turned on my hair dryer to dry up some socks I really wanted to wear. I pulled the hair dryer close to my socks and boom, the power, the lights, the everything went out...pitch black. We panicked but didn't have much time to do anything about it other than trying the fuse box, Danish wash machines are confusing enough to fanangle, let alone fuse boxes!

We used our phones to check our lists, gather everything up and walk out the door. goodbye fridgerated items.  Despite leaving our home without power and knowing we'd be in for dealing with a mess upon our return in a day, we giddly made our way to the train station, got to the airport with just enough time to eat and rest a bit before loading into the plane. We kept staring at each other all starry-eyed...we're going to Paris, we'd squeal to one another. Being in Denmark was surreal enough, let alone going to one of the most famous cities in Europe.

We landed in Paris, giddyness continued to ensue until we quickly found ourselves very confused on the trains. It was not easy. We slipped up and ended up going the wrong way a couple of times but we eventually figured it out and found the right station to get to the hotel. And for some reason, we never learned, the trains were free all weekend! This made the entire weekend all the more magical. We took it as a sweet gift from our hilariously awesome God and thanked Him continually. Cause, I mean, really? Who gets this luck?!  We dropped our bags at the hotel, packed up my body wallet(thanks mom) and got ready to hit the streets.

we might have gotten lost but this one train was SO cool inside


I had made an organized attack plan for us but it was contingent upon finding bikes, which proved to be rather difficult. Clearly, I hadn't organized well enough. Instead of becoming frustrated, we headed straight to wards the Eiffel Tower, no use being irritated before even seeing the great sight of the tower. Once we got to the tower, we busted with excitement. To see the Eiffel tower in pictures in books and online is one thing, to see it in person...is completely mind blowing, in fact I'll go on record to say everything in Paris was massively bigger than I ever understood. Happy to see the tower in the foggy morning and our stomachs starting to grow with hunger, we changed plans and decided to do as much of the itinerary as possible on foot. Of course, we cut some items but added a couple others and saw SO MUCH. From the enormous and stunning buildings to the cute artist street vendors, we loved every moment. (Another post, at another time is going to have to document where all we went and what all we did).







Kevin got his first taste of a nutella crepe and LOVED it










this awesome girl took this picture for us, sadly we're out of focus but we still like the picture


cupcake place as recommended by our photographer...check in tomorrow to see our Eiffel Tower photo session!


I know most people do this at the Louvre but I thought it would be fun with the Eiffel too





Our feet were so dead at the end of the afternoon. My new shoe purchase a few days back proved to not be the best idea, though I had broken them in before and found them pretty comfortable. We got back to the hotel, rested shortly and quickly got ready for dinner on the Seine River, a gift from our small group. We were so anxious about missing the boarding time that we ended up running the streets of Paris to get there, me still in my enormously unforgettable shoes (because yes, I only brought one other pair of shoes, high heels, and I wasn't going to be breaking those out). Out of breathe and truly exhausted feet, we made it. The dinner cruise was spectacular and might be the highlight of our trip, indeed it turned out to be one of our most favorite moments of the two weeks. The food was delicious, we saw much of the iconic sites from the water, and lit up in the night sky, and the whole ambiance was just delightful.






Our next stop was the Eiffel Tower. We had hoped for one of those bike cabs to take us, because our feet were still in utter pain, but we had no luck until we were perhaps a few miles there. We caved anyway and enjoyed a breezy ride under a blanket. We waited in the cold line to get up to the top of the Eiffel, complete with studying-abroad college kids who were less than grateful to be there but I digress, and saw the beautiful city all lit up at night...simply stunning and also simply freezing. It was SO cold up there but man was it worth it. I checked out every level and took pictures all the way around. We made friends with a cute older couple, and took their picture. There was a marathon of some sort going on too that ended with the runners running the stairs up to the first deck...insane.

I cried on the way home, not really but my feet were in such pain by this point. We were so exhausted and worn out that we forgot to stop and watch the Tower twinkle, we would have had to wait a while longer. We crashed hard into the bed that night.







The next morning we woke up to the buzzing of an alarm and got ready for pictures with Katie...such a dream! We scrapped that day's plans due to sore feet and limited time. So after our truly amazing experience with Katie, we opted for a tasty breakfast at a place where we could sit still see the Eiffel. Back at our hotel we changed, packed up and headed to the airport. Goodbye Paris, thank you.

Once home, I waited for a take away pizza (so many great, authentic pizza places here) and Kevin went back to the apartment to call the electrician. We eventually got a-hold of him and ate our pizza on the bed, watched part of frozen and tried to stay awake after the sun left us in the dark apt till the electrician got there. I'd fallen asleep by the time he finally arrived, but thankfully the repair was quick and easy. We fell asleep, so unbelievably grateful for the quick 27 hour trip to Paris, despite the 10.4 miles of walking, it was perhaps one of the most unbelievable fast and furious trips of our marriage.


our last glimpse of the Eiffel Tower



//tomorrow I'm sharing the pictures Katie took of us!!!//


Following our time in Copenhagen?
one-Arriving in Copenhagen: The first bike ride
two-A Sunday together: Discovering Nyhavn, a church, Amalienborg, and more
three-Monday & Tuesday: my first days while Kevin is at work. Exploring the city by a run, seeing historical sites, and some new architecture. 
four-The little home we lived in
five-Wednesday & Thursday & Friday: More exploration of the city
six- The story behind the Pacifier trees of Copenhagen

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