summer twenty-seventeen

April 10, 2018 || Last summer, my kids and I spent two weeks in Denmark with my brother-in-law (American), who has lived in Copenhagen for many years with his Danish partner and daughter. It was our first time visiting the country, and we all fell for it hard and fast. We all stayed together in Jon and Signe's apartment in Islands Brygge, except for a few days in Langeland at the family summer cottage. The photos here chronicle many highlights of our trip, and the text is excerpts from my travel journal >>>

July 28, 2017 || After an overnight flight from NYC and additional six-hour time change (three already from our home in California to New York), Isaac, Francesca and I landed in Copenhagen to spend three weeks with my brother-in-law and his family in Denmark. Before ever visiting, my sights had been set on watching the kids jump into this canal just steps outside Jon and Signe's apartment. It's been an uncharacteristically cold and rainy summer here, but with a break in the rain and a decent sunset, we marked our first night doing just this. It set the best tone for the next 13 days >>>

July 29, 2017 || Visited Fredriksborg Slot >>>

July 30, 2017 || Sunset and dusk from our apartment in Islands Brygge

July 18, 2017 || Christianshavn

July 18, 2017 || Vor Frelse Kirke Christianshavn

July 30, 2017 || Islandsbrygges havnebad

July 31, 2017 || It wouldn't feel like home if I didn't wake up between two other human being and an animal >>>

July 31, 2017 || Rented a boat today and cruised around with wine and cheese somewhere between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. You know, as you do >>>

August 7, 2017 || Spent two days at Signe's parents' summer cottage three hours outside Copenhagen on another Danish island called Langeland, where the kids rode horses, caught butterflies in nets and small crabs on fishing lines (then raced them down a ramp in the harbor), and ran around with toys like this in the garden as music played. We made pizzas in the outdoor oven and walked through the tiny, windy village both nights, finding a playground at a closed-up boarding school the first night, and a church and cemetery from 1830 the next, Tge wgole weekend was the most charming lieelt step back in time, and a perfect way to round out our trip. Brunsviger, Frosnapper, Kanelsnegle, Tebirkes

August 7, 2017 || Inside the main room in the tiny summer cottage, which was built in 1870. Signe's dad told me the detached guest house my kids and I slept in used to be the barn where the family pig was kept and slaughtered for Christmas Day. He redid much of the prperty himself before their family started using it. I

August 5, 2017 || Went to the darkest, dingiest, most spider web-laden stable ever in the middle of nowhere and paid a smalltown Danish guy (whose English was remarkably good) to rent two of his horses and a pony for two hours each of them and cruise all over "town." This is the pony. Named Electra. And Franny was all heart eyes >>> Langeland town called Lohals

July 24, 2017 || Second cousins >>>

July 25, 2017 || Camp vibes >>>

July 25, 2017 || Throwback to our first night, and the train equivalent of jetlag. It'd be another 24 hours before his cousins, who he only ever sees in this special place, arrived and whisked him off for much of the next three-point-five days. If the Silver Bay bug's bitten anyone in my immediate family like it bit me so many years ago, it's been Isaac, hands-down. So thankful he knows, or what I really should say is FEELS, how indescribable this place truly is. I hate to see your face long and your eyes sad upon saying goodbye, Buddy, but if there's any place that pains you in this way, I'm glad it can be this. It makes me know you'll always find your way back. Leaving Silver Bay is a bittersweet goodbye for all of us. We're off to New York City tomorrow to start the next phase of our trip >>>

July 25, 2017 || Bagenkop harbor

August 6, 2017 || Harbor hangs in Langeland.

August 5, 2017 || We didn't have a GPS so I'm only guessing this is the Baltic Sea, but it's something like that. And it was freezing. But Isaac and Emilie still went for it.