In Photos: Helsingborg and Sofiero, Sweden

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Sofiero, Helsingborg, Sweden

ofiero entered the Swedish history books in 1864 first as the summer residence of Crown Prince Oscar and his wife, Sophia. The couple called their new home, Sophie-Ro, named after Sophia (her nickname was Sophie) and ro, the Swedish word for tranquility. King Oscar II and Queen Sophia gave Sophiero to their grandson Gustav Adolf and his first wife Margareta. These two are the reason Sophiero is now home to a garden since both were passionate about gardening. Margareta and Gustav Adolf developed gardens, planted rhododendrons and planted a huge kitchen garden. Continue reading Sofiero, Helsingborg, Sweden

Helsingør and Hamlet’s Castle

Kronborg Castle is strategically placed at the narrowest part of the Øresund, the sound between Denmark and Sweden. Due to this strategic placement, there has been some sort of fortification here since the 1420s. King Frederick II had the fortress transformed into a magnificent Renaissance castle. In 1629, a fire destroyed lots of the castle, but our old friend King Christian IV had it rebuilt. While the outside was restored to its glory, the interior never really recovered. Compared to other castles I visited in Denmark, the interior was pretty plain. Continue reading Helsingør and Hamlet’s Castle