Summary of article in Billed Bladet #14, 2017.
Written by Casper Nielsen.
As you know by now J&M and their two children opened the amusement park, Bakken - which is the oldest amusement park in the world still in use. It opened in 1583 as a fairground and has now evolved into an amusement park. In contrast to Tivoli, Bakken was more for "the common people", that is not the case nowadays. But Tivoli is mostly aimed at (skinning) tourists, while the locals visit Bakken.
A part of Bakken is the figure Pjerrot: https://bt.bmcdn.dk/media/cache/reso...15-pjerrot.jpg
I read elsewhere that foreigners saw Pjerrot as a somewhat spooky clown, but the figure is actually hundreds of years old, and in it's present Danish form Pjerrot stems from Italy in the 1500's. Pjerrot is derived from the French name Pierre. - Hence the DK expression: Acting like a French clown.
In contrast the in modern terms much more well-known circus clown, usually Gustav, and his partner, the know-it-all white clown are also very old. Their appearance is a mockery of Ottoman attire in the 1400's.
In particular the Ottoman elite forces, the Janitsars.
Anyway, the family was met at the gate by Pjerrot and his grandchild and Henrik and Athena were asked to help turn the key in a giant padlock in order to open the park.
Well inside, the children were presented to gifts, in the shape of a toy dog, a paintbook and a toy made from tin, a reproduction from the 1930's.
The presenter said afterwards: "We welcomed them back to the countryside and presented the children with two little cloth-dogs. Princess Athena must be in the teddy-bear-age, because that was a genuine success".
The weather was pretty miserable so the family went inside a reproduction of a kitchen depicted in an extremely popular TV-series in DK, named Matador. Here Athena and Henrik immediately spotted pastry on the table and sucked all nourishment out of it with their eyes, before bette Henrik, somewhat unauthorized, reached out and grabbed a piece.
Inside the kitchen they were met by an actor who played the cook, Laura. Joachim asked: "Have You (formal You) been baking all day"?
Our Marie said about the series: "I'm a big fan of Matador. That's how I learned Danish". (Mary also used the series as an introduction to Denmark, the Danes and Danish). But the children are still too young to appreciate the series, so that will be shown to them later on.
Henrik looked around in the kitchen from around 1930, spotted the owe, or rather the stove and asked: "Do you (plural) use this all the time"? Presumably he's never seen such a weird contraption before. How do you even turn it on??
In connection with the sets is a restaurant and also here the family was shown around. Henrik and Athena being baffled over the sight of a 600 liter pot. They'd never seen such a big pot before.
But in between the showers the family enjoyed other of the amusements in the park and what asked by the journalists what was the most fun, the somewhat shy children whispered to dad, who replied for them: "The roller coaster".