Monday June 29, 2009

 Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen 

Friendly old girl of a town

‘Neath her tavern light

On this merry night

Let us clink and drink one down

To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen

Salty old queen of the sea

Once I sailed away

But I’m home today

Singing Copenhagen

Wonderful, wonderful

Copenhagen for me!

 In the 15th century, this ‘friendly old girl of a town’ was capital of not only Denmark, but also Norway and Sweden … and it’s also home to the oldest monarchy in the world (including an Aussie princess).

Even though it was cooler and a little cloudy today, the city’s history and charm were reflected everywhere we looked. First port-of-call on our whistle-stop tour was the (surprisingly little) statue, the Little Mermaid – Copenhagen’s world-famous symbol. Then it was on to Amalienborg Palace (winter residence of the Royal Family) and the city centre with its museums and stately old buildings … bronze statues to burn … pedestrianised shopping streets … and church steeples thrusting skyward at every turn.

Next, on our list was the city’s amusement park and romantic hang-out, the colourful Tivoli Gardens, where we had time for a refreshment-stop, flowers and fun.

And then we crossed to the island of Amager and the beautiful little village (and one-time herring marketplace) of Dragoer (pronounced ‘Trou-yer’) for a stroll down cobbled lanes amongst yellow-painted houses (some still sporting thick thatched roofs) and gorgeous postcard-size gardens (with hollyhocks galore).

Sounds appealing? Copenhagen is, for sure!

TOMORROW: We’ve got our last Scandinavian port-of-call (sob!) on this grand Baltic adventure – Oslo, Norway’s capital – where we’ll go sailing in a tall ship on the Oslofjord, and visit a Viking ship museum. So stay tuned …

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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