There were no talks today since it was up for an early breakfast and off for our City Tour of Copenhagen.
I’d been to
sometime in the early 1980s (1984?) but my memories were very dim. All that
seemed memorable from that trip was my kids both having a nasty cold and being
out of sorts, though they did sleep on a coach tour out of the city to the Copenhagen Castle of Elsinore/
This time around, I was seeing the city with fresh eyes. The highlights of the tour were good choices but the traffic made moving around the city centre a very difficult job for a large and very full coach. Knowing a little bit about the architectural styles from the talks was really useful as we slowly wended our way around the centre.
There were a few short photo-stop opportunities to get a better feel of the surrounding buildings. At the Amalienborg palaces of the current Queen Margaret of
my tour guide had explained
that there were royals in residence at two of the three palaces in the ‘oval’
square. One flag bore the emblem of her son and heir, but the guide explained
that was a little confusing since the Prince was currently in Denmark signing a NATO treaty or something
similar. She reckoned he might be in residence later which explained his flag
flying from the rooftop mast. Brussels
The other flag was for other members of the Royal family and she guessed that it might be the middle sister of Queen Margaret, who also became a widow sometime recently like the Queen whose French husband died earlier in 2018. Just as the guide was giving more info on the status of the Danish Royals, their State funding etc a limo approached me with a very low key toot. The car was about a metre away from me as it glided slowly past. My guide surreptitiously glanced into the back seat and declared that it did indeed contain Queen Margaret’s sister who was whisked into the underground car park of the palace building that flew the general Royal family flag.
I loved the tour information which enhanced the ship talk, the guide able to fill in a lot of current politics and situations that the population currently find themselves in regarding health, education and well-being.
Our tour included a drive around the Nyhavn harbour area. I found it quite incredible that the terraced housing that was built hundreds of years ago for the Danish Royal Navy is still being lived in, though some buildings are currently used as naval offices. It was all so orderly and so very practical!
There was no opportunity to be inside ‘The Tivoli’ Amusement park but it was fascinating to find out the history and ideology behind its creation, many other parks aping themselves on the
conception - including the Disneyland park in . California
|Ah, that Little Mermaid!|
No tour of
can ever be complete without taking in a short visit to see ‘The Little
Mermaid’. Small it may be for a national statue but she a cute one- even if the
original Hans Christian Andersen story of her is a little bit gruesome. The
mermaid’s transformation wasn’t without much pain and neither has the statue
had an easy time of it. She has already had lots of bits repaired due to damage
inflicted by protesters and others. Her head has been replaced 3 times, her arm
once and explosives I 2004 knocked her off her pedestal. Paint splattering has
also defaced her but the Danish have soldiered on and had her restored to her
full glory, regardless. Copenhagen
Dare I write it? The day and evening continued with far too much excellent food and wine …and even more entertainment from the excellent musicians aboard the Balmoral.