Friday, August 1, 2014

"Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen" ~~~~~


Denmark's capital, Copenhagen has 1.5 million inhabitants, more than a quarter 
of the population of the entire country. 

The now 100 year old bronze statue of the Little Mermaid by Danish artist Edvard Eriksen, dates from 1913 and is the most photographed lady in Copenhagen. 
Author Hans Christian Anderson's tragic little heroine gazes wistfully out to sea looking for her beloved prince.


If you, like me, have never visited Copenhagen (Bob had been before), you 
might also be surprised at the size of the famous Little Mermaid statue, 
expecting it to be much larger.
She is just 1.25 metres high and weighs around 175kg.
Of course I already have MY prince so am not gazing out to sea or 
anywhere else thank goodness!

More statues…….under cloudy skies, but it didn't rain.


Around the city……a rather cloudy day, the only one in the Baltic.
The busy, colorful waterfront area of Nyhaven…………..

I love this cutely dressed teacher, and her group of students with matching backpacks, waiting for their tour boat…. 

….then scurrying to their seats, very orderly and quietly I noticed.

Plenty of restaurants in the city, including French and Italian, international dining!

Copenhagen's largest shopping area is centered around Stroget in the heart of the city.
Stroget is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets with a wealth of shops - 
budget-friendly chains to top designers.


             
We sauntered through some back streets where I noticed many attractive small 
shops, details of which I'll share another time.


After a day spent in this beautiful city of Copenhagen, the Queen Victoria let go her 
lines and proceeded out through the harbor breakwaters setting a northerly course 
toward Kristiansand, Norway.


14 comments:

  1. It looks like a wonderful place to sit and people-watch. I love all the hustle and bustle. The colourful building remind me so much of Newfoundland, Canada. Very similar. Deb

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  2. Thanks for the day in Copenhagen. It is always a delight to see the Little Mermaid again. When I was there it was the last day of school and the teens have special customs they carry out, the particulars of which I don't remember right now, but it was interesting to watch them celebrate.
    Farm Gal in VA

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  3. Such marvelous cityscapes! Gosh, what a lovely trip you were able to take!

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  4. Great photographs as usual Mary. Copenhagen is such a wonderful colourful vibrant city. We had a days stop over when we cruised to Russia a few years ago. . Have a great weekend, Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

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  5. Gorgeous photos - as always they bring out the wanderlust that sits only just beneath the surface of my skin, loved walking around Copenhagen with you this morning.

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  6. Hello Mary,

    Copenhagen definitely looks to be a city of many delights.

    The architecture appears most interesting and carefully preserved. It must have been both a joy and an intrigue to explore the streets and the many cafés and restaurants which you discovered. It all seems very well ordered, even the small school children, and well presented. This is definitely, as we would say, a country which works!

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  7. Oh lovely to see the colors of Scandinavia. I have a piece of amber from Denmark's shores brought to me by my niece who stayed there with a host family one summer. Denmark was not her first choice, but it was a good choice. I noticed most people wearing sensible shoes for their shopping downtown. Good for them!

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  8. Lovely photos! Did you miss visiting Tage Andersens flowershop in Kopenhagen?! http://www.tage-andersen.com/index_uk.html He's a true artist and worldfamous for his designs and flower creations! If so it only means you will have to come again to Scandinavia...including visiting Dalarna in Sweden! //hugs Liisa

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  9. Hi Mary,
    You said you wanted some so I would like to send you a few pieces of sea glass from Penarth Beach :-)
    Just pop me an email (yonks@hotmail.co.uk) with your address and It'll be winging it's way to you in no time.
    All the Best.
    Di
    xoxo

    PS: Can't wait to get to Copenhagen now!!!

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  10. *sigh* Copenhagen, or Kobenhavn, as The Great Dane says, is one of my favourite cities. I studied your street scenes, recognising buildings and cafes. I wonder if you had a chance to go into the Danish Needlework Guild shop on the Stroget - it is a treat!

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  11. Some beautiful statues. I love the power shown in the second statue - amazing! I am loving this tour x

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  12. I would especially love visiting the Mermaid. Along with everyone else, I would be taking her photo.
    Love the other sculpture too. The colorful buildings always make my heart happy. Then just strolling
    through the city would be a delight.

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  13. What a beautiful city! Thank you for all these virtual tours, because I doubt I'll ever get the chance to visit these places in "real" life. ;-)

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  14. Beautiful colorful tour. I would love to go there one day.

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