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Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen

sunny 28 °C

It was quite a wrench but we have now moved on to Hamburg in Northern Germany where it's a scorching 28 degrees. - a full 18 degrees above normal for this date. However, we can't leave the Danish Capital without a few words about Hans Christian Anderson. The celebrated author was a regular diner at a house just along from our apartment and we think of him as we enjoy yet another delicious Danish smoresbrod...
Copenhagen is a beautiful city, especially in the warm autumn sunshine, and we have spent the week strolling her wide, cobblestoned, boulevards and relaxing in her splendid city parks where ugly ducklings are beginning to turn into swans and a little mermaid looks wistfully for her prince charming...
According to Anderson, this little mermaid swims to the surface every morning and evening to sit on the rock in the hope of catching the prince's eye. She is on the 'must see' list of every visitor and bus-loads flock here every day, but James was up before dawn to get a private audience – but did she catch her prince?

The Danes are very proud of their cultural heritage and each year at the start of the school's autumn break Copenhagan celebrates with a festival called “Culture Night” where 250 museums, theaters, libraries, churches, ministries and parks throw open their doors to celebrate the city's diverse culture. The streets were thronged as we visited one of Copenhagens cultural icons,The Danish Design Museum, which largely celebrates the Danish chair...
The Danes love their chairs, they virtually worship their chairs, and from the temple of chairs we went on to the city's renowned temple of fun, the Tivoli Gardens, in the heart of the city...
In 1843, King Christian VIII sought to pacify his subjects with a pleasure garden, and so was born the second oldest amusement park in the world – the Tivoli Gardens – where ordinary folk could be amused with rides, entertainment and greasy food. We had the Danish national dish of roasted pork belly with lots of crispy crackling – it was delicious. However, after such a fatty feast we felt it unwise to venture on any of these sky-high rides...
Although Tivoli has some of the latest and scariest rides, it also has a wooden roller-coaster built in 1914 and this beautiful carousel circa 1920...
Walt Disney used Tivoli as a model for Disneyland in 1955 and the pleasure park is Tripadvisor's No.1 pick in Copenhagen. Although people are often dissappointed because Tivoli is only open in peak holiday seasons, we were lucky. The gardens had been closed since early September to prepare for the coming Halloween and it re-opened on our last night in Copenhagen with ghostly lanterns and imaginative pumpkin displays...
The sun was still shining as we left Copenhagen for Germany by train this morning and we had one last glimpse through the Amalienborg Palace at the lofty dome of the Marble Church as we made our way to the central station...
Goodbye Copenhagen – a wonderful, wonderful city.
Now to continue with our views of Copenhagen please turn up your volume and click here..... https://youtu.be/iNy9Hmp2n5Y

Posted by Hawkson 07:46 Archived in Denmark

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Thanks for the Danny Kaye rendition and your wonderful photos! I could use one of those Danish chairs for armchair travelling with you, but it’s sunny here too so walking is the order of the day!
Safe sweet onward journeying,

by Alison Fitzgerald

Wise move re the rides. Could have lost a lovely, expensive? lunch. Magnificent Carousel. Did it have a brass ring?

by R and B

Would have loved one of those chairs too, not the carousel rides. Sounds like a delightful city. Is beautiful here right now with all the colours of the trees.

by Sue Fitzwilson

A wonderful city. It is interesting how you made that tiny statue of The Little Mermaid appear so large. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

by keithandhelen

Thank you for a lovely account of your time in my homeland, and for pulling at my heartstrings by bringing back memories!

by Kirsten Zola

love the carousel - that would be my level of fun.

by Janet

Sounds a bit like Bah, Hamburg! Glad you are stocking up on warmth though. Love the pumpkin shot.

by Tom

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