Friday, July 10, 2009
A flourishing medieval trade center at the entrance to the Baltic.
Neighboring countries of Sweden and Norway.
Now a cosmopolitan city, a political and cultural center, Copenhagen has many parks, a loooong shopping street where you can find anything your heart desires (mostly), Tivoli Gardens (an amusement park, 2nd oldest in the world), and the Little Mermaid rests in the harbor. Hans Christian Andersen was raised in the Nyhaven area, or the “canal quarter” where we had a fabulous lunch. He was poverty ridden and failed as an actor before he took up the pen, first as a poet which won him patronage from the king. We spent the day walking around the city, of course we did go down that shopping street, saw Amalienborg Palace, the residence of the royal family since 1794, City Hall, Tivoli Gardens, Hard Rock Cafe, and the Little Mermaid.
Most of our packing is done and we disembark tomorrow morning...on to London.