Dashing through Denmark

Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
Trip End Sep 09, 2008

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

A peaceful evening sailing to Copenhagen.  We seas were like glass and we had a hard time waking up in the morning - but when we did we were greeted with a lot of sunshine and promises of another nice day in Scandinavia.
Our day began with a 25 minute jaunt down to see the statue of the Little Mermaid.  She greets all ships coming into harbor.  It looks as though she might have a bit of competition nowadays - you can see for yourself in the photos - but the walk was worth it to see this mermaid that Hans Christian Anderson wrote about back in the mid 1800's. 
We were quite a distance from the city - so we took a shuttle bus to one of the main squares, Kongens Nytorv, in Copenhagen and from there we set out on our journey. 
Saturday finds the Kongens Nytorv hosting a flea market so we perused the offerings of crystal, military badges, statuettes and dishes before starting our journey down the Stroget
We are becoming quite accustomed to marching guards - we experienced once again the palace guards marching down the street.  We continued our march enjoying the shops, flower markets and architecture. 
We walked to the Round Tower, built in 1642, which is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.  There wasn't much to see during the day - so we just took a few photos and kept walking - Also, assuming there wouldn't be as much to see during the day, we also passed by the Erotica Museum.  We assured the guys it was best viewed after dark.
We made our way back down the Stroget through various plazas and past the Cathedral of Our Lady to reach the main plaza by City Hall, Radhuspladsen. 
Hans Christian Anderson sits alongside the City Hall, across the street from Tivoli Gardens.  We didn't have time to linger and take in a fairy tale as we had a tale to create ourselves at the Hotel Twentyseven where Absolut Vodka has one of its famous Ice Bars.

Kept at a balmy -5 degrees, 40 tons of crystal clear ice from Torne Alv, Finland has been transformed into walls, tables, benches, the bar and...the drinking glasses.  They provide a cape and gloves and I don't think you need to worry about anyone sweating in this gear - we donned the apparel and bellied up to the bar for some wonderful Absolut creations.  We sat on reindeer skins placed on the ice benches and enjoyed our cocktails.  We spent about 30 minutes inside and that was about enough - we were shooting for at least a $1.00 / minute experience and we were ready to get back out to the warmth and sunny skies when finished.
We headed back along one of the canals - came across another flea market, did a little shopping and grabbed a famous hot dog from a hot dog stand to use up our Danish Kroner before heading back to the ship.
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5025 on

ice bar
Looks like Jim might be trying to steal one of those glasses in his pocket when he left!


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