Wednesday, September 10, 2008


We started our tour in Copenhagen, Denmark – the capital and largest city in Denmark. Denmark is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government. The current Monarch is Queen Margrethe II, is the mother of Crown Prince Frederik, who married Mary Elizabeth from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia in a modern royal fairy tale romance.

Our first outing was to the famous Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement park and pleasure gardens in Europe. Tivoli at night is very picturesque, with glittering lights reflecting on the lake.

The following morning, we visited Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, that can be found gazing across the Copenhagen harbor. The other picturesque spot near the harbor was the Nyhavn Quayside. This area is now a popular tourist attraction with the colorful Dutch-style canal, lined with cafes, bars and restaurants.

Next, we visited the birthplace and museum of the famous children’s fairy tales author - Hans Christian Andersen in Odense. Among his best-known stories are The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Ugly Duckling and The Red Shoes.

Soon we were crossing the Baltic Sea to Göteborg, Sweden, heading towards Stockholm.

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