At one point during our last full day in Copenhagen, my sister and I stopped in a little sourvenir shop (to purchase magnets; it's a family tradition), we saw a goofy little t-shirt with the slogan "Get Lost in Copenhagen."
And we laughed.
What we didn't know yet . . . is how appropriate that t-shirt would be. Because we kind of DID get lost in Copenhagen! (But not too badly.)
By this point in our travels, Di and I were SICK of TOURS! Oh, we had been on some very informative, very well-done tours on this trip. All of our tour guides were excellent. We learned a lot. But. After St. Petersburg, we ditched the tour scene entirely (except for the canal trip) and just explored the ports on our own.
We took the shuttle bus from the ship . . . which dropped us off here . . .
in charming, picture-pefect Nyhavn -- the waterfront canal area of Copenhagen you often see in travel brochures.
It was wonderful!
Colorful buildings . . .
Wooden ships. . .
And charming restaurants and cafes everywhere!
(Note the blankets thrown over the chairs. Most outdoor Scandinavian cafes have blankets for patrons who are chilly. Even though it was July and the height of summer, the blankets were welcome when the sun ducked behind the clouds, or when a breeze came in off the water. Blankets were everywhere -- and patrons really did use them!)
Without a tour guide, and too lazy to consult our tour books, we wandered the streets of Copenhagen somehwat aimlessly.
We wandered the Strøget (the world's longest pedestrian shopping street). . .
but much preferred the back alleys . . .
and the architecture . . .
and the side-street shop signs. . .
to the throngs of people shopping (in the same stores we can find in any large shopping area in the US).
Then, we headed out . . . on foot. . . to find the Little Mermaid statue!
Along the way, we stopped for a better view of the Amalienborg Palace
and its impressive courtyard.
We had fun watching the guards. . . but missed seeing them "change."
We walked . . . and we walked . . . and we walked!
Past the sand sculptures. Past the Opera House. Past the waterfront. Past some churches. Over a bridge or two. Through a garden.
And, finally, there she was!
The Little Mermaid!
(And much smaller than you might imagine, actually. She's kind of life-sized, so, basically, the same size as a normal woman there on the rock.)
It was at this point that I put my camera back in my camera bag. I didn't take anther photo for the rest of the day. (Sort of my own personal signal that the party was over.) Then . . . we got kind of lost trying to walk back to our ship (because we were on the wrong dock). So we had to double back and see everything all over again as we headed back for the shuttle bus!
Copenhagen was a lovely spot to be "lost" in . . . but, by this point, we were ready to pack up our bags . . . and head for home!
So ends my travelogue. Hope you enjoyed hearing about my trip as much as I enjoyed re-living it through the blog.
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