My trip to Copenhagen, Denmark in 2013 – part 1
I spent last week in Copenhagen in Denmark. It was cold and icy but the skies were clear and I managed to take great photographs.
On my first day I was going to go to the new harbour (Nyhavn) for an early morning cuppa then off to the palace to see the changing of the guards, and then finally to see the wee famous Little Mermaid.
The new harbour is known as Nyhavn and is a 17th century waterfront with many cafes and bars. Stretching from Kongens Nytorv to the harbour front just south of the Royal Playhouse, it is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses.
The harbour has many old historical wooden ships adding to the charms of the waterfront.
Near Nyhavn is Amalienborg Palace and it is the winter home of the Danish Royal family.
It consists of four identical palace façades around an octagonal courtyard. In the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg’s founder, King Frederick V.
Amalienborg Palace was originally built for four noble families. But in 1794, Christiansborg Palace burnt down and the royal family moved in.
At midday each day, the changing of the guards takes place at the Palace. As a training sergeant, I was eager to inspect the guards and see how they match to the British.
The Captain of the Guards asked me personally to be the inspecting cuddly toy. I was honoured to be of service to Danish royality.
I was able to get up close to the Guards for these great photographs. I picked them up for fluff on uniform and not highly polish boots but with my sharp drill voice I got them up to standard.
After seeing the Palace Guards, the Queen of Denmark then invited me inside the Palace for tea and scones.
I then went back to the waterfront to see the famous Little Mermaid statue.
The statue is based on a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
The statue has been a tourist attraction since it was unveiled in 1913.
To be continued….
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