Today I was going to cross the Øresund Bridge by train and into Sweden to the city of Malmö.
The Øresund Bridge links Denmark to Sweden and was opened in 2000. It is a dual railway/road bridge and is almost 5 miles in length with a 2.5 mile tunnel preceding the bridge from the Danish side. It only cost 78 DKK (approx. 9 Euros) to cross the bridge by train.
The journey time from Copenhagen to Malmö is approximately half an hour.
My day trip to Sweden was to visit the city of Malmö. This is the third largest city in Sweden and the most southernmost city in Sweden.
In recent years, Malmö has become known for it rape crime wave and has earnt the reputation of the rape capital of Europe. A sad reflection on the failings of modern politicians. Putting this aside, Malmö centre has a number of interesting historic buildings and a castle from a time when this part of Sweden was part of Denmark.
My visit to Malmö was to start in the city centre in the square.
Near the square is St Petri (The Church of Saint Peter). It is a Gothic style in which construction started in 1319. It has a 105 metre tall tower.
After seeing the church, I was off to Willys supermarket to get my sandwiches. I like Willys.
Malmö is the host for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. This is the yearly contest to find Europe’s worst song and then promote the song in as a song of European unity. The contest is a mismatch of awful singers who had past their time many years ago (or in some cases decades ago).
I was walking around the historic centre of Malmö.
Near the centre of Malmö is the castle.
The castle is now a museum.
The castle is near the city park.
It was getting late on the afternoon. I was wearing my newly knitted daisy wooly hat.
I was off to the harbour for the sunset.
The harbour is a major port for Scandinavian shipping.
After visiting the harbour, I watched the sunset over the harbour with the Turning Torso tower in the background. The Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden.
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On my second day in Copenhagen, I was going to see the sights of the city paying attention to the architecture of the buildings. My walk around Copenhagen started at the fort of Kastellet near the waterfront. The fort is close to the Little Mermaid. The fort is one of the best preserved star fortresses in Northern Europe. It is constructed in the form of a pentagram with bastions at its corners.
The fort is still as an active military area that belongs to the Danish Defence Ministry, however members of the public can walk around the fort grounds. It is a popular site for joggers.
At the southwest corner of the fort is a rather charming windmill.
Near the entrance of Kastellet is a rather charming St. Alban’s Church surrounded by a frozen lake.
I ate my sandwiches here.
After having my sandwiches, I farted alot and then went to the waterfront.
Heading towards the City Hall, I walked down the Strøget which is the longest pedestrian shopping area in Europe.
The round tower (Rundetårn) was a 17th-century tower built as an astronomical observatory.
The tower does not have stairs instead a 7.5 turn spiral ramp forms the only access to the towertop observatory.
Every year in spring, a unicycle race is held and the contestants have to go up and down the tower. The record is 1 minute and 48.7 seconds.
The tower still had it orginal toilets!
I think the toilet tips out onto the street below.
The view from the top is great.
Continuing my walk, I came across great architecture.
The west end of Strøget at The City Hall Square is a short walking distance from Tivoli Gardens and Copenhagen’s Central Train Station.
I decided to walk over to the artificial island of Christianshavn.
Christiania is a self-governing neighborhood which has established semi-legal status as an independent community as a “city within the city”. Photography is against the rules here as too many drug dealers deal their junk here.
Near Christiania is the The Church of Our Saviour and it is famous for it corkscrew spire.
After visiting the island of Christianshavn, my wee cotton feet was sore, so I headed back to the hotel.
On my way back to the hotel, I saw a statue of a man urinating against the wall.
Tomorrow, I was going to cross the Øresund Bridge by train and visit Sweden for the day.
To be continued….
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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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Today, we had recieved some news concerning our stolen snowman’s head. The head was found today in Loch Ness. Obviously, the head had melted and could not had been saved. The police found the carrot nose floating on the water. Lothian and Borders police say they did everything they could to save the snowman’s head.
This is very sad news.
Why did the yobs steal my snowman’s head on Sunday night?
The police reckon the yobs broke into our front garden on Sunday night and stole our snowman’s head. They then drove to Loch Ness and dumped our head into the water. The head would had melted instantly leaving only the carrot nose floating in the water.
This is how my snowman looked before the yobs broke into my front garden:
If you have any ideal who broke into our front garden last Sunday night please contact us on our usual website email.
It has been two days since yobs broke into my front garden and stole my snowman’s head. Suspicious footprints were on the lawn. The police are taking this criminal act of theft very seriously.
This photograph was my snowman on Sunday afternoon:
And this photograph was taken at 7pm. The head was stolen!
If you have any information about the whereabouts of my snowman’s head please phone the national crimestoppers helpline.
We need your help fast to recover my snowman’s head before it melts.
At 1902 hours, I went outside to my front garden to discover that the head of my snowman was missing! It was no where to be seen so it couldn’t had fallen off and fell onto the lawn – it was truely missing.
Suspicious footprints were seen in my garden on the lawn. I do believe that I was a victim of a theft.
That is someone had entered my property and stole my snowman’s head!
Police have been called in and are now investigating the missing snowman’s head.
Do you have information in identifying this thief? Please help us recover our missing snowman’s head.
Last night it was snowing here in Edinburgh.
So today I was eager to make myself a snowman.
And…. here it is….
It took me half an hour to make the snowman.
It was cold so I was glad I had my wooly scarf and hat on.
I have the biggest and best snowman in the street.