Just back from a Baltic Cruise from August 20 - 31.
The cruise started in Copenhagen on the Star Princess.
I arrived 3 days earlier to tour Copenhagen .
I stayed at the Marriott and had a waterfront view ,from my room I could see some of Copenhagen famous landmarks.
I had a private tour guide for one full day and then did the rest on my own as I knew where almost all the places were.
Grethe my tour guide took the four of us to many famous places in the city ( like the palaces of Rosenborg, Christianborg and Amalienborg) and then we headed to the countryside town of Hillerod to visit Frederiksborg Castle with Neptune Fountain at the main entrance.
We then went to Fredenborg to see the Fredenborg Palace , the official residence of the Royal Family... again another lovely place with immaculate gardens.
From here it was off to Elsinor to tour the Kronborg Castle.
Kronborg Castle sits on a penninsula on Zealand Island.
This is the closest point between Denmark and Sweden..so from the Castle you can look across the water and see Sweden only 2.5 miles away,it looked so close.
But on the way to Elsinor we had to stop off for lunch as I told Grethe I wanted to have a Real Danish meal.
She said she knew just the place and as we drove the country road , she turned into a long driveway that had a nice country style cottage with a thatched roof.
I thought to myself, hmmm just the kind of place that would serve a good Danish meal.
Well!!!! what do you know , the place turned out to be Grethe's home. What a surprise !!!
and her husband was waiting for us and had the table all set and we had a terrific Danish meal.
On the way back to Copenhagen we drove down the coastline known as the Copenhagen Riviera.
We stopped to visit the home of Karen Blitzen( 1885-1962). As we walked the grounds and then down a cobblestone path we reached her gravesite under a huge oak tree.
Who is Karen Blitzen?!
She is one of Denmark's most famous authors and among other books she wrote "Out of Africa"
Robert Redford and Meryl Streep filmed parts of the movie right here.
Back to Copenhagen:
The Stroget ( Stroy- et) is the longest pedestrian street in Europe.
It has many shops, squares , monuments and dining places.
It starts ( or ends) at the Town Hall Square which you cannot miss because of the towering Town Hall.
It ends ( or starts) at Kongen Nytorv, a lovely circle square with historic buildings.
If you want to stroll along and shop and look...this is the street to do it on.
As you walk along you will see a large church calleed Hellgaandskirke which has a very tall centre spire and four smaller matching ones at each corner....something like St. Olaf's church in Tallinn which you will see when you get there.
When you get to Kongens Nytorv at the end of the Stroget, you will come upon Nyhavn.
Have a drink here at one of the sidewalk cafes and do take a Canal Tour as you will see a lot of places like the great Stock Exchange Building, The Church of our Saviour with it's external stair case spiral which you can climb to the top....I did and yes I was a little scared.!!
The views from the top were terrific.
As you take the Canal Tour you will past by buildings number 18, 20 and 68.
This is where Hans Christian Andersen once lived.
Oresund Bridge..... this is the bridge that crosses from Copenhagen to Malmoe Sweden.
We hired a taxi to take us over this unique bridge and over to Sweden.
First you go into a tunnel...now you are under the sea!!!...then you come up and you are on a false island...this is where the bridge begins..in the middle of the water from the fals island , amazing and its on to Sweden.
I also climbed the Round Tower just a block or so off the Stroget.
This is where Peter the Great rode his horse to the top in 1716.
The Little Mermaid is just that...little !!!
Also toured the Carlsberg Beer Factory, it is a very nice looking red brick building.
And of course we spent many hours at the Tivoli Gardens.
Want to see the Hans Christian Andersen statue...well it is at the Town Hall Square, right across from the Tivoli Gardens .
Whew!!! enough already.
Next part will be Stockholm
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Just back from a Baltic Cruise from August 20 - 31.