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                        Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen is an expensive city, but a wonderful one. So clean and fresh. The original designation for the city, from which the contemporary Danish name is derived, was Køpmannæhafn, "merchants' harbor".

The English name for the city is derived from its Low German name, Kopenhagen. The element hafnium is also named for Copenhagen, whose Latin name is Hafnia.

Just came back from visiting this city. So the pictures date from 2001 and 2009.    

 

  

 

Nyhavn is a colourful 17th century waterfront, canal and popular entertainment district.It is lined by brightly coloured 17th and early 18th century townhouses and numerous bars, cafés and restaurants. Serving as a heritage harbour, the canal is packed with old wooden ships. It was built by King Christian V in the 1670s and is thus the oldest part of Copenhagen harbor.

It once had a bad reputation on account of the concentration of sailors living in the neighborhood. The north side, where the bars are, is still known as "the naughty side". The oldest building still standing is from 1681, at number 9.

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen lived at Nyhavn 18 for some years. 

 

The weather cyclist... If it's going to be a sunny day...the bicycle appears. On rainy days, guess what? The umbrella appears. 

 

Interesting sculpture found at the entrance to old Copenhagen. Check out the guy who's head can be found in between those two thighs. He is either someone who feels offended around a nude statue or looking for some bucks on the ground... It's your call!     Z.

 

Pedestrian-only street--Stroget

 

The Royal Danish Theatre is both the national Danish performing arts institution and a name used to refer to its old purpose-built venue from 1874 located on Kongens Nytorv.

  

 

No, your eyes are not deceiving you... 2009

 

View of Copenhagen from our Hotel room in 2001

The Rosenborg castle was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710. After the reign of Frederik IV, Rosenborg was used as a royal residence only twice, and both these times were during emergencies. The first time was after Christiansborg Palace burned down in 1794, and the second time was during the British attack on Copenhagen in 1801.

Hans Christian Andersen was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.

                                   Hans  

 

  Church of our Saviour

Consecrated in 1696. The tower with its characteristic spiral steeple built by Laurits de Thurah was finished in 1752 when King Frederik V personally climbed up to the top of it. Remarkable baroque altar, designed by Nicodemus Tessin 1695 and organ from 1698-1705.          

            

    

                               More Copenhagen

  

                 

Founder of Ny Carlsberg Glyptoteket

The son Carl Jacobsen, who was founder of the New Carlsberg Brewery, was a devoted patron of art. Carl Jacobsen not only donated The Little Mermaid to the city of Copenhagen in 1913, he also founded the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek which is one of the finest museums in Denmark.

 

   Bust of Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, more commonly known by his cognomen Caligula.

 Tivoli Gardens

The popular amusement park, is usually top of everyone's list of places to visit. Founded in 1843 it is a beautiful park with lanterns in the trees that create a unique atmosphere. It has a wealth of high-class restaurants and stages for music and theatre. It is a walk back in time.                  

The world-class Hotel in Tivoli Gardens

 

    

 
 
We had a great supper at Grøften. It is one of Tivoli’s oldest and most traditional restaurants. Grøften goes back to 1874, The Theatre Café being the original part of the restaurant. Except for minor renovations, it remains as it was, when the restaurant first opened. 
 
 
 

Just outside of Tivoli Gardens... A ferris wheel glows in the night. 

            THE KAREN BLIXE MUSEUM, RUNGSTEDLUND, DENMARK

If you enjoyed the movie "Out of Africa", this is a must on any trip to Copenhagen. A thirty minute train ride up the coast of Denmark will get to Karen Blixen's birthplace and residence after returning from Africa.

In the movie, Meryl Streep played the role of Karen and Robert Redford, her lover, Denys Finch-Hatton. A picture of her house and the Ewald Room in which she wrote most of novels under her nom de plumme Isaak Denisen.

(There is a framed picture of her lover beside the lamp in front of the window and notice the various artifacts from Africa.) The painting was a gift from Denys.  

  

 

                           She is buried in the backyard.        

Nice building in RUNGSTEDLUND. Picture taken on our way to Karen's house.

From the movie Out of Africa. "Karen" (played by Meyrl Streep) at home writing... 

Other scenes from the movie.  

Denys Finch-Hatton (Robert Redford) washing "Karen's" hair 

         

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