Sunday, 22 July 2012

Wonderful, Wonderful..

When I saw Hans Christian Andersen disappearing round the corner, I knew I was in the right place. He had a purple tailcoat, a black stove pipe hat; and his audience in the palm of his hand. Of course. A walking tour of Copenhagen with the man himself? Maybe next time. We were on a coach tour. But we were headed to the place of dreams..to someone I'd wanted to see since I'd watched Danny Kaye, late seventies, wet Saturday afternoon.



And there she is. The Little Mermaid. She's tiny; but at least she wasn't missing any limbs. The Guide told us that bits of her sometimes disappear overnight. The Danes blame the Swedes. Seems to me that idiot sounds the same in any language. My faithful photography companion was happy to pose beside her (funny, all girls look that size alongside that hair. It's not just mermaids. They seem to like it..). The others were back on the bus. a bit Denmark-ed out. It had been a busy day.

We had visited the Crown Jewels at Rosenborg Castle. So relaxed, we were even allowed to take pictures!



As always, it was the little details I enjoyed the most: a stylish, but practical, modern resting spot for visitors in the middle of the grandeur and a plain, painted door singing open to reveal a throne beyond.



We had time for a little shopping. Little E - I know you are reading. Tell your Mum her watering can came from that very shop.



And we discovered that Legoland really exists


Next stop? That would be Sweden..

36 comments:

Lisa-Jane said...

Now that is MY kind of shop! Very pleased to see the little mermaid there.

scrappyjacky said...

I never realised the mermaid statue was so small....though next to TTO most things must look small!!

Louise said...

one day we'll get there! loving the look of the pretty shop x

Amy said...

I had heard she was very small - looks like you had a lovely sunny day there ... did you see our Mary?

Missus Wookie said...

lovely shots - I've wanted to visit for similar amounts of time.

Ladkyis said...

legoland, I remember a viking LOL

heart.hearth.home. said...

Such a shame you missed out on a walk with Hans Christian Andersen. I bet he had a tale or two to tell.
Loving the photography trip around Scandinavia.

Jane said...

what a fantastic holiday, love the photos x

Elizabeth said...

As a child, the Little Mermaid was my favorite tale. Thanks for showing a photo of her. She's beautiful.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Lovely photos! I love visiting palaces

S said...

Great snapshots Sian. I love the juxtaposition of the ordinary with the regal.

Chipper said...

I hadn't realised that she was so small! I have only ever seen close up pictures and never anything with a size comparison. WOW! One day I will see her in real life :-)

debs14 said...

Copenhagen is on my 'to do' list so it's great to see your photos. looks like you had a great trip and saw so much on your travels.

Jennifer said...

Wonderful photos! That little shop looks like one I would like to visit.

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

Thankyou for the glimpses of the (surprisingly) little mermaid and some more of your travels. I would love a rummage in that shop :o)

Carmen said...

Hans Christian Anderson is one of my favourite Danny Kaye films (next to The Court Jester) and have always loved Hans Christian Anderson stories - the proper ones, not the Disney-fied ones. Am very jealous you saw the little mermaid but I too never realised she was so dinky.

What a gorgeous trip - love that picture of the wooden door creaking open to all that splendour.

Maria Ontiveros said...

How wonderful to visit a place you've always dreamt about. I felt that way when I made it to Portmierion in Wales (the site of "the Village" in the old "Prisoner" TV show).
Rinda

alexa said...

What a wonderful visit - I'd no idea she was so small either! Did you buy yourself anything nice in the shop? I don't quite know how you could resist!

Mindy said...

The mermaid sculpture is pretty neat and the shops look like a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to more glimpses of your vaca!

Ginger said...

that looks like a fantastic stop! there are so many pretty things in that shop!

helena said...

great taste of Denmark - I love the plain door to the throne room

Linda said...

Lovely photos of your trip Sian! I'd love to see the Little Mermaid too - didn't know she is so small!!

Karen said...

I just love travel photos, and yours are wonderful. I was only in Europe once, nearly 45 years ago now, but I remember the Little Mermaid!

Beverly said...

Love the photos esp the one of the door leading into the gorgeous room and wow! the crown. Happy to see TTO was willing to step out of the bus to provide a comparison for us :)

Clare said...

Wow Denmark looks amazing, this has to be on my wish-list of places to visit! The shops look like everything Danish style should be.

Alana said...

Lol the hair....tell me about it. Great photos Sian, looks like you visited some lovely places. Btw, original Wallender on next week....yay:)

Amanda said...

I'm amazed that you were allowed to take photos of the jewels and I'd have wanted to bring home lots of those pretty ceramics.

Becky said...

Just love the interior shot of the shop!

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Gorgeous places! And the details are to drool for. :)
Love your tall one´s smile. :D
I´m training my two year old niece who will pose for me more than her mom because "that´s what auntie does" {taking pics}. Nobody questions my camera-in-hand moments. :D

Jimjams said...

Welcome back - at least you managed to get a photo of the mermaid unencumbered by Japanese tourists! Did you visit the Tivoli Gardens? I've only spent 1 night in Copenhagen and that place still feels magical 30+ years later!

Looking forward to Sweden :o)

Alison said...

Glad you weren't disappointed in the mermaid...and that is my kind of shop too!!
Alison xx

Alison said...

Glad you weren't disappointed in the mermaid...and that is my kind of shop too!!
Alison xx

Wanda said...

It looks like you found lots to keep yourselves entertained...and that shop looks like a real find!

Melissa said...

Sounds like a lovely day!

Gail said...

Oh this brings back great memories.

Jennifer Grace said...

Fabulous photos again. You can imagine that being an 'Ariel' fan, I'd like to see the little mermaid one day too. I like your comment about idiot being the same in any language! x

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