London Diary – Copenhagen in Spring

May 10-14, 2019

My husband and I met up with his parents in Copenhagen where they ended their transatlantic cruise. The first impression was Copenhagen is expensive. A 5 mile, 15 minute taxi ride from airport to hotel cost £40 pound. In London you can ride twice as long for the same price. And Copenhagen is indeed expensive with many things. But we did have a good time nonetheless. There was plenty of sunshine and I ate plenty of Smorrebrod. The marinated herring, which has a mild sweetness to it, is actually quite good. There are many tall Danes and most people speak good English.

Copenhagen’s city scene is pleasant and convenient with both Hop on and Hop off boats and buses available.

Old Harbor is colorful, vibrant, and has lots restaurants. It is a block away from Admiral Hotel where we stayed, and we ate almost all our meals there. Tivoli Garden is probably the prettiest amusement park; every flower was perfect when we were there. It is an easy climb on the access ramp to the top of The Round Tower for a panoramic view of the city. The Round Tower is more interesting in purpose, it was built in 17th century as astronomical observatory. Frederik Church aka Marble Church near Amalienborg Castle is beautiful. Amalienborg castle itself is an impressive set of symmetrical buildings. A small set of rooms open to the public are the modest of palace rooms I’ve seen and half of it was dedicated to theatrical design involving the former Queen Margrethe II.

Rosenborg Castle is stunning, more so inside than out. It was built by Christian IV as his summer residence. After being used as royal residence by a few more kings and queens, it became a royal storage and is now truly an amazing treasure trove. On display also is the pen, a common looking pen, that King Frekerik VII signed Denmark’s first constitution in 1849. A guide pointed it out to us and told an interesting story. Father of Frederik VII, the previous king, left him an advise, “gave people the power, or they will come get it themselves”, referring to the French Revolution.

There is more to learn about Denmark. As the birthplace of Hamlet and Little Mermaid, present Denmark of 5.8 million people has the highest tax rate at 56% and a 120% tax rate on imported cars which means all cars. Yet in the meantime it is ranked by UN the top three happiest countries for the last 7 years. Fascinating!

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