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St Saviours church

On Sunday, Allie had to get a very early flight.  This left me in Copenhagen with a free day.  Well, I thought, I only have about five hours.  So that's about the right length of time to go for a bit of a wander, in the general direction of the Little Mermaid, and see what happens.

Copenhagen was actually pretty mild - you couldn't say it was warm, but I certainly didn't need my extra jumper.  I checked in at the airport, which meant I could get rid of my bags, and went off into town.  The SAS check in guy was lovely.  The rail ticket man was downright rude, and I have to say, if he was my only experience of Denmark I'd have been on the train to Sweden!  But rail ticket in hand, I got into Copenhagen station and ripped the map out of the tourist info guide from the hotel, stuck it in my pocket, and headed off Hans Christian Anderson Boulevard.

cool, huh?
  The rude train ticket man had put me in such a mood that I didn't cheer up until I crossed the river into Christianshavn, which is so pretty that I cheered right up.  There are a lot of old looking houses and inlets, and the gorgeous wooden ships moored alongside the harbours.  St Saviours church has an external staircase up the spire.  It's the one in the photos that looks like the Tower of Babel.  Unfortunately, it's closed for refurbishment at the moment.  But if I ever go back to Copenhagen it's top of the list of things I want to do. 

Christianshavn is across the water from the main city, and is host to Christiana.  Christiana is a free commune, which views itself as independent of the mainstream culture.  I did go in, briefly, but I felt a little weird about the atmosphere there.

Nyhavn Christmas market
  Not unwelcome, as such - there were stalls for tourists and places to look at pictures of a free tibet.  Just a bit funny.  The street art there was amazing, but once you're inside there is a big sign asking you not to take photos.  I respected that, so I've only got photos of the wall painting at one entrance, a snail and the other entrance which weren't covered by the sign. 

Then it was lunchtime, and I had some lovely sushi.

After that, I walked up the waterfront in the direction of the Little Mermaid.  After passing the shipping container with the octopus on it, I got to Nyhavn which was holding a Christmas market.  A very nice man working for Cap Horn restaurant gave me a free tiny sample of some Christmas ale, which was really, really lovely.

Christianshavn
  The market was really nice - there were wood fires and the post office brass band were playing carols.  Even though I try to stay grumpy about Christmas until the first sunday in advent, I couldn't help feeling really, really merry. 

Walking along the waterfront, I passed the palace and a German warship (the Rottweiller), and came to the fortress.  Just outside was the Little Mermaid, famous for both being one of the most visited works of art in Copenhagen, and the place where Lauro fell in the water ;). 

The Little Mermaid really is lovely.  I think part of the effectiveness of the statue is because she is so small - about the right size for a real person - and because she has her back to the crowd.  She looks so lonely in the crowd, like someone who's just been bereaved but has come to the party anyway because it might help, but it hasn't.

Little Mermaid
 

On the way back, I saw the Fredrickskirk, which is a really interesting church that is almost entirely dome.  I had missed the guided tour, but as I was so short of time, that was just as well.  In the garden outside, there is a group of statues of prophets and leading Christian figures.  The way that they have been arranged makes it look as though Luther and Bernard of Clairveaux are watching Elisha, Calvin and Huss have a blazing row.  Unfortunately, there was no angle I could get to that made the photo work.  But if you go there, you'll see what I mean.  I took a short stroll through the Kings Gardens, then took the train back to the airport.

Copenhagen in general did not seem like the very expensive city everyone says it is, although that might be because I'm used to London.

Strange aquatic winged rhinoscerous demon thing.
  The airport on the other hand - blimey.  Once I was airside, there was nowhere to buy a beer for less than the equivalent of 7€.  Ouch.  So, after a lot of thought, I decided to go to one of the very expensive restaurants and have proper dinner - if it was going to cost me an arm and a leg anyway, I might as well do it properly.  Dinner was delicious.  The flight went well, and I got to Schippol without any problems. 

I had a really great trip.

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St Saviours church
St Saviours church
cool, huh?
cool, huh?
Nyhavn Christmas market
Nyhavn Christmas market
Christianshavn
Christianshavn
Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid
Strange aquatic winged rhinoscerou…
Strange aquatic winged rhinoscero…
Rathuis
Rathuis
cool sign
cool sign
Outside the architecture centre.
Outside the architecture centre.
cool dragon things on spire
cool dragon things on spire
Rosenberg castle
Rosenberg castle
Kings garden
Kings garden
St Albans English Church
St Albans English Church
In the fortress
In the fortress
Looking lonely in a crowd
Looking lonely in a crowd
me, blocking the view again.
me, blocking the view again.
The fredrickskirk behind a modern …
The fredrickskirk behind a modern…
Yellow building
Yellow building
Christiana commune
Christiana commune
The reverse of the sign says you …
The reverse of the sign says "you…
Christiana commune
Christiana commune
Two for joy
Two for joy
At the mexican restaurant
At the mexican restaurant
Christianashavn
Christianashavn
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