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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had a really great trip.