Monday, June 20, 2011

Travelogue: Part 2

Time for another travel update from our European Adventure! The second day we were in Denmark, the first order of business was to haul our butts to Nyhavn as early as possible to jump on a canal cruise.
The city symbol of Copenhagen is none other than a statue of Hans Christian Anderson's Little Mermaid. However, with some extensive research on her location, etc, we decided that walking and/or taxiing out to visit her would be a waste. So, I ensured that our canal cruise would take us right past her. She was definitely underwhelming. But I saw her, so check that one off my life list!
I have no idea what this building is, or what it had been, but I liked it. A lot. It wasn't until I got home to edit this picture, however, that I realized it's not exactly straight. I suppose that's what happens when you're taking pictures from a moving boat. Oh well... it's decidedly European to me and I still like it. I'm a little wonky sometimes, so why can't my photos be as well?
The canal cruise wove us through an area of town called Christianhavn. My impression going in was that it was a bit of a hippie refuge. While we never saw anything decidedly free-spirited there, we did see lots of cute house boats, restaurants on the water, and such. (I'll have one in Flash Bulb coming up!) It was a part of town where I could see myself. Lots of cute apartments overlooking the canals, with cafes and bakeries below.
I mentioned Nyhavn earlier, but it's pretty much the cutest part of Copenhagen. It was originally a red light district, but has now morphed into a touristy area with cafes and shops. You can't blame the tourists for flocking here... it really is crazy picturesque. I had a hard time resisting taking photo after photo of all the gorgeously adorable colored buildings.
Since we took the canal cruise so early, and our ship didn't board until mid-afternoon, Puff found a castle, Rosenborg, and the King's Courtyard, which was a garden/park area to explore. Only about a 5-10 minute walk from Nyhavn, we found ourselves on a park bench, surrounded by kids on a school trip, throwing frisbee and kicking around a soccer ball.
That afternoon, following some shopping along the Stroget, we made our way to our ship, the Norwegian Sun. I will throw out a disclaimer that Puff and I were decidely unhappy with Norwegian, and would be hard pressed to sail them again. While our itinerary rocked this world, our ship and its service and crappy food, did not. Thankfully, we did not let that deter us from having a blast! Onward we went to Germany!

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