We started our trip with a 10 hr train ride from Stuttgart to Copenhagen. The girls did wonderfully--thanks to our ever-present backpacks full of stuff for them to do. (And snacks, of course) Here we are with one surprise on the ride up--a ferry ride on the train. Of course, we had no idea what was going on until someone (very kindly and in English) told us that the train was boarding a ferry and we all had to get off during the ride. OH! This took us from Germany into Denmark.
Tracks right on the ferry, just for our train!
We spent the night in a hotel close to the train station and then set off to explore Copenhagen the next morning. Here is our tour guide for our canal tour. We started at the famous Nyhavn Canal (Hans Christian Anderson lived on this street!) where they have outdoor cafes equipped with blankets and heaters. Our guide gave the tour in Danish, English, and Spanish.
One of the many low bridges our boat passed under.
Much to our surprise, we saw this other boat tour on the canals being followed by US secret service. Our guide told us that Hillary Clinton was visiting Copenhagen this same day and was taking that boat tour. Hence the secret service...and the hovering helicopter.
Jon, Jon! Take my picture with my Danish in Denmark.
Another unique experience--seeing a lighthouse ship. Always thought lighthouses were affixed to the ground!
Here was a fortress island built to withstand invaders and keep Copenhagen from being taken by enemies...unfortunately after Admiral Lord Nelson made his way in. (Said our guide.)
A highlight for the kids--the Little Mermaid. She's the statue with her back to us, up on that pale rock. The girls were thrilled to see her, even from the back! She certainly attracts her own crowd.
After our canal tour, we walked back toward Tivoli Gardens. The girls loved chasing all the pigeons. They never tired of it! And you can't really see it, but in the background, dead center, is a 7/11. We came across so many 7/11s in Copenhagen it was funny. There were two right next to each other in the central train station. I guess the Danish love 7/11!
The town hall which was at the end of the square in the picture above.
A thrill for all of us was to disover the Lego store. Legos are made in Denmark and this store was quite impressive! Unfortunately, the factory is too far out of the city for us to visit but they had an amazing street scene made completely out of Legos that was too big to photograph.
Tivoli Gardens! Our last stop in our brief tour of Copenhagen.
I think Ellie's smile sums up how we felt about seeing this beautiful, vibrant, bike-ridden city.
We left Tivoli, took another train, and found ourselves at the dock where we boarded our home for the next nine days...the Norwegian Sun. More to come!