Copenhagen, Denmark June 19th-26th, 2003

(all pictures are low res, for high res click here)

From Reykjavik, we traveled to Denmark, where we stayed at the Hotel Mermaid in Copenhagen.  We were a few blocks from the Stroget , which is considered the longest pedestrian walkway in any major European city. We spent a lot of time in this area shopping (yes, the bondage Barbie's were in the window of a major department store) , avoided the traffic jam of bicycles , hung out and checked out at some cool artwork .  Walking around the city, we found the typical things you find in most European cities like churches , statues and parliament buildings . Copenhagen has some really cool design aspects, like random gardens in front of the Royal Library and really trendy office space in front of some really old buildings . During our walks around the city, we ran into Christiania which is an experimental and self sustaining village within the city limits. Within Christiania, you'll find some really interesting houses and some good food.

While in Denmark, we took an excursion to Kronborg Slot, the Castle which was the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet.  This very old castle (1500's) is pretty cool as it has a major tower , a chapel , a creepy dungeon (known as the casemates), an extravagant ballroom and interesting artwork .  Walking outside the castle, we found another statue and a very loud colored lighthouse . Oh, what would you like to order at this cafe? 

On the last day of the trip, we headed to Tivoli Gardens , a famous amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen. Walking around the park ,  we took a few fun pictures before it rained. While it was raining, we went on the cheesy Hans Christian Anderson story ride (video 1, video 2) and spent a few minutes in a funhouse (video).

Overall, we had a great time in Copenhagen, but it was just a little bit too long. It will be a while before I head there again.