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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 23 Jul 2009

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

MapThis morning we took the train into Copenhagen city centre and walked first to the harbour to see the “Little Mermaid” statue. The statue is even smaller than we expected but it was nice to see it and there were lots of tourists around the area. We then walked through an old military fort with earthen ramparts surrounded by a moat. The buildings inside are still used for military residences. We then visited an old Anglican church called St. Albans across the moat. From there we walked towards the city centre through the square of the Amalienborg Palace. Then we visited the circular “Marble Church” which has a huge domed ceiling decorated with paintings of the 12 Apostles and 12 cherubs. The church also has two organs, one highly decorated. Next we walked to Gammel Strand to take a canal cruise which lasted an hour. It took us along the canals and into the inner harbour, past the Little Mermaid statue, the new Opera House, the area of Kristianshavn and the “hippie” community of Christiana. Copenhagen has many nice 18th and 19th century buildings, modern buildings and some old warehouses that have been converted to apartments. House boats are also becoming popular on the canals. As we walked toward the central station we passed the Hans Christian Anderson statue and the main entrance to the Tivoli Gardens which we hope to visit tomorrow.