On the way to Norway from Aero, it made logical sense to spend some time in one of
Europe's most beautiful cities - Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Welcome to Copenhagen! This is one of the first glimpses of Copenhagen one gets as you enter the
city. The pedestrian street in between these buildings is the Danish pedestrian downtown area.
As you'd expect, it's bordered by KFC, 7-11, and Burger King. I know, the irony kills me too.


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An excellent example of understatement as an effective ad campaign. On the left side of this building is
a thermometer topped with two gold women statues. One of the women has an umbrella and the other one
doesn't (check this). Depending on which woman is presented to the city, it's indicative of the weather.
It's said that in Copenhagen, these are the only two women you can trust.


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Me, sitting on Hans Christian Andersen's knee, just outside Copenhagen City Hall.


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I have no idea what these animals are, but they were all over the City Hall.


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View of the common area of the Copenhagen City Hall. Hmm, I wonder what country this is in?


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I think this building is supposed to show some of the Danish big business. I thought it
looked ugly and gawdy.


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Sign found at Rosie McGee's Irish pub.


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Amagertorv, a nice little square in the heart of Copenhagen's pedestrian area.


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Giant anchor in Nyhavn, the small harbor inlet into town.


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The guards of the Danish royalty. This is outside Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen.


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Part of Amalienborg Palace. You can see the Legoland equivalent of this HERE



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One of the beefeaters. I know they're not British Beefeaters, but they're goofy and serve little
purpose in this day and age in the same way as the British ones do. See a small video of these
guys parading HERE That's Richard Karpen narrating. He's dressed as
Hans Christian Andersen and worth every penny of the tour price.


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Brand new opera house built by the huge Danish shipping company Maersk.


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The Danish national religion is Evangelical Lutheran. This is the central church just off Amalienborg
where important ceremonies happen.


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These little princesses (not real princesses) reminded me of my brother's niece Alandra. They were
waiting to get into Rosenborg Palace, the home of the crown jewels.


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Rosenborg Castle, a finely furnished Dutch Renaissance castle built by Christian IV in the early 1600s, is
now being used as the home of the Danish crown jewels. It's interesting to note that every king
in Denmark is named either Christian or Frederick. If you're going to be the next king and your
name is Christian, your first born son will be named Frederick. Kind of odd, but that's the way
it is.


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Painting found in the circular stairwell. I nominate this painting for "Gayest Depiction of
A Horse Ever."


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These are the coronation chairs used by Danish kings and queens. The horns on the king's throne
are made of narwhal tusk from Greenland, the Queen's throne is only hammered silver, and the
huge lions are only ~ 150 lbs each and 300 years old.


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As I typically do walking through museums, I found some interesting stuff. This item is a whistle.


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This is a snuffbox, but no idea why the guy is mooning.


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Yes Nati, I took pictures of the brooches for you.


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The story goes that a queen was caught having an affair after 22 years of marriage. Her king did
not divorce her or anything, but he did have this ring made for her.


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So Christian the 4th, or C4, has his name and initials everywhere. I kind of think it's cool
that all of the Danish kings get their own little insignia that they get to stick on everything.
This is the watch tower right down from the Stroget.


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This is possibly the coolest leather store I've ever seen.


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Now, I've explained to quite a few people the phenomenon of bikes in Denmark's capital city.
The way it works is that the city taxes vehicles at 180%. So, if I buy a new Jetta at $20K, I have
to also give to the city $36K. Seems a little steep? Instead, most Danes simply bike EVERYWHERE!
And, most Danes includes old people, young people, guys in suits, and as seen here, young women
wearing high heels and skirts.


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I decided to take a tour of the waterfront by boat. This is showing the Nyhavn, or "New Harbour".


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This is the backside of The Little Mermaid , the overrated, over-photographed, and over-fondled
symbol of Copenhagen. We floated right past her.


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This is someone's yacht harboured in Copenhagen. No idea who this cat was but the yacht was
so big, it actually had a helicopter at the back.


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Maximum 4 Knob seemed entertaining to me.


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I thought this spire was really neat. It's from Our Savior's Church in Christianshavn.


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Cute blonde on the tour with me, but cooler was the tiny house along the side of the harbour.
I suppose you could have played "Bad Hats" in the house, but not much else.

Kristiania


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Aha, and now we enter the strange little area of Copenhagen called Kristiania. (clipped from Rick Steves):
In 1971, the original 700 Christianians established squatters' rights in an abandoned military barracks
just a 10-minute walk from the Danish parliament. A generation later, this "free city" still stands -
an ultra-human mishmash of idealists, hippies, potheads, nonmaterialists, and happy children (250 kids,
250 dogs, and 600 adults).


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Sign as you re-enter Copenhagen, reminding you to maybe think about putting out the last
of that bong.


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(More Rick Steves narrative) For the first few years junkies were tolerated. But that led to
violence and polluted the mellow ambience that residents envisioned. In 1979, the junkies were
expelled - an epic confrontation in the community's folk history now - and since then, the
symbol of a fist breaking a syringe is seen throughout Kristiania.


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This place really did creep me out a lot. Imagine all the weirdos and derelicts who normally run the
kiosks at a "Fringe"-type festival, and these were the people running the show in Kristiania. An interesting
side thought though is that a society must make a choice - either allow for alternative lifestyles
or make room for more prisons. America (who has 1/4 of the world's prison inmates) should take this to heart.


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I just about fell over when I saw these guys pow-wowing in the middle of the City Hall area. They
were hawking CDs and telling people that they were American Indians. I think their CDs were actually
made in Winnipeg.


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I took a self-guided tour of the National Museum, looking mostly for Viking stuff. Here, you see Braydon
a young kid from Duncan, BC, whom I met up with at my hostel, blowing an ancient Viking horn.


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That's right, it's me with a proper Viking helmet on!


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Here's another set of brooches for my girlfriend, this time they're from the Viking era.


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View from the City Hall tower out into the city of Copenhagen.


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If you can believe it, for some reason, the key to the city of Edmonton, AB, was in the
City Hall trophy case. I bet that somebody won it in a drunken poker game and this is where it wound up.


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Once again, here is me taking a picture for my mother of me eating a hot dog.


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The Danish definitely have their pastries figured out. I stopped in at the Kransekagehuset Bakery
(quite the name!), which is apparently quite famous for something or other. I had a strange little
pastry with HCA on the front.


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The luxurious cruise ship, which took me from Copenhagen overnight to Oslo, at a cheaper price than
an overnight train.


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I took this one for my sister Renee and Erik. Apparently, Jack is the ship's mascot.


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Compared to the 15 10-year-olds in the hostel room the night before, this cabin is in the
lap of luxury. Since it was off-season, I had my second class cabin (sleeps 4), to myself.


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Hot tubs and a pool (out of order) were on the back of the cruise ship.


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Huge wind turbines on the coast of Copenhagen generate power for the city.


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The sun setting on Denmark. It'll rise on Norway in the morning.

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