August 19, 2007

Scandinavian Pictures - Day 2 (August 15)

Day 2 of KK's Scandinavian Adventure...

August 15 - This was my first full day of sightseeing. I wandered around Christiansborg, the location of the original fortification and castle built by Bishop Absalon in the 12th century. It is undergoing renovation, so it was not all that picture-worthy. I decided to go see the little archaeological exhibit in the basement, which showed the walls of the original palace, as well as the walls of numerous other palaces. Christiansborg unfortunately burned down numerous times, all by accident. The present castle only dates to 1916 and is now used by the Danish parliament, not the Queen, who lives at Amalienborg Palace. I tried to get over to Amalienborg for the changing of the guard at noon but got lost and ended up in Christianshavn. So I decided to go up the spire of Vor Frelsers Kirke, the Church of the Saviour, which affords excellent views of Copenhagen. The church was built in the 18th century, and you have to climb over 400 stairs to the top - most of which are very steep and very narrow. From here, I took some photos of Christiania, the Fristaden (Free State) in Copenhagen, where a bunch of hippies camped out in 1970 and refused to leave. It is now considered a "permanent social experiment" by the Danish government. I did not take pictures of crazy-hippie-land from the ground, as I was under the impression that they aren't fond of people doing that.

After a tasty lunch at a great sandwich/pastry shop just east of the canal, I headed past Amalienborg and saw the Marmorkirken, the Marble Church. This was inspired by St. Peter's in Rome and was completed between 1749 and 1894. There is also a Russian Orthodox church just up the road, called the Alexander Newsky Church, which was built for Maria, the daughter of Danish king Christian IX and wife of Tsar Alexander III. I wended my way from there to Churchill Park and the Kastellet, the old fortification that has now been turned into a park. I particularly liked St. Alban's Church. Of course I saw the Little Mermaid, and amazingly managed to frame my photos so that you don't see the huge mass of Japanese tourists swarming her, nor the driving wind and rain that complicated photography.

The sun came out again, so I took some pictures of the Gefionspringvandet (Fountain), the largest in Copenhagen, which depicts the Nordic goddess of fertility. From there, I walked to Nyboder, the oldest remaining neighborhood in Copenhagen, built in 1631 for naval workers. Nyboder is distinguished by its yellow-washed walls. And finally, back in the center of the city, there is a picture of the weather girl at the top of a building - she comes out on a bike if it's nice and with an umbrella if raining - and some Indians singing and dancing in Raadhuset square.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

bocce is more of a roman/italian game than a dane-game. Maybe those traveling Italians brought their bocce with them.

Kristina said...

No, there were Danish all over the city playing that game. Old, young, but definitely Danish. Bocce uses colored balls, I thought. I don't know what this game was. And, no, I didn't see any pine tree goats. But it is the summer, after all.

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More

 
Design by Free WordPress Themes | Bloggerized by Lasantha