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Mom and John are leaving in the morning. I feel like the last few days have been exactly like one of the roller coaster rides at Tivoli, which is where we were yesterday. I love Copenhagen in the spring! We headed over early on the train and got into Denmark about 10:30 a.m. The sun was shining in a blue, blue sky, but it was pretty chilly regardless. Anders and Martin had a Scout activity to attend so they met up with us later. Karin, Mom, John and I strolled out of the train station, crossed the street and went around the corner to the Bo Bendixen store, where Karin chose a shirt with a seal on it and a cap with a hedgehog. Mom got a Copenhagen shirt. We picked out a giraffe shirt for Martin. Then we went down the Strøget, headed for the Bof & Ost where Mom and I had eaten before. John wasn't hungry so he continued all the way to the end of the shopping district, bypassed Nyhavn, watched the changing of the guards at Amalienborg castle and hiked all the way out to the Little Mermaid. We had an excellent lunch and then walked around some more, spending money in Ilium, one of the lovely big department stores, before heading back up to meet the boys at Tivoli.

Copenhagen is covered with things to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. His famous paper cutout figures are everywhere, and white painted footprints walk around the city pointing the way to important places in his life. He was responsible for so many of the great fairytales...The princess and the pea, the little mermaid, the ugly duckling, the tinderbox soldier with the dogs with the eyes as big as saucers, the steadfast tin soldier, the nightingale, the emperor and his new clothes, and so many, many more.

Tivoli in the spring is so nice. All the trees have popped open into green, and there were hyacinth everywhere, leaving the whole place smelling gorgeous. The cherry trees around the lake are in full bloom, lacy pink clouds above the water. The marching band came past just as we entered, livening our steps. While the boys had hamburgers, we snacked on ice cream and almond cakes and then set off into the park. The first attraction we came to was a huge wooden structure called Valhalla, and after realizing it was some sort of ride, we bought a string of purple ride tickets and got in line, carefully coaching Karin to say she was six if anyone asked. The young blond man at the entrance was holding a severed and bloody arm. He bent down to Karin and asked her how old she was. "Six," she said confidently, shooting me a look. The young man straightened up and told us, "The ride is at your own risk...it's a scary one." Um. "How scary?" I asked. "Well, there are actors in there who are purposely trying to scare the hell out of everyone throughout the whole thing, jumping out at you and all, and at the end they strap you down in a room that whirls around." I did an about-face, "Okaaay, I think we'll take a pass!" and marched out of line with Mom and everyone else laughing their heads off behind. Just as well, the kids would have been scared witless. Yeah, that's it.

The kids and Anders and John rode the log ride, the roller coasters, the pirate ships, the old-fashioned cars. By then we were all freezing, so we went on the Hans Christian Andersen version of the It's a Small World ride just to have a chance to warm up. We ate cotton candy, which is a requirement at any good amusement park. Then we found an inside playplace filled with chutes and ladders and let the kids in. Half an hour later, when they still hadn't come out the exit, we were forced to send Anders in after them. "If you don't see me in another 30 minutes, send John in," he smirked as he disappeared. :)

After a nice dinner in Grøften, one of Denmark's oldest restaurants, we headed home on the train, tired, chilled and happy. It really needs to be a shorter time in between to the next time we get over to Copenhagen.

Today we got things done, and there was much laundry and packing. We had dinner with Anders' parents and a nice walk around Oxie feeding the ducks, taking pictures and stopping by the playground.

Copenhagen Kodak Moments!

Tomorrow after I drop them off it's back to work and real life. Bummer.
 busy
mood: busy
music: Rubettes—Sugar Baby Love


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What a lovely sounding day. Wish a bon voyage to Lizardmom from me. She'll have to come up here to visit next time (and she can bring you if she wants to, but she doesn't HAVE to.)

How wonderful!!! Looking at your beautiful photos made me super excited. Denmark holds my heart. Always will. Just seeing and hearing bits of/about HER makes me melt.

I'm glad you had such a lovely time with your Mum. You and the kids will have to cover her with enough hugs and kisses to last until she visits again. :-+

What a lovely weekend. The perfect end to a wonderful visit. Wish your mom safe travels from me!

Sounds like a lovely time.
And you said "gorgeous" in your post. My new favorite word. hee
You have your memories of this loveliness to get you through "real life."
..hoping it's not really a bummer... keep smilin'

sounds and looks like everyone had a wonderful time! :) copenhagen is gorgeous!

great pictures!

Oxie!!!?? you came up here and didn't get in touch with me....

*tsk tsk* shame on you!!! ;-)

LOL! We're in Oxie all the time, it's where Anders' parents live. :)

Boy, does it take ME a while to get with the program! Only last week, I realized that LJ will allow me to store photos and have photo albums. And now I see you've been doing it for AGES. I need to investigate this. I'm paying nearly $9 a month over at typepad for this privilege and since I'm already paid at lj, too, I could simply move my typepad stuff over here. I don't really DO a typepad blog, just store my photos there and link to them.

Now all I need is about three hours to play with it.

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what a lovely day! Martin and Karin are so squishably cute and have the sweetest faces! Some of my favorite blogosphere kids! ~samantha

It's excellent! You have to have a paid account, but I think it's definitely worth it. :)

My first attempt was a dismal failure. I do have a paid account. I tried to upload a tiff file I'd made with the business card facsimile on it. Nuh-uh. I don't know what I was doing wrong, but no way hozay. I got one of those quicktime thingies telling me to download the latest version of quicktime. Which I actually have, I'm pretty sure. but nobody could see the photo. So I will need much more time. Too bad it isn't as easy as a typepad photo album thing.

I don't think you can upload anything but JPG format or perhaps GIF. TIF are usually too big, plus they are not a web format.

It does SAY .tiff as one of the possibilities. Oh well.

Huh. Maybe it was just too big. Is there a size limit? Tifs are usually huge.

What a fantastic trip! Great photos :) I'd love to go there one day...

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