|The Royal Guard and Military Band|
Copenhagen's Stroget is, at 1.1k, said to be the longest pedestrianized shopping street in the world. With its eclectic mix of shops, from high end fashion to ubiquitous chain stores to cheap souvenir and $2 shops, there is something for everyone and it is a joy to stroll its length unbothered by traffic. We planned to just window shop, however, couldn't resist spending some time in the Royal Copenhagen china shop, drooling over the beautiful, delicate pieces on display. In the end my daughter-in-law succumbed and bought some pretty little bowls. They will hold great memories. Lingering at Royal Copenhagen was fortuitous because just as we left the shop the Royal Danish Guard came marching by on their way to the Royal Palace. My small grandson was beside himself with delight at the sight of the soldiers resplendent in their blue and navy uniforms carrying their rifles and marching to their band.
|My morning tea|
|Fresh fish Smorrebrod for dinner|
Later in the day we enjoyed a truly Danish fish smorrebrod (open sandwich), washed down with Danish beer, aboard a boat moored on the canal. The fresh fish had been caught that day and it was delicious.
|Pierrot and Columbine at the Oriental Theatre, Tivoli|
|My grandson enjoys one of the original rides|
Tivoli has retained some of its original rides and has kept old traditions alive. One of these is the regular performance of the ballet Pierrot and Columbine on the stage of the Oriental Theatre. We arrived just as it was starting which entranced my grandson. For me the best part of our visit to Tivoli was watching his delight, enjoying the gardens and watching Tivoli's magical transformation as the lights came on around the park.
|Tivoli comes to life when the lights go on|
|The lake at Tivoli|