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Friday, November 17, 2006

Sea side, Lake side and what else?

It would be hard to stay in the hotel, if the weekend begins with a fantastic weather outside. You hardly see a day like that during this winter season. So, I never let the chance go away, if it appears to be a day with less rain and little bit of Sun.

That way, I ended up seeing couple of interesting Tourist attractions. Indeed they were unique with some Danish flavour…

Den Lille Havfrue

The Little Mermaid

The main character created by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, 2 centuries ago, is occupying the harbour side nowadays. Even though I had come across similar fairy tales, I have never read about the exact one behind this Little Mermaid.

For its height of approx 1m plus, it was surprising to notice its crown as one of the major attractions in the city. May be the curiosity to visit their fairy tale heroine, pulls in so much crowd.. from across the globe.

The statue seems to have been vandalized several times during the last couple of decades. Head / arm sawn off few times, dynamite blast attacks, graffitis… blah blah.

Incidentally, the last attack was on 11-Sep-2003..

Still she is surviving and pulling in more crowd…

The canal ride which I had afterwards, should have been impressive if it was during a summer season. Due to high tides and water rise, couldn’t enjoy the canal ride much.

One more weekend arrived…..

Decided to visit something exciting and big.

Since the day was bright, Frederiksborg Castle was shortlisted.

Frederiksborg Palace is located in Hillerod [40kms away from the city] in the middle of a lake and can be dated back to 16th century. Seems this is the largest Renaissance palace in Scandinavia and preserves lot of royal arts collections and plenty of historical events behind it.

“The Great Hall” [a typical Durbar style hall] resembled couple of interesting palace halls which are still existing in India, with some glittering work.

Looked like yesteryears’ Elevator…

Since there were no guides and the descriptions were in Danish, this is what I presumed.. :-) :-)

The view of the garden behind the palace, was fantastic as captured from within the Palace.

The weather appears to be supporting the authorities very well to maintain the gardens around the Castle, in this fabulous form.

A Pic of the Castle from the Garden…..

This is considered to be a splendid castle in Denmark. And indeed, it looked so…


Way back to the entrance, I had plenty of opportunities to shoot some exciting pictures… This was one of my favourite

Even though the above castle satisfied my appetite for some exciting locations, I was looking for something more on the same day.

I was told that Fredensborg Castle which is located some where closely, will remain open for the public only in the month of July. Being the current residence of Prince Frederik & his family, public are restricted from visiting the palace.

Still I wanted to visit the castle, since I was mislead by some brochures with an attractive top angle picture of the castle.

Even though it was not that massive as I expected, the location appeared to be peaceful, appropriate to its so-called name of ‘Castle of Peace’ [The name 'Fredens Borg' dates back to an historic event, when Denmark & Sweden entered into a peace treaty here, way back in 1700s].

This palace had some wonderful gardens around it and I enjoyed walking thru them.

This pathway was too good to walk thru, when the day was sunny with a temperature of around 6 degrees. On top of it, no rain… :-) :-) :-)

Few more weekend pics are yet to come… watch this space.

My other Copenhagen Posts:
Getting Colder….
Can we adapt one more day?
That entertaining one hour…?
286th post


Anonymous Brindha said...

Just to let you know that I am back into the blogging world after the loooooooong break. I hope to be consistent now. So welcome back to viewing my blog page.

Sunday, November 19, 2006 4:57:00 AM  
Blogger Krishnakumar said...

Awesome Snaps...That was a virtual tour!

Monday, November 20, 2006 9:05:00 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

hi brinda.. welcome. seems ur blog has some interestind entries too.. keep visiting..

KK.. thnx :-)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006 8:49:00 AM  

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