TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby Nrthwnd » Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:10 pm

Awesome pre-tour stuff Gary! You really toured around the city, didn't you?
<sighs> I used to do that, arrive a few days in advance, and tour around...

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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby carolinacaniac » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:57 am

Well Bill, I just so happen to have more here for you and everyone else to check out....

Day 1.4: Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid Statue

So the first day of cultural exploring of Copenhagen before the theme park portion of this trip included a visit to the Nyhavn area near the canal and to see the Little Mermaid Statue, one of the best known symbols of Copenhagen. So let's take a look at what we saw....
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Had a chance to meet one of the locals while strolling along to Nyhavn :)
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This was a pretty cool thing we saw on one of the construction walls near Nyhavn. It was called the Happy Wall and you could flip panels to create words or symbols on the wall.
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And here we have Nyhavn, or "New Haven" if you went with the English version
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The buildings date back as far as the 1600's, and sit right along the canal.
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As you walk down the path along the canal, you find many options for dinning.
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A look at the canal and the other side, which wasn't quite as "busy" if you will.
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Anytime I saw a sign that had the word "Fart" in it, I giggled like a 8 year old kid :)
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The canal had a lot of nice older ships and boats....
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....and some that are not as nice to look at.
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Where we decided to have dinner for the night. This would create an opportunity to do something that I had not yet done in this country....
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...try their Pizza!!! A little pricey (around $20), but it was pretty good and filling!
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As we walked further down, we saw this nice ice cream shop that Jeff and I would come back to later on in the evening after seeing the Little Mermaid
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Another look back at Nyhavn
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Off in the distance you could see one of the churches of Copenhagen on the other side of the main canal. I don't remember the denomination though.
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There was also a nice park right on the main canal and across the canal you could see the Opera House
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I see you retired submarine!
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And little did we know that we would actually be going to that large warehouse on the other side as that is where they had the extreme ropes course we would take on after our day at Bakken.
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And there she is, the Little Mermaid. I believe this statue was commissioned by Carl Jacobsen, who was one of the founders of the brewery that would become Carlsberg.
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Here you can find out more information about her.
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As you can see, there were not too many people here. We would see another time just how busy this place could get.
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Another look.
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Across the canal in the background.
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And a side view. Now that we have seen this symbol of the city, let's head back.
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Another church. While I am not entirely a very religious person, I still appreciate the architecture of some cathedrals and churches
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This was a rather fascinating fountain. and very elaborate.
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Not sure if I understand what was going on here, but.....
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...this one was pretty easy to understand....he spits :)
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So as we headed back towards Nyhavn en route to go back to the hotel for the night, we walked down this street, and it led us to see something really neat that is part of the tradition of the Royal Army.
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The street would lead us to Amalienborg Palace, which is the royal residence of Queen Margrethe II.
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Here they have guards on duty at all times to protect the Queen.
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Every two hours they have smaller guard changes, and at noon each day they have the complete changing of the guard, complete with the royal army marching band. Since this was night time it was not the full fledged changing of the guard, but still neat to watch.
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Here are the new guards that will replace the old ones.
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So here is what they did at each guard station. The commander stops the company...
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....one guard steps out of the formation towards the station...
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...He then faces the guard he will replace (sometimes one would be left at the station even when two were there)....
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.....they swap places....
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...the old guards join the company...
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....they begin to march....
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...and head for the next station.
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Here the officer has replaced all of the old guards.
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The commanding officer then goes on to replace the commanding officer of the old guards.
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And here we have all of the old gaurds
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That leaves one thing to do....
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Peace out!!!! We came back the next day to see the main changing of the guard as you will see in a later update.
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I found it rather interesting that they had a monument to Franklin D. Roosevelt in Copenhagen. Although they may attribute him to being part of the success in defeating the Germans in Europe during World War II.
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So as we made our ice cream stop, we had a chance to see this place at night, which was quite a pretty place.
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And just at the beginning of this place was this large anchor.
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Somehow I am wondering if Ross was here at the Happy Wall :)
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And we wrap up this update with a little tribute to the main reason why many of us came here. Thanks for checking out this update! Day two will be coming up next!
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Aug 16, 2014 2:05 pm

Ha! And I bet you thought that was the only pizza you'd be having, hmm? :wink:
(looked good from here, by the way) So much to see, just strolling around. That
wall is pretty cool too (the 'moving' tiles).

Great pre-Tour so far, Gary! :smile:
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby carolinacaniac » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:24 am

Alright, time to get this Photo TR rolling again with the next update...

Day 2.1: Copenhagen Canal Tour

So the second day of sight seeing before the official TPR tour began was another day of visiting landmarks and attractions of Copenhagen. After having gone to the Viking Ship Museum, The Round Tower, Rosenborg Palace, Nyhavn and the Little Mermaid Statue the day before, it was time to take a Canal Tour of Copenhagen to start day 2. Jeff and I would also go to see the full Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace, Christansborg Palace and Carlsberg Brewery. This next update is focused on the Canal Tour, and what a beautiful day it was for a boat ride! Just take a look below!
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As we begin our day, we make our way to Gammel Strand, where we can use our Copenhagen Cards for a canal tour of the city.
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And this is the company that gives the tours. If you are in Copenhagen, I strongly suggest the tour! It is a nice way to see many historical buildings, and tours are available in several languages including English.
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And here is the dock where we would board our boat for the tour.
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Across the canal is Christiansborg Palace, the building that houses Denmark's Parliament, as well as the royal state rooms where the Danish Monarchy receive guests such as other world leaders. Jeff and I would visit this palace later in the day as there were several exhibits to enjoy there.
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The canal that circles around Christianborg is popular for small boats and kayaks.
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There were also a few swans, including a baby swan (Never seen a baby swan before).
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And here was our boat for the tour, the H.C. Andersen, named after the one and only Hans Christian Andersen
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And away we go!
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This was our tour guide, who's name eludes me right now, but he was very informative, and could offer the tour in about three or four languages!
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While I don't recall the use of this building, I do remember they referred to it as the Dragon Tower, because the sculpture on top was that of dragons with their tails spiraling around each other.
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See the dragons?
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Taking a look back at Christianborg as we head out to the main part of the canal.
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After going under this bridge, we were out into the main part of the canal that would lead to the sea.
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And here we are in the main canal.
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Awesome to see so many sailboats in Copenhagen
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And right there is the end of Nyhavn.
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Looking right into the canal that Nyhavn sits along.
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On the other side of the canal again is the Copenhagen Opera House. I would imagine that some evenings would be great at you could enjoy the night right on the canal after taking in the show.
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So we then went into a smaller side canal for some more sites.
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I still love this city!
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Down this was more of a residential area where people could live and store their boats right in the water.
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This building was really cool....
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....Because you could literally drive you boat into it!
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These buildings were old barracks for the Danish Navy when they used to house their naval training center in this area.
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A bit of a fixer upper, but having a place right on the water can't be too bad :)
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On the other side is Chistiana, an area known for it's hippie population.
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The hippies just started to move to the area some time ago and they made their own little neighborhood. Might have to check it out sometime.
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And here we see a naval ship at port.
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Across the water, you could see one of our future stops of the day, Amalienborg Palace.
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Another canal tour boat passing by.
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Submarine
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Another view of Danish Naval Ships
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This is the Royal Yacht.....Not too shaby!
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As you can see, the royal yacht crew is working to keep it cleaned and maintained.
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I'll bet that would be a nice boat to go into the sea with.
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A Danish Military Academy if I remember right. I know it was a military facility
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Another view
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And another.
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Now this is one of the reasons why I was glad that Jeff and I went to see the Little Mermaid Statue the day before in the evening....
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...Look at the crowd! Granted it isn't a lot in total, but it still would not be as easy to move around the statue to take pictures from multiple angles.
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What is neat is that the Canal Tour Boats will stop for a bit to take pictures from the other side.
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To steal a line from my role with Disney at the Jungle Cruise...."And here it is folks, the moment you have been waiting for.....the backside of mermaid!!"
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As you can see, the Little Mermaid Statue is a popular stop for visitors of Copenhagen.
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So now we start to head back towards Gammel Strand, but there was still more to see on the way.
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The Royal Yacht and Opera House again.
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I still love places with waterfronts like this!
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These buildings add a lot of character to the canal.
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Another sailboat
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Another look at Amalienborg Palace, which would be visited later
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So we went down another side canal to see more of the residential areas of Copenhagen, this side I believe is one of the more modern areas.
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Another area to park your boats.
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So many boats!
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The spiral tower here is that of the Church of Our Saviour. You can walk to the top of it by the staircase that is in the spiral.
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Sure is a nice to sit and enjoy the weather along the canal. I certainly wouldn't mind it.
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I like how many of the bridges here would tell you what year they were built.
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Another look at the tower of the church.
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And this, as the tour guide called it, is the most photographed tree in all of Copenhagen. As the boat comes out from the previous bridge, people would try to take pictures of the church like previous one, but because they wait too long to take it, they end up with a picture of this tree instead. A neat little anecdote from the guide.
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I cannot say it enough how much I love the architecture of this city!
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We would be visiting their brewery later in the day.
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A look back at where we were.
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As I mentioned, this is the more modern part of Copenhagen
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And that building strait ahead and on the other side of the main canal....
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...that is the Royal Library of Denmark. While some might think it an odd design for a library, it reminded my a little bit of the main branch of the Seattle Public Library in Downtown Seattle.
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And this bubble I seem to recall was a sort of greenhouse type exhibit of a natatorium.
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So now we start to wind down on the tour and begin heading back to the dock, but we still get to go around Christainsborg Palace and see a few more sites.
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Another large boat.
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If you wanted to know, that is what it is called.
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So many low bridges, I guess it is a good thing the canal tour boats are short :)
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Many of the bridges had artwork likes this built into them as well.
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Ahead would be the most challenging bridge for our boat driver.
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This is the name of it.
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And this is why....that is one tiny hole....(That's what he said!)
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This is uncomfortably close!!!!
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And when you get out to the other side, you have to try and get this long boat to make a sharp turn....notice the tires on the wall there.....I think a few boats didn't make it!
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Luckily we had a good driver and he kept us afloat!
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Hello again Christiansborg!
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And we made it back to the dock!
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If you ever have an opportunity to visit Copenhagen, I strongly suggest taking in a canal tour by these guys. Definitely worth it!
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And this was our boat, the H.C. Andersen!
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Thank you Canal Tours Copenhagen for an enjoyable ride!
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And thank you TPR readers for checking out this update! There will be more cultural updates to follow, and then some great Scandinavian parks as we join fellow TPR travelers.
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby mattnz » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:04 pm

What a beautiful city! Great photos Gary.
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:45 pm

Canal tours are awesome! Whenever me and David get to Amsterdam, we always try to
go on a different canal tour there. There are several that go different routes, which is great.

And can that Little Mermaid ever get more attention? :lol:

Great tour from the waterways, Gary.
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby carolinacaniac » Sat Aug 30, 2014 3:24 pm

Thanks Matt and Bill!

This was one of my "must do" things on the trip for my culture days and I am really glad I did it.

I am in Tampa working at the USF football game tonight but have the day off so the next part should be up tomorrow.
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby carolinacaniac » Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:48 pm

Welcome back to another update of the pre-tour culture before the 2014 Scandinavia Tour! This time I bring to you...

Day 2.2: The Royal Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace

If you remember from one of the previous updates, Amalienborg Palace is the residence of the Royal Family of Denmark. Because of this, there are guards on duty at all times to protect the palace. Every day at Noon they have the full changing of the guard, and this is what we would be viewing. Many people are familiar with the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace in London as it is a very large event. The one in Copenhagen is not quite as large, but is similar and also been a tradition of the nation for many years. So let's take a look at what happened!

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Here we are again at Amalienborg Palace waiting for the Changing of the Guard

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As you can see, the guards are still fulfilling their duty of guarding the palace.

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Much like the previous day, there were one or two guards at each station.

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Getting a picture with one of the guards!

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It looks like something is about to happen soon

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Here the crowd has gathered to watch the changing of the guard.

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The guard standing at ease.

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Now he is at attention, it must signify something is about to happen

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Out comes the rest of the old guard, whom will be replaced.

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Here we have the old guard who will be replaced with the new guard once the change is complete

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As the clock strikes 12, it is time for the guard to change.

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And down the street comes the new guard with the military band towards Amalienborg Palace

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And the new guard has arrived to the courtyard.

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More of the band

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Drum corps.

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And here is the new guard who will take the place of the old.

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Here is the full company that just arrived to the courtyard.

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The new guard who will assume the task of guarding the palace

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and the band.

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Now begins the "Change" in the Changing of the Guard

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Now begins the "Change" in the Changing of the Guard

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The new guard assumes the duty of guarding the palace....

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... and the old guard now joins the band that accompanied the new guard

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Now the new guard is on duty

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Here is a clip that I shot of one of the songs the band played during the changing of the guard
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I believe they also played the Danish National Anthem after that song

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Take a bow!

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Here comes what I believe is the rest of the old guard

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From that room, they would go on the walk to the other side of the courtyard

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And right through the crowd

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Afterwards, the old guard exits with the band

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That's the end of their duty for now.

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And thus we are left with half of the new guard on one side....

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...and half on the other, thus they would eventually go on to replace each guard at each station just as they had the night before.

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And that completes this update of the cultural portion of the pre-tour activities. Up next, Jeff and I would go on to Christiansborg Palace to see different exhibits such as the Royal State Rooms, The Palace Ruins and the Royal Stables. Thanks for checking it out! More to come soon!
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The old guard and new guard now swap places
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Here is the completed full change of the guard.
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Postby carolinacaniac » Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:02 pm

Hello Again Everyone,

So I realize that it has been about two months since I last updated this, so it's time for another one....

Day 2.3: Christiansborg Palace, Part 1-The Royal State Rooms

So after getting to see the Royal Changing of the Guard at Amalienborg Palace, Jeff and I made our way to Christiansborg Palace, which is the current home of the Danish Parliament. When you go to visit Christiansborg, they have three different attractions to visit, which include the ruins of previous palaces that had once stood on the same spot of the current palace, the Royal Stables where the Royal Horses are kept, and our first stop at the palace, the Royal Staterooms. On this self-guided tour you see the current throne of the Royal Family that is used when they greet official guests of the nation as well as the doorway to the balcony where members of the royal family would be presented to the people of Denmark (Such as if a new baby was born, or a new king/queen was coroneted). So let's go check the palace out!
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So here we are again in the neighborhood of Christiansborg Palace, but this time we are going to go inside and look around!
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It's always a good sign that you can enter if they have the door open for you.
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The entry hallway
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I love the architecture of this palace.
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A look towards the middle of the palace.
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Good thing the Danish have Jeff on hand to guard the palace!
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Although I am not Danish, I am ready to stand guard for it!
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And this door leads to the first stop of our tour of the palace....the Royal State Rooms
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The welcome sign.
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The ticket to the state room. Each corner can be removed based on which of their three attractions you are visiting. (All of these are covered with the Copenhagen Card.)
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We had to wear these little booties for this part of the tour, but it sure helped to keep the staterooms clean!
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One of the hallways that lead to the different rooms
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The first of the state rooms we would see. This one used for social gatherings of officials and heads of state.
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Royal dishes.
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Another angle of the room
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Here you could see out into the courtyard in the middle of the palace grounds.
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A picture of the room in use
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Another look.
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I was also a fan of the elegance of the stairways that went from floor to floor.
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As you can see, my booties are helping to keep the carpet clean!
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One of the grand dinning rooms where they host state dinners. If I am not mistaken, I think there was a picture somewhere from a time that President George W. Bush along with Laura Bush had dinner with the royal family here.
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This room had a number of quilts hung on the walls, and in some ways it reminded me of the murals that were on display in the National Palace in Mexico City.
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Many of the quilts depicted different aspects of Danish History, and the boarder contained the images of people who played a significant part of Danish History.
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A closer look at the people in the boarders
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Another assembly room
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The room in use
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The palace also had some very large paintings as well.
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Here is a look at the family tree of the Danish Royal Family
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And by going through this doorway, you are lead to the current royal Throne of Denmark.
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Another angle of the Throne Room
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Closer look at the throne
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This door leads to the balcony in which the royal family would be presented to the people of Denmark
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A look through another window of the view from this side of the palace.
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This room is the highest room that is directly underneath the large tower on the top of the palace.
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They have this piano here. Almost tempting to play "Great Balls of Fire" on it, but there was one problem.....I don't know how to play piano
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And thus we come towards the end of the tour of the State Rooms
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A grand stairway for our return to the ground floor.
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I felt so regal as I made my way down the steps!
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A suggestive statue, or so it seemed to me :)
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A famous soldier of the Danish military
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And these columns were very neat.
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One of the places in which the royal family would make appearances as shown in this image
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And here Jeff does his best impersonation of the statue. Next up we have a visit to the Ruins of the former palaces on the grounds of Christiansborg Palace, along with the Royal Stables. Then will be the final update of the cultural portion of this report, a visit to Carlsberg Brewery. Thanks for checking this update out everyone! Hope you will come back for more!
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Re: TPR's 2014 Scandinavia Tour according to Gary

Postby carolinacaniac » Sat Nov 22, 2014 5:57 am

Hello again everyone!

So there are two more culture based updates that I will be posting, and then we will get into the meat and potatoes of the TPR Scandinavia Trip, the different parks that we visited! For now, here is the next part of the cultural updates.....

Day 2.4: Christiansborg Palace, Part 2-The Ruins and Royal Stables

In the previous update, Jeff and I had done the first of three different exhibits at Christiansborg Palace, the Royal State Rooms. In this update you will see the other two exhibits, the Ruins and the Royal Stables. The Ruins are the remains and artifacts from the previous palaces that had once been built on the same piece of land that the current Christiansborg Palace stands. Ranging from pieces of décor to old foundations and walls of the previous palaces. In the Royal Stables, you can see the royal horses as well as the royal carriages that have been utilized when the royal family makes appearances throughout Copenhagen. So let's take a look around!
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Next stop, the Ruins of Christiansborg Palace
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This exhibit gets two thumbs up!
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When you get to the exhibit underneath the palace, you can take a look at the layout of the exhibit and even see where the current palace sits in relation to your location.
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A little bit of history about the different palaces of Denmark. My recollection is that they kind of alternated from the location of the current Christiansborg palace to another location then back to the current location then to another location then back to the current location again. Repeating until we get to the present day Christiansborg Palace. Most of the previous palaces that stood on this spot had been destroyed by fires, thus necessitating a new one.
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And here is some rubble from one of the previous palaces.
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And this was a part of the old sewage system of a previous palace.
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.....That's right, there had been a few royal flushes through this.
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a part of an old foundation from a previous palace.
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Pieces of different bricks that have been used by the different palaces over time.
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Another wall from one of the old palaces.
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"Yeah Bob, just shift it closer to me. Doesn't look quite level yet. If we're going to intimidate our enemies, then we are going to do so the right way!"
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Ye olde buckets!
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So as mentioned before, most of the previous palaces on this site suffered the same fate...burning to the ground.
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Jeff finds the way to the second part.
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"I do say Robert, the leveling is very well done! This will surely be an effective deterrent!
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Here you can see previous palaces of the Royal Family
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This one looks very similar to the current palace
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Some of them had a more unique layout
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The most common feature being the tall tower on one side, as seen in the current palace.
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A piece of one of the former palaces
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I assume that this was decoration of the exterior of one of the palaces
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Here you can find old wood that was used in previous palace construction
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Really large tooth picks maybe?
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More palace decor
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Jeff doesn't seem to mind getting into tight spaces ;)
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Here you can see more rubble from palaces past
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This was kind of neat to see a comparison of traditional foundations of previous palaces compared to the modern foundation supports of the current palace. Although this is probably more for the purpose of this exhibit. Still cool though.
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And this is an old well that was once utilized in a previous palace.
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So as you move on to the next exhibit, again you can kind of see the similarity between the current palace to the previous ones.
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And this statue is symbolic of our next exhibit...
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...The Royal Stables. Home of the horses of the Danish Royal Family
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These horses are used for appearances of the royal family like that shown in the picture. One of the biggest events with their utilization is on New Years Day when the Royal Family rides from their residence at Amalienborg Palace to Christiansborg Palace, and they greet officials of the Danish Parliament, and in return the members of Parliament can offer their best wishes to the Royal Family for the new year.
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Here is some of the equipment that has been utilized for the royal horses
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And old saddle
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Clothing of the royal mounted military as well as the royal coachmen
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An older royal carriage. This one utilized back just before the turn of the 19th century.
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And here we go into the stables
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A bit of information about the horses.
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And here is one of the royal horses. To my knowledge, the Danish Royal Family has always used white horses.
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The stalls in which the royal horses are bathed
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One of the open-air royal carriages...
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...and an enclosed one.
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They have quite a collection of carriages. I don't recall which, if any, of them are still in use and which are retired.
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They also offer other colors as well.
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A look at the set up for the royal carriage with the bridles and the coachman on top of a carriage. Would be really neat to have seen an actual royal ride in person, but this was still very cool!
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And a look back towards the stables where the horses are kept.
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What is neat is that just outside the stable, but still within the palace grounds in an open area where the horses are able to exercise. Not a bad view od the palace either.
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And as you exit the other side of the palace, you walk above the canal that was part of the canal tour. More specifically, there is the tight squeeze tunnel.
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And that concludes our visit to Christansborg Palace. I hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to one more cultural update...Mine and Jeff's visit to Carlsberg Brewery. Following that update will be the first of the park updates that are a part of the 2014 Theme Park Review Scandinavia Tour. Thanks again everyone for checking it out and your feedback thus far!
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