Day Twenty Three- Segway Tour and Christiania

Today we got into town early for our segway tour! I know it's kind of lame, but Alexander always wanted to ride a Segway and we got a discount from having the Copenhagen Pass. It was, however, a really great way to see the city! Unlike a bus tour, we were able to stop and got off at different sights and take photos, etc. We were also able to see more than if we were on a walking tour. 

Our first stop was Amalienborg. It's a square with 4 difference palaces. One that the Queen lives in, one that the Crown Prince lives in, one that visiting foreign dignitaries stay in, and one that is a museum. The complex is right across from Frederick's Church which the large dome in the back of the photos. 

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Our second stop was to see the Little Mermaid. Although she is quite small, she is a very popular sight for tourists. She is a character of Hans Christian Anderson's who is from Copenhagen.  

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Next, we drove through Kastellet, a star shaped military fortress. It was where the King would be taken in time of war to be protected. There are guard stations on the 5 tips of the star so that they can protect the King from all sides. 

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We also saw the outside of the Opera House that was donated by Maersk, the CEO of the largest container shipping company in the world. 

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Our last big stop was Nyhavn, or New Harbor. It is what many people think of when they picture Copenhagen- the colorful houses along the canal. There were many restaurants along the sides and large old ships that made it even more beautiful. 

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After our tour, we ate lunch on a quaint little street in the middle of town and then walked to Christiania. Christiania is a small colony inside of Copenhagen. In the 1970s, a group of young people claimed an 85 acre abandoned military base as a separate and independent community. To this day, it is independent. They have their own rules and the Copenhagen police do not enforce the law within their boundaries. However, Christiania is a very safe place and is a popular tourist attraction. In fact, there is a waiting list and you have to pass an interview process to live there!

Inside, everything is bright and colorful- all of the signs and buildings are covered with artwork! In the middle is a small market where vendors openly sell weed, along with artist-made products like jewelry and clothes. The vibe was very upbeat and friendly, there was a large sitting area in the market where people could hang out and absorb the atmosphere. However, I wouldn't advise it if you mind the smell! 

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Next, we went back to Maria's house and had another awesome traditional Danish meal! We made open faced sandwiches- a piece of rye bread with various toppings. We had sandwiches with different types of herring, Danish flat fish, roast beef, and small round pork cakes and fish cakes that I can't remember the name of! All of the combinations were delicious! For dessert we had rice pudding with cinnamon and sugar which was delicious also, but I was so full from my sandwiches!! 

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Afterwards, we had more fun with the girls. We played Just Dance and Alexander and Phillipa were rockin it! 

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