Thursday, December 3, 2009

Just like a guide book.... but better.

Before you hop on a plane to Copenhagen,... because I know you're just about to book your flight, take note of the following top 3 can't miss spots .  Honestly, who needs Rick Steves when you have me? 

1. The Little Mermaid:  No one can go to the land of Hans Christian Andersen without seeing the monument which was paid tribute to him, and essentially put the city on the map.  Besides, there's nothing better than watching a bunch of Japanese men in suit and tie standing in front of the semi-clad woman on a rock, holding up their hands in the form of a peace sign.
2. Tivoli Gardens: A place where the the title is actually "I lov(e) it" spelled backwards can't be anything less than brilliant! Plus, it's nothing short of a fairytale land that inspired the imagination of H.C. Andersen and Walt Disney.  Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, Tivoli a park filled with amusement rides, wonderful restaurants, and during this time of year a huge Christmas market. It may not be entirely worth the entrance fee, even with the awesome lazer light show, but it is one heck of a site to see - especially in the evening when most other places are closed.

3.  The Round Tower: Europe's oldest functioning observatory, built in 1642 is your can't miss spot for the best view of the city.  It's just over 12 stories high, but has less than 12 steps to reach the top.  Did they have a stone age version of an elevator you ask?  No, although that would be really cool, they have a spiral ramp that leads all the way up to the top in order for the king to ride up to the observatory by horse and carriage. Over the years there have been many creative attempts to reach the top besides walking... or carriage.
In 1902 a German tourist drove his car up to the top, and in the past few decades an annual unicycle tournament has been held every spring to see who can be the first up AND down the slope on one wheel without touching the walls or falling down.  Record time is 1 minute and 48.7 seconds set in 1989... and once I hone my unicycle skills I'm sure the new record will be 1 minute and 47 seconds.

Ok, now you can click the purchase button.  Have a nice trip... and feel free to thank me later.

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