Copenhagen Denmark 

Amalienborg Palace in Copenhagen is the winter home of the Royal Danish Family. It was originally built to accommodate high ranking aristocratics but after a fire destroyed their palace it became the Royal home. Four buildings surround a plaza area which is guarded by soldiers. One of the buildings is now a museum which allows visitors to see how the royal family lived and it also houses the Crown Jewels.


In Nyhavn Harbor sits the Little Mermaid statute. Han Christian Anderson’s story ends quite differently than the popular Disney movie. Such a small statue draws a huge crowd!



Berlin Germany
After traveling on the Oceana ship Marina overnight we arrived in Germany to take a motor coach to Berlin. The ride was approximately 3 hours and the countryside was mostly farmland. We briefly stopped at the Charlottenburg Palace which unfortunately was undergoing repairs and was closed.


We then traveled to Checkpoint Charlie where volunteers now man the booth. 


We saw several sections of the Berlin Wall that is still standing. One long section has been painted with murals by artists from all over the world. The walkways and roads have a double brick path which traces the actual length of the original Berlin Wall.


 

The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most important monuments with over 200 years of history.


And of course some shopping and a cappuccino topped off the day on a high note.