Day 0 - Copenhagen (Tivoli Gardens)

On our way to Tivoli Gardens. No comments on the waistline, please. It only gets worse as the trip goes on.


Another crazy bridal party celebrating through the Copenhagen streets. These gals were seriously smashed and having a good time!


Statue of Hans Christian Anderson whose famous quote, "To Travel is to Live," we fully embraced. The statue's knee is shiny because this is a popular spot for many traveling young tourists to sit and pose by baring themselves for the camera. ... Or so it is said.


Weather indicator on the top of a building. If the girl on the bicycle is coming out, the weather is improving. If the girl with the umbrella is coming out, the weather is turning bad.


Here's to the girl on the bicycle!


Mini Taj Mahal inside Tivoli Gardens, a famous amusement park and garden in Copenhagen. The park opened on 15 August 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world, the most visited theme park in Scandinavia and the fourth most visited in Europe.


The lush garden part of the park.


Tivoli has a small central lake.


Schooner on the lake.


Well kept flower gardens.


Nice benches to sit and enjoy the views.


Another lovely flower bed.


Founded in 1843 and inspired by the romantic pleasure gardens in Europe of the day, Tivoli's founder, George Carstensen, convinced Denmark's King Christian VIII to give him the land by telling him, "When the people are amusing themselves, they do not think about politics."


Nancy enjoying the gorgeous flowers.


Suddenly we find ourselves in the middle of a parade! The Tivoli Boys Guard holds 102 boys between the ages of 9 and 16, who practice year round and perform during Tivoli's summer and Halloween seasons. The musical education, which is of the highest quality and demanding, is free and for many the Boys' Guard is the start of a professional musical career. Check out this YouTube video at


They were pretty good, we thought.


The central fountain in the middle of the gardens.


We happened to be there when afternoon the musical performance was given - a big band sound.


Around dusk we found a nice restaurant with an outdoor patio, so we could listen to the band playing. Our waiter was VERY enthusiastic and helpful in pouring Nancy's gazpacho.


After dinner we wandered back out of Tivoli. Twilight turns the park magical.


We were too tired at this point to stop for the performance about to take place, but the stage was very ornate!


So long, Tivoli. Thanks for entertaining us this afternoon.


On the walk back to our hotel, there was a rock concert going on in the square near the city offices. A fragrant aroma filled the air.


Concert revelers. Lots of drinking and lots of smoking going on.


We ended the day bone tired, but fulfilled. So many sights! And our cruise hasn't even started yet!

Tomorrow morning we'll do some more sight seeing in Copenhagen, then board the cruise around noon. See the pics from tomorrow, Day 1 of our Baltic Capitals tour. Or return to the Main Menu to see something else.