Khertvisi Castle, Khertvisi, Georgia

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


We left Vienna on August 4, originally intending to take a train to Copenhagen.  We'd bought our train tickets months in advance on a super sale online, and I printed out our boarding pass to take with us.  Upon closer inspection, these tickets we'd gotten only went as far as Hamburg, Germany, and we had to do a small amount of scrambling to find the connector ticket from Hamburg to Copenhagen.  It wasn't actually too much trouble--the biggest issue was trying to find a place to stay in Hamburg overnight, since we happened to be making our way through during the big Gay Pride weekend that draws in thousands of tourists.  

Once we'd ironed out all our hiccups, we boarded our train from Hamburg to Copenhagen, and a little way out of town, our train boarded a boat.

This is our train.  On a ferry.

Here we are, on our train, on a boat.  How weird is that?

We made it into Copenhagen and had an awesome few days wandering around the town, riding the public transit boat-bus, and eating lots of yummy pastries.

The town hall square in Copenhagen

Another view of the square, this time with an odd fountain!

I think I want a horn like that.  It looks like a Dr. Seuss creation

There was a lot of really beautiful architecture and pretty scenery in Copenhagen

But luckily, people didn't seem to take themselves too seriously (or at least the people at 7-11 didn't)

The old stock exchange building was one of my favorites, I think

But the harbor was cool, too

I kept pointing out cool wooden doorway signs/house numbers to Sam on this trip as potential woodworking projects for him to embark on when we get back to America and have a place to live

Inside the old fortress there was a windmill and a cannon.  There was other stuff, too, but these were so photogenic

A pretty garden near the Little Mermaid statue, which we saw in the pouring rain and which Sam took pictures of with his camera, and which I don't have on my computer.  

This statue/fountain was way cooler than the Little Mermaid, though. It's a viking goddess who turned her four sons into bulls to clear the land that became Copenhagen. 

The dome of the Marble Church

Boats in the canals

The view from our boat-bus (a public transit "bus" that just happens to be a boat that travels back and forth up and down the main canal)

More boats

An international sandcastle festival was going on in Copenhagen while we were there

The marble church on the outside

Big ships and big clouds

Sam on our boat-bus ride

And then a self portrait on the boat

...which prompted another passenger to offer to take a regular picture of us.  I think this one is worse than the self portrait because it lacks that whole "we're taking a self portrait! haha!"-ness

We spent a whole lot of time one day in Tivoli Park, one of Europe's oldest amusement parks

Towards evening, Sam got an ice cream named "Thor"

This ice cream cone consisted of chocolate ice cream and cookies and cream ice cream in a waffle cone, topped with soft serve ice cream, whipped cream, raspberry sauce, chocolate sprinkles and a giant chocolate-covered marshmallow.

Even though it was a tough task, Sam vanquished Thor on the field of battle.  The halls of Valhalla surely await

Tivoli lights up nicely at night

See how pretty!

After Copenhagen, we flew to Iceland for many more Viking-themed adventures... Stay tuned for more on that!

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