Date: Monday, July 7, 1958
Place: Copenhagen, Denmark
Weather: Rather Cool!
Started off the morning with an hour’s tour of the harbor by boat. On the way back, stopped to take a picture of the Little Mermaid, the most photographed gal in Europe. (We were able to get a picture of us on our trip on a post-card!)
Ate lunch in this place called The Giraffe. We had little pins, and also Ugly Duckling pins by our plates, very cute. Lunch started off with an open-faced sandwich that was almost a meal in itself and ended with a delicious strawberry tart.
Sue and I began our shopping at Den Permanente‘s where they have all these handmade things. I just loved their Christmas decorations, figures, and mobiles, so spent a small fortune on these (only a total is listed: $16.93). Also, got the Little Mermaid charm (gold, $7.23) for my bracelet and a spoon (sterling, $1.59). Finally got a Fielding’s currency guide ($3.45) which really helps.
Decided I really looked like an orphan so got my hair cut in this real exclusive Max Factor place, and just dreaded to look at the bill – only about $1.00. Surprise!
Everyone got really dressed up for dinner (I wore my black dress that Dad got me in Florida) and we went to a place called Seven Small Homes. (The best yet). First we all trooped down to the wine cellar for a glass of sherry and then back up stairs to eat in the Artists Room complete with a 3-piece orchestra playing music from My Fair Lady and South Pacific. Had our pictures taken at the tables, and dessert was really something, complete with sparklers, an elephant carved out of ice and served on a platter (ice cream – whipped cream – strawberries).
The Little Mermaid is a bronze statue that was created by artist Edvard Eriksen. The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen and was a gift to the City of Copenhagen. The piece was completed in 1913.
Jacobsen was inspired by a ballet about the fairytale in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre. The lead ballerina, Ellen Price, was asked to model for the statue but she declined to pose in the nude. In her place, Eriksen’s wife Eline posed for body of the sculpture.
The Little Mermaid is the most photographed statue in Denmark and is one of the top tourist destinations in Copenhagen. There are conflicting stories about whether or not the statue on display is the original – some believe that the artist’s family has the original sculpture at an undisclosed location.