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Date: Sunday, July 6, 1958
Copenhagen, Denmark

Got up this morning at the un-earthly hour of 6:00, and got off the train at 7:00 only to find that our guide wasn’t there! After waiting around a half-hour we took taxis to our HOTEL MINERVA and were preparing to eat in the dining-room when our guide rushed in. (She had been waiting on the other side of the tracks). Come to find out we were to eat breakfast in the station, so we got back in the bus and went back. Had some wonderful Danish pastries! Also received three letters.

Actually, I think it is too much to get off the train and then spend the whole day sight-seeing. I get pretty tired. (Missed mass again.)

We went to Elsinore and visited Hamlet’s castle. Next we went to the Casino for a delicious smorgasbord: delicious shrimp and a wonderful whip-cream dessert loaded with strawberries.

Kronborg Castle

Kronborg Castle, Elsinore. Image courtesy of Dennis Jarvis via a Creative Commons license.

After lunch, Eric, our guide, who teaches high school English and thinks there is no other place but Denmark in the world, took us to see a stork in its huge nest on some-one’s roof, and then to Frederiksborg Castle where we went through almost a million rooms!

We have single rooms in our hotel, done in aqua and green with our own bath-rooms (real modern!)

Went to Tivoli (12 color slides, $1.80), ate in the Peacock, had steak, and huge strawberry splits, then Judy, Laurie, and I spent ’til 11:30 in the Park (fabulous place). Had a hot-dog, soft-ice, and our pictures taken. Rode the merry-go-round too.

Tivoli Gardens was founded in 1843 by Georg Carstensen. It was then that King Christian VIII granted Carstensen a five-year license to create the amusement park on approximately 15 acres outside of Vesterport. The park now occupies 20 acres in the center of Copenhagen.

Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Among Tivoli’s famous visitors were Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney.

The park is home to one of the world’s oldest wooden roller coasters, Rutschebanen. The ride was built at the 1914 Baltic Fair and was moved to Tivoli in 1915. The coaster requires a brakeman to manage the ride’s speed when going down hills and around turns.

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