We are Living the Dream

John and I are married, retired and love to travel. We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. We are living the dream and are ambition is too visit as many countries before we are too old to travel and enjoy what this wonderful world has to offer..
Living in: Camperdown NSW, Australia
  • Day30

    Camperdown Castle

    January 16 in Australia

    After leaving our Hotel in Copenhagen and walking in the door at Camperdown Castle it has been around 36 hours. We are now home, and our Scandinavian Adventure is over. We had a fabulous time seeing lots of interesting museums, awe inspiring castles, beautiful scenery, learnt a lot about the countries we visited, had adventures on snow mobiles, reindeer sleigh, husky sled rides , saw the northern lights, passed over the Arctic Circle twice, sailed the west coast of Norway. met some lovely people and sat on Santa's knee at his home on Christmas Eve before left to deliver everyone's Christmas Gifts.Read more

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  • Day29

    Dubai - Sydney

    January 15 in the United Arab Emirates

    Finally arrived, Dubai was fogged in and we could not land. Yes, that's right fog not sand. We left Heathrow a few hours late in hope that the fog would clear, alas it did not. So we had to land in Muscat and refuel, we have now landed in Dubai and await the last leg of our Scandinavian Adventure running 5 hours late.

  • Day28

    Heathrow London - Dubai

    January 14 in the United Kingdom

    Interesting flight it was a very easy flight but we had children all around us, the row in front was excellent and even the children in the rows a few in front were very good. The row behind not so good the 3 children kept changing seats with mum and dad and kicking the seats. I let it go as it was a short flight to London. However, the gentleman in the row next to us was not so easy. He must of complained a few times as their Dad said well at least you only have them for a little while we have them for the next 26 hours to Sydney. We thought no way and hope they are sitting somewhere else on the flight home. Stopover in Dubai.Read more

  • Day28

    Copenhagen to London

    January 14 in Denmark

    Today we are leaving Copenhagen and the 3 bears at Anderson Hotel are reading the paper and playing cards as they waved us goodbye.

    The holiday is just about over, a few more airports and we will be back in Sydney. Currently sitting in the lounge in Copenhagen and about to start my Woolworths shopping online so we have food in the afternoon of the day we arrive back at Camperdown Castle.

    Next post will be in London.Read more

  • Day27

    Helsingor : Day 3

    January 13 in Denmark

    To be or not to be a tourist in Copenhagen.

    Our day started with a short walk to the train station and a 40 min train ride to Helsingor to visit Kronborg Castle which was built in 1420. It’s been burned to the ground and rebuilt since, but always maintained its vital position at the head of the Oresund Sound. Ships passing into the Baltic Sea paid tolls at Kronborg Castle and Helsingor which was once one of the most important towns in Europe. The castle was also immortalised by Shakespeare's Hamlet. Whilst this castle is very important it does not appear to have been decorated as elaborately as other castles we have visited. It does have the largest ballroom in a castle in Northern Europe and some very lovely tapestries. We also walked along tunnels under the castle which were a bit spooky as they had very little lighting. The town of Helsingor was like going back in time most of the buildings were built 1500 and 1600.

    We returned back to the hotel late afternoon and later at night had dinner at a Danish restaurant next door Frk Barners Kaelder.
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  • Day26

    Another full day walking around Copenhagen, however, we only actually went to 2 attractions. The first was the National Museum where we wandered around for 4 hours. This museum is quite large and has many exhibits we have not seen before. The Egyptian and Greenland section were incredible so much information and exhibits. We left brain dead and very tired so we went to a little cafe for lunch/afternoon tea before we then walked to the nearby Christiansburg Palace. This time to see the ruins of the original castles.

    The castle we visited today has been rebuilt numerous times on the same site. The first Castle was Bishop Absalon’s Castle from 1167 it is the biggest and oldest ruins under Christiansborg Palace, the wall protected the Castle from pirates.

    Another big ruin under the castle is the foundation of the infamous Blue Tower, the biggest tower in Copenhagen’s castle. Here, political prisoners and other criminals were held captive. The most famous prisoner was Christian IV’s favourite daughter, Leonora Christine. She was held captive for almost 22 years.

    After 1369, Copenhagen Castle was rebuilt on top of the remains of Absalon’s Castle. The space was tight in the new castle and the kings broke down the building and built new ones.
    Christian IV wished to lay his mark on Copenhagen’s Castle. He added another floor to the Blue Tower with a flaunting copper spire.

    In the end, the foundation could not bear the enormous and heavy castle and it was clear that it was in danger of collapsing at any time. Christian VI tore down the castle and built a whole new one, the first Christiansborg Castle, completed in 1745.

    When casting the foundations of the present Christiansborg Palace, workers struck upon the ruins of older buildings and the remnants of the initial wall by accident. Experts were called in from the National Museum, and a close inspection revealed that the ruins dated back as far as 1167. 

    What they had come upon was Bishop Absalon's Castle, once situated on a tiny island off the Merchants' Harbour. Walking around the underground site, you get an idea of how the castle was continually renewed and developed.

    Exhausted after another full day we went back to the Hotel for the wine hour and a well earned rest before we hit the pavement again tomorrow.
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  • Day25

    On our walk we visited Amalienborg Palace and watched the changing of the guard ceremony. The Royal Guard march from Rosenborg Castle to Amalienborg Palace and we have read that the Queen must have been home as the guards were accompanied by the Royal Guards music band. We continued walking to Nyhavn which was originally a busy commercial port where ships from all over the world would dock. Today the beautiful old houses have been renovated and classy restaurants dominate the old port.

    Many of the houses lining the quays of Nyhavn have been the homes of prominent artists. Hans Christian Andersen, used to live in no. 20 which is where he wrote the fairy-tales The Tinderbox, Little Claus and Big Claus, and The Princess and the Pea. We continued walking around Copenhagen there so many statues and lovely buildings.
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  • Day25

    Christiania

    January 11 in Denmark

    Christiania was certainly an interesting place on our walk today. Is a self-proclaimed district of about 850 to 1,000 residents. It was temporarily closed to the public by the residents in April 2011. Christiania has been a source of controversy since its creation in a squatted military area in 1971. Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. In the years following 2004, measures for normalizing the legal status of the community led to conflicts, police raids and negotiations, however, the cannabis is prevalent in the area now, clearly being sold and smoked. I was even asked by security guard not to take a picture of Pusher Street (where the drugs are sold in stalls), I walked a few metres down the street and took one any way.Read more

  • Day25

    Little Mermaid

    January 11 in Denmark

    Today our walking adventures started in Copenhagen at 10 am and finished at 5 pm. We only sat down for a lunch for about 30 min so lots and lots of walking. We first walked to the little mermaid. The sculpture is on a rock by the waterside, she is 1.25 metres and based on the fairy tale by author Hans Christian Andersen, the small statue is a Copenhagen icon and has been a major tourist attraction since its unveiling in 1913. In recent decades it has become a popular target for defacement by vandals and political activists and a perch for sea birds.Read more

  • Day24

    Copenhagen

    January 10 in Denmark

    Our home for the next few days. On check in we received an upgrade which was lovely, however, when we went to the room we thought that this was an interesting upgrade: 2 bathrooms, which is nice, but no drawers in the room and the tiniest of wardrobes (you cannot even open it enough to put things in the safe) so we are hanging our coats and storing our bags in the second bathroom. What is nice about the Hotel are the little extra's; a goodies bag with chocolates and fruit, noodles in the fridge and even a free wine hour in the lounge. We are also in a central area so we can walk everywhere we need to go. The local restaurant area is close, it looks like an old meat packers area with some sections of the meat packing still being used, not as fancy as Meat Packers district in New York though. After a few wines in the lounge we went out for dinner. We wanted something we have not had for ages so we found hamburgers and fries at "Cock's and Cows" interesting name but nice food. Stayed tuned for our adventures in Copenhagen.Read more

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