We've been gone. Finally! The big trip to celebrate retirement has happened. There has been a lot of life that has happened between December 2007 (retirement party for Jim) and May 2010 (trip to Scandinavia). Oh how we have needed that trip. It was inspiring and restorative to see the beauty of God's creation in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden.
So off we went to San Francisco International Airport. Packed and ready to go with passports in hand. Couldn't leave without one last taste of Mexican food.
All aboard for an 11 hour trip to Frankfurt, Germany and then on to Copenhagen, Denmark. Lufthansa Airlines whisked us away to Scandinavia on a 747 full to the brim with international travelers.
We arrive to be greeted by our lovely and knowledgeable guide, Kristina Larsson, from Sweden. She gets us to the Marriott Copenhagen and this view out our window. In the distance you can see a tower at Tivoli Gardens. According to our bodies, it is Friday morning. According to the clock, it is now around 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon.
We meet our traveling companions that evening and then we are off on our first excursion to Tivoli Gardens for dinner and a look around. The dinner was delicious......fish fillet, boiled potatoes, vegetables, a complimentary glass of wine and a yummy dessert. After dinner we strolled around the lovely gardens. Tivoli Gardens is part garden, part amusement park and part entertainment venue. It is right in the middle of the city of Copenhagen. Soon we were all drooping due to jet lag so it was back to the hotel and to bed.
Isn't it lovely? It rained a little while we were there but we enjoyed it anyway. What's a little rain when you are half-way around the world in Denmark.
No. The Little Mermaid has not been moved to Tivoli Gardens. This is a small replica loaned by the Ericksen family. The original is currently "visiting" China.
So this begins my blog about our trip. More to come later.