Friday, February 4, 2011

The Mermaid

Saule sleeping in the trailer

We took a ride out to see the Mermaid for the first time today. She is reputed as being one of the most photographed statues in the world, and is an icon of Copenhagen. We peddled across town and by the time we got close, Saule had fallen asleep in her trailer, so we dismounted and cut across a park on foot so we could talk. The bike riding we have done on the street here is very fast paced and not concussive to conversation, so it was nice to slow down and watch the world a little.

 We passed a grove of trees hiding pillbox forts from  WW2, winded our way through a military fort shaped like and a  star surrounded by a moat and several draw bridges.  We saw mute swans lumbering on the iced over canals, diving moorhens, and Japanese tourists.  Our GPS was slightly off on the location of the mermaid, but the small crowd lead us straight to her. Shortly after we arrived, it started to rain, and we were left alone on the shore with the fair maiden. Lots of travel reviews say she is a letdown, but I have to disagree. I thought she was really beautiful, perfectly placed, exactly what I expected.

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