Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
salty old queen of the sea
Copenhagen, in Danish Kobenhaven (merchant’s harbour) is Scandinavia’s largest city with a population of over a million. Originally a Viking settlement it became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century . Since the completion of the transnational Oresund bridge in 2000 it has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish city of Malmo. It is now an important financial hub. Copenhagen university which was founded in 1497 is the oldest university in Scandinavia. Continue reading “Cruise stop Copenhagen”
Tallinn the capital city of Estonia has a fairy tale quality with narrow cobblestone alleys, red domed towers and a beautiful orthodox cathedral.
Since I last updated this blog, Bill and I have been away on a cruise from Bristol to St. Petersburg aboard M.S. Magellan with Cruise and Maritime Voyages (C.M.V.) I have long wanted to visit some more of the former Soviet Union countries of Eastern Europe and we were lucky enough to visit East Germany, Estonia and Russia as well as making brief stops in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. I hope to share some impressions and photos over the next few weeks.
Bristol is my home city and I love it . The area around Bristol harbour is particularly popular with tourists and I think it is a lovely place for families to spend a couple of days. If you are planning to visit Bristol with children I have a few suggestions of activities you might enjoy. The Bristol tourist office is located on the harbourside and they have a good selection of leaflets, maps and souvenirs. They are also happy to answer any questions.
Bristol used to be an important port but the river Avon is too narrow and tidal for large modern boats to navigate. The old harbour has been transformed into a popular area for leisure with museums, art galleries, cafes and bars.
In a few weeks time, thousands of music lovers will again be descending on the small Somerset town of Glastonbury for the music festival. Local rumour has it that Paul McCartney might take to the pyramid stage this year. For a few days a huge tented city will appear and ageing hippies and others will be able to escape their everyday lives.
This weekend we visited Cardiff, the capital of Wales. It is a short hop across the Severn bridge from Bristol and we were able to catch a bus from Bristol to Newport and change for Cardiff.
We wanted to go to the RHS flower show which is held annually in Bute Park next to Cardiff Castle. The Royal Horticultural Society is a charity which was set up to encourage an interest in gardening. Cardiff flower show is the first show of the season and is held in April This means that you have a chance to buy plants in time for the summer. It is smaller and less crowded than the more famous shows like Chelsea. Continue reading “Cardiff Review of the RHS flower show”