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Bridges, Boats and Planes

At Sea – Saturday 27 July

The Great Belt Bridge is the suspension bridge or East bridge which – together with the Öresund or Øresund Bridge is part of the bridge/tunnel system connecting Sweden with Denmark.  We have previously talked about the Öresund or Øresund Bridge (see this post) but we DID NOT sail under it on 19 July after our call in Aarhus.  Emerald Princess cannot travel under or around the Øresund Bridge (which is on the eastern side of Denmark and which we could see from our hotel room in Copenhagen) due to the lack of depth in the water for the ship’s draught.

The road through the tunnel for the bridge starts at Copenhagen airport.  The bridge has been instrumental in many Danes purchasing lower priced properties in Sweden and even living there.  At the airport we spoke with a Swedish lady who commutes from Malmo four days a week.

Emerald Princess needs to sail around the island (Zealand) under the Great Belt Bridge in order to get to Copenhagen.  We passed under the Great Belt Bridge between 2030 and 2100 tonight.

The Great Belt Bridge – see the panorama at http://tinyurl.com/k5tf7l7

Aulia – Bombe Alaska

Joy with Mariana

Copenhagen, Denmark – Sunday 28 July

airport-security1Except for security, our transfer from the ship to Copenhagen Airport and onward flights to Heathrow, Singapore and Sydney all went smoothly.  Having had the camera bag re-arranged and re-packed in Heathrow en-route to Copenhagen, Les had been careful to pack the bag so that various items could be easily extracted in need.  The system failed at the first hurdle as Les was unable to do the re-arranging.  Thereafter, the bag was disassembled prior to screening and re-assembled after screening – causing some congestion.  That system worked successfully at the next two security checkpoints!

At Home – Tuesday 30 July

We landed at 0500 and were home by 0615.

Looking back on our great trip (it was only six weeks):

  • Both cruises were really great
  • With the exception of St Petersburg, we visited many cities and places where we had never been before
  • We would certainly cruise again to North Cape or the Norwegian fjords
  • We would happily re-visit:
    • Geiranger (for the beauty of its fjord and mountain),
    • Bergen,
    • Denmark (to visit wider afield in places like Aarhus and to drive over that bridge!)
    • Stockholm (we only touched on it)
    • Berlin (we only touched on it)
    • Iceland (the small ship fear may dictate otherwise)
    • Crown Princess is still a favourite, but must try Ruby Princess
    • We will look out for a British Isles cruise with an Atlantic passage for the first Canada/New England cruise.
    • It is far cooler in Sydney than any place we visited!

A memorable holiday – hope you shared some of our adventure.


Steeped in history

Aarhus, Denmark – Friday 19 July

A relatively calm crossing back to Denmark’s main port, Aarhus where we docked at midday.

Just like yesterday, we had brilliant hot weather in Aarhus today.  Here we joined a walking tour around the old city of Aarhus, led by a very able student.

We first went to a museum located in a bank basement exhibiting Viking relics unearthed in 1963 during the bank’s construction. Then on to the cathedral, Denmark’s longest and tallest church. The interior boasts over 200 frescoes from the 14th and 15th centuries.  The church itself, Lutheran state church, had its own history.

Aarhus Cathedral

Aarhus Cathedral

We walked down to the river and along a section of it past bustling restaurants to show where this old walled city started.

Walking Aarhus

Vor Frue Kirke is Our Lady’s Church which is the sole building from a 12th-century Dominican priory to survive Denmark’s Protestant Reformation.  While restoring the church in the 1950s, workers uncovered an earlier, 11th-century Romanesque stone crypt church dating from 1066 below.  The oldest existing stone church in all of Scandinavia, Aarhus’s Crypt Church is still used for worship.  In fact it is only one of four churches within the complex, there is also a very small chapel.

Vor Frue Kirke

Vor Frue Kirke

We continued down the original main street where narrow frontages often gave way to an extensive development to the rear; taxes were paid on the frontage.  On to the park where we viewed a temporary exhibition atop the Art Gallery.

Walking Aarhus

Walking Aarhus

Walked through various streets to see different examples of historic houses, then back to the port.  Docked at the port was the Queen’s Summer Boat.

About 2230 we passed under the Great Belt Bridge which is a suspension bridge otherwise known as the East bridge.  Emerald Princess cannot travel under or around the Öresund or Øresund Bridge (which is on the eastern side of Denmark and which we could see from our hotel room in Copenhagen) due to the lack of depth in the water for the ship’s draught.

Walking Aarhus

Saling under the Öresund or Øresund Bridge on the way to Rostock from Aarhus ablout 10.30pm

Farewell Copenhagen

Copenhagen – Tuesday 16 July

Another walk on this our final day of sightseeing in Copenhagen.  We have searched and asked what else we should do and short of a day trip to the country, there is little else.  We could have visited some museums rather than passing by, but still we have been very satisfied with our visit to this city.  It is a city steeped in history and historic buildings, that is now converting its industrial waterfront for greater use by the community (we haven’t seen anyone playing water volley ball in the four enclosures opposite; we are also curious about what looks like a skate ramp down to a dead-end in the canal side re-development).

Christiansborg Palace Map
Christiansborg Palace Entry – the Riding Ground in the foreground is being refurbished
Christiansborg Palace Throne Room
Christiansborg Palace Great Hall with the Queen’s Tapestries
Christiansborg Palace Chapel

Today we walked up to the Royal Library and ducked behind it into the  Christiansborg Palace grounds.  Admittedly that was the rear entrance, as opposed to the main entry, but visitor friendly signs were distinctly absent.  We had the benefit of a map we photographed as we ducked behind the library, so after trying one entrance to the palace, we went looking for the Royal Stables.  All was quiet, a sign showed we were in the right place but nothing about opening hours (if any).  What’s more the Riding Ground was being dug up.  Eventually, we spoke to a worker who informed us that the stables would open at 1330 but all the horses had been sent north.  She recommended visiting the Palace and Chapel, and showed us the way.

So we inspected the Royal Reception Rooms but the Parliament only had one guided tour a day in English and the ruins were closed.  Very impressive rooms.

We then found our way to the Palace Chapel under the ‘Secret Passage’ (allowing the family to keep dry to/from the chapel).

A view in Laederstraede (parallel to Stroget, exclusive)
Let’s play – in Vester Voldgade

A coffee in Hojbro Plads then a walk up to Kongens Nytorv (the State Theatre area) for some retail therapy.  We returned down Laeerstraede (retail and restaurants; parallel to, but less crowded than Stroget) to Vester Voldgade (more restaurants), past the National Museum, and so back to the hotel.

Another great day in Copenhagen.

Tomorrow we board Emerald Princess for the next chapter of our adventure in Northern Europe.

Christiansborg Palace (Christiansborg Slot), on the islet of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister’s Office and the Danish Supreme Court. Also, several parts of the palace are used by the monarchy, including the Royal Reception Rooms, the Palace Chapel and the Royal Stables.

The palace is thus the house of Denmark’s three supreme powers: the executive power, the legislative power, and the judicial power. It is the only building in the world that houses all three of a country’s branches of government.

The Royal Stables (De Kongelige Stalde) is the mews (i.e. combined stables and carriage house) of the Danish Monarchy which provides the ceremonial transport for the Danish Royal Family during state events and festive occasions. The Royal Stables are located at Christiansborg Palace on the island of Slotsholmen in central Copenhagen, Denmark. In 1789 the number of horses reached a peak with 270 horses stabled. Today, there were no horses in residence but normally there are about 20 horses in the Royal Stables.

The Royal Stables are regularly open to the public. The state coaches and other carriages are kept there, along with about 20 horses (normally)We did not visit the stables today.

Christiansborg Palace Chapel (Church of Denmark = Lutheran) is part the palace which is at the disposal of the Danish Monarch. It is used for religious ceremonies for members of the Danish Royal Family, most notably baptisms, confirmations and official lying in state. It is also used by the Danish Parliament for the Church service in connection with the opening of parliament.


Just as we can see cruise liners departing Copenhagen, we can see – in the far distance – the Öresund or Øresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen, Swedish: Öresundsbron, joint hybrid name: Øresundsbron) is a double-track railway and dual carriageway bridge-tunnel across the Øresund strait between Scania (southernmost Sweden) and Denmark.

The bridge runs nearly 8 km (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The remainder of the link is by a 4 km (2.5 mile) tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager. The Øresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, and connects two major metropolitan areas: Copenhagen, the Danish capital city, and the major Swedish city of Malmö. It connects the road and rail networks of Scandinavia with those of Central and Western Europe.

See various photos of the bridge on this link.

My favourite is this one.  Imagine driving down into that hole!


See the Copenhagen Image Gallery on this blog

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and there are more on our Flickr pages