July 15, 2009

Castles and Botanical Gardens

Our last full day in Copenhagen. We set out for the Rosenborg Castle, built in the 1600's and home to the crown jewels. We stopped for a picnic lunch in the beautiful Botanisk Have (Botanical Garden). Our surroundings were serene and breathtaking. We toured the greenhouse and part of the gardens before making our way to the Rosenborg Castle. The castle is surrounded on 3 sides by Kings Have, another sprawling spanse of greenery and flowers. The castle was astonishingly intricate, with secret treasures and wonderful stories of its past. The original king (who's name escapes me at the moment), was a scandalous man. He had a joke-chair, which clamped our wrists down when you sat in it. Then someone could pour water down the back of the chair to make it look like you wet yourself..then, when you stood up, it sounded like a whoopie coushin. So ingenious for the 1600's. The dirty king that he was, he also had a mirror room. The floor had mirrors on it, so the king could look up women's dresses before deciding if he "liked" them, then he had a hidden bed and staircase - he could do his business and escape easily. Sick! The crown jewels were absolutely worth seeing. The amount of diamonds and precious stones was astonishing.
Later that day we enjoyed a drink at the Ice Bar, in our lovely blue coats. We then headed to Tivoli Gardens for some great people watching. It was a wonderful last day in Copenhagen.

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