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Strøget after dark

Strøget night fountains copenhagen denmark

I’m going to really miss Copenhagen this summer. Today’s photo is of the famous street Strøget.

Strøget just after dusk

night photography copenhagen

Strøget soon after the sun set

I made good on my earlier promise to post an evening pic of one of the most picturesque shopping streets in the world.

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Strøget

copenhagen stroget longest shopping street in the world

Strøget (pronounced similar to stroll) is a carfree, shopping street in Copenhagen, Denmark–the longest such street in all of Europe. At a few certain points, like the one pictured here near the north end of the street, Strøget can be very picturesque. Personally, I find the place to be too crowded while the shops are open. I like to stroll along Strøget in the evening. I’ll have some more photos of Strøget after dark posted here soon.

Things you don’t usually see in the U.S.A.

This entry is for some of the slightly risque things we’ve encountered in Copenhagen. Don’t worry. There’s nothing to offend here–just a few things you probably won’t usually encounter in the states. I’m not going to include, for instance, pictures of the outside of strip clubs, which in Denmark include life-sized pictures of fully nude women.

First up is the tamest of all I suppose. In fact, it barely belongs in this entry. I include it only because I thought it was a bit funny.

My wife points to the above and says, “check that out” as we were walking down Stroget. I thought it was a nice scene so I took the above photograph. On closer inspection, however, we find the following:

naked lady statue with water squirting out of her breasts

The above caused me to recall the story about Tyco’s $2 million birthday party for the CEO’s wife which featured an ice sculpture of Michelangelo’s David spewing vodka from his penis and a birthday cake in the shape of a woman’s breasts with sparklers mounted on top.

Next up is a scene from Tivoli, a child’s amusement park, or so they say…

Not only can you visit bars in Tivoli (and there are a ton of them–something I’ve never seen in amusement parks in the states), but they have large tobacco stands selling all manner of cigarettes and pipe tobacco. The amount of smoking that goes on outdoors here is one of the few things I don’t like about Copenhagen.

For this blog entry’s grand finale I present to you a striptease I accidentally videotaped on Stroget. I was just trying to get the acrobatic performance captured. I had no idea his clothes were going to come off too. You can’t really see it well in YouTube’s crunched video, but he ends up in a tiny g-string.

If you look closely at the bottom of the video you can actually see the tops of my kids’ heads. They get grossed out as his clothes come off and walk away near the end. They are such Puritans at heart. 😉

Postcards from Copenhagen

When you see Copenhagen postcards, a calendar featuring Copenhagen or Denmark, or pick up a guidebook dealing with the place there is a strong likelihood that you will see one of only three pictures. That’s a shame because there is so much beauty here. I particularly like the brick buildings and architecture of which you’ll see much more of here on this blog during the next few weeks.

For today, we’ll quickly move you through the three postcard shots, with a minor twist. The twist is that you’ll see these postcard shots with people and/or from a slightly different angle.

Stroget from a less attractive angle

The above is Stroget, a street almost a mile long that is only for pedestrians. There are actually many shopping streets that run parallel or almost parallel to Stroget that have little, if any, automobile traffic as well. The typical photograph of Stroget (actually Strøget) is early in the morning with little, or no, foot traffic or bikes. The reality is that there are usually lots of bikes and people on Stroget. Also, the normal camera angle is from further to the right and elevated. I think they take that shot from above a restaurant that you can’t see in the above picture that I took.

Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark

I have a mini tripod, but I don’t use it much. Therefore, we usually only get family portraits when someone sees me taking a picture of the rest of my family and offers to take our picture. So far no Dane has offered to do so. When I was taking a picture of my wife and kids a student from Singapore (from Copenhagen Business School where I am teaching) offered to take the above shot. Nyhavn is the place that our friends from Norway that we met at the White House said we should not miss. They were right. Nyhavn is a very picturesque harbor/canal that we enjoyed.

The most popular picture in Denmark, though, is the one I’ve saved for last.

The Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, Denmark

There she is–The Little Mermaid. This isn’t how you usually see her though. Every photo I have seen of her has been from the land. The above picture I took from our boat so you get more of her backside, and you can see what is going on on the land (tourists photographing her). You only see the two guys in this picture, but there were actually about 30 or 40 people on the land taking her picture. She really isn’t that spectacular and isn’t worth the trip on land. You’ll end up with nothing but the same picture that can be downloaded off of a million sites on the internet. There is nothing else to see or do at The Little Mermaid statue location.

And there you have it–three postcards from Copenhagen. We saved a bundle on stamps and real postcards doing it this way. Actually, we just sent off several real postcards. If you made Ellie’s short list then you can expect it to arrive in the next few days.

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