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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels.

We had a walking tour from the ship along the docks, saw the famous mermaid, and toured the inner city.  Lots of outdoor eateries and coffee shops!  We ended the day with a canal and river cruise, and were fortunate to see tall ships in port as well as on the move.  Complete with something like 60 sailors in the rigging!

Pictures do not have captions because I don’t remember all the names and I couldn’t spell tham anyway.

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Sail Amsterdam

August 23, 2015 Leave a comment

When we arrived in Holland we found out that Sail Amsterdam was in progress.  What is it?  Well, it is one of the largest maritime events in the world.  It was started in 1975 in celebration of the 700th anniversary of the city of Amsterdam, and was so successful it was repeated every 5 years.  So we were invited by family to take in the fun.

You could tell how busy it was when we got to the Utrecht train station.  People everywhere, the train was standing room only.  But a short 20 minute ride got us to Amsterdam.  And then the crowds really started!  Not only people, but we were amazed at the number of boats…. and the variety.  everything from rowboats to 5 mast sailing vessels, and even a car!

The events takes place in Amsterdam, on the river IJ.  It is a big river, and lots of room for moored boats.  But the spectacular part was the continual parade of boats, with no seeming logic by what type or where.  Each boat was on its own to go upriver, turn around, and come back down river.

Check the pictures….

Crowds at the station

Crowds at the station

Look at all those boats!

Look at all those boats!

A real flotilla of boats on parade!

A real flotilla of boats on parade!


No boat? No problem… take your car.

Even had musical accompanient, her a Dixieland band

Even had musical accompaniment, here a Dixieland band

And even a one man band!

Even a one man band!

Replica of a Spanish galeon,reminicent of Columbus

Replica of a Spanish galeon, reminicent of Columbus


View of the bow.  Don’t think I would cross the Atlantic in one that size!

Captain's quarters

Captain’s quarters



Reefing the sails

Reefing the sails




Bad driving day; tall ships

August 2, 2010 1 comment

Normally, a 90 mile drive is a no brainer but today was the exception.   First, the main highway — I-35 — was closed to large vehicles like ours, and we had a LONG detour.  In fact, we got lost on this detour.  When we were finally on track, we were in downtown Duluth, navigation busy city roads.  To top it off, we had a long descent to the waterfront.  Since the road was full of traffic, and windy, and with stop signs, I didn’t manage my brakes well and when we got to the bottom they were smoking and smelling like burnt metal.  After a cool down, all was well again and we drove on to our camp site.

This was the Tall Ships Festival week in Duluth, with 6 full masted ships stopping over.  We took  walk and viewed the ships, of an era now long gone.  Aaarghh,matey!

The HMS Bounty, coming in to dock

Don't know how you manage all that rigging....

The bowsprit of the "Europa", a Dutch ship

The rigging of the "Europa"

One of the ships returning to harbor

These ships are on a race,and they leave here (Duluth, MN) tomorrow.  However, the exact departure time and place is not pblished.  I had hoped to get a picture of these ships under sail, but the best I can do is a copy of the photo of the “Europa”…

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