Trip to Denmark

... 1st trip to Europe

Ella Letterie

About thirty years ago I had the opportunity to take a trip to Denmark. I went, of course, leaving my 3 children in the capable hands of my mother. Gloria (my sister) and I took off from Logan Airport in East Boston Ma. in a prop plane, which held 100 passengers and no galley. The plane was a Caravalle and looked like a silver bullet.

Total air time was 10 hours, and the only stop was in Iceland so that we all had a hot meal. We flew over Greenland and saw very large chunks of ice break and float away. I wondered if possibly it was an iceberg like one of those that hit the Titanic causing it to sink.

It is ironic that Iceland is green and Greenland is 4/5 ice.

Of course there was a great snow storm while we were in Copenhagen and although it did not hamper our trip, it did slow us down a bit.

I will tell you up front that it is COLD in Denmark. It was in Denmark that I discovered down. In blankets, in coats, in everything. Light but warm!!

Being tourists we signed up for all the tours. Went to Kronborg Castle, Helsingor where Hamlet was filmed, and saw many thatched roof homes on the way. Saw the bronze sculpture of the "Little Mermaid" on the rock. She represents a character from "Tales of Hans Christian Anderson", and is very close to shore. Maybe that's why she is stolen so often. I heard that last year someone cut off her head.

Feasted on smorgasbords and saw a "live" show, I suggest that you don't see the live show if you should go to Denmark.
Spent a small fortune buying Danish porcelain and pewter. The highlight of the trip was attending the Royal Danish Ballet and seeing Swan Lake performed. I had seen Margot Fonteyn in a Boston ballet, but the Danish Ballet was truly magnificent. It seemed as though the dancers floated and did not touch the stage. We saw the Amalienborg Palace which is home to the Danish Royal Family.

Took a side trip by ferry over to Malmo, Sweden for the day. Another lovely Scandinavian country. There was no time to tour, so I spent the day shopping. Purchased Orrefors crystal,and Lladro porcelain which is made in Spain. Denmark would not sell Lladro as it competed with their porcelain. In a later trip to Spain I would buy more Lladro. My last purchase in Copenhagen was to go to a pastry shop and buy truly danish pastry to take home.

Time to go home. Took off from Copenhagen. First stop was Reykjavik, Iceland, where I purchased natural wool sweaters and caviar. Thought we were going right to Logan, but NO!!! We made a stop at St John's, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia, then to Logan. The flight time was endless. I felt that I was born and brought up on that missile.

Although I enjoyed the trip and the tours, I must admit:

August 6, 1999

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