Copenhagen - True Grit and the Gentile Harbour

On our last day in Copenhagen, we turned left out of the Copenhagen Star Hotel and into the slightly grittier neighborhood of Vesterbro.  The streets were lined with various porn shops and liquor stores.  This soon gave way to some lovely historic facades.
We even stumbled upon a historic park featuring colorful rides for children.
Street art abounded in the neighborhood.  This work seemed to have been inspired by Picasso himself.
Other murals had a wilder note.
After walking the equivalent of a couple stops, we hopped on the metro at Enghave Station and emerged near Kastellet, a star-shaped fortress surrounded by a moat and partially converted into a park.
Serene tufted ducks made their home in the calm water.
We rounded a corner of the fortress path and St. Alban's church came into view.  We knew we were nearing the harbour.
Before we headed to the water, we took a brief stroll through the Kastellet.
A walking path ringed the top of the star-shaped mounds.
We passed a serpentine fountain on the way past St. Albans and toward the harbour.
We admired the garden full of sculptures accompanying the church.
We could see the walking path along the water below us.
We soon arrived at the iconic Little Mermaid statue that guards the harbour.  We jostled with our fellow tourists to take the obligatory photo.
Smoke stacks rose in the distance across the harbor.
The water lapped gently at the Little Mermaid's feet.
We spotted a group of swans and watched them progress along the harbour.
We followed them past the Little Mermaid and back toward City Centre.
We were soon sidetracked by other sights including this giant zinc 'thinker'.
Windows of a local warehouse were filled with dramatic marble works of art.
Michelangelo's famous David doesn't only call Florence home.  A bronze version lines the harbour path in Copenhagen too.
We finished our harbour walk at Amalienborg Palace.  We wound our way through the free and well-coiffed gardens.
We emerged at an impressive courtyard guarded by soldiers.  It's here that the ceremonial changing of the guard takes place every day at noon.
We took advantage of our Copenhagen Card for free entry to the museum on site which features reconstructed rooms from the reigns of various Danish monarchs through the centuries.  I wouldn't make a special trip to this museum but with the benefits of the Copenhagen Card it's worth popping in for a 30 minutes diversion.

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Copenhagen - True Grit and the Gentile Harbour
Copenhagen - True Grit and the Gentile Harbour
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