It was a perfect day to explore Copenhagen in Denmark and visit its symbol – the Little Mermaid statue! The sun was shining bright and had spread a crimson glow all over to melt one’s heart and infuse life within.
Reaching the Little Mermaid statue
We took a Red Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus and Boat tour which was valid for 48 hours. I loved this tour because of its convenience and ease of seeing the things that interested us the most. After boarding the bus, we chose to get down near the Little Mermaid statue.
Tip: Book this tour in advance to avoid a last-minute rush. You can discover the city’s must-see attractions at your own pace. Bonus – a one-hour boat trip which was totally worth it. We enjoyed riding the open-air double-decker sightseeing bus and enjoyed the digitally recorded commentary.
Little Mermaid – a fairy tale character
This photograph represents the statue of Little Mermaid, a fairy tale character created by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid statue is one of the most photographed statues in the world. It celebrated her 100th birthday on August 23, 2013. It has become a symbol of Copenhagen just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or Big Ben in London. Today, almost all of us know the Little Mermaid from the Disney movie, though the original story lacks the happy ending of the animated film.
The bronze statue of the little mermaid
The bronze statue of the Little Mermaid is perched on a rock in the water near the Copenhagen’s harbor. The Little Mermaid was a gift from Danish brewer Carl Jacobsen to the City of Copenhagen. The blue water, clear sky, and the soothing weather were complimenting each other that day.
The story of the little mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
This world-renowned saga is about a mermaid who saves the life of a prince and falls in love with him. She wanted to marry the prince and achieve an eternal human soul. She lost her tail, aquatic life and her enchanting voice in exchange of two beautiful legs from a sea witch. She met the prince and eventually became the spectator of the prince’s marriage speechlessly. The grief stricken mermaid came back to the ocean and became foam.
An alternative way to see the colorful Copenhagen
If you want to see Copenhagen as Danes do, then just grab a bike and hit the road. See the Little Mermaid Statue and explore the highlights of Copenhagen throughout the course of a leisurely and enjoyable bike ride. Book the tour and enjoy this colorful city. Also, if you are wondering where to stay in Copenhagen, then there are many good neighborhoods, hostels, hotels, and Airbnbs to choose from.
At that time I was going through one of the biggest traumas of my life and yet I enjoyed that day. I felt like saying, “oh life, I have embraced all your happy and sad moments, I am living with them, and now you embrace me” and surprisingly it did. Traveling not only enriches ourselves with different information but also lifts up the small cage from our mind where we confide ourselves and opens a new window to see and hence realize that some person somewhere might be going through the same trauma like me or worse. It is really wise to live in the present and enjoy as much as one can. Life is short anyway!
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Sometimes I wonder, are these lovely fairy tales the only created illusions or perhaps our life, our expectations, love, happy and sad moments are all illusions as well? At the end of the journey, we will leave behind all our emotions, love and feelings, so why we bother about them so much now? Can keeping ourselves detached from earthly possessions and feelings, minimize our sufferings? —- I am yet to find an answer.
Sometimes I wonder, are these lovely fairy tales the only created illusions or perhaps our life, our expectations, love, happy and sad moments are all illusions as well? #Travel #wanderer Click To Tweet
I would really like to thank my husband Siddhartha, for arranging such a wonderful trip for me and making me realize, whatever happens, good or bad there is only one truth “Life goes on” ……..Let me keep this dotted line unfinished. These dots represent memory and epiphany which no tide could ever wash away. Perhaps the secret lies in accepting life’s own intent, one that scripts our fate with its desires, fatality and unpredictability, with the possibility of human agency always present.Perhaps the secret lies in accepting life's own intent, one that scripts our fate with its desires, fatality and unpredictability, with the possibility of human agency always present. #Travel Click To Tweet
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