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European Vacation My Way: Summer 2016: Tivoli Gardens

IMG_1759Good morning. Well, I’m back from two weeks of camping and I figured it was time to jump back into my travel blog. For those of you who are seeing this for the first time, I spent an incredible three week vacation in Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. Today, I want to talk about one of the must-see sights in Copenhagen: Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli Gardens (or simply Tivoli) opened August 15, 1843 and is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. What absolutely amazed me the most was how incredibly clean the park was, not to mention how beautiful the flowers and trees were. If you remember, when we left Canada on May 14, the trees were just beginning to show their leaves, and my plants were still sprouts. I was amazed to see how only 2 days later, things could be so advanced in a country that was actually north of where I live. The map below gives you some idea as to how large the park is. Since major amusement parks in Canada are usually located in the suburbs, it was strange to see something like this right downtown.


There’s no denying the amazing beauty of Tivoli. Everything is done to give the place a magical feel. 20160516_171438_001  Even the walls are decorated to give you the impression of stepping into another world. 20160516_170354 This is a concert hall on the grounds. No concert tonight, folks.20160516_173503_002

There are colorful rides for all ages, from this underwater special to tangled complicated roller coasters that run throughout the grounds, the tracks narrowly missing the trees in their paths. 20160516_172301_001

You can travel to the Far East.


Imagine walking through a Chinese marketplace or seeing the spire of a japanese pagoda. 20160516_171944

If pirates are more your style, how about a meal aboard a pirate ship?20160516_172248_006

Or maybe you’d prefer dining at the Taj Mahal?20160516_165346_002

No matter what your pleasure, you’ll find it here. 20160516_172509

But rides and dining experiences aren’t all. The flower gardens themselves are truly unique.

20160516_172554_012 Do you fancy water gardens? 20160516_184838

or manicured lawns and flower beds kept that way with drone lawnmowers shaped like bunnies?

From rides to flowers to live animals, you’ll find everything and more at Tivoli.


Once we finished, we left the park and crossed the street. English pub20160516_195414 A brew or two at the  English pub  was a great way to end our last night in Copenhagen. I’m sure Churchill would’ve agreed. Tomorrow, we board the ship for a seven-day Norwegian Fjord Cruise. Join me again for European Vacation My Way.




Finally retired after more than 30 years as a teacher! Now, I get to spend my time gardening, enjoying my grandchildren, and writing. I finally completed the number one item in my bucket list and Crimson Romance published my first novel, Fire Angel, in April 2013. Since then I have published 24 manuscripts to date and don't plan to quit writing for a long time yet.

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