Copyright © 2015
by Ralph F. Couey
We got into Copenhagen around 8 pm, but didn't get into town until after 9, hence I had to shoot in dusk...or at least as dusk as you get that far north in high summer.
Located on the edge of the harbor is a statue of The Little Mermaid.
The story, originally by Hans Christian Anderson
was a children's favorite long before the Disney movie.
The statue was commissioned in 1909 by Carl Jacobsen.
Sculptor Edvard Eriksen asked ballerina Ellen Price to model,
but she refused to appear in the nude. So Eriksen used her face for
the head, and his wife, Eline Eriksen, provided the
model for the body. The statue has been a major tourist attraction,
although it has been vandalized on several occasions.
In each case, the statue has been lovingly and carefully restored.
As we walked along the Langlinie Promenade
en route to the statue, Cheryl talked at length
about how she had heard of the statue, and the story,
as a young girl, and how she had always wanted to
come to Copenhagen to see it.
You can see the absolute delight on her face.
Amelienborg, the winter home of the Danish Royal Family
The train running between downtown and the airport.