Monday, June 30, 2014

Pomp and Pageantry at Amalienborg in Copenhagen, Denmark

On the morning I arrived in Copenhagen, the capital of the Scandinavian country of Denmark, I chanced upon this eye-popping revelry, the changing of the guard of the Royal Danish soldiers on their way to Queen Margrethe's door.

This witnessing wasn't even planned, though it was in my checklist. But I was at the right place and time; noontime at the Amalienborg, the winter residence of the royal family. There were four similar-looking palaces ("mansions") in this beautiful octagonal square. To my mind, it was like stepping into a fairy tale land without the baddies, although if you've read a little bit about their history, you'd find some humorous stories concerning their royals. But then even kings and queens - and princes and princesses are humans like us.

The "Little Mermaid" was nearby, deftly reminding people that not all fairy tales, not even in a fairy tale land of royals, end mirthfully. The world in all its beauty has its share of despair and heartaches. We all have to learn grace in embracing slices of these.

This is the Eye in the Sky!

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