Scandinavia 1991

Red Windmill, Moulin Rouge, Paris

No – I haven’t gone mad, I know Paris isn’t in Scandinavia! but every story has a start. Back in 1991, I had decided that I wanted to go to Europe again, but this time head north to Scandinavia. I discovered that I could buy a “Euro Train Pass” for under 25’s and the price was affordable. It also gave discounts on UK trains and cross channel ferries. I took the ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg, and then train into Paris. On this trip I had a Samsung AF Slim camera. A small compact, it had a good lens, several features including a controllable flash and a self timer. The motor was noisy, something that is common with a lot of cameras of the era. I also had my Super 8 camera, and a little cheap kodak camera (S100).

From the Moulin Rouge I made my way to the Arc de Triomphe, look how little traffic!! Then on to the Eiffel Tower, in those days the queue wasn’t multiple hours, so I made it to the top. I didn’t linger as I don’t like heights much, but took a few shots and enjoyed the view. Then along the Seine to the Louvre, I didn’t go in, but admired the then, newish pyramid, it had been open about 5 years then. I wandered around Notre-Dame Cathedral and then made my way out to Sacré-Cœur. Finally back to the railway station for my night train to Amsterdam.

Arc de Triomphe
View from Eiffel Tower
The Seine
The Pyramid at the Louvre
Me on the steps of Sacré-Cœur

I’d never travelled on an overnight train, in a sleeping compartment before, so that was a mini adventure – it all turned out well and I got a good nights sleep, and arrived safe and sound in Amsterdam. I had a cake and a coffee, I suspect there was a “magic” ingredient in the cake. I went to the zoo, and there was a Planetarium, so I saw the show there, by now the magic cake was in full effect, and I woke up in the planetarium, to find it completely deserted. No one anywhere! I made my way out – still not seeing anyone, and by now feeling good, continued on my journey around the city. Canals, bridges bikes, sometimes all three in one photo.


I enjoyed my overnight train so much I did it again – it seemed like a great way to travel. Saving both time and cost. Finally I was heading into Scandinavia. Copenhagen, to be precise. I decided I’d stay a couple of days so checked into a budget but nice hotel, not too far from the station, dumped my bag and set off to explore.

Copenhagen Railway Station
Omnimax Copenhagen!
Tivoli Gardens – I think!
Tivoli Gardens – for sure!
A Collection of Palaces known as Amalienborg
Den Lille Havfrue! (The Little Mermaid)

I loved Copenhagen, the waterfront walk out towards the little mermaid especially. So much interest, open, colour, wonderful place. I have returned since, and will again sometime! On this trip however my next port of call was Stockholm, but I’ll save that for another post!

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