25 years ago in Europe: Copenhagen sightseeing, can’t miss the Little Mermaid

My sister and I slightly unimpressed by the Copenhagen’s mermaid

The Little Mermaid is, apparently, a bit disappointing for some tourists. Like the Mona Lisa, she’s a bit smaller than the hype built up around her.

However, I’m pretty sure we were not that disappointed, or at least not as disappointed as we look in the photo. In fact, one of my strongest memories is a discussion (some might say argument!) I had with my parents in a souvenir shop in Copenhagen, and judging by our fake smiles it may well have been shortly before our excursion to the Little Mermaid.

You see, there were *two* souvenirs I wanted: a Copenhagen pencil case and a Copenhagen scarf. I couldn’t decide and I was only allowed to buy one thing (very reasonable, really). Additionally reasonable was the position of my parents that scarves are seldom useful in Perth but pencil cases probably are. I eventually took the latter. But it tainted my mermaid viewing, I’m sure!

Part of the 25 years ago in Europe series.


  1. What a wonderful experience your parents afforded you! I hope you still have the pencil case. I have heard that about the mermaid before but haven’t seen her first hand unfortunately. Thanks for Rewinding x

  2. My sister calls this The Sphinx Effect – where things don’t quite meet the pre-publicity. I love the pencil case story – I think your parents were right…

    Visiting from the Rewind.

  3. Yeah, isn’t it awful how parents are very often right? At least now I’m a parent and I can torture my son with my right-ness 🙂

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