Dronning Louises Bro

 

If anyone doesn’t know Copenhagen well, then one way to help people orientate themselves is to say that the historic core of the city is relatively compact with the harbour forming an arc across the east and south side and a series of lakes forming an arc across the west side. 

At the centre of the harbour is Knippelsbro - the bridge over to Christianshavn and from there on to Amager - and across the lakes - at about the middle of the arc - is Dronning Louises Bro or the Queen Louise’s Bridge … a wide stone bridge with wide pavements and with ornate lamps along the parapets. The road - Nørrebrogade - comes in to the city from the north - as the name suggests -  with some very grand French-looking apartments on the city side of the bridge and then after a few blocks you come to the station at Nørreport on the site of the old north gate.

The bridge parapet on your right - if you are heading out of town - faces sort of south or slightly round to the west and after a long day it has absorbed the heat of the sun and, after a long day, people heading home out of the city have got into the habit of picking up a beer or two or a bottle of wine and with a few friends they sit on the parapet or on the pavement chatting as the sun goes down. There are a few benches but a lot of people are happy to sit on the pavement with their backs against the parapet. 

Particularly on a Friday evening but on a Saturday lunchtime or Sunday afternoon I’m used to seeing a fair few people sitting or standing in groups chatting.

But coming back into the city a week or so back this struck me as a bit surreal even for Dronning Louises Bro … OK neat and colour co-ordinated surreal but still a bit surreal.