Women's Tennis Hits Denmark and Spain as Marx Tour Continues
The Princeton women's tennis team is on its quadrennial Marx Tour, visiting Sweden, Denmark and Spain before returning home for the start of the 2014-15 school year and fall season.
The trip was made possible by the generosity of alumnus Louis Marx Jr. '53, who has sponsored an overseas trip for the men's and women's tennis team every four years since 1990.
Joan Cannon, a rising senior, checked in with GoPrincetonTigers.com with her view from across the Atlantic as the trip continued:
Marx Tour Blog Part 1
Day 5 of our trip started out with an early-morning flight from Stockholm, Sweden to Copenhagen, Denmark, with our entire team too distracted by the anticipatory excitement of visiting a new country to get any rest. Upon landing in Copenhagen, we took the very clean and efficient metro to the Forum stop. We dropped our bags off at the hotel and immediately started exploring the city without any downtime, due to the overwhelming enthusiasm expressed by everyone on the team to get the day’s activities started.
In order to fuel our morning of exploration, we walked to the market area of Halmtorvet in Vesterbro for lunch. This area used to be an old hay market, but it has since grown into a popular restaurant and café area. We partook in some of their local delicacies, including open sandwiches called smorrebrod and Danish pastries.
First stop was the Botanical Gardens, where we spent an hour wandering along the lovely garden paths and admiring the surrounding landscape and massive greenhouse mansion.
Next, we toured Rosenborg Castle and its surrounding King’s Gardens on Oster Voldgade. The Palace was built in 1606 by Christian IV as his summer country house, and was used as the main royal residence of Danish rulers until 1710. We enjoyed surveying the many tapestries and frescoes depicting King Christian V’s victories during the Scanian War, as well as viewing the exhibit of the Danish crown jewels and coronation throne and wishing we possessed 1/34,567,890 that amount of gold and jewelry.
The rest of the afternoon was spent taking a quick nap at the hotel before doing a little more exploring of the different city districts and grabbing dinner at a nice sushi restaurant, which seemed to be common in Copenhagen.
For our last activity in Copenhagen, we decided to take a boat tour along the Nyhavn canal to sightsee the many interesting and historical buildings in the Indre By area of the city. The canal was lined with impressive houseboats, a bustling waterfront with small restaurants, and colorful city buildings. From our seats on the boat, we were able to view Copenhagen’s famous Little Mermaid statue, the Royal Theatre, the Royal Yacht, the new Opera House, Frederik’s Church, Church of Our Saviour, and Amalienborg Palace.
After a quick Danish lunch by the canal, we embarked on the next leg of our journey with a 3-hour flight to sunny Malaga, Spain, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
To work up a sweat before taking a dip in the Mediterranean, we took a teleferico cable car up 771 meters to the top of the Calamoro Mountains for a spectacular view of the region, then hiked down the mountain. With nothing but our intuition and the sun to guide our way, we ended up on a different trail than we started on, but made it down in about two hours. We worked up quite the appetite and had lunch at the base of the mountain at a Spanish restaurant.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing ourselves at Puerta Marina on the beach, swimming in the sea, walking along the boardwalk, and – most importantly – sampling the Spanish gelato. Dinner on the boardwalk was a success, as most people got to try Spanish paella for the first time, and multiple team members took the opportunity to get their hair braided in the local style.
Day 8 was especially exciting for the entire team, as we had the opportunity to play tennis for a few hours in the morning on red clay tennis courts at Club de Sol in the Mijas area. For some of us, this was our first time playing on red clay, so we had fun adjusting to the slower tennis court surface and trying to learn how to slide on it. Things got competitive quickly, however, when we started to play team points and games of tennis “ping-pong” on court. We all left the club with very red sneakers like true clay-courters!
The excitement continued that afternoon and evening, as we drove to Rancho La Paz in the mountains of Mijas for a 2-hour guided horseback-riding tour along the trails. We had an amazing time riding these purebred Spanish horses with spectacular views of Costa del Sol.