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Copenhagen - Day One

Thursday, 28 August 2014

View 2015-02 South America & 2014-09 Royal Princess on greynomadm's travel map.

Got up this morning after about 15 hours sleep and felt almost refreshed. A lovely hot shower and a delicious buffet breakfast and we were just about ready for anything.

The lovely lady at Reception marked some highlights on our map and we set off Northward to find the "Little Mermaid". We walked for quite a while and finally located her surrounded by bus-loads of foreign tourists !! Not exactly 'surrounded" but certainly obstructing her.

On our way there we walked through an old fortification surrounded by earth ramparts and moats. Everything beautifully maintained and so clean. It is a pleasure to walk through a city where public buildings and art-works are not defaced by mindless graffiti.

On our way Southward towards the City Centre we struck up a conversation with a British couple who were off a cruise ship that was in port. They walked with us for a while and eventually wandered off to do their own thing. Jenny found a place marked on the map for fine handmade chocolates. It was like entering an exclusive jewelry store, each chocolate like and exquisite piece of jewelry. Tempting and all as they were, they were a little out of our price range.

Wandered some more along the NorthEastern edge of the main square and found our way to the Rosenborg Slot - from Wikipedia -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenborg_Castle "Rosenborg Castle (Danish: Rosenborg Slot) is a renaissance castle located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The castle was originally built as a country summerhouse in 1606 and is an example of Christian IV's many architectural projects. It was built in the Dutch Renaissance style, typical of Danish buildings during this period, and has been expanded several times, finally evolving into its present condition by the year 1624. Architects Bertel Lange and Hans van Steenwinckel the Younger are associated with the structural planning of the castle."

Walked back through the gardens and then a short walk back to the Hotel. By the time we got there we were both quite weary and enjoyed a juice and a cup of coffee before crashing out for a snooze.

Went out for another stroll about 17:00 and we were surprised at the number of bicycles on the road. Many riders were in business attire and the wearing of helmets appears optional. There is a great variety of bicycle styles from the more sedate erect single speed through mountain bike and multi-geared models. There are also some strange adaptations with the front wheel well out from the rider's position. Many of the cobbled sidewalks have two narrow concrete strips whether for bikes or prams/pushers I couldn't determine.

I spotted a petrol station where diesel was priced at DK10.3 per litre which roughly translates to just over AU$2 per litre, no wonder there are so many bikes.

It has been a very warm day and with daylight savings time at 19:00 it was still quite warm and bright outside but we were getting a bit foot-sore so calling it a day. Tomorrow is another full day and we'd like to visit the Queen's Palace and observe the 'Changing of the Guard' which occurs at 12:00. We were considering the Tivoli Gardens but decided that we just weren't up to an amusement park, even one that was the inspiration for Disneyland !!

More from Copenhagen tomorrow.

This link should take you to today's image of the "Little Mermaid" http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-08-28

Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony

Posted by greynomadm 10:06 Archived in Denmark

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