Remainder of time in copenhagen

Trip Start Feb 23, 2013
Trip End Apr 11, 2013

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Flag of Denmark  , Capital Region of Denmark,
Thursday, February 28, 2013

When we got back from Sweden, we had been thinking about going to another castle in the area, but because things are on a winter schedule here, it closed for entry at 3 so we would've been too late except to look from the outside. So we headed back to Copenhagen and visited the workers museum (a bit limited in English compared to everywhere else) and then the art gallery (or state museum of art I think it was called). Back to our hotel for a quick rest, before meeting up with my first cousin once removed Jan (father of Louise who we met the day before, and is my 2nd cousin, thanks Anna and Ray for the info). My family here are great, they really went out if their way to come and meet us, which put a really friendly feel on our visit here.
The next day (thursday) was our big day of looking around Copenhagen itself. We visited the town hall (which has an astronomical clock, although our timing was off for a tour), the little mermaid statue, the round tower (attached to the trinity church), Rosenborg castle (has the Danish Crown Jewels), chased the uniform guards through the streets to the changing of the guard ceremony at Amalienborg palace (the royal residence), the Amalienborg museum, the marble church, then the Christianborg castle (ruins of previous castles underneath it, the royal mews, and the royal reception rooms. Interestingly there was some sort of student protest outside Christianborg, which also has the Danish parliament. The protest was mostly a concert with angry sounding music, but quite a police presence, including a helicopter hovering to keep an eye on things. From there we walked past the stock exchange building (which my family has a painting of) to nyhavn (New Harbour). A crowded metro ride back to norreport, and back to our hotel. I haven't listed a lot of detail of each place - I'll put some comments against the photos.
Food wise, when we met with cousin Jan, we just ate at the hotel restaurant, which interestingly was a Vietnamese restaurant open to the general public, whereas for breakfast it was just for the hotel, and more traditional Danish (lots of breads, cold meat and cheese, plus waffles, and some sausages, bacon, soft boiled eggs and cereals). We've also managed to have some good traditional fare including smørrebrød (open sandwich), and a few pork dishes.
I'm just finishing this entry off during our flight to Berlin, so will get it uploaded when we next have Internet access.
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