Last Day in Copenhagen

Trip Start May 03, 2012
Trip End May 14, 2012

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Our last day on the ship was the roughest we had all trip. It was actually the only day we felt like we were on water. The sea were incredibly still and calm, not a whitecap in sight.  Brett was a bit disappointed, as he wanted to feel the waves.

We said "goodbye" to our ship and to a couple of really great servers that we had through our voyage.  We became regulars in the Sports Bar and they had our “usual” ready for us when we walked in.  We felt like we were in Cheers!

We checked into the hotel to drop off our bags and took the Metro to the city center.  We walked for 6 hours with only a break for lunch and a beer break on the canal of Nyhavn.  Today is Sunday so the majority of stores are closed, but the cafes are open.  The streets are really quiet so we enjoyed a leisurely walk through a majority of the city without the crowds.

When we were in Copenhagen 10 days ago we stayed in the west part of the city, so today we focused on the east side.  Our first stop was Our Saviour's Church. It was built in the early late 17th century and has a spiral staircase up to an outside platform.  It is 400 steps to the top. Although Brett is afraid of heights he did it. The panoramic views were amazing! As we made our way up, the staircase got steeper and narrower; I felt like I was walking up a ladder.

A few blocks away is Christiania, a free city within the city. It was founded in 1971 by a group of people that made there way in through a hole in a fence and settled there. Just fewer than 1,000 people are permanent residents of Christiania and live by their own rules and laws.  Hash and pot can be sold and bought openly on the street but hard drugs are not allowed. As we walked the streets (no photography inside Christiania was allowed) the smell of pot was overwhelming.  Colorful artwork covered the homes and shops and community gardens were just starting to be cultivated. A few dogs played in the streets and other found a patch of sun and just slept. Christiania is a unique place and has a “peace and love” kind of feel.

We walked along one of the main canals for over an hour to the Little Mermaid. We saw the backside of the sculpture when we took our canal tour, but we wanted to get a better view. The statue dates back to 1913 and it a tribute to Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale.

We visit the exterior of two palaces in the city. Amailienborg Palace is the main residence of the Queen of Denmark and has a beautiful courtyard with several palace guards walking the perimeter. Rosenborg Castle is surrounded by a huge garden and green space that is open to the public. There were many families picnicking in the park and kids playing hide and seek inside the tall rows of hedges.

Our final stop before we hop back on the Metro and go back to the hotel was Nyhavn Street.  The cafes were packed with tourists, but the locals bring their own beer and wine and sit on the walls of the canal, so we decided to do the same.  The weather today was beautiful so we spent some time just relaxing and enjoying the water.  We visited this street on our first day in Copenhagen but it was worth seeing again.

Our flight is at 9am tomorrow and we’re ready to come home; we miss our dogs! We had a great time and especially loved St. Petersburg.  Locals in every country told us that the weather was exceptionally nice this time of year, so we consider ourselves to be very lucky.

We hope everyone enjoyed following us on our trip on the Baltic Sea! See you soon.
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