Thrift! Thrift Horatio! Jellyicous!
Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
31Trip End Jul 25, 2008
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Back to the Metro and a couple of stops later we were in a quaint canal area, and a 7/11 apparently was the thrifty answer to breakfast. Hot coffee, Juice, apples, a bagel for me and a muffin for Michael, a muffin that was promptly dubbed "jelly-icious" because it had a jam center! Yum. We sat on the canal and had our thrifty meal, enjoyingAs relaxing as the moment was, we were off to see the Mermaid! We waited at a water bus stop for about 15 minutes before we decided the "Special posting" said that it would not operate on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th. But it was right on the water and lovely. I tried taking a picture with my phone to send to Em to have him translate, but that service was not available here. Damn! Then I realized he speaks Dutch, not Dane! No water bus, so we walked some more, which was nice by the water, and made our way to an even lovelier canal area full of expensive boats and lined with expensive cafes
The water bus was just that, a bus on the water. Again the CPHCard saved us fare and we were on the water and our way North. Have I mentioned what a great deal the CPH Card is? For only $40US we got a 24 hour pass for the METRO, the waterbus, the S trains, and the Regional rail, plus entrance into numerous museums, discounts at local restaurants, and a nifty card to use in our scrap book. Check it out at www.visitcopenhagen.com, and click on the CPH card link!
The CPH card may have saved us bucks, but the water bus saved us a of steps, many, many steps for which my feet thanked me later. Plus the water bus gave us an awesome view of the Opera House! But the sea siren wouldn't wait, and neither would my Mikey!
Poor little Mermaid, she was swamped with tourists. All clamoring for her picture.. Fortunately she sits just off shore, if she wasn't people would be climbing all over her I am sure. After our own photo op with her, we walked along the water and discovered another beautiful fountain. This city is dotted every few hundred feet with another outdoor sculpture, fountain or statue
We continued along the water front at my insistence, I saw the Rotterdam off in the distance and I wanted to see where the Eurodam will dock tomorrow. A nice walk ensued, with a breathtaking view of the water, and the giant windmills off in the distance, yet more proof of the Danes energy efficiency. (see vid) On the way back, we wandered though an active, yet old, military fort, complete with a moat.
At Amalienborg, Christian VIII's Palace ( www.amalienborgmusett.dk ) I got caught taking a surreptitious photo of a cool lamp that made me think of Em's old place in Cleveland. (see photo) and I know he's gunna regret having thrown out all those angels now! It was a cool palace, and we saw the changing of the guard... (again see vid) and even got a picture of a handsome guard on duty.
Our next stop was Denmark's National Gallery ( www.smk.dk ) where we wandered through everything from modern art to the Danish classics form the 1500's. A beautiful blend of old and new, both in art and architecture. After a brief stop to have a snack on the front steps (water and a Cliff Bar) we headed across the street and into the parks surrounding the Rosenborg Slot (www.rosenborgslot.dk)
More trains at this point, the S train (a local train, more video) and the Metro to go find a replacement for the guide we lost, and then back to the hotel for a fresh up and relaxation before dinner. Amazing what rush hour looks like around here, all those bicycles!
Ah dinner. After last nights fiasco, we opted for a bottle of wine, some meat and cheese, a baguette and some fresh cherries to snack on, topped off with Ferro Roche chocolates. All for only $40 US or so, and included enough leftovers for breakfast tomorrow plus some juice. And we got a nice buzz off the wine. We walked about two blocks over to the manmade lake/canal near by, sat on a bench a while, watching the joggers and bikers go by. We lasted almost an hour until the wind kicked up and cooled it off too much. Then back to the hotel, a movie and relaxation before we head to the ship tomorrow. Can't wait to get aboard. Boy, I am pooped, not to mention my feet are burning hot. What a long and enjoyable day. And believe it or not, Michael and I didn't argue, although I did get to tell him "I told you so" once... ok, maybe twice, but it was all in good humor. See you tomorrow!
Hey Everybody, I almost forgot, HAPPY JULY 4th!