A day of exploration in Copenhagen

Trip Start Jun 15, 2007
Trip End Jul 10, 2007

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Woke at 5.30am (next door's toilet flushing), feeling quite alert - no jet leg!!  Breakfast (included in our tariff) was cereal, juice, cold meats, cheeses, eggs and buns/danishes in a buffet.  

After brekky we set out to find a few things. We went to the Hard Rock Cafe and found it unlocked at 8.30am so we went in and chose five t-shirts - took our time - only to discover it wasn't open! There were kitchen staff and painters working, so the kitchen lady put our selection aside for us to call back and collect later!

We found the sightseeing tours pick up point - we booked the Grand Tour at our hotel after breakfast this morning.  Then we wandered further and found the unofficial visitors information centre for some advice before slowly making our way back to have a coffee near the tour pick-up outside the town hall.

Our tour was in a lovely double-decker coach and was very comprehensive, covering The Little Mermaid, the Christiansborg Palace (houses of parliament), Rosenborg Castle, the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace (where the royal family live during winter), the Glyptoteck (with Rodin's "The Thinker" in the gardens), the Lutheran Cathedral where Prince Frederick married our Mary, the university, the canals, everything!!!  We then walked back to the Hard Rock Cafe and purchased the goods we'd chosen, and continued on to our hotel, stopping to buy a hot dog from a street vendor.

There are bicycles everywhere, including ones with a little front compartment for children to sit in. There are "cycle centres" for people to park their bicycles in, plus bicycle racks all over the city. 
I had a nap and checked the emails while Tom went to "Ripley's Believe it or Not" museum.  

We met a lady from Queensland in the lift!!! She and her family were travelling to Iceland to visit her husband's family.  

For dinner we walked down the block and around the corner to the Carlton Cafe/Restaurant - a sidewalk cafe very much like those in Paris.  It was lovely.  I observed to the waitress that she must have a good memory because she didn't write down our drink or food order - she said "you'll have to wait and see what comes out" !!! The people have a lovely sense of humour, and are mostly tall and slim.  Corner shops sell alchohol, just like Britain.
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