Monday, 12 September, 2016 17:08

Denmark and Copenhagen…..

We Arrive In Copenhagen…..  A 1 1/2 hour flight to Copenhagen from Luton, grab the Metro from the airport and before we know it we are in our apartment in Copenhagen.  Off to the supermarket for some supplies and a quiet night in ready for a big next day.  We decided our first day should include the Grand Tour by boat to familiarise ourselves with the city. At A$20 for a 2 day pass this is extremely good value as it includes the hop on-hop off boat as well. Once again a video to show you the highlights of the Grand Tour.  “Click Here” to see the video.

Nyhavn Harbour

We returned to Nyhavn and then immediately took the hop on-hop off boat to go back to the “Little Mermaid so we could walk to some of the highlights seen from the boat.  During our walking excursion more photos of “The Little Mermaid, and then to the Amalienborg Palace and Square where Princes Mary lives with the rest of the Royal Family.

The Little Mermaid Made Famous By Hans Christian Anderson

Princess Mary’s Humble Abode

We then caught the hop on-hop off boat back to Nyhavn and walked across the new pedestrian bridge to the Papiroen Copenhagen Street Food Market. This is an island originally used as a paper storage warehouse.  A great place to eat with every type of food you could desire being available all at reasonable prices.

Copenhagen Street Food Market – Papiroen

We Just Had To Buy A Cold Beer

We stopped for a beer before walking to Christianhavn to walk through Christiania Freetown where all the  hippies of the 70’s live with their families and friends. A very interesting place to visit.  We even evidenced pot being sold on the streets.  It was then a walk back to our apartment in Amagerbro.

Christiania – Freetown. Home For The Hippies

Another Interesting Day…..  Our second day in Copenhagen was a Saturday and it seems everyone comes to the downtown area for shopping and recreation. After booking train tickets for a day trip to Aarhus for Sunday, we walked along Stroget shopping street stopping off at a Fisken Dag, translated ‘Fish Day’ where tasting samples was the order of the day including free beer.

Fisken Dag – Translated ‘Fish Day’

Fish Day – What This Guy Was Talking About We Had No Idea

Children Painting Real Fish

We only walked about half the length of the 3 1/2 km street and then decided to take the second of the Grand Copenhagen boat tours which covers a slightly different route.

Amateur Cat Walk Model With Mickey

It was a beautiful day in the mid 20’s and just perfect for another boat tour.  We then walked along the riverbank to Copenhagen Mall then hopped on a bus back to our apartment.  A big day and we walked 17500 steps.

Main Atrium At Copenhagen Shopping Mall

On The Train…..   A 2 3/4 hour train trip to Aarhus and we then hopped on a bus to Den Gamle By, The Old Town open-air folk museum.  The focus of this museum was rural life in Denmark in past centuries. It was a real highlight as the houses and scenes depicted are very true to life even with sound effects, horse drawn carts and horse poo in the streets. From there a bus back to Aarhus Station to walk to the old town section of Aarhus.  A fascinating day and a relaxing train trip to boot.  To see a video of our day in Aarhus “Click Here”.

Mollestien Street In Aarhus

Back To Copenhagen….  After a fabulous day in Aarhus, back to our cosy apartment in Copenhagen ready for a big next day. Our first stop was the Torvehallerne Exclusive Food Market selling everything from fresh vegetables to exclusive chocolates, then on to the Botanical Gardens. The hot houses in the gardens are massive and an impressive backdrop to the beautiful gardens.

Torvehallerne Exclusive Food Market At Norreport

Hot Houses In Copenhagen Botanical Gardens

Being A Kid Again…..  It was then a short bus ride to The Tivoli Gardens which was to be a highlight of our time in Copenhagen.  This place is amazing and should definitely not be missed. Tivoli Gardens was opened in 1843 and has undergone continually updating since then to present a world class amusement and pleasure centre.  We arrived at 3:00 PM and didn’t leave till after 9:00 PM after all the lights came on.  Being a Monday the crowds were light so no queues.  If you would like to see a short video on our time at Tivoli Gardens “Click Here”. You can see Liz defying death with a smile on her face in the video.

Defying Gravity, Just For A Moment

Yes, We Went On Both These Rides Twice At Tivoli Gardens

A More Normal Day…..  We decided to go back to Nyhavn and walk along the foreshore to the Danish Design Museum. We never appreciated that much of Danish design is attributed to the cultural interchange between Japan and Denmark.  The museum provided a historical as well as modern perspective on Danish design.  One couldn’t help get the feeling that as you moved towards modern Danish design it started to look more like Ikea furniture and accessories.

Hans Christian Anderson Shop In Nyhavn

Nyhavn Canal And Foreshore

Danish Furniture Design At The Danish Design Museum

 We Depart Copenhagen…..  After 6 days we sadly depart Copenhagen. This is a beautiful city with fantastic architecture, friendly locals and lot’s to see and do.  We travel by overnight ferry to Oslo for the next stage of our adventure.

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