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Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen June 26th 2019

Copenhagen is immediately impressive in a grand majestic way. A bit like Vienna in that this place is clearly rich and royal but was perhaps once richer and royaler and more important. There are no tall modern skyscrapers on the skyline, rather there are abundant palace turrets, castle towers, church spires and the ancient roller-coasters of Tivoli Gardens (the amusement park opened in 1843! Which makes it only the second oldest in the world. The oldest is also in Denmark). The lack of tall buildings, combined with the squares, parks, gardens and especially the canals and wide harbours give Copenhagen a sense of being open and spacious. Despite being a capital city, you never feel like you are on top of people. The extra wide pavements probably help as well – extra wide to accommodate cycle ... read more
Rosenborg Castle
Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød
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Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen June 8th 2019

It’s Saturday; parkrun day and we are going to Amagerstrandpark. It starts at 9, but we are awake by 5 thanks to a group of Chinese tourists replicating stormtroopers in the corridor. It’s raining heavily and my waterproof is in a car park near Stansted so I am going to get rather wet. The Strandpark is on a small Island in the Øresund; the strait which separates Denmark and Sweden. We walk the mile to the start, then hide out in a shelter as long as possible. The route is two laps along the island, across a bridge, along the prom and back across another bridge. To complicate matters, the first lap is anti-clockwise and the second lap is clockwise. Luckily, I don’t get lost despite being too slow to see the next slowest runner. I ... read more
Oresund Bridge
Amager Strandpark parkrun
Amager Strandpark parkrun

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 11th 2019

Early yesterday morning we accompanied our guest, Cindy, to the Copenhagen airport via the metro, and everything went according to plan...until it didn't. After we said our good-byes, and not long after Cindy proceeded through the security checkpoint, we received an e-mail message from her with the startling news that she had left her cell phone back in our apartment! Apparently a kind-hearted soul had allowed her to use his mobile phone to relay the news to us, and to her husband (John) back in Florida. But all's well that ends well, as today Dee and I were able to make arrangements with a Fedex agent to send the phone to the states, hopefully to be back in its owner's hands in a few days. After seeing Cindy off at the airport, we spent the rest ... read more
Boaters in Frederiksberg Gardens
Frederiksberg Gardens
Frederiksberg Palace

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 9th 2019

Hallelujah! The weather gods have finally smiled on Copenhagen, as today was nearly picture perfect. By late morning, there was nothing but blue skies and sunshine coming our way. Needless to say, we were all ecstatic that spring had sprung, and the girls celebrated their first Happy Hour on the balcony since Cindy arrived a week ago. We enjoyed a delicious lunch at a place called Cafe Wilder (across the street from the Sankt Annae 8 Cafe), with the girls ordering the traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches (Smørrebrød), while I tried moules frites (mussels and fries). Sadly, this is Cindy's last day with us. Tomorrow morning she flies back to Orlando (via London), and we wanted to do something special as a going away present, so we decided to spend her last afternoon in Copenhagen's Assistens cemetery! ... read more
Assistens Cemetery
Assistens Cemetery
Assistens Cemetery

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 8th 2019

This morning we were pleasantly surprised to discover that the weather forecast for overcast skies and intermittent rain was off the mark. Although cool and a little breezy, we would enjoy some sunshine throughout most of the afternoon as we toured the Rosenborg Castle and nearby gardens. We managed to get a slightly earlier start than usual, walking to the Christianshavn metro station at 11:00 AM, and arriving at Nørreport station shortly thereafter. From this station, we had about a 20-minute hike before reaching the castle grounds. Rosenborg Castle (Danish: Rosenborg Slot) is a Renaissance castle that was originally built as a pleasure palace in the early 1600s, and is an example of King Christian IV's many architectural projects during his long, 59-year reign between 1588-1648. He is remembered as one of the most popular, ambitious, ... read more
King Christian IV of Denmark (1577-1648)
Rosenborg Castle interior
Palm House in Botanical Garden

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 7th 2019

The weather here in Copenhagen, which remains chilly and breezy, continues to be a thorn in our sides. Yesterday morning the temperature was a frigid 39 degrees when we awakened, and barely crept up to the 50-degree-mark by late in the afternoon. The sun plays hide-and-go-seek most of the time, and a few occasional light showers seem to come out of nowhere, making traveling by foot quite a challenge for three warm-blooded Floridians. So we stayed put most of the day, venturing out only for lunch, and then for a brief visit to the Church of Our Savior a block down the street from our apartment. This unique church, the upper portion of which is visible from our rear windows, is a baroque church most famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that ... read more
Winter Garden
Rodin's "The Thinker"
Hans Christian Andersen statue

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 6th 2019

Today is our first sea day and, boo, we lost Barbara already. It had been fairly calm waters leaving southampton but now that we are heading toward the Baltics, it is getting a little more on the choppy. Dave and I burst into Gary and Barb's room this morning and there she was looking like a little casper the ghost. Despite our attempts to convince her to let us take her to the docs for an injection, she would not get up and so we have now left her and come down to crooners for the first bloody mary of the day. Extra Spicy!! Dave and I have also already enjoyed some time in the thermal spa, a suite perk, it was really nice and relaxing....well it was up until the point that an obnoxiously loud ... read more
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Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 5th 2019

All of us were up and about by 6:00 AM on this chilly Sunday morning (upper 30s at daybreak), when Chef Dee surprised us with eggs Benedict for breakfast! While enjoying this treat, we discussed a plan of attack for today, and settled on a visit to the famous Tivoli gardens and amusement park. The walking distance to the park from our apartment looked to be about a mile, so we decided to take a stab at riding a bus. We walked up the street to the nearby metro station around 12:30 PM, and jumped aboard the 9A bus, only to be greeted by a gruff female driver who was obviously annoyed at having to sell us tickets and collect the money (most riders use machine scannable passes). She proceeded to issue terse commands, like a ... read more
Inside Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Snack time at Tivoli

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 4th 2019

Just when we thought the weather in Copenhagen could not get much worse, we awoke early this morning to a frosty 35-degrees, with a few SNOW showers! Cindy and Dee were delighted at the white flakes swirling around, but thankfully the winter wonderland display was short-lived. In fact, by later in the day, we enjoyed mostly sunny skies with mid-50s for temperatures. Talk about a dramatic turnaround! Since the weather forecast called for clearing skies in the afternoon, we decided to take a canal cruise for an overview of the sights we may want to visit in the coming days. So shortly after noon we bundled up, and then walked to the nearby Sankt Annae cafe, where Dee and I had eaten a few days ago. We thought Cindy would enjoy the food and laid-back atmosphere ... read more
Nyhavn
Marijuana convention at Nyhavn
Cindy and Dee aboard the canal boat

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen May 3rd 2019

The weather has been downright miserable, at least by our standards, since our arrival in Copenhagen. Although we can tolerate the cooler temperatures (40s and 50s), it's been the blustery wind conditions that make walking--even short distances--very uncomfortable. The evening before last, when a frontal system moved through the area, the winds howled at upwards of 40/mph, rattling the windows throughout the night. As a result, our sightseeing plans have suffered a serious setback. However, we did make an outing of sorts this morning, when Dee and I rode the metro from the nearby Christianshavn station to the airport to greet our good friend Cindy at the arrivals area. Cindy flew from Orlando, Florida (via London Gatwick) to spend a week with us here in Copenhagen, and it was great to welcome her after a typically ... read more
Early morning view of canal
Sightseeing boat beneath our balcony
Flowers courtesy of our apartment owner




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