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Published: August 9th 2013
By the time we got to our hotel after the train journey it was around 9.30pm. The trip was quick and smooth, the countryside flat and farm like. The sea between Sweden and Denmark has been bridged by a combined road/rail structure. It must be pretty shallow because only a couple of k's onto the bridge there was a large boat on it's side in the sea with no people around it and no sign of emergency.
We were able to walk to the hotel, the Copenhagen Crown, and settle in. Clean and comfortable rooms but .... no aircon. We realised how much we needed it that night. But, after dropping our bags we reconnoitred the surrounding area looking for a bar to have a wine at. Easily found - Gavin has a nose for them - and we enjoyed watching the night life and soaking up the Copenhagen vibe.
We really only had one day in Copenhagen so we were going to make the most of it and see as much as possible - speed tourism - so onto the hop on hop off and away. Copenhagen has a reputation for being one of the most liveable cities
A green cool,oasis in the city.
in the world, maybe the best. Easy to see why. It's rather beautiful with so many arms of the sea creating areas in the city that lend it a "something around every corner" feel. Hop on hop offs are a good way to see a lot in a short time time and get your bearings. We certainly got the feeling of a prosperous, settled country with some surprising facts in the commentary - Denmark has the shortest life span in Europe; sounds unlikely but I haven't consulted Uncle Google yet so I can't verify that. It's also the 5th biggest agricultural exporter in the world. It's only a country of around 5 million. Bang and Olaffson, Lego, wind turbines, they make a lot of varied stuff.
We got off at the Fredericshavn Park in the photo and had a nice lunch but had to share it with too many wasps to be pleasant. Back in the city the two couples went separate ways to see what they wanted to see. I hired a bike at the hotel and went exploring, cautiously. Even though there are hundreds of kilometres of bike lanes I felt very inexperienced in amongst the hundreds
The sea everywhere
Out on a bike ride.
of bikers who all seem to go a a hundred miles an hour with much sang froid, way more than I had. Nannies were passing me no sweat. My seat kept sliding down so I had knees to my chin on occasions but for all that it was enjoyable to get out and have a look around in the afternoon sun. I got a bit lost on the way back but no major dramas. Meanwhile G and H had gone to a museum and a Degas exhibition.
Later on we found a great spot for dinner in a cobblestoned street heavily trafficked by rickshaws, bikes, walkers, the odd car, a few beautiful people and us. It was a good place to people watch. It was also happy hour so we got happy. And then it was back to the hotel to pack for an early morning start on the plane to Athens.
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