Sunday, 13 July 2008

2003 Scandanavian Circle - Highs & Lows Around Copenhagen

We were woken up during the night by heavy rainfall but by the time we had finished breakfast the day was warming up. To quote from our guide book “July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of 20 C”, so here we are in mid August and it has been in the mid 80’s F!

Having taken the train back into Copenhagen it was time to act like tourists and take a canal tour. The tour was interesting with commentary given in Danish and English explaining the various sights including the Royal Palace and Yacht, some old dock buildings which were being turned into a concert hall complex, some have been developed into apartments (not sure where we could put our bikes though) and onto The Little Mermaid.

Later in the day we climbed to new heights when we went to Vor Frelsers Kirke, The Church Of Our Saviour. There are approximately 400 steps to climb, 150 of these on the outside of the tower, giving a wonderful panoramic view of the city. We were unable to look inside the church as there was a funeral service taking place so we picked up a leaflet giving a brief history of the building.

Slowly wandering round various shops we ended up at Tivoli, an amusement park and concert arena in the centre of Copenhagen. We felt a little cheated on this as we had to pay to get in and then pay again if we wanted to go on any of the rides. We much preferred Bakken! Tivoli is aimed more at the tourist and we try to avoid the tourist traps as much as possible.

I promised my young friend Bob T Bear something to show his sister from our trip to Copenhagen and here they are.

We found these dragon statues outside a hall that had a Far Eastern type of open day with various stalls inside and the other dragon was hidden on the steps outside the rear entrance to the building.

We returned to the campsite for our last evening in Denmark and had an early evening as tomorrow we head for Sweden. With visiting two amusement parks, JC Nimbus, a canal sight seeing tour, climbing the steps at Vor Frelsers Kirke AND the meeting with the drug squad it has certainly been an eventful couple of days!


Lise said...

Hi Ted! HAve just enjoyed your posts from Denmark. I love Copenhagen and most of all the lunch menues where you tick for 5 Danish sandwiches and in some restaurants the 5th can be a dessert.....Next time, why not try St Gertrud's Nunnery for dinner? It's an old restaurant in the basement of the nunnery, nearly no electric lights, but 1000 candles. And the food is nice.

bikerted said...

Hello Lise. Glad you enjoyed our insight of Copenhagen and thanks for the tip on where to eat. I will "bear" them in mind if we are able to return one day.
On this voyage we are heading towards your home city so I hope you will enjoy that as well.