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Travel day to Copenhagen, 17 May, 2014

It’s sad when your hotel has a good breakfast and you have to leave before you can get a bite. Usually breakfast is not served in hotels until after six a.m. We got up just after four and got ready to go. We ate the food we had gathered the day before and then were on our way to the airport via public transportation, so easy, we thought. First to the bus stop. We thought it rather strange that taxis were all lined up at the bus stop. When we got there we realized why, the first bus to the terminal didn’t come until six-nineteen, too late for us. We started off our day with a brisk walk to the train terminal. It was only fifteen minutes away and since we knew exactly where we had to go there we were okay with a little change of plans. Which all worked according to plan. The most disconcerting thing was it felt later just because the sun rises so early in the north it feels later in the day. Before we knew it we were on our bus to the airport. The airport is a forty minute bus ride from the city. When we got there we tried to spend all of our Swedish money but ended up with ten kroner, about a dollar fifty.

We had to check into the airport at kiosks. We thought we had figured it out until we went to check our luggage and found we needed luggage tags that printed after our boarding passes. We went back to the machine we used and someone had thoughtfully put them on top of the machine for us. We figured out how to put them on our bags and checked them in and headed to our gate. The flight was short. I loved looking down at the beautiful farmland we flew over. All beverages except coffee, tea and water cost money. But since it was a short flight we were okay.

After we landed we headed to baggage claim, found our suitcases, and then went straight out to the central part of the terminal to find the TI. Copenhagen was a very busy airport. I found a place to sit while Dale figured out if we wanted to get a Copenhagen card. We decided that we loved having the tourist card in other places, so he got back in line to procure the card. It was fun for me to just sit and watch people. One of the things I saw was a man on a delivery scooter, yes, I did. A scooter behind and a huge square box in front on wheels that he carefully scooted through the foot traffic. It was a very busy airport, new and lovely.  We wanted to get the Copenhagen card first thing because they become your transportation tickets, as well as tickets to all the tourist sites.

The metro was conveniently located within the airport, just a short walk away. There was some construction on the line so there was a bit where there was a stop, get out, wait for another train and then head on towards the city. When we got to our stop we did what we always do, we got lost, but some friendly Swedish visitors in town for the weekend helped us find our hotel, Cab Inn. We dropped off our bags and found our way into the city. We walked around and found some street food and ate while we listened to the buskers and then we walked around and saw some of the old town. We found a Lego store and went in and looked around. I thought it was unique, but I found out later that we have them in the USA, probably one in Seattle somewhere.  By that time we were close to the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen Cathedral.

City Square on a beautiful day
City Square on a beautiful day
Old Town.
Old Town.
Lego Store
Lego Store

Copenhagen, being a harbor city, has a lot of waterways, and this is always a fun way to get to know the city. So we hopped on a boat and took a city tour. It was great, we went under many low bridges, our tour guide reminding us to sit down.

Boat tour - canal
Boat tour – canal
Opera House
Opera House
Little Mermaid
Little Mermaid

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Narrow Canal
Narrow Canal
Mind your head
Mind your head

We tried to find the Danish Resistance Museum, but sadly, it had been torched by arsons. At least we found an ice cream stand close by.

We headed towards Tivoli on very full buses and got there on the exact opposite side of the park from the entrance. We had a very long walk to get to the ticket kiosk.

Tivoli is a large amusement park in the middle of Copenhagen. The piece of land where it is located is quite large, but not as large as an amusement park of this kind would be in the USA. They conserved space by having many of the rides go over other attractions. The only really open areas in the park were where the famous and eponymous fountain and gardens were at the very center. We were not planning on going on any rides so we just walked around looking at the gardens and rides. The park is open until midnight and we think they do fireworks after dark, whenever that is. It is very clean throughout the park, much cleaner than the city streets. One of the interesting things we saw was a cup return. When you buy a beverage you receive it in a returnable cup. They have automats where you can return the cup for the equivalent of a dollar. That would be enough of an incentive for most people I think. Plus if you found cups in the area you might be motivated to pick them up for a dollar, I would!

Tivoli Park
Tivoli Park
Tivoli Fountain
Tivoli Fountain
In Tivoli Park
In Tivoli Park

We left for our hotel, very tired and found our room. Tiny, but clean and it had all we needed to sleep, which is what they advertise.

We noticed that Denmark, above Sweden, Finland and Estonia have the most cyclists on the road. There are huge bike parks close to the metro. Bike parks at businesses are even covered. We also noticed that in Denmark some bikes have a big delivery cart on the front. These carts often had children sitting in them. We also saw them filled with adults and dogs. Due to all the walking and biking we saw very few people who were overweight. You don’t use a car to go places in Copenhagen, you use public transportation which involves a lot of walking. We also noticed a lot of litter in the city, this is different from our last visit to Copenhagen where there was very little litter.

Bilke Path
Bike Path