Grandchildren arrive!

Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
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Trip End May 28, 2011


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Ocean Hotel

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

July 31



A much nicer day, and this is the evening that we meet Jer and Mich and the grandchildren at Copenhagen Airport. So we packed up and drove to the Ocean Hotel which we had booked for 2 nights near the airport.

It turned out to be a delightful place, and in a great location, just 5 minute drive from the airport, and on a road which runs along the riverfront. We could not actually see the river from hotel, as there was an expanse of lovely grassy parkland extending between the road and the water, with marinas, yacht clubs and such stretched along.

The hotel itself was two buildings, the main hotel, which was really just a large 19th C house amongst 2 or 3 km stretch of large houses. In the back was a smaller white house, possibly a carriagehouse originally, which turned out to be our little "villa". It was full equipped with a living room, WC and shower, washing machine, bright fully equipped kitchen, and a sleeping loft area up in the rafters.

We got ourselves settled in there, and then, because we had the whole day before the family arrived, we bicycled into Copenhagen again. This day was much better weather, so it was nice to see the city in a dry state. The ride was a good 10 kms at least, but all flat, and much of it along the waterfront park area.

Our goal for the day was to get to a cathedral which we had noted the day before as having a noon hour organ concert. We did manage to find it with just minutes to spare.

I am afraid I have mislaid the program, so I don't have the name of the organist, but she was one of the world’s best, visiting from England. The program had a great variety with pieces by Handel, JC Bach and others. It really demonstrated to us the wondrous sound of a great church organ in full power, with a top rank organist. To be remembered!

We just cruised around the town in the afternoon, and spent a lovely hour or so sitting on the edge of the Nyhavn canal, sipping our corner store bought Carlsberg, and watching the swarms of tourists.

We returned to the hotel for supper, and then set off for the airport at around 8pm for their 10:15 arrival. We took the metro, just one stop to the airport. Being rather anxious to see them after a whole year, we were there 2 hours early. All went well, and they were in our arms by 11pm. The only hitch was that they had far more luggage than we could handle on the metro, so we had to leave Jeremy with the bags while Bill took the metro back for the van. Lucky we were so close!

August 1

Grandparents and kids caught the Metro into Copenhagen for a day at Tivoli Gardens, while Jer and Mich bicycled in. The day was drizzly again, but we did not let that dampen our spirits.

Tivoli Gardens, in the centre of Copenhagen, is one of the oldest “amusement parks” in the world. It covers 4 or 5 city blocks, and is a quaint mish-mash of classic gardens and terraces with old fashioned merry go rounds, as well as modern roller-coasters and other typical modern amusement park rides. There are also PNE like booths and galleries and fast food terraces. Quite a lot of fun!
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