A Day in Copenhagen

Trip Start Apr 09, 2010
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Trip End Sep 26, 2010


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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Day 1 of sightseeing. We reckoned on spending two days in Copenhagen but Elaine was very keen on crossing the bridge into Sweden and visiting Malmö. This would take a day. So, we could either spend 3 days here or, as we discovered, Elaine & Rosemary's departure dates were now a day apart and that Rosemary’s was late afternoon. That would give us time at the end of their visit, so we decided on the 2 days, one for Denmark and one for Sweden.

That done, we headed off for the metro and bought tickets that give you 10 journeys on the metro, train or bus. It was only a short hop into town and we were soon doing the tourist trail on the map provided by the excellent Tourist Information centre by the main station.

We had lunch in one of the numerous restaurants in the lovely Nyhavn (burger pour moi, herrings for Elaine & Julie and prawns for Rosemary) and later, we saw the Royal Palace, churches etc etc. I could spend time here describing Copenhagen but I doubt that I would do a good job and anyway, many people have been there. Suffice it to say, we all liked the city, it was airy, with huge squares and wide avenues and enough people to make it interesting without being remotely crowded.


One sight however, that even experienced Copenhagen visitors would be unlikely to see, is the yacht shown on the following URL :-

http://seafever.files.wordpress.com/2007/10/megayacht-octopus.pdf

She was obviously a private yacht and I recall suggesting that she either belonged to a Russian oligarch or some other mega-rich individual such as Paul Allen of Microsoft. A guard at the stern of the 416’ 'Octopus’ said he couldn’t give us the name of the owner but when I got back and did an internet search, I had hit the bull’s eye and it was Mr Allen’s boat!

Once past the megayacht, we headed off to see, not Copenhagen’s most iconic image, the ‘little mermaid’, rather the site where she should be. Apparently, she is currently in China, on a Danish sales drive or Expo. When I worked in Scandinavia, my Swedish colleagues always used to say the Danes were different, they were the ‘arabs’ (their words) of Scandinavia, they would sell anything. I now know what they meant!!!

We got back to the boat at around 6 o’clock, tired, thirsty and well satisfied with a great first day. Evening we had nibbles and retired to bed early, thoroughly exhausted.







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