Thrift! Thrift Horatio! Jellyicous!

Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
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Trip End Jul 25, 2008


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Friday, July 4, 2008

It's Denmark, you gotta have at least one true Hamlet quote!  Well, maybe not the Jellyicious part....but Thrift is the key for the day, especially after last nights tres expensive dining experience.  At least it was good!  So, I awoke around six, refreshed and ready to start the day.  The last dream I had was me looking into a mirror, only the reflection I got was of Mark James in an brunette updo and blonde spitcurls.  Whew!   Unfortunately for Michael, he was up most of the night not able to sleep, so he slept in and we finally left the hotel around 9, heading up to the Metro and onto the Little Mermaid statue, for which Copenhagen is famous.  Hans Christian Anderson and all ya know.  The Metro is cool here, (see video) and with the CPHCard we were able to ride for nothing (well, we had to pay for the card ahead of time).  In no time at all we were on the other side of the city at the University, to take the obligatory photo of Mikey in front of the University sign, and to pick up a t-shirt.  (The little Mermaid would just have to wait )  Unfortunately, the campus book store was/is closed for the summer, but the campus was worth the visit.  Clean, sleek, very Danish in it's design, it is lovely.  Michael thought too stark, but that is the hallmark of Danish design.   Another sign of the human energy element, these bike racks are everywhere, some are even covered like these at the University.  Back on the train, no time to dilly dally as Michael put it.  I wanted to wander around more, but apparently that was not in the game plan. (actually coffee was in my game plan and I wanted to look for a coffee shop near campus, SIGH, alas, it was not be just yet)

Back to the Metro and a couple of stops later we were in a quaint canal area, and a 7/11 apparently was the thrifty answer to breakfast.  Hot coffee, Juice, apples, a bagel for me and a muffin for Michael, a muffin that was promptly dubbed "jelly-icious" because it had a jam center!  Yum.  We sat on the canal and had our thrifty meal, enjoyingAs relaxing as the moment was, we were off to see the Mermaid!  We waited at a water bus stop for about 15 minutes before we decided the "Special posting" said that it would not operate on the 2nd, 3rd & 4th. But it was right on the water and lovely.  I tried taking a picture with my phone to send to Em to have him translate, but that service was not available here.  Damn! Then I realized he speaks Dutch, not Dane!  No water bus, so we walked some more, which was nice by the water, and made our way to an even lovelier canal area full of expensive boats and lined with expensive cafes.  It is so picturesque, just what you think it should look like all over the place.  (see photo)  At least how in envisioned Copenhagen, at least from the tourist-info photo's .

The water bus was just that, a bus on the water.  Again the CPHCard saved us fare and we were on the water and our way North.  Have I mentioned what a great deal the CPH Card is?  For only $40US we got a 24 hour pass for the METRO, the waterbus, the S trains, and the Regional rail, plus entrance into numerous museums, discounts at local restaurants, and a nifty card to use in our scrap book.  Check it out at www.visitcopenhagen.com, and click on the CPH card link!
 
The CPH card may have saved us bucks, but the water bus saved us a of steps, many, many steps for which my feet thanked me later.  Plus the water bus gave us an awesome view of the Opera House!  But the sea siren wouldn't wait, and neither would my Mikey!
Poor little Mermaid, she was swamped with tourists.  All clamoring for her picture.. Fortunately she sits just off shore, if she wasn't people would be climbing all over her I am sure.  After our own photo op with her, we walked along the water and discovered another beautiful fountain.  This city is dotted every few hundred feet with another outdoor sculpture, fountain or statue.  It makes walking very enjoyable.  You may even meet a snake or two (see photos) ....
 
We continued along the water front at my insistence, I saw the Rotterdam off in the distance and I wanted to see where the Eurodam will dock tomorrow.  A nice walk ensued, with a breathtaking view of the water, and the giant windmills off in the distance, yet more proof of the Danes energy efficiency. (see vid) On the way back, we wandered though an active, yet old, military fort, complete with a moat. 
 
At Amalienborg,  Christian VIII's Palace ( www.amalienborgmusett.dk ) I got caught taking a surreptitious photo of a cool lamp that made me think of Em's old place in Cleveland. (see photo) and I know he's gunna regret having thrown out all those angels now!  It was a cool palace, and we saw the changing of the guard... (again see vid) and even got a picture of a handsome guard on duty.
 
Our next stop was Denmark's National Gallery ( www.smk.dk ) where we wandered through everything from modern art to the Danish classics form the 1500's.  A beautiful blend of old and new, both in art and architecture.  After a brief stop to have a snack on the front steps (water and a Cliff Bar) we headed across the street and into the parks surrounding the Rosenborg Slot (www.rosenborgslot.dk) .  After wandering through beautiful formal gardens, (and Michael dropping yet something else, this time he lost the guide for the CPH Card), we headed into the Castle, which is amazing.  It always amazes me that people, although nobility, lived like that.  Rooms with paintings that cover every wall, fresco's ceilings, and an indoor toilet, the whole room covered floor, wall and ceiling with delft tiles.  Not bad for a house built in the early 1600's.  In the basement (or dungeon) are now the crown jewels from that era on display.  No indoor photo's this time, although neither would have minded being asked to stop by the cute, flirty guard standing outside the Castle..... very flirty.
 
More trains at this point, the S train (a local train, more video) and the Metro to go find a replacement for the guide we lost, and then back to the hotel for a fresh up and relaxation before dinner.  Amazing what rush hour looks like around here, all those bicycles!
 
Ah dinner.  After last nights fiasco, we opted for a bottle of wine, some meat and cheese, a baguette and some fresh cherries to snack on, topped off with Ferro Roche chocolates.  All for only $40 US or so, and included enough leftovers for breakfast tomorrow plus some juice.  And we got a nice buzz off the wine.  We walked about two blocks over to the manmade lake/canal near by, sat on a bench a while, watching the joggers and bikers go by.  We lasted almost an hour until the wind kicked up and cooled it off too much.  Then back to the hotel, a movie and relaxation before we head to the ship tomorrow.  Can't wait to get aboard.  Boy,  I am pooped, not to mention my feet are burning hot.  What a long and enjoyable day.  And believe it or not, Michael and I didn't argue, although I did get to tell him "I told you so" once... ok, maybe twice, but it was all in good humor. See you tomorrow!

Hey Everybody, I almost forgot, HAPPY JULY 4th!    
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