Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday May 3 - Copenhagen

Another day of sightseeing on our own.
View of cafe from our room

We did get up earlier today and headed out around 9AM for breakfast we went across the street to the H C Andersen bakery. DH had the cinnamon bun and a latte, I went for the special at 50 kroners, espresso, mulit-seed bun, cheese and marmalade.

Then it was time to walk. It was a magnificent sunny day with a high of 20C, not a cloud in the sky. First stop was City Hall with the statue of H C Andersen looking towards Tivoli Gardens. We then spotted a side door into the courtyard of City Hall and wandered in to talk some photos, when the guard spoke to us and said we could go in through the Mayor's entrance as he was just about to lock it. He then gave us directions up to the second floor with a note to admire the stair cases and some paintings.

Outside City Hall, sits H C Andersen looking across the road at Tivoli Gardens.
Then we followed our bus route from yesterday back through the city towards Nyhavn.

On to Nyhavn, and then to the Amalienborg Slot (Amalienborg Palace)
This palace has been the winter residence of the Danish royal family since 1794. The four identical rococo palaces face each other across the octagonal Amalienborg Slot, where the changing of the guard takes place each day at noon when the family is in residence. Only one of the palaces had a flag flying.

The guards are quite approachable for photographs. There was a group of school children as as the soliders on watch marches, they followed copying the soldiers' every move. They especially liked stamping their feet when they stopped.
The changing of the guards happened right on time, the police were very courteous in controlling the crowd, unlike the police in Athens for the changing of the guard.

Then a quick stop at the marble Church, the Russian Orthodox Church (you could only get a photo outside) and then the Catholic St. Angers which is completely under renovation.

We strolled along the canal and stopped for a beer at the Admiral Hotel, formally a warehouse now converted into a very upscale hotel We sat in the sun enjoying the sights.

Back to Nyhaven for lunch, we each had a starter and then shared a plate of cheese for dessert.

Some more strolling along Storget and we wandered into the University and Latin Quarter and stumbled upon the Round Tower.

We picked up a t-shirt for DH and a box for my collection. We got back to the hotel at 6PM for a rest before we go out to dinner.

1 comment:

  1. Copenhagen is a lovely city. We're going down there in July and are really looking forward to it. Great pictures. I've never seen the changing of the guard in Copenhagen, only Oslo, so I will make sure to see that.


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