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Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

Arriving in town


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Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Friendly old girl of a town
'Neath her tavern light
On this merry night
Let us clink and drink one down
To wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen
Salty old queen of the sea...
(Song by Danny Kaye)

We were supposed to land at 7:15, and actually landed about 10:35. B carried both carry-ons. As we got off the plane, there were several guys standing there and I announced that my name was Beasley, and a young blond guy walked down the gangway with me. As we got to the wheelchairs (they wouldn't let them on the gangway) the wheelchair he was going to take was grabbed by an elderly woman who said she needed it. So we took another one. He wheeled me through customs and immigration. No one has asked me for B's permission so far. [On the seven trips I have taken with grandchildren, I was only asked for my permission once and that was on the first trip when we were changing planes in Heathrow]

Then he figured out which luggage carousel we would be at and said it would be 15 minutes, so in the meantime both B and I changed some money. The wheelchair driver and the exchange booth person both assured me that I didn't need to tip in Denmark - that people had already been paid.

I decided I didn't have the stamina to take the train into town (schlep the bags, find the train, buy tickets, get on the train, get off the train and find the hotel). So we got a taxi, which cost 380 Dk (Danish kroner). There are a little more than 5 kroner to $1.00
Taking a taxi from the airport

Taking a taxi from the airport


There was some kind of convention in town on the dates we were there, and the only hotel room we could get except for a hostel was in the Saga Hotel. It is very conveniently located near the train station and Tivoli in an area with a lot of other hotels.The taxi driver had never heard of the Saga Hotel, and the map and address was (again) in the trunk of the cab in my carry-on. I said it was near the railway station and Tivoli. So he got us there and said to me "Where do you think it is? " And I said, "Probably it's around that corner", and we turned the corner and there it was. He said "How did you know that", and I said I didn't know, but I thought I remembered on the map that was where it was. He said I must be a genius, and I said no that I just liked maps. He thought that was funny. He had to back down the street as it was one way towards us. He warned us that we should keep our cameras and money well concealed in this neighborhood, but the neighborhood seems to be a mini-Chinatown and doesn't feel spooky at all. Although I did see a Sex Shop on the way in. We were checked in before noon and B took a shower and soaked her foot.

The room has two twin beds with duvets,
Bed after I took a nap

Bed after I took a nap


a flat screen TV locked to the wall,
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and a window out onto the courtyard
My granddaughter sitting on the windowsill

My granddaughter sitting on the windowsill


which had two fiberglass cows in it,
Fiberglass cows

Fiberglass cows


and also bikes which we could have rented from the hotel.
Hotel bikes in the courtyard

Hotel bikes in the courtyard

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Flowers in the courtyard of our hotel

Selfie in the bathroom mirror

Selfie in the bathroom mirror


We had a private bath. Since it was cold and rainy while we were there we didn't need A/C. There were no elevators, but our room was on the first floor and was quiet as it was on the courtyard. We walked up to the second floor to get breakfast. The charge on my credit card was $167/night for two people with a private bath and breakfast

The receptionist told us that we could use the computer in the lobby for free, but that if we used the LAN cable in the room or on the the computer keyboard through the TV it would cost extra.
Keyboard in the room that we would have paid for

Keyboard in the room that we would have paid for


I tried to log on from the lobby without success, and finally used their computer to send a message to B's parents that we had arrived safely. The hotel receptionist told me that the hotel wi-fi was sagareception, and really it was Saga reception. Once I got logged on, I could get it from the room, although if I didn't send stuff right away the wi-fi apparently lost interest in me and told me that I wasn't connected to the internet. Incidentally the hotel computer keyboard had the @ sign on a key in the third position which I never could figure out how to get to it. For email addresses, I always had to find one somewhere and copy it.

They have a lot of PPV movies etc on the TV. What I mean by that was that the menu on the TV tended to come up on the PPV area. They do have some US movies and sitcoms with Danish subtitles. We could also sometimes get the Danish news and weather.

After I sent the email, I joined B in a nap, and about 1500, we went out to try to find the HOHO (hop on hop off) bus.
Side of the RR station

Side of the RR station

Railroad station

Railroad station

Hard Rock

Hard Rock


When we were trying to find it, we came to this square. I thought the memorial was a War Memorial. Actually it is the Liberty Memorial which is kind of the opposite. It celebrates the end of adscription. Adscription is another name for serfdom. That's what the translation from the Danish comes up with. Under adscription, farmers and workers had to stay on the land where they were born and work without pay for the estate holder. They couldn't leave without the permission of the landowners.
4527739-The_Liberty_Memorial_Copenhagen.jpgThe Liberty Memorial

The Liberty Memorial


In England serfdom died out between the 14th and 17th centuries. in Finland, Norway and Sweden it was never fully established but in the Austrian empire it lasted until 1781, in France until 1789, in Russia until 1861. In Denmark it was in effect from 1733 to 1788 and in its subsidiary Iceland from 1490 to 1894.

The Liberty Memorial was erected in 1797 on Vesterbrogade opposite the Grand Central Station (which we also saw as it was quite near our hotel). At that time, it was far outside the city walls. Prince Frederik – later King Frederik VI laid the foundation stone in 1792 (five years earlier) as a symbolic gesture to commemorate the end of adscription in 1788.
Statues at the base

Statues at the base


The Liberty Monument itself was a gift to the city from reformers to honor King Christian VII for his agricultural reforms. The Liberty Memorial itself has four figures which symbolize Fidelity – Justice – Virtue and Courage. The monument was created by sculptor Nicolai Abildgaard.

I also took photos of the Zodiac statues in Axeltorv Square which is across from Tivoli where we waited for the bus. It is named for Bishop Absalon, Copenhagen's founder, whose (little used) Danish name was Axel. A 12.5 metre long water basin with nine bronze amphoras was installed in the square in 1991. It was designed by Mogens Møller in collaboration with the architect Mogens Breyen and is called Zodiac
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Zodiac statues

Zodiac statues - Axeltorv Square

Zodiac statues - Axeltorv Square


By the time we found the bus stop which was opposite the Tivoli Gardens main entrance
Front entrance from across the street

Front entrance from across the street

Main entrance

Main entrance


My granddaughter at the bus stop

My granddaughter at the bus stop


it was 1630 and was the last bus of the evening. I also knew that it was too late for the last of the hop-on hop-off boats because they stop at 1615. Because of the weather the buses have rain tops in place on the upper decks. The driver didn't want to cash our vouchers because he said we wouldn't get the full benefit. Although I had bought a two day ticket . Adult internet rate $20.95 each
Bus logo

Bus logo

From the Mermaid tour

From the Mermaid tour


When it came, it was so full that there were no seats. Someone gave me a seat and B stood until a lot of people got off at the cruise ship docks
Celebrity Constellation

Celebrity Constellation


Then we both got to sit in a seat and listen to the commentary.
plugs for earphones for commentary

plugs for earphones for commentary


When we got to the Mermaid,
People getting off in the rain to photograph her

People getting off in the rain to photograph her

From the top of the sightseeing bus

From the top of the sightseeing bus


B got off to take photos of her - I didn't. Everyone knows the Little Mermaid and it is one of the things one must do in Copenhagen. We saw it in 1950 and my dad took a photo.
Little Mermaid in 1950

Little Mermaid in 1950

B's photo in 2009 from a slightly different angle

B's photo in 2009 from a slightly different angle


She is somewhat remote from the normal tourist routes.

The Hans Christian Anderson story is a bit bloodthirsty and not so romantic as you might imagine. It isn't the Disney version. The mermaid gives up her life in the sea, her voice, and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. When she walks or dances it feels like she is walking on sharp swords, and her feet bleed most terribly.
Tail

Tail


When the prince marries someone else, the mermaid's sisters bring her a knife and tell her that if she slays the prince with the knife and lets his blood drip on her feet, she will become a mermaid again, all her suffering will end and she will live out her full life. But she can't do it.
Head (which she has lost a couple of times)

Head (which she has lost a couple of times)


.Little Mermaid

Little Mermaid

It was cold, damp and windy and I was OK, but B was cold. (I found out later that she had packed for June in SC with a lot of shorts, and summer here is quite a bit colder.) We came to a KFC and Burger King (there are Burger Kings, 7-11s and McDonalds on every corner).
7-11

7-11


Burger King and KFC

Burger King and KFC


4531056-Danish_BK_menu_Copenhagen.jpgDanish BK menu

Danish BK menu


B had a really small
Crispy burger 33.00 Dk with mashed potatoes

Crispy burger 33.00 Dk with mashed potatoes


I had
A twister (61.00 Dk)

A twister (61.00 Dk)


also with mashed potatoes and gravy. She had a coke and I had what was billed as a lemonade but was (UGH) carbonated (like in England). We managed after some difficulty (asking directions 3 or 4 times - fortunately the hotel gave us a map with the hotel marked on it) to find our way back to our hotel which is on a very back street.
My granddaughte chasing pigeons in the Town Square

My granddaughte chasing pigeons in the Town Square

My granddaughter chasing the pigeons

My granddaughter chasing the pigeons


B went to sleep, but she had the controller for the TV so I went to bed with the TV on. She woke up sometime during the night and found the controller which had slipped down behind her bed and turned it off.

Tomorrow we will get back on the HOHO bus

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Two 12 year old Girls - 59 Years Apart

Re-creating the 1950 visit.


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1950 Poloroid -L-R - Me, Very stern guide in Copenhagen, my sister and my mom

1950 Poloroid -L-R - Me, Very stern guide in Copenhagen, my sister and my mom

Flashback

I'd been to Copenhagen before - in 1950 with my parents and sister (when I was 12). We visited Tivoli gardens, and took a ferry out to Hamlet's castle. From Copenhagen we went to Germany which was still divided into four sectors. Now I was visiting again - 59 years later with my 12 year old granddaughter This time we took the Hop-on Hop-off bus to see the city, and we also went to Tivoli Gardens Then we got on a cruise ship for a Baltic cruise

End Flashback

11 June 2009

I had set the timer on the TV to wake us up at 6:45 and it actually did. My back is so painful this morning that I could hardly stand up long enough to take a shower. Breakfast was very good - they had cereal and milk, orange and apple juice various kinds of bread (rye crisp, pumpernickel and white bread) butter, rolls, sliced meats, cheese, liver pate, and Danish. I particularly liked the chocolate one.
My breakfast selection

My breakfast selection


They also had tea and coffee. Breakfast is 7 to 10:30.
Sitting at the window at breakfast

Sitting at the window at breakfast


Yesterday we went to the Tourist Information office and got on at Axeltorv/Tivoli and saw the Little Mermaid.

After breakfast, I hobbled up to the bus stop (which is only about 3 blocks and should be no problem as we know where it is now)
Roadworks

Roadworks

Subway station with bikes

Subway station with bikes


and we got on the first bus of the day for the Red or Mermaid route. The Mermaid (Red) Tour takes 1 hour. Before we got on the bus, I took a photo of this building which was a winning photo in the ugly building contest on VT. It represents Danish industry in this area.
Industriens Hus - an ugly building

Industriens Hus - an ugly building

Mermaid Tour Stops

  • Town Hall Square

Although the name for this place in Danish is Rådhuspladsen, I just call it the Town Hall Square. It is quite big. The biggest thing in it is the Copenhagen Town Hall. Actually, you can see the tower of the Town Hall from many places in Copenhagen, such as the Ferris Wheel at Tivoli Gardens. But there are other towers around the square such as the
Palace Hotel

Palace Hotel

Painting on the tower

Painting on the tower


I took pictures of it thinking it was some historic building or part of the Town Hall.
Town Hall from the Hop on Hop off bus stop

Town Hall from the Hop on Hop off bus stop


Anyway, the Town Hall was built between 1892 and 1905 and is partly Italian Renaissance and partly medieval Danish architecture. If you are interested in statistics, the tower is 350 ft tall. According to what I read on the internet, the World Clock at the main entrance was designed and constructed by Jens Olsen in 1955 shows not only the time and date but also various astronomical constellations. You might look for that when you are there.
Tower from the side

Tower from the side


A statue of Bishop Absalon in gilded copper is over the main entrance
Front entrance

Front entrance

Bishop Absalon in gilded copper

Bishop Absalon in gilded copper


There are also a lot of sculptures in the square. It took us a long time to walk across and we took a lot of pictures of the sculptures which when I got home and looked at my pictures I was surprised to find I was still in Town Hall Square when I took them.

There are four main sculptures

The Dragon Fountain (Danish: Dragespringvandet), depicting a bull and a dragon in combat. This was the one I took a photo of yesterday of my granddaughter chasing the pigeons
Dragon's Leap Fountain

Dragon's Leap Fountain


There was also a large statue of Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christen Andersen

Hans Christen Andersen

889886564538819-Flower_board..Copenhagen.jpgHans Christian Anderson statue

Hans Christian Anderson statue


and some things that looked like rhinoceroses with wings
Winged creatures

Winged creatures


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The Lur Blowers are on a column with Lur Horn players at the top .
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The Lur was a trumpet-like instrument of the Viking Age. The primary use for the shepherd's lur-horn up to the present to call the cattle home. The statue dates from 1914.
Lur Horn Players

Lur Horn Players


and the fourth one is The Weather Girl (Danish: vejrpigen,
Weather Forecast (broken) in 2009

Weather Forecast (broken) in 2009


The Weather Girl rides out on a bicycle in good weather. When it rains she comes out of the other side carrying an umbrella. There is a thermometer on the side of the building to show the temparature. When I was there in 1950, the Weather Girl still worked and it was warmer. My dad's photo of the 1950 weather forecaster

My dad's photo of the 1950 weather forecaster


Now it has an advertisement for a Thai restaurant on the top. 1950 on the right - 2009 on the left
Then and Now

Then and Now

  • Tourist Information Stopped here yesterday but did not take photos
  • Axeltorv/Tivoli (photos yesterday)

Looking out of the red route bus

Looking out of the red route bus


Orange house

Orange house

  • Rosenberg

Rosenberg

Rosenberg

Statue Danish-Norwegian admiral Niels Juel

Statue Danish-Norwegian admiral Niels Juel


We passed palaces and castles like Rosenburg Castle and Amalienborg , and we took picture of the coats of arms on the pediments and other architectural decorations. But I didn't pay much attention to WHICH royal castle it was
No parking

No parking


Gold Crown

Gold Crown

Pediment with coat of arms

Pediment with coat of arms

Green light and archway

Green light and archway


* Langelinie
I am always on the lookout for lighthouses or the rarer lightships. I saw two in Copenhagen. The first, Danish Lightship Ten (Fyrskip X) was across from the Little Mermaid. The lights were displayed from a lantern atop the mainmast.
Lightship from across the harbor

Lightship from across the harbor


This peripatetic lightship dates from 1877 but is no longer active as she was decommissioned 1972. The 103 ft wooden lightship with light tower amidships, is painted red with white trim and a white horizontal stripe.
Wider view of the lightship

Wider view of the lightship


This Danish vessel is said to be the world's oldest surviving lightship. During its long career it served many stations around the Danish coastline. Moored near Tower Bridge in London, it was converted into a restaurant in 2005. In February 2008 ir was moored at the Sun Pier in Chatham, on the Medway. On 10 May 2008, the ship was spotted under tow through the Kiel Canal in Germany, on its way back to the Baltic. By July the ship was in København, moored in the Refshaleøen neighborhood, where I saw in in June 2009

The Fyrskib No. XI (Lightship No. 11)
Fyrskib No. XI (Lightship No. 11)

Fyrskib No. XI (Lightship No. 11)


is now a private residence moored on the Frederiksholm Canal in Copenhagen, very near the Christiansborg Slot (Castle) The ship from 1878 was decommissioned in 1977. This ship was never powered (i.e. it was towed onto the site and anchored). It served from 1919 to 1977 on the Drogden station. In 1977 it was sold to an artist, Bo Bonfils, who built additional superstructure to serve as a residence and studio. The current owner, Stig Romain Andresen, bought the ship in 2005.
Fyrskib No. XI (Lightship No. 11)

Fyrskib No. XI (Lightship No. 11)

* The Little Mermaid (photos yesterday)

  • Gefion Fountain

Gefion fountain

Gefion fountain


This is a large fountain on the harbour front. It features a large-scale group of animal figures being driven by the legendary Norse goddess, Gef.
Gefjun at the plow

Gefjun at the plow


Bulls splashing

Bulls splashing

fountain detail

fountain detail

Snake

Snake


St Albans is the only Anglican/Episcopal church in Denmark. It is known as the English Church.
The English Church

The English Church


It is part of the Church of England´s Diocese in Europe.
4537983-Church_from_the_bus_Copenhagen.jpg Side door from the bus

Side door from the bus


It is right next to the Gefion Fountain so it was mentioned on the HOHO bus tour.
Side of the church beside the fountain

Side of the church beside the fountain

  • Amalienborg
  • Nyhavn/Kongens Nytorv

Nyhavn rainbow painted houses

Nyhavn rainbow painted houses


4538180-Nyhavn_from_the_bus_Copenhagen.jpgNyhavn

Nyhavn


Nyhavn is part of the original Copenhagen Harbor in the 12th century. It is where canal tours start and there are old sailing vessels moored here. In Denmark, it's not only allowed to sit and drink in the street, it's a common practice. It is considered part of the concept of "Hygge" - have fun, relax, enjoy the weather, get into a good mood.
4538178-Nyhavn_canal_Copenhagen.jpgNyhavn canal

Nyhavn canal

Nyhavn bridge

Nyhavn bridge

4537741-The_dock_from_the_bus_Copenhagen.jpgHandicapped ladies room sign at dock

Handicapped ladies room sign at dock

  • Hojbro Plads/Stroget

Fishmonger's wife statue near Hojbro Plads

Fishmonger's wife statue near Hojbro Plads

The Lion of Søren Kierkegaards Plads

The Lion of Søren Kierkegaards Plads


The Isted Lion is a Danish war monument originally intended as a monument of the Danish victory over Schleswig-Holstein in the Battle of Isted (Idstedt) on July 25, 1850 — at its time the largest battle in Scandinavian history. The Danish sculptor Herman Wilhelm Bissen traveled to Paris to study an actual lion in the Jardin des Plantes. He created a life-size model before returning to Denmark.

The finished monument is approximately four meters tall, and carried the following inscription: Isted den 25. Juli 1850. Det danske Folk reiste dette Minde (translated as: Isted, 25 July 1850. The Danish people set this memorial)
The statue was unveiled on the 12th anniversary of the battle, July 25, 1862, at St. Mary's Cemetery in Flensburg, Schleswig's largest city. Among the celebrities attending the ceremony was writer Hans Christian Andersen.
4538054-The_Lion_of_Soeren_Kierkegaards_Plads.jpgThe Lion of Søren

The Lion of Søren


Erecting the monument in Flensburg rather than Copenhagen or Isted, was seen as a provocation by the region's German nationalists who opposed the Danish claim to sovereignty over the area. The decision to let the lion face south reinforced this feeling. It was moved to Berlin by Prussian authorities and remained there until 1945 when it was returned to Denmark as a gift from the United States Army
Lion and Lioness

Lion and Lioness


This photo is of a copy of Auguste Cain sculpture (French: Lion et lionne se disputant un sanglier). As indicated by the name, it shows a lion and a lioness fighting over a wild boar. The sculpture was created in 1879 and the copy was installed at the site in 1889 as a gift from Carl Jacobsen's Albertina Foundation
Stone Lion

Stone Lion


Flower boxes

Flower boxes

B's photo of unidenified equestrian

B's photo of unidenified equestrian

Shark boat

Shark boat

Triplets?

Triplets?


We didn't stay here at the Raddisson, but if we had taken the cruise line's hotel option, this would be where we would have stayed.
Cruise Ship Digs

Cruise Ship Digs


Since it was the cruise line's choice, it must have been good. But it was way too expensive for my budget (it would have been about 1395DKK or $261 a night) so we opted for a smaller hotel which was $100/night less. I took a picture of it from the bus because I was curious about what such an expensive hotel would look like. There is another Radisson Blu hotel (easy to get them confused) which has rooms that overlook Tivoli Gardens. If I was going to stay at one of them, the one across from the railway station would be my preference.This one has cable television, Free high-speed Internet access, restaurants, a casino, and babysitting.
Radisson

Radisson


Ivy covered building

Ivy covered building


Although, by USA standards, Copenhagen is an old city, it isn't a static showplace. In addition to the old buildings, the hop-on-hop-off bus tour took us to see the modern buildings of Copenhagen too. We saw the Black Diamond library among other buildings.
4539053-Modern_Buildings.jpgBlack Diamond Library

Black Diamond Library

Modern houses

Modern houses


4539055-Modern_Buildings.jpgBridges

Bridges


There are a lot of interesting steeples and towers in Copenhagen. Sometimes it was hard to tell if they were religious or secular. The Town Hall has a tall tower and so does the railroad station. Sometimes hotels have towers on them.
Unicorn Church steeple

Unicorn Church steeple


The Unicorn Church steeple is a very skinny steeple with inter-twined dragon tails.
Church of St. Nicholas Tower

Church of St. Nicholas Tower


The Church of St. Nicholas has a pierced tower which was almost lost due to fire when the church was almost burned to the ground in 1795. The main building was torn down and only the solid tower remained.
Church of St. Nicholas Tower

Church of St. Nicholas Tower


When the church was rebuilt, it was too costly to replace the steeple, so Carl Jacobsen financed its reconstruction in 1911. Today, Sct Nikolaj Church primarily hosts exhibitions of contemporary art.
Big flower pot

Big flower pot


My granddaughter was particularly intrigued by the story of Bishop Absolon who was characterized as a Warrier Bishop. The bus tour mentioned that the statue had many pounds of lead in the hind legs of the horse to allow the rearing position.
Bishop Absolon

Bishop Absolon


Absalon was a well educated man, born around 1128 into a powerful Sealand family. In 1167, there was just a small settlement of wattle and daub fishing huts on the site of present day Copenhagen, and little else.
4532250-Bishop_Absolon.jpgBishop Absolon

Bishop Absolon


Bishop Absolon began building a stone fortress on the site now occupied by Christiansborg Castle. It served as a base from which to destroy the Wendish pirates. It also became a thriving trading centre and became an important stop on the route from Roskilde to southern Sweden. Absalon died in 1201 and is buried in the church of the monastery founded by his family in Sorø.
Bishop Absolon

Bishop Absolon


The statue of Absalon was erected on Højbro Plads in 1902 and was created by sculptor Vilhelm Bissen (1836-1913) in bronze and the plinth is made of granite, with an engraved belt praising Absalon as a mighty brave warrior.

As it ended we caught the green route bus which overlaps the Red Tour

Green Christiania Tour

  • Main Station/Grand Hotel
  • DGI Sports Centre (originally I had planned to stop here and use their pools)
  • Glyptoteket
  • Christiansborg

I'm sure we passed Christiansborg Castle Square because we have these pictures of a statue which I think is of Christian IX in the middle.
large_DSCN0399.JPGEquestrian Statue

Equestrian Statue

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It is the site of a complex of government buildings, including the Parliament, Supreme Court, and Prime Minister's office, but we only saw it from the bus. I understand that the royal family has not lived at Christianborg for over 200 years, but uses the palace for special occasions. You can't wander around the palace alone, but there is a 50-minute English language tour of the palace for 60 kroner.

  • Our Saviors Church

The most intriguing steeple (which we could not get a good picture of from the bus) was Our Saviour's Church which has a spiral staircase around the outside.
Our Saviour’s Church

Our Saviour’s Church


The building was consecrated in 1696. The tower with its characteristic spiral steeple built by Laurits de Thurah was finished in 1752 when King Frederik V personally climbed up to the top of it.

  • Holmen
  • Casino Copenhagen

This tour also took us past the infamous Christiania area
Christiania area

Christiania area


which was described on the bus tour as a kind of "hippie-free-love area" where people smoked marijuana in defiance of the laws of Denmark.
Freetown Hippie Community

Freetown Hippie Community


We passed it on the Green Route of the hop on hop off bus. Originally the area was founded by squatters in a former military area in the early 70s. From an official point of view, Christiania is regarded as a large commune. Its cannabis trade was tolerated by authorities until 2004. B thought it was funny.
4532290-Freetown_Hippie_Community_Copenhagen.jpgFreetown Hippie Community

Freetown Hippie Community


This is what the Wikipedia article says: After the military moved out, the area was only guarded by a few watchmen and there was sporadic trespassing of homeless people using the empty buildings. On 4 September, 1971, inhabitants of the surrounding neighbourhood broke down the fence to take over parts of the unused area as a playground for their children.

Although the takeover was not necessarily organized in the beginning, some claim this happened as a protest against the Danish government. At the time there was a lack of affordable housing in Copenhagen.

On 26 September, 1971, Christiania was declared open by Jacob Ludvigsen, a well-known provo (ironically, the provo movement was founded in 1965 by an anti-smoking activist, Robert Jasper Grootveld) and journalist who published a magazine called Hovedbladet ('The main paper'), which was intended for and successfully distributed to mostly young people. ...

His article (translated) said:

"Christiania is the land of the settlers. It is the so far biggest opportunity to build up a society from scratch - while nevertheless still incorporating the remaining constructions. Own electricity plant, a bath-house, a giant athletics building, where all the seekers of peace could have their grand meditation - and yoga center. Halls where theater groups can feel at home. Buildings for the stoners who are too paranoid and weak to participate in the race...Yes for those who feel the beating of the pioneer heart there can be no doubt as to the purpose of Christiania. It ıs the part of the city which has been kept secret to us - but no more" It is infamous for the pot smokers - but of course pot is illegal in Denmark.
Allotment gardens from the bus

Allotment gardens from the bus


On the Hop on Hop off bus tour we learned about the garden allotments. In Danish culture the allotment garden has become a symbol of blue-collar culture - with all the positives and negatives associated with that.
Allotment gardens with pavillions from the bus

Allotment gardens with pavillions from the bus


In Copenhagen an association named "Arbejdernes Værn" (lit. "The Worker's Protection") founded the first allotment gardens in 1891 so that the people who came to the city from the country and were used to growing their own food could rent some land and grew some vegetables and be more self-sufficient. By 1904 there were some 6.000 allotment gardens in Copenhagen - about 30% of the number in Denmark as a whole. During the First World War, vegetables from the allotments became an important food supply to Denmark. The number of allotment gardens grew and by 2001 the number of allotment gardens was estimated to about 62 thousand. Today most allotment gardens are on land owned by the municipality which rents the land to an allotment association. The association in turn gives each member a plot of land. To preserve allotment gardens as something that is available for all kinds of people the membership charge is set significantly below what a market price would be. Since allotments are often placed on attractive plots of land, this has led to huge waiting lists for membership in many allotment associations.The big day to get out into the garden was and is Sunday.
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Close-up of a house on an allotment


To make it easier to work, the allotment owners started building structures on their allotment to shelter or rest in. The quirky houses aren't built according to architectural standards. These pavilions can range in size from an old rebuilt railway car to a small summer house. Many people live there the entire summer. It is not allowed to live there year-round. The houses were the main feature of the allotments that was pointed out to us.
Pavillion/ houses on allotments

Pavillion/ houses on allotments

We got off the bus about 12:45 and the next yellow line bus didn't come until 1315, plus it was raining and I wanted lunch. Because I thought my granddaughter might like to shop, I started walking down the famous pedestrian shopping street called Strøget.
In the Rain

In the Rain


Strøget is not actually the name of a specific street, but a connection between the west and east part of Copenhagen. But first she wanted to go to the Hans Christian Anderson museum and Ripley's. I agreed to Hans' museum, so we went to that. They gave us coins which we put into a turnstile to enter.
Entry tokens

Entry tokens

Window with appliance to see people in the street below

Window with appliance to see people in the street below


It had a lot of dioramas with illustration of various tales - not just the Little Mermaid but the
The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl


Thumbelina

Thumbelina

The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

DSCN0451.JPGThe Tin Soldier

The Tin Soldier


and was kind of interesting.
Hans Christen's study

Hans Christen's study


Artifact display

Artifact display


I don't remember exactly what we paid and the website price list is very fuzzy and hard to read, but I think that my granddaughter paid 5.4 DK and I paid 6.7. But we didn't get out until 12:25 which meant we missed the yellow bus. We started at the Frederiksberggade end of Strøget, but we didn't get very far before we stopped for lunch. There are plenty of places to eat, and not just Burger King and McDonalds.
Entering the pedestrian street

Entering the pedestrian street


We stopped for lunch at a place called Shawarma for lunch. There was a downstairs which operated like a fast food sandwich place. We climbed to the upstairs
Us on the stairs reflected in the mirror

Us on the stairs reflected in the mirror


where the barman would go and get us the food from downstairs - sort of like A1A Aleworks in St. Augustine in reverse - in St. Augustine, the bartender would go and get food from the restaurant upstairs. We ate looking out at the people walking up and down the street in the rain. I didn't realize it at the time but this isn't really a Danish restaurant at all, but a Lebanese one.
Part of the English menu

Part of the English menu


My granddaughter had vegetarian humus for DK 35 with two pieces of
Pita bread

Pita bread


and I had marinated grilled beef with fries and a salad for DK 79. I had seen a big side of beef downstairs, but it was sort of disappointing as the beef was a little tough.
marinated grilled beef with fries and salad DK 79

marinated grilled beef with fries and salad DK 79


We sat by the window and watched the people in the street below - McDonalds was right in our view.
Looking out of McDonalds across the street

Looking out of McDonalds across the street


B admired some dresses that were on sale out on front of the stores (under an awning because it was raining), but I could not get her to try any on.
Sundresses on sale

Sundresses on sale


We came downstairs and got ice cream
Ice cream menu

Ice cream menu


And ate it Out of the rain in front of a glove shop

And ate it Out of the rain in front of a glove shop


We decided to skip the Yellow Line which includes the Zoo, and Carlsberg and just went back to the hotel. So we walked around the corner to a taxi stand and got a taxi back to the hotel.

It was recommended to me that I take this boat tour rather than the bus tour of Copenhagen. And I would really have liked to do so.
Dock with boats

Dock with boats


But on the first day our plane got in late, we were jet lagged and I didn't get out to start touring until after the last boat left. And on the second day, B left her voucher for the boat back at the hotel. Plus the whole time we were in Copenhagen it was really cold and rainy and was pretty chilly and damp.
Canal from the bus

Canal from the bus


Like the Hop on Hop off bus, there are three routes all without a guide. The Green tour boat sails from the centre of Copenhagen (Nyhavn) via the Opera and Battery Sixtus. Then there is the Little Mermaid, Langelinie/the cruise ship harbour, The Trekroner Fortress, Halvandet/Copenhagen´s beach club and then Amaliehaven/The Royal residence on the way back to Nyhavn. The Orange line leaves from Nyhavn, and the route includes Homen, the North Atlantic Cultural House, Christianshavns Torv, The Black Diamant, Gammel Strand/the old fishermen´s village. The Blue Route includes Islands Brygge/outdoor swimming facility, the Hotel Marriott, and Fisketorvet

B took a nap. She thought we should rent the hotel bicycles, but really it wouldn't have been a good idea in the rain. I don't know how much the bikes at the hotel cost, but there is a place near the RR station and their prices are
4530983-Rental_Bikes.jpgRental Bikes

Rental Bikes


One day 95 DKK
Add one day 45 DKK

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Rental Bikes

One week 365 DKK
Add one day 30 DKK

Lights, basket or helmet per day 10 DKK

We could also have taken a bike tour of the city.

We did see quite a bit of the sights of Copenhagen. B took 192 pictures, and I took 149, so she feels she is 'winning'.

My daughter-in-law told my granddaughter that there wouldn't be graffiti or vandalism in European cities, and my granddaughter was disappointed to find that this was not so. So she took a lot of pictures of what she thought was vandalism - she included graffiti in this
Planaria?

Planaria?

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Railroad tracks

Near our hotel

Near our hotel


I remembered going to Tivoli in 1950 and we rode a new type roller coaster which part of it went into a mountain. So I especially wanted to take my granddaughter. But it was really raining quite hard and was cold. We didn't actually ride on the train in Copenhagen, but we did walk through the station on our way to Tivoli. I had been recommended to take note of the architecture particularly, but I don't have any good pictures of it.
Railroad Station Clock

Railroad Station Clock


and out the other side and in the side entrance of Tivoli
Look Up

Look Up


Side entrance

Side entrance

Woman, Man, Woman

Woman, Man, Woman


I bought unlimited ride tickets which were 400 DK each. I should not have bothered and just bought individual tickets because we couldn't do that many rides. Each single ticket is 20 DK. so we would have to use 20 tickets to get our "money's worth"
Lights at Twilight

Lights at Twilight

Fountain and statues

Fountain and statues


Tivoli

Tivoli

Tivoli flower closeup

Tivoli flower closeup


I thought it would be nice to walk around Tivoli at night and see the lights and hear the music. And there WAS music - there was a group playing in a bandstand. Unfortunately, even though it was June, the weather was rainy and cold. So we didn't sit and listen to the music very long.
Bandstand at night

Bandstand at night

Musicians

Musicians

People listening in the rain

People listening in the rain

Musician's statue

Musician's statue


First, we went on the Ferris Wheel.
4538715-Fountains_below_Copenhagen.jpgFountains below from the ferris wheel

Fountains below from the ferris wheel


4535532-Ferris_Wheel_views.jpgMy granddaughter

My granddaughter


4538705-Looking_down_on_the_park_Copenhagen.jpgLooking past my ear

Looking past my ear

Looking down on the ride from the Ferris Wheel

Looking down on the ride from the Ferris Wheel

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Across the park

Across the park


We went around twice (which we could do because it was rainy and no one was waiting) because I wanted to have a second chance to take pictures of the town. The Ferris wheel is one of the real classics at Tivoli, and the views from it are great - even in the rain
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4538713-Part_of_the_park_Copenhagen.jpgTown Hall

Town Hall


Out over town

Out over town


View from the top

View from the top


After we did the Ferris Wheel, we took the Mine ride. I really wanted to take one of the original roller coasters that I had taken in 1950, but I didn't know which ride that was - all I remembered was that it went inside at one point. It wasn't this one. I was a good ride to take in that it was starting to rain, and most of it was inside. It was mostly little boats on water, and some scary things popping out - there wasn't much of a roller coaster to it. It was a two ticket ride (40 DK)
Minen

Minen

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Going under

Moon rise

Moon rise


From outside Tivoli you can see the top of this ride which is called the
Spinning Top Ride

Spinning Top Ride


People sit in swings, and the center starts to spin and the swings spin out to the side as the center that they are attached to goes up to the top of the tower, and then comes down again.
Swings at Tivoli

Swings at Tivoli


4535564-Tivoli_Ride_Star_Flyer_Copenhagen.jpg Bottom of the tower

Bottom of the tower


My granddaughter took several pictures of this ride from outside the park, so when we went in, she wanted to ride on it. This ride isn't the most expensive (it only takes two tickets) or the newest ride - that is call Vertigo and takes four tickets. Each single ticket is 20 DK.
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I took photos of the tower rides from the ground as she rode it.There is an impressive 360-degree panorama view from the Star Flyer – but she did not take her camera up with her - I did not venture that high.
B coming back to me after the ride

B coming back to me after the ride


Lotto

Lotto


Then I saw a Danish restaurant called
Divan 2 Restaurant

Divan 2 Restaurant


and the menu outside said they had smorgesbord, but what I didn't realize was that it was only for lunch (the menu being in Danish I couldn't read it all). This was a fancy gormet restaurant, and we weren't really dressed for it. They put us in the back with the non-alcoholic muslim women and men with no coats or ties.
Table decoration at the restaurant

Table decoration at the restaurant


B and I both had appetizers
Seafood bisque (115DK)

Seafood bisque (115DK)


and she had risotto (95 DK). I tried the
blanched asparagus 175 DK

blanched asparagus 175 DK


but I found it disappointing as it didn't taste like asparagus. The little shrimp and sauce with it was nice but not worth 175 DK. Then we both had
Strawberries Romanov for dessert (125DK ea)

Strawberries Romanov for dessert (125DK ea)


While we were there, they did something to some steaks that involved a brandy flambe which was quite spectacular.
Set up for the brandy flambe

Set up for the brandy flambe


B had two cokes, and I had cranberry juice. The bill was not only a horrible 584DK but they added 25% tax onto it and then an additional 3% for a foreign credit card. So I guess I will have to wait to try smorgesbord. When we walked back though the train station, I was sitting resting while B went to look at something. I saw a map of the station and went over to it,
Map of the station

Map of the station


and so I wasn't where she expected to see me when she came out. I saw her running around and called but she didn't hear me, so I moved out closer to the central clock,
The big clock inside

The big clock inside


and she finally came around again I was able to flag her down.

Tomorrow is Embarkation Day

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Sailing out of Copenhagen

Scoping out the Ship


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June 12 - Embarkation Day

We got up late as I did not see any point in trying to do anything this morning since it was still rainy and cold. We waited to go to breakfast until about 9:30. I had a nice breakfast
My breakfast

My breakfast


B had OJ and a roll.
Granddaughter's breakfast

Granddaughter's breakfast


We checked out of the hotel, and they called us a taxi. We were on our way by 11:30.
Cab to the ship

Cab to the ship


The taxi driver asked us which pier and I looked at the boarding passes I had printed out and was able to tell him which it was. We were right opposite the Eurodam. They took our two bags
Granddaughter's bag

Granddaughter's bag


and we went in and were given a Number One Priority ticket, so when they called us to board, we were in the first group. They didn't have any wheelchairs visible.

When we went to the counter the person checking us in (Patricia) had a great deal of trouble - first the passport wouldn't scan because the machine was on the table backwards. She just had a horrible time with everything. This had consequences later on in the trip. And she didn't ask me for B's permission slip either. Finally she got us checked in and we went on board about 12:45. We were behind a guy on crutches and I was sure he was going to get hurt on the gangway as the first step shifted under my foot when I went on and I am steadier on my feet than he was. We had to run across from the awning to the gangway in the rain.
Waiting for the guy on crutches to clear gangway

Waiting for the guy on crutches to clear gangway


We went up to the Lido, and B got some fruit and sushi to eat, and I got some bread and some fruit and then some bread pudding. Holland American is famous for bread pudding, and I get it whenever I can. We were in the room by 2.
My cane on the arm of the couch

My cane on the arm of the couch


The beds were a queen instead of two singles, so I called for them to fix that.
Queen bed reflected

Queen bed reflected


B was excited to have a lighted make-up mirror.
The make-up mirror

The make-up mirror


I registered B at the kids club on the ship, but she really wasn't too interested in that. Seems to be mostly 9 yo boys in her age group (7-12). Her 13th birthday is next month and she would be much happier in the 13-17 group, but they refused to let her into that group. I also got her a coke card for 20 cokes like I did with her cousin last year. I went to play Team Trivia at 2 pm. While we did that B explored the ship some more and took more pictures.
Pool

Pool

Ship model

Ship model

Wet promenade deck

Wet promenade deck


I was with a single man and a married couple. Our team won out of two teams. I knew which animal had the highest blood pressure (giraffe), and one of the guys who was a pharmacist knew which pain reliever became an OTC drug in 1974 (? - don't remember the date for sure, but do remember the answer was ibuprofen). We missed the continent that is cut in half by the Tropic of Capricorn (Australia - we said Africa, but that is cut in two parts by the Equator). We got key chains

I bought myself a 250 minute internet plan for $100.00 and bought B a 100 minute plan for $50. It isn't free here like it was in the hotel Please note [these are from emails to B's parents] - we have to pay for computer time on the ship. It is at least 40 cents a minute, and uploading pictures is difficult because the connection is tenuous - and SLOW.

One of the things I like to do when traveling is to find and photograph lighthouses. So when we left the harbor on the ship,
Harbor

Harbor


I went out on the promenade deck to take photos of whatever aids to navigation I could see.There are three possible lighthouses to be seen:

Stubben (Frihavn Nordmole) This is an active lighthouse; A round tower with lantern and gallery at an altitude of 23 fet, painted green. The light flashes green. It is located at the end of a short breakwater on the north side of the northern entrance to København.

Kronløbsbassin also an active lighthouse with a continuous green light on a round cast iron tower (painted green) with a lantern at 20 feet.Frihavn Sydmole - Located at the end of the long breakwater extending from the north side of the island of Trekroner, this is an active lighthouse which has a red flash. It is a round tower with a lantern height of 23 feet, and the gallery is painted red.

Trekroner - Fort Light This is an active lighthouse that is on the waterfront in the port. The lighthouse dates from 1926 (although the original station was established in 1836). The light is a round tower with lantern and gallery of 66 ft tall with white, red, or green light depending on direction, and is painted white
Trekroner - red side

Trekroner - red side


The lighthouse is on a 19th century fort is on a manmade island located in the Copenhagen harbour which was originally built to defend Copenhagen.
4523659-Views_of_The_Port_from_a_Cruise_Ship.jpgFort from the ship

Fort from the ship


During the summer the DFDS Canal Tours Hop On-Hop Off waterbuses have a route to Trekroner Sea Fort
Trekroner from the bus

Trekroner from the bus


and the Forts ferries from Langelinie Quay take only 7 minutes to get to the Fort. If we had gone, we would have had a view overlooking the city and the Sea of Oresund and apparently there is a café in newly renovated rooms. I had hoped to visit the fort on the waterbus, but the weather was so cold and rainy that we only looked at it from the bus. Then later, we saw the lighthouse from the cruise ship
Trekroner from the ship

Trekroner from the ship


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Going past the island


I am always interested in ATONs (Aids To Navigation) and a friend said they envisioned me going around with my camera and photographing lighthouses everywhere. And that's not far from the truth, although I do photograph things other than lighthouses. In any case, when we sailed out of Copenhagen, I saw what appeared to be red arrows, so I took photos of them.
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My little red arrows (really lights with a "hat";)


Then when I looked them up I saw that the name of these things was Middelgrundsfort Vest.
Middelgrundsfort

Middelgrundsfort


The Middelgrundsfort is a fortress built on a shoal off the harbor of København. After many years of disuse, the fortress now houses a restaurant and conference center. Located about 3.5 km (2 mi) northeast of the harbor; accessible by passenger ferry. If it had not been so cold and rainy, I would have liked to take that ferry out there.These objects were built in 1975. There is an osculating white, red, or green light depending on direction in a round lantern, painted red.
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Red Markers


4523671-Red_and_Green_Markers.jpgGreen Markers

Green Markers


These are the views of the harbor from a cruise ship as it sails out at dusk.
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4527724-Views_of_The_Port_from_a_Cruise_Ship.jpgViews of The Port from a Cruise Ship

Views of The Port from a Cruise Ship

You can see some little aids to navigation, the cranes on the docks, and the fort at the entrance to the harbor. In the US, the ATONs (aids to navigation) are red on the left as you leave the harbor (or Red Right Returning) Under the IALA A standard used in Europe, Africa and most of Asia, the colors are reversed.

We walked around the ship so B could take pictures
Ceiling in one of the ship lounges

Ceiling in one of the ship lounges

Rug in the elevator

Rug in the elevator

Granddaughter's selfie in the window

Granddaughter's selfie in the window

and then we had the lifeboat drill
Lifeboat drill

Lifeboat drill


and the ship left the port at 1630. I got some pictures of the harbor entrance lights and another lighthouse.
At the rail

At the rail


B spotted the pilot getting off and waved at him,
Pilot boat leaving the ship

Pilot boat leaving the ship


but didn't take his picture. Then we went down for dinner.
Flower arrangement

Flower arrangement


We were seated with an old lady (she told me she was 84) from NYC, a couple from Canada, and a couple from Michigan. I had the
Crostini sampler

Crostini sampler


(three small pieces of toast with one each topping of mushrooms, goat cheese and tomato). Then we both had the chicken and corn soup which was quite spicy, and I had the asparagus risotto which was good but not much asparagus.
Risotta

Risotta


After the appetizers, B spotted a lighthouse and took a picture,
Lighthouse from our table

Lighthouse from our table


but I got up and went over to the window and tried to take a picture where the raindrops on the window weren't and was fairly successful.
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For dessert we both had the strawberry sundae.

During dinner, something set off the 84 year old lady, and she started to rant and rave about Obama - how he was really not born in the US and other stuff like that. B was like "Whoa !!!!

I tried to plug in the power strip (an old metal one) and blew the fuse for that power plug. The same thing had happened the hotel and the fuse for the whole room blew while B was in the shower. The bathroom of course had no windows, so she was in the dark. So I figured after this second time, the power strip had a short and I threw it out. Fortunately I had a plug for the European outlet and could plug the computer into that.

Tomorrow is a sea day

June 13- Saturday at Sea
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DSCN0584


We went to breakfast in the dining room and both had Eggs Benedict.
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We had lunch in the Lido - B had sushi again and afterwards ice cream.
Ice cream in the Lido

Ice cream in the Lido


They ALWAYS have offered to help me with my tray there. Afterwards we went to look at the embarkation picture - B didn't like the one of us together although I thought it was pretty good. We went and guessed which one was the real Faberge egg (and guessed right)
Fake fabrege egg

Fake fabrege egg

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Real Faberge egg

Real Faberge egg


and I asked about Trivia because it wasn't on the schedule. I bought B a necklace which has a plastic card holder for her room key, a HAL sweatshirt so she would be warmer and a $10 watch, but the watch now has a broken strap at both ends and so is useless. I tried to find a tour of Tallin for the next day which did not involve a lot of walking, but DID do the old town - without success. B in the meantime found some things she wanted to buy for herself and as gifts which I had to sign for.
Taking a photo of a passing ship

Taking a photo of a passing ship

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B went around the ship taking photos
Reflected in the elevator mrrors

Reflected in the elevator mrrors

Ship's wake

Ship's wake

B's selfie on deck

B's selfie on deck


I went to Trivia at 3:30 which apparently is the usual time. This time I was with three different people. We came in second because none of us knew the name of Harry Potter's school.

We went and got our passports back and they put the passes for St. Pete in the wrong passports. I didn't think anything of this at the time.

Tonight was Formal night. Every night apparently is Formal or Smart Casual. The first night is usually Casual but the plan of the day said Smart Casual. The sign in the dining room said Casual, but a lot of good that does as you are usually already dressed when you get up there. We got dressed and went to dinner. This time I had two appetizers
Fruit Compote

Fruit Compote


Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail


and no soup or salad. The lobster was Lobster Thermador, which was mostly mushrooms.
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I think they left the gills on my lobster, It was good but hard to eat because it was in a half lobster shell. B had sliced fruit plate for dessert,
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and I had Rustic Pear Galette which turned out to be a pear cheese pie.
Rustic Pear Galette

Rustic Pear Galette


I went back to the room and, since the laundry room was empty, I packed up my laundry to do. Of the three washers, only one works.
Laundry room

Laundry room


I told B to get me her dirty clothes so I could wash them, and she said that she had, but in reality she put NOTHING in the basket to be washed. Then I found that the room stewards had come back to the room to make it up while I was doing the wash, and B had not let them in because she thinks they look funny. So our room didn't get done. I was quite annoyed and told her that in the future if I'm not there and she is nervous to be with them, she should leave the room so they can clean it.

After B was in bed, I took the computer up to the library and spent an hour loading pictures to MySpace and Facebook. We also filled out our Russian boarding passes.

Our first port - Tallinn is tomorrow

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No tour in Arhus

Denmark for the Second Time


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June 21 - Arhus

I canceled the tour for today because I thought (correctly) that we would be tired from the long tour yesterday.
Green side of the harbor

Green side of the harbor

Grapefruit and cranberry juice for breakfast

Grapefruit and cranberry juice for breakfast


I went for breakfast in the dining room. and let B sleep. The only things B has a picture of today is the band that was on the pier.
Band on the dock

Band on the dock

Band leader

Band leader

Band members

Band members

Band on the pier

Band on the pier

Band member

Band member


Steeple

Steeple


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View from the ship


She didn't get off the ship.
View at lunch

View at lunch

City from the ship

City from the ship


We went for lunch in the dining room. I had
Acorn squash and apple bisque

Acorn squash and apple bisque

Chilled Roasted Peach soup

Chilled Roasted Peach soup


Then I had the I had chicken breast with bacon. B had the bay shrimp cocktail. Then she had the Cordon bleu burger and fries

Cordon bleu burger and fries


Then she had
Raspberry sherbrt

Raspberry sherbrt


and I had
Blackberry sundae

Blackberry sundae


Sailboat

Sailboat

Coastline

Coastline

Dock

Dock


I did get off the ship and shopped at the shops on the pier,
Shops on the dock

Shops on the dock


which was good as the ones the next day in Oslo were a good distance away from where we docked and I didn't get to shop there.
Wares displayed at the shops on the pier

Wares displayed at the shops on the pier

7111768-Handicrafts_And_The_Cruise_Terminal.jpgScarves - Handbags and rings

Scarves - Handbags and rings

7111758-Handicrafts_And_The_Cruise_Terminal.jpg7111761-Handicrafts_And_The_Cruise_Terminal.jpgDanish garlic grater

Danish garlic grater


I was looking for a sweater for my husband like I had seen in Tallin but didn't have enough money with me to buy, but I didn't find anything here.
Yesterday's towel animal saved by my granddaughter

Yesterday's towel animal saved by my granddaughter


Our travel agent Cal gave us a Pinnacle Grill dinner as a gift (thank you Cal) and this was the day we had made reservations for that - I figured it was formal night anyway and we wouldn't have to rush to get ready as we were not going on a tour.

They said the options were 1730 or 2030, so we picked 1730.
Orchid on the table

Orchid on the table


The guy came around with his plate of choice meat and explained it to us, but neither of us wanted that much meat. They also gave us a dish of olive oil and also a
Pot of butter and cover

Pot of butter and cover


for the bread. First they brought the
Bread

Bread


and then a small cup of
Soup

Soup


When we ordeed they told us that if we wanted a souffle for dessert we should order it now because it took a half an hour to do. So I ordered the chocolate souffle. B actually ate a full meal. She had
Dungeness crab cake

Dungeness crab cake


as the appetizer, and I had the lobster bisque which came with a large spoon of lobster meat beside the soup dish.
Lobster bisque

Lobster bisque


Then she had the
Lobster tail

Lobster tail


with a side of mashed potatoes. I had the lobster mac and cheese with a side of
Creamed spinach with the cheese cracker

Creamed spinach with the cheese cracker


I really love the cheese cracker. Then they brought us a little
Dish of chocolates- dark chocolate balls, white chocolate hearts and nuggat balls

Dish of chocolates- dark chocolate balls, white chocolate hearts and nuggat balls


When it came time for dessert there was a long wait for it. B ordered the cherries jubilee which was made with Ben and Jerry cherry ice cream. They brought it to the table and poured liquer on it and lighted it for her.
Cherries Jubilee

Cherries Jubilee


Chocolate velvet souffle

Chocolate velvet souffle


Our towel animal was a rabbit.
Towel animal rabbit

Towel animal rabbit

Tomorrow is Oslo

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