Saturday, June 8, 2013

Denmark


June 8, 2013 8:25 PM—Copenhagen

We arrived here in Copenhagen yesterday. Last night we decided to do something a little different and we went to see a movie. We saw Silver Linings Playbook, which was pretty good. We weren't sure at first if we would get a movie playing in English, but they told us that they don't dub any of their movies, so we figured why not.

Today we did something else really different. We rented bikes. Copenhagen has to be one of the most bike friendly cities I've ever seen. On almost every street they have legit bike lanes. And I'm not talking about bike lanes like in Philadelphia, where it is more of a supped up shoulder where cars still run bikes off the road. I mean these are actual lanes where the cars can't and don't drive. It's is kind of like a second sidewalk with its own curb and everything. The actual sidewalk is next to the bike lane and it's a bit higher than the bike lane. So because the city is a bit spread out and our feet are really tired of walking, we thought it would be a good idea to rent bikes. We also decided to get an audio tour from the nearest tourist office, which gave us audio tracks for 10 different sites. We figured this was a good alternative to a guided tour.


This morning I actually took the opportunity to sleep in and I slept until about 9:30. Many of these most recent cities we have been in don't seem to get going until about 10 AM, so it was a good option to not get up early. So by around 10:30 or so we had our bikes and we were on our way. We then got our audio guide and some food and we started our tour. We started at Tivolo and we rode our bikes all the way down to the Little Mermaid statue.

Town Hall



The Stock Exchange

The Marble Church





The Little Mermaid

When we finished the audio tour we rode the bikes all the way back up. We then decided to go in to Tivoli. Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world and it is one of Copenhagen's main attractions. Despite the fact that neither of us can really handle amusement rides much, we enjoyed walking around and seeing what they had to offer anyway. Not only do they have many different restaurants and shops, they also have several casinos and some very nice gardens. It is also interesting to see this amusement park which is right in the middle of the city.








After wandering around Tivoli, we came back to where we are staying and called it a night. Where we are staying now is really different. Not only is it a bed and breakfast with no breakfast, it also only has one room. It is this woman's flat and she rents out her extra bed room. It is really nice. It may be the nicest place I've stayed so far. We have a TV (with many channels in English), a refrigerator, coffee and tea makers, and a room that is about twice the size of what we really need.

So tomorrow, we are going to explore even more of Copenhagen. And then on Monday, we have to leave here and we are going to Cologne.

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