08.07.2012 - 11.07.2012 12 °C
We left Amsterdam on a high note and flew to Copenhagen. We had the usual confusion regarding train location and which train to take. I always use google maps on my blackberry- always great to know you are heading in the right direction.
We decided to reserve a room on a house boat. I did not see any hotels I wanted to stay at. The one I would have reserved, is closed for renovations. This was a risk. I warned Lincoln about no frills and to take the soap/ shampoo from the Sofitel. We found our way to the barge and it was charming. I would call it a bed and breakfast. The rooms are light and airy. The bathroom was clean and had a modern quality. You could look out into the canal when showering. There were basically 2 towels and soap. There was a great rooftop deck, a community fridge with an honor system. The boat had wifi and cable TV. It was located in trendy area- that bordered a hippy colony known as Christiana.
Christiana is a commune of squatters that don't pay taxes and want to believe they are their own country. Basically they sell crafts and drugs. We bordered this area and as one can imagine it gets a little nasty at night. It is comforting to see great apartments with nice boats lining the canals.
We had beautiful weather- sun, warmth- and we headed out to explore the city. First stop, Carlsberg Museum- established by Carlsberg brewery family. Nice collection of sculptures and paintings. Nicely designed. Next stop, Tivoli Gardens. This is the main attraction for some- an amusement park. The park has great restaurants, rides, gardens etc. I love the bumper cars in Europe. People are hard core and the cars have some speed. All the rides looked great.
We sat in an area, ate, drank and people watched. It is nice seeing all generations out. Copenhagen was very lividly that night. We then walked around town and noticed it was Jazz week. There were little stages areas all over the city for concerts. We did notice a lot of construction. Everywhere we turned, there were scaffolds, huge wooden panels blocking access and views. Streets were ripped up. This was everywhere. You couldn't see the beauty of the city.
We walked to the Nyhavn area- a small harbor side area with the colorful houses, restaurants, hotels. All filled with people eating, drinking and out. The restaurants were still serving and it was after 9 pm. We continued walking the harbor to view the famous Little Mermaid statue in tribute to Hans Christain Anderson. This was his town and he is memorialized all over the city. We passed a sand sculpture exhibit, the royal palaces, garden areas. We noticed people picnicking, however, we didn't see supply stores.
The walk to the mermaid statue was further out than we realized and after a long day, traveling and sight seeing we were ready to find our way to the barge. Copenhagen is a series of connected islands- not like Amsterdam. The islands are connected by bridges- and not as easy as Amsterdam. We were turned around and dead ended a few times. Nothing is more pleasant than 2 people wanting to get home, and having to backtrack more than not. At one point, I thought Lincoln would just swim to the other side.