A new year and a new post.
Still have not finished the report of our Euro trip (scandalous I know) but here is another flood of photos with sprinkles of info in between.
After disembarking from the ship we had 2 days to explore Copenhagen before getting on a plane for the next part of our trip. We really tried to squeeze in as much of Copenhagen as possible.
A quick stop to drool over some B&O tech.
We then took a sightseeing boat cruise, and even though the guides voice was not always loud enough (yes I am going deaf) it is still one of the best ways to see Copenhagen.
These very pretty clouds would later come and say Hi while on the boat.
Once again the architecture and contrast between old and new was just so awesome to see.
The famous little mermaid from Hans Christian Andersen being flooded by tourists.
This old powerplant is being converted into a ski-slope and should be finished by 2020.
I had to play around and crop some of the symmetry in the buildings for some arty pics.
Some more spectacular buildings.
Did I mention the cute mommy that sat in front of us in the boat?
After getting off the boat it was time to grab some lunch. We decided to head in a direction to avoid the crowds and stumbled upon a quaint little square.
This tower we would visit the following day with more pictures and info then.
Headed back to the hotel to freshen up before exploring the picturesque harbour area.
Hans Christian Andersen store beneath his home.
As the sun was getting lower the pictures and people got more.
The following morning we set off early to visit Rundetaarn tower, but first some more random pictures taken on our way there.
Cycling is a way of life/transport in Copenhagen with some pretty and interesting scenes.
This optometrist used dolls to display his selection of glasses.
Eventually Rundetaarn (The round tower) opened for us and we were early enough to miss the crowds.
You get to the top with a spiral floor that makes 7.5 turns around the hollow core.
Some interesting tidbits about this spiral floor. (pinched from wikipedia).
- In 1716, The Czar Peter the Great ascended the staircase on horseback while visiting Copenhagen. His wife, Catherine I, reportedly ascended behind him in a carriage.
- In 1902, a Beaufort car was the first motorised vehicle to ascend this Round Tower.
- A medal in the Round Tower’s collection of medals indicates that the first bicycle race held in the tower took place as early as 1888, possibly in connection with The Nordic exhibition of Industry, Agriculture, and Art.
- In 1911, the newspaper Socialdemokraten arranged a bicycle race down the Round Tower.
- In 1971, Ole Ritter won a bicycle race against Leif Mortensen up the Round Tower in a time of 55.3 seconds.
- In 1993, Henrik Djernis won a bicycle race against Jens Veggerby in a time of 50.05 seconds.
- In 1989, Thomas Olsen went up and down the Round Tower on a unicycle in 1 minute and 48.7 seconds, which is a world record.
Thew view from the top.
Anton sitting on one of above mentioned privies.
On our way to our last stop for the day.
Tivoli gardens. but first some popcorn.
The garden is much better suited for parents with children that can enjoy all the rides, even though it is really pretty.
Heading back to our hotel.
In my next post I will tick of a bucket list visit that blew me away and was even better than I imagined.