Thursday 27 August Copenhagen sightseeing

This morning, after a good night’s sleep, we woke to an overcast and showery morning. We had breakfast on the 20th Floor, overlooking the city sights. After saying goodbye to Carol and Tony and some of the others who were heading home this morning, we went around the corner and hopped on a Hop On and Off Bus to Nyhavn, which was the starting point for a canal cruise. We had a chuckle when we saw one of the other canal cruise boats heading out, with no protective cover and some people sitting with their open umbrellas, while others had rain ponchos on to protect themselves against the light rain. Our boat had a clear Perspex cover that could be retracted in fine weather.
We had decided that we would do the Canal Cruise, providing it wasn’t pouring with rain, as we really wanted to see Copenhagen from its various waterways. The “Grand Tour of Copenhagen” took us from Nyhavn, with its old and colourful buildings, through different canals, under many bridges, into the inner harbour, passing many of Copenhagen’s attractions including: Our Saviour’s church, the island of Christianshavn, the Royal Danish Playhouse, the Black Diamond, the National Museum of Denmark, Christianborg Palace, The Old Stock Exchange, the Opera House and the Little Mermaid – we were so pleased that we saw her yesterday as there were several people all cluttered together under umbrellas vying for position on the bank of the harbour, all looking like drowned rats, as by then, it was pouring with rain! Despite the inclement weather, we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise, seeing Copenhagen from a different perspective and undaunted by the weather, Richard stood outside in the light rain (ducking his head as we went under bridges), with Sandy’s waterproof camera, taking photos until the rain got really heavy and sent him back under cover.
We walked back to the Hop On and Off bus stop and were lucky that there was a bus there, so we climbed onboard and enjoyed the sights again as we headed back to our hotel. We met some people from our APT tour, who told us about a great place to eat which was a bakery called Andersen’s(!!) in the street adjacent to the hotel, so we decided to have our lunch there, which was a good decision. We got to choose what sort of bread or bread roll we wished to have and they had several options for fillings – Richard had a Roast Beef, caramelised onion, mustard pickles and lettuce sandwich and Sandy had a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich – both of them were toasted and were so full of fillings that we could hardly fit them in our mouth and they were delicious. We had a big and hot cup of coffee/tea and bought a pastry to have for afternoon tea or after dinner.
We then waited for about 40 minutes for a Hop on and Off bus that took us on a different route to Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen Zoo, Frederiksberg Gardens and the Planetarium.
We returned to the hotel for a cuppa and a rest before having showers, getting our suitcases organised for tomorrow’s flight home and then headed out for dinner.
We decided to go back to the Irish Rover Pub as we had enjoyed it so much last night. We enjoyed our walk along Stroget for the last time, even although it was spitting with rain. We had a chat to the Irish Manager of the Pub – he comes from Cork and has been here for about 10 years. Our dinner was just as good as last night and Richard once again had a couple of Danish pints before heading back to the Radisson Royal Hotel. On the way back we ran into the Doctor from the ship, who claimed us like long lost friends. The ship is in dry dock for 2 weeks while they do some outside work and some inside renovations and the doctor was saying that he caught the train over the sound from Sweden, which took about an hour, so that he could go for a walk in Copenhagen before heading back to the ship to continue to take care of the staff. We chatted to him for a few minutes and then continued back to the hotel.
So, all in all, another lovely day in Copenhagen despite the rain.

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