Day 4 July 4th Copenhagen
Dubber gets a day off from all that driving and we get a bus into the city of Copenhagen. At the bus stop we worked out we needed to buy a bus ticket online which we did but it can take 20 minutes to arrive to your phone and the bus was due. Another half hour wait if we missed it but the online ticket came by text just as the bus arrived. And the driver just accepted me flashing the phone at him. Could have been anything! On the phone!
We arrived in the Central Square and wandered to Nyhavn, the famous area with canals and beautiful coloured buildings. It is beautiful.
The day was another scorcher so we went for a coffee so we could sit under the umbrella. The canal side here is full of restaurants with tables and chairs under big umbrellas and awnings like you get in most continental cities. But the backdrop of the colourful buildings make it so welcoming.
After the coffee we decided to take a boat ride and chose the hour long route because the boats are open and it was very hot. It’s great seeing a city from the water.
First we journeyed up the canal and then we were in open water. The mixture of old and new buildings is amazing. New Danish design is simple and appropriate for its setting. And then there’s the Little Mermaid celebrating the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same name, modelling a seated pose for the crowds.
As you can see she faces the land so we didn’t see much of her, and she’s not very big.
Copenhagen is a busy city down by the water, particularly on the side where the restaurants are. After the boat ride we needed lunch and chose the Scandinavian Open sandwich otherwise known as smorgasbord (various spellings dependent on which Scandinavian country you’re in). It was delicious with the traditional drink of beer (his and hers again – Dubber goes blonde, I love dunkel.
After lunch we walked around the centre and visited the Harrods equivalent, Magasin in a beautiful building, with lots of lovely Danish style design. Time was moving on and it was still very hot so we had an ice cream. Being in Scandinavia what else should I have but homemade liquorice ice cream. Why have I not had this before. Amazing! Dubber had vanilla!
We had a lovely evening, cooked food by the van and got out the Skipbo. It’s definitely light later here ….. and Dubber won.