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Date: 8th September 2009


We decided not to go on any of the organised tours - which perhaps was a mistake.  Instead we took the Shuttle bus in to the Centre of Town.

I wanted to see the Tivoli Gardens expecting them to be beautiful gardens with a few amusements.  In fact the reverse is the case - there are some beautiful beds and a few lovely fountains but it is predominantly an Amusement Park - fabulous for the children or for adults who enjoy the thrills of things like the Big Dipper - but not for either Jonathan or myself.  We did however experience the most expensive coffee ever - approximately £11 for a Cafetiere.  To be honest we could have squeezed another cup or two out of it but it was so strong it almost walked to the table by itself. One item of interest was a beautiful white, highly perfumed rose names after Karen Blixen - the subject of the true story which was made into the film 'Out of Africa' - one of my favourites which I've watched so many times, I've almost worn out the DVD!  Karen was a Dane and as she was immortalised in the 1985 film, it's appropriate that one of the roses in the Tivoli should be named after her.  (Just  a personal moan - why do growers work ever towards bigger and more disease resistant strains of rose at the expense of their perfume - the same is true of Freesias which rarely have that heady scent I associate with my youth - in fact I've stopped buying them - their beauty lay in the all pervading aroma which lay heavily in the room for a couple of days.  I'd rather have that experience even if the flowers wilt more quickly.  When I had a garden, I made a point of only buying roses which still had a perfume.  My mother has an old rose tree which came from her mother's garden and to this day, it has a heavenly smell and it must be around 100 years old!)

We left the gardens and went walking and walking and walking.  There are some lovely buildings in the town and they do have a very attractive waterway.  We walked so far that it seemed ridiculous to take a bus for the remainder of the way back to the ship.  All in all I think we must have walked about 4 miles but the weather was lovely and the walk enjoyable.  Because Copenhagen is flat, a huge proportion of the people get around on bikes and we took some amazing photos of bike ranks as far as the eye could see.)

We enjoyed our day but perhaps, with hindsight, we should have taken a tour.

And I hate to admit it but we missed the Little Mermaid. We went to the wrong one - the Alternative Mermaid - rather modern and not very attractive.

Below is a picture taken outside the railway station - Bikes, bikes, and more bikes.


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