The first morning was devoted to a City Tour by bus. After going past various attractions close to the Main Square and the Tivoli Gardens, the first stop was the Amalienborg Palace to see the changing of the guard. The coach park is across the harbour from the Copenhagen Opera House.
Unlike the similar event at Buckingham Palace in London, the changing of the guard in Copenhagen is a lower key event. The soldiers on guard are not there for ceremonial duties, they keep sightseers at least 1.5m from themselves and the buildings. The police on duty were there for crowd control. Whilst we were there we were lucky to see Queen Margrethe II leave her palace for the short drive to the Royal Yacht moored in the harbour nearby.
Next stop was an anti-climax as it was to the location of the Little Mermaid, which was not in Copenhagen, but had been transferred to the Danish exhibit in the World Expo 2010 in China. In her place was a big screen showing a webcam transmission of her from China.
The final stop was to the Church of Our Lady, also known as Copenhagen Cathedral – although it is now Lutheran following the Danish Reformation. The main features are statues of the apostles along the sides on the nave and a status of Christ by Bertel Thorvaldsen.
After the tour was a short walk along the “Walking” street to find something to eat. In a toy shop were two lego statues (one of Woody from Toy Story). Denmark being the home of Lego. Just off the street lunch was found at a restaurant called Pasta Basta.
Duly fed, we headed to the canal for a boat trip round the harbour. Fortunately we were undercover as it rained during the trip.By the evening the rain had eased off and a trip to the Tivoli Gardens beckoned. First stop was at the Peacock Theatre were a contemporary dance to Ravel’s Bolero was being performed. Then a gentle walk through the gardens and locating somewhere for an evening meal. After eating the illuminations around the lake were checked out, before a chocolate waffle and then back to our hotel. We did not feel the need to sample the rides at the south end of the gardens, although the screams from the roller coaster showed that many were “enjoying” them.
More pictures in the fotopic album