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  • Day9

    Copenhagen

    July 10, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    15 hours later we arrive in Copenhagen!! The highlight of the day was when the train drove into the ferry, we had to disembark up to the ferry deck and then after 45 mins of sailing we all re boarded the train and off we went again!! Amazing seeing the train parked on the car deck!!!
    A quick walk and a beer and it was back to the Airbnb. Copenhagen seems full of beautiful young people on scooters and bikes... we r going to fit right in!!Read more

  • Day42

    Helsingør, Denmark

    July 3, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Day 2 We took the train to Helsingør, also known as Elsinore, a port city in eastern Denmark. Staff at Central Station recommended this trip to us. It was a lot bigger than we expected. Overlooking the Øresund strait, the 15th-century Kronborg Castle provided the setting for Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Nearby, the M/S Maritime Museum of Denmark illustrates 600 years of Danish seafaring history. On the pier is “Han,” a polished steel sculpture of a man. Lots of clothes and jewellery stores and cafés - lots of tourists too, but not enough to be uncomfortable. It is a beautiful port and well worth the visit. It has a regular ferry service to Sweden which we were tempted to take but we thought you probably needed to show passports and we didn't have ours with us. It only takes about 15 minutes to get to Sweden - you can see it from the port. It was a lovely day for our last day in Denmark, cold and windy again, but lovely!
    Tomorrow, we make our way to the Cruise Terminal to begin our 9-day Baltic cruise.
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  • Day43

    Copenhagen

    July 4, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    It has been a rainy start to our cruise but we are happy to just sit back and relax.  We have two days at sea before arriving at St Petersburg, Russia, and there is plenty to do on board this enormous 16 storey ship! It will take us two days to find our way around! There are approximately 4,000 passengers and 1600 crew on board. The logistics of feeding that many people is mind-boggling! Alan is happy because he has located the two ice-cream self-serve bars! Life is good!Read more

  • Day1

    Vorbereitungen für die Wikinger-Weihe

    June 15, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    Bevor es über die Öresundbrücke nach Schweden ging, mussten wir in Dänemark noch schnell Sand von der dänischen Küste, Wasser aus der Ostsee und Luft vom Meer für die bevorstehende Wikinger-Weihe besorgen.

  • Day2

    Sternwarte, Flødeboller und Hygge

    October 29, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Nachdem wir es gestern zwischenzeitlich etwas eilig hatten, um pünktlich zur Wachablösung am Schloss Amalienborg zu sein, sind wir heute ganz entspannt den Wendelgang des Rundetårn heraufgegangen. Bei bestem Wetter hatten wir von oben eine schöne Aussicht über die Stadt. Und weil gerade staubgeputzt wurde, konnten wir sogar einen Blick in die Sternwarte werfen. Danach hatten wir noch Zeit, ein wenig weiter durch Kopenhagen zu schlendern, bevor eine kurze Stadtführung durch den Stadtteil Christianshavn anstand. Für den kleinen Hunger wurde ein dänischer Schaumkuss gekauft. Weil es aber doch recht kalt war, haben wir uns zwischendurch bei einem Kaffee oder einem Glas Wein immer wieder aufgewärmt. Das war – wie die ganze Stadt – ziemlich gemütlich und heimelig, die Dänen würden wohl „hyggelig“ sagen …Read more

  • Day53

    Last day in Copenhagen, and in Europe

    October 21, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Today was good, but not quite as we had planned. First we went for breakfast at a Hartley recommended place - called Sonny, like our Sonny! - and it was very good. Excellent coffee, fresh seedy bread, tasty cheese, soft boiled egg! And a great juice - green colour with apple, ginger, tumeric and something whose name I didn’t know ...anyway, it was tangy and delicious. So that was a good start, and then we set off to go to the National Museum with the Viking exhibition. We had seen it was open every day, but hadn’t read the next line which said from October to May open Tuesday to Sunday...so again we missed the Vikings!! But we had heard quite a lot in Norway, so we cut our losses and headed for the royal palaces.

    First to the Rosenborg palace, which houses the thrones, crown jewels, and exhibits the rooms of the palace as lived in by Christian IV (I think, there are many Christians and Frederiks)...and that was excellent. Spent quite a while there, and then moved on to the Marienborg which is where the residence of the current royals is, but there are several palaces round in an octagon, and one is on show. Also excellent, furniture as lived in by Christian IX who was the “father-in-law of Europe” as most of his children married royalty - one being Alexandra who married Edward VII of Great Britain.

    So that took us through to about 3 o’clock when we had a coffee break, and I have a slight complaint. We cannot find what we call Danish pastries. It is like looking for what we call Sicilian olives in Sicily. They don’t exist. I just love the pastries with vanilla cream inside, with fruit, almond croissants, pain au raisins etc, and thought this would be the home of them, and the very best. We find them in France, Italy, Spain, Sydney...but here every bakery just has croissants, and nice bread, and cake things rather like muffins, and cinnamon rolls. Anyway, our hunt was fruitless. We did finally see some more like what we were looking for when later we came to the markets where there was a French chain - Brioche d’Orée - but in France we would never go there as there are so many better ones.

    As usual we took umbrellas as it threatened to rain, but never actually did! It does rain at night, as it was wet each morning. Anyway again lucky as it is miserable to walk squelching along and getting dripping, and we did a fair bit of walking. These palaces, and the museum are quite a ways apart.

    We had planned to go to a restaurant for dinner that we had seen. Amr had spied the bouillabaisse and it looked good...but when wandering later, after drifting into yet more furniture stores and sitting on their chairs and sofas, we found the market. Lovely market, you can buy things to take home and cook, and you can eat and drink at some stalls, and we found a tapas bar which just beckoned us. So we ate there instead. It had all our favourite food, and it all felt right, and it was so good just to order what you wanted as you ate it...I think we have had so many meals that it makes you lose your appetite. Anyway, this was just lovely, and we got back quite early and have packed up as much as possible and will set off tomorrow morning. First the flight to London, then connecting to the air New Zealand flight to Los Angeles. This is the thing - will we and the bags make the connection successfully as they are non related tickets! Hopefully all will work out. We stay and draw breath at LAX hotel for 2 nights before taking the flight to Sydney.
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  • Day1

    Tankstop in Kopenhagen

    February 23, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 1 °C

    Nachdem wir gut mit der Fähre von Fynshav nach Bojden gekommen sind liegt nun Fünen und auch Seeland hinter uns. Beim Tankstop dürften wir feststellen, dass die für einen Syncro wirklich flotte Fahrweise auf der Autobahn mit der ganz ordentlichen Beladung ein echtes Loch in den Tank reißt.... 😉

    Nun sind wir schon in Schweden... die nette Dame am Zoll wollte doch tatsächlich unsere Ausweise sehen... nachdem wir ihr erklärt haben das der BSC nix mit Gunball o.ä. zutun hat dürften wir auch weiterfahren....
    😂😂😂😂😂
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  • Day1

    Fahrräder und Meer

    October 28, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Schon vor 8 Uhr sind wir heute Morgen in Kopenhagen gelandet. Eine gute halbe Stunde später waren wir an unserem Hotel und hatten Glück – unser Zimmer war schon bezugsfertig. Also haben wir nur kurz unsere Koffer abgestellt und direkt mit einem kleinen Spaziergang (etwas über 12 km) die Stadt ein wenig erkundet. Die Wachablösung vor dem Schloss Amalienborg um 12 Uhr passte uns da ganz gut. Direkt nebenan waren wir danach in der Marmorkirken, die sieht aus wie die kleine Schwester des Petersdoms. Ansonsten sind hier tausend Fahrräder und überall Wasser, es ist wirklich schön!Read more

  • Day9

    Kopenhagen, 16.08.2019

    August 17, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Unseren letzten Tag haben wir in Kopenhagen verbracht. Dort begann unsere Sightseeing-Tour etwas stressig, da wir den Wachwechsel am königlichen Schloss Amalienborg nicht verpassen wollten. Dafür waren wir allerdings etwas spät dran und als wir dann auch noch die richtige Bushalte verpasst und deshalb an der nächsten ausgestiegen sind, mussten wir in einem ziemlich sportlichen Tempo zu dem Schloss laufen. Gerade rechtzeitig für die letzten Trommelschläge sind wir angekommen und konnten sogar noch eine ganze Weile die marschierenden, in schwarz gekleideten Wachleute mit ihren hohen Fellmützen beobachten.
    Besonders toll war auch der Hafen 'Nyhaven', der sich kanalähnlich ziemlich weit in die Stadt hineinzog und von bunten Häuserfassaden gesäumt war. Mit vielen Restaurants, Cafés und Bars gilt Nyhaven auch als der dänische Ballermann.
    Da in Kopenhagen momentan die 'Pride Week' stattfindet, welche sich für die Einhaltung der Menschenrechte und vor allem auch für die Toleranz anderer Sexualitäten einsetzt, waren viele wichtige Gebäude mit Flaggen in Regenbogenfarben geschmückt. Dadurch wirkte die ohnehin schon farbenfrohe Stadt noch bunter.
    Auf jeden Fall sehenswert war auch das Stadtviertel Christiana. Da dieses etwas außerhalb gelegen war, haben wir uns vier der in mittlerweile fast jeden größeren Stadt zu findenen 'Lime-Scooter' ausgeliehen, die einfach am Straßenrand abgestellt werden können
    und für kürzere Strecken ideal sind. Mit den Elektrorollern sind wir auf den toll ausgebauten Fahrradwegen, die sogar ihre eigenen Ampeln hatten, nach Christiana gefahren. In der sogenannten Freistadt gelten keine dänischen Gesetze, die Polizei hält sich aus dortigen Angelegenheiten weitgehend zurück. Obwohl trotzdem grundlegende Menschenrechte gültig sind, wird beispielweise der Drogenhandel viel lockerer gesehen. In Blumentöpfen und Beeten wachsen hier einfach so Marihuanapflanzen, an den Straßenrändern befinden sich Stände, an denen Joints, Hashbrownies und Ähnliches angeboten werden und die Straßen sind von einem Grasgeruch erfüllt. Harte Drogen werden trotz allem abgelehnt. Zudem sind die Häuserfassaden weitgehend mit bunten Graffitis besprüht, auch wirkten die Bewohner der Freistadt alle etwas hippiemäßig. Beim Herauslaufen aus der Freistadt wurden wir von einem Schild mit der Aufschrift 'You are now entering the EU' verabschiedet. Das war definitiv einer der verrücktesten Orte, die ich je besucht habe.
    Damit hatte Kopenhagen auch als fünfte und letzte skandinavische Stadt nochmals einiges zu bieten. Obwohl wir nur einen kleinen Teil Skandinaviens besucht haben, konnte ich in den letzten Tage zumindest mal einen Eindruck von den nordeuropäischen Ländern bekommen. Besonders lustig fand ich die skandinavischen Sprachen, bei denen ich trotz Unterschieden in der Schreibweise und Aussprache viele Wörter aufgrund der Ähnlichkeit zum Deutschen erraten konnte. Auch mochte ich die vielen farbenfrohen Häuser, die in jeder Stadt zu finden waren und die gemäßigten Temperaturen, die perfekt zum Sightseeing (bis auf einige Regenschauer) waren. Wiederkommen möchte ich deshalb auf jeden Fall nochmal, um noch mehr von Skandinavien zu entdecken!
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  • Day52

    Exploring Copenhagen

    October 20, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Today is Sunday. Much quieter than Saturday, though when we went out for coffee this morning there was quite a lot of evidence of post Saturday night debris. This was in contrast to Norway (but we didn’t inspect on Sunday morning is Oslo) but there was litter, broken glass and vomit...not the perfect behaviour of such people so conscious of planet, sustainability and happiness!!

    We have had a good day, and quite busy. First we walked along the water to the Opera House. A huge and very fine building right on the water. Quite a long walk, obviously you can drive there as there was parking, and I think you can get a ferry. Then Amr navigated us to the Danish Design Museum which was a highlight for him. It was fun, and we saw many chairs by famous designers - Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen to name 2 I remember and liked. Besides chairs there was a lot of Bauhaus stuff (which we had seen a lot of in Germany). Anyway, we enjoyed that and then we went to see some nearby churches - a Russian orthodox with very Russian domes (and where I had to put my scarf over my head), and the Marble Church, very important looking and rather beautiful which we found is Church of Denmark - the national religion, evangelical Lutheran.

    Stopped for a shared sandwich and coffee then walked to the little mermaid just because it is a thing to see here. Many people taking photos etc, and busloads of Asians, but it was a very nice walk through parks. We have sorted out the royal residence situation! Found another Slot - the Amelienborg (I think that’s right) which is an octagonal ring of palaces where all the royals live in various buildings. We even happened to be there when they were changing the guard, all marching round in busbies (?sp) like at Buckingham Palace. The one yesterday - Christiansborg -I think is used as the parliament (that’s what the informative man at the Amelienborg said) and there is yet another castle - the Rosenborg which has Crown Jewels, thrones etc) and we going to look at those 2 tomorrow. We found this on our way to have a walk in the botanical gardens which was beautiful with autumn colours.

    On our way back, we stopped for a drink outside by a heater, watching the passing parade, then Amr dragged me into another department store but this one was really fun. It was purely a Danish design store - and we had such fun in the 2 floors of furniture- these beautiful chairs that we had seen in the museum we could now sit on and try - they were so comfortable and attractive (mostly) and it was actually more fun than the museum. They shut at 6 so we went back to the hotel (which has these style of chairs in the foyer) before setting out again for dinner. Found a perfect place where I had soup and mussels, and Amr had salad and herring. All happy.
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