Saturday, June 10, 2017

Copenhagen -- Saturday, June 10, 2017

Last evening, almost the entire group (12 of us) gathered for a drink and then dinner at the Italian restaurant in our hotel. It was a pleasant evening, and kept me awake until 9:30 which was good for my jet lag. I felt fine today after a good night's sleep.

Our initial meeting was not until 1:30 this afternoon, so I did some exploring in the morning, starting with the canal tour -- a one hour tour which provides a good view of many of the principal sights in the city. We started from the very colorful district of Nyhavn, about a 20 minute walk from the hotel. I got there in time for the first tour -- good because the boat was not crowded; not so good because it was still quite cloudy and I didn't get the greatest pictures.
Canal Boats at Nyhavn

Copenhagen Opera House

Above are views of Nyhavn, the opera house, and the stockmarket.

After the tour, I had a leisurely walk back to the hotel stopping at an international market for lunch. I ate a traditional Danish open-faced sandwich called smorrebrod. They can be made of all sorts of ingredients -- mine was fried fish with a mayonnaise based dressing.

This afternoon we met for bike fitting and a short test ride through the city. 
I am used to being aware of the cars around me, but trying to get used to the very large number of bicycles (which make no noise) is a very different experience. Many of the intersections have separate traffic lights for the bicycles.

Our ride took us through many of the areas that I had seen from the canal boat this morning. The two highlights were the famous statue of the little mermaid (I was surprised how close to the shore it is), and the royal palace.

Compare this view of the little mermaid as seen from the canal boat.

Tonight we had our introductory dinner at the bustling Host restaurant featuring contemporary Nordic cuisine.  We lost count of how many courses we had, but they were all excellent.  We started dinner at 6pm, by which time the restaurant was already crowded -- quite a difference from the very late dinners that I have experienced in southern Europe.

I pronounce the first full day in Denmark a success. Tomorrow, we leave Copenhagen and will bicycle 49 miles to Rodvig.

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