Walking and sailing Copenhagen on a sunny day
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I was having a visit from my travel mate Barbara from Bruxelles; it was her second time in Copenhagen and the first time while the weather was warm and nice. I was a bit nervous about the weather forecast for the weekend because it had been stating rain all the week for the weekend.
We took an easy start of the day and I was happy when I looked out of the window and saw that we had the weather with us; the sun was shining and the temperature was in the mid twenties Celsius. We started by walking from my place to the Town Square which is not more than 10-15 minutes’ walk from my place. Babs wanted to buy a traveller’s guide about Copenhagen so she could make her small crosses all the places where she had been.
It was a ritual that I had laughed much about on our resent trip we had together to Nicaragua; the worst that could happen to her was if a dot couldn’t be transformed in to a cross. She is a planner and I am not; I usually go where the flow or the intuition takes me, in that sense I am very spontaneous, but she is a planner and luckily she had not bought the book of Copenhagen earlier. Anyway after two long weekends she has probably seen all the major sites anyway.
From Politiken’s bookstore we started by walking down Strøget attacking all the female shoe shops, what is a visit to a city without a search for Alphonse “Al” Bundy! No Babs had a shoe mission and that was no problem for me. We walked slowly down the shopping street moving into all the backyards that were open.
After a couple of hours we arrived at Kongens Nytorv; we had looked at the weather and the coming days would not be as nice as this one so this was the day with all the outdoor activities, so next step after lunch was to be a canal tour to explore the seaside of Copenhagen. We decided to have lunch at Café Quote Pavalli is situated on Kongens Nytorv and less than 100 meters from the human flypaper of Copenhagen; Nyhavn from where we would take the boat.
The lunch was good and we had the joy as well of a warm sun shining at us all the time and an hour later we were heading for the canal tours.
I prefer to do the tour without a guide as I can be the guide for my friends and I really enjoy possibility to get off and on as often as you want on these boats. I usually buy a day trip ticket which is 60 dkr or 8 euro for an adult. The boat does two loops both of 1 hour and we started with the one going towards the newest part of Copenhagen; situated around the turning point of Fisketorvet which is a shopping mall.
We started by passing one of the most cozy areas to my mind; Christianshavn Kanal which houses loads of boats and houseboats in some narrow canals. Christianshavn was the oldest working class area in Copenhagen and many of the houses dates back to 17th century.
The area around Fisketorvet and the other side which is named Island Brygge is modernized heavily with nice modern houses; many of them have really exiting design and seeing them from the water is quite nice.
We decided to get off at Gammel Strand which is situated in the centre of town and close to Christiansborg on the way back and find a café before taking the other loop. The weather was still great and sitting outside of Café Europa next to Axeltorv and watch the world go by is not the worst one can do.
The second loop takes you out to Trekroner which is one of the 3 artificial islands built from 1787 until 1828.
We were on the last trip round so we were picking up people all around the northern seaside of Copenhagen. The boat passes by the huge cruise ships at Langelinie as well.
After the canal tour we walked home to my place from Kongens Nytorv and rested for a while before heading in to Copenhagen in the evening to find a good restaurant.
We had our dinner at Nimb which is situated in Tivoli; you can enter the restaurant without going to Tivoli. Nimb is a great place to eat and this Friday Muse were playing on Plænen which host free concerts in Tivoli every Friday evening. After the dinner and the closing of Tivoli we walked back home to get ready for another day as tourists in Copenhagen.