Free day in Copenhagen
04.01.2016 - 04.01.2016 -4 °C
What a difference a week makes!
Last week when we were here, it was overcast but the temperature was quite mild, about 2 or 3 degrees. Now a week later, the sun is shining but it's minus 3 degrees but there is a horrific wind blowing from Siberia. It is supposed to be a wind chill factor of minus 8, but it feels like minus 88! We are absolutely freezing. Everyone is walking around with their hands in their pockets and the hoods of their parkas pulled down over their faces. It is not nice. We have decided to give Tivoli a miss. It would not be pleasant in this wind. We will have to come back one summer and fight the crowds.
We got on the Hop On Hop Off bus this morning and did a tour of the sites and were very glad we were sitting in a warm, air conditioned bus. Our main purpose was to get off at The Little Mermaid and take her photo front on, which we did. Thank goodness the Hop On Hop Off bus stops here for 10 minutes, which allows people long enough take a photo and then get back on. At least we didn't have to wait in the wind for half an hour for the next bus. I will never complain about a Canberra winter ever again!
Lovely harbour views near the Little Mermaid.
The constructiion of these historic houses began in 1631 and finished in 1775. Christian IV wanted them built to house the sailors and their families of the growing Royal Danish Navy. They were originally red and white.
An artistic photo!
More artistic photos.
This building was completed in 1886 to serve as a venue for circus performances. The last circus performance was held in 1990. The building is now used as a function venue.
This bank building is affectionally known as The Crystal Building. The glass skinned, faceted form touches down on the plaza on three points, giving the impression that it is floating. People walk in the plaza underneath the building. It is 25% more eco friendly than any other building in Copenhagen.
This black and gold spire on the Church of Our Saviour is 90 metres high and the external staircase winds four times around it. There is an urban myth that when the architect realised that the staircase was going in an anti clockwise direction, he committed suicide. Not true. He died in his bed of a heart attack seven years later. The carillion at the top plays melodies every hour from 8am to midnight.
We found our favourite little coffee shop and had another hot chocolate and Danish pastries. Comfort food!
We then walked to the Hans Christian Andersen statue which is quite close to our hotel and took some photos.
We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon in the warmth and comfort of our lovely hotel room - blogging, reading, resting and packing for our flight to Amsterdam tomorrow. This is the view from our balcony. The building is the Main Town Hall. Our hotel, the Scandic Palace, is in a great position. This column was erected in 1911 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Carlsberg brewery. It took three years to construct.
We had a small "incident" some time during the night. We both woke up in the middle of the night to hear a banging / tapping noise, like someone was trying to get in our door. Phil got up and had a look but couldn't see anything. Then not long after that, we heard a different sound, like scratching. Not sure what it was, but it was a bit scary. I'm glad He Man Phil was there with me. I would have freaked out if I had been in the room on my own.
Phil just received an email from the Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm saying that we owe them about $80 because of our room upgade. Uuh! News to us. On arrival they did say we had been upgraded but no mention was made of an extra cost. Also, when we checked out, nothing was said about anything owing.
Went to an Irish Pub for dinner. It is still freezing outside but the wind has died down a lot. People are still rugged up like they are going to the North Pole.
Bought a lovely Italian overcoat on the way home from dinner. It will get many outings to the Canberra Theatre in winter.