Saturday, September 10, 2016

4 Nights in Denmark

We took the overnight ferry from Oslo, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark. On-boarding and off-boarding were easy, and the ship sailed right on time! The dinner buffet was very nice, though pricey (non-alcoholic beverages were not included). Every type of meat and fish and carb was available, plus an assortment of vegetables and a large number of desserts. Breakfast was also nice.
We started our day in Copenhagen with a less-than-stellar experience; please do not count on the hop-on-hop-off bus to be reliable and on-time as your best means of transportation around town. The hoho boat was the best part of the non deal. We stumbled upon a very nice cafĂ© outside of St. Nicholas’ church that served a delicious lunch, then we continued with the bus of zero customer service. At least we got to see a bunch of town that would have been too far to walk (for me). 
We discovered a beautiful garden, Frederikburg Have, in the Carlsberg neighborhood, and loved strolling around the paths among the lakes and swans/ducks/geese. We had a great Italian dinner in Tivoli Gardens (photo above), which is more amusement park than garden, but the jazz concert among the fountains and flowers was great!
We took a day trip to Helsingor, a 45 minute train ride north of Copenhagen. At first, I was not too enthusiastic about the castle with live performances of Shakespeare's Hamlet because I had not been a big fan of reading his plays in high schools. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to see actors and actresses in beautiful costumes performing scenes from Hamlet in the castle Shakespeare had in mind when he wrote it. They did a great job and it was so nifty to see them moving around the rooms of the castle!
There is much more of Denmark to see than Copenhagen and Helsingor. For those who like to shop, there are plenty of opportunities in both places, and I'm sure elsewhere. Good seafood, and healthy choices of meals in addition to desserts and bagels!

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