08.27.2010 - 08.27.2010
So far, so good.
Our trip began with an indelible memory—the taxi ride to the airport. Our driver was 30 minutes late—a bit unnerving—and once he arrived, he didn't know how to get from our of our neighborhood to the airport. We were happy to give him directions... While Patsy Cline blared from the speakers behind us ("I love Patsy Cline; is it loud enough for you?" "What?" "IS IT LOUD ENOUGH FOR YOU!?" "YES !!"), our driver Bruce tailgated other drivers, nearly missed the stop lights, and coughed and spit his path to the airport. Upon arriving, he ripped the handle off of John's carry -on bag. Did he get a tip? Yes, because we're Minnesota nice.
The first leg our flight to Iceland was uneventful; Susie and Elaine watched a movie and rested while John slept. The two hour layover was quiet and everything was fine. The second leg of the flight to Copenhagen was shorter. Everyone was able to get at least an hour of sleep, which helped.
Arriving in Copenhagen, a taxi got us all to the Hotel Copenhagen 27. We checked in...and checked out. First things first, and after a long flight and 7 hour time change, the first thing we needed was a nap. Susie and John got up about 4:30 and showered and dressed. Since we had agreed to meet Elaine at 5:30, there was time for a short walk around the hotel and the neighborhood, including a quick step into an Australian pub two doors down.
Dinner was interesting. Part of our hotel charge, a light buffet had breads, cheese, pasta salads, fruits, soups, and desserts. After eating, a walk was in order.
We strolled a few blocks over to the City Hall square and across the street to Tivoli Gardens. Tivoli is a huge amusement park and gardens; we didn't go in but we walked beside the fence and viewed inside. It looked to be a mix of old and new.
By the time we got back to the hotel, we were nearly ready to turn in. But first we visited the ICE BAR across our courtyard. It is a bar that is constructed of ice: the bar, the seats, the decorations...even the glasses in which your drinks are served. The frigid nightcaps were enough to scoot us off to our nice warm beds.
Tomorrow we tour the city and then get on board the Vision of the Seas to begin the cruise.