and boarding our ship
08.28.2010 - 08.28.2010
We woke up fairly well rested and had the complimentary breakfast in the hotel. Along with scrambled eggs, fruits, cereal, yogurt, juice and coffee, it seems that standard breakfast fare includes sliced meats, various cheeses, and lots of different breads and rolls. Oh, and caviar in a large toothpaste tube.
By 9 a.m., being full and refreshed, we headed over to the Town Hall square to catch the first "hop on hop off" bus tour of Copenhagen. (The HOHO bus tours are a bargain in the many cities we've visited.)
We disembarked at Stop #4, the Rosenborg Castle. Since we arrived half an hour before the castle opened, the Copenhagen Botanical Gardens across the street seemed the perfect place to stroll for 30 minutes. Inside we found well maintained walking paths through varied gardens, tree plantings, trellises and ponds. A very relaxing way to start our day.
At 10 a.m. the castle was open and we began our self-tour. The castle was built in the 1600s for King Frederick the Fourth. Danish soldiers still stand guard outside the main entrance. Each room inside is well preserved for that period with many displays of authentic furniture, paintings, tapestries, dishware, jewelry, arms and the Crown jewels. At the top of the building on the third floor is the throne room that extends the length of the building; in the cellar, we walked through the vault that has on display the jewel encrusted crowns for the king and queen.
After a brief altercation between Susie and the next bus driver (Susie won....), the three of us reboarded a HOHO bus and completed the tour. One stop was at the harbor to see the famous statue of the Little Mermaid, the main character of Hans Christian Anderson's story of the same name, but alas—the mermaid is on vacation! She's on an art tour, so we missed seeing that landmark. Oh, well.
The bus ride continued through the busy, winding streets and canals of the city, returning us to our hotel. From there we caught a taxi to the pier and boarded the Vision of the Seas. Once we were registered and signed in, it was lunch time (my goodness, but they do have a lot of food on these ships!). Then a short presentation about going ashore as St. Petersburg, Russia; a short nap; and it was dinner time.
We ended the evening with a live show in the auditorium and then beddy-bye for all!