Ashore in Copenhagen - 07/07/19
07 July 2019 | kattegat Strait
Woke up around 6 am. Our ship was slowly working its way thru the harbor at Copenhagen. Went back to sleep and slept until after 8 am. We were nicely docked against the shore. There were several buildings outside our balcony view. We got dressed and headed to Deck 14, Lido, for breakfast. I stuck with cooked fruits, cereal and yogurt. Mark had toast with peanut butter and jam as well as some French toast. We returned to our cabin. We were not in much of a hurry so we caught up on the news. We didn't have to wait to get off the ship, which was a nice change. It was a long walk to the Town Center. Mark downloaded Google Maps, which worked well to get us there. We stopped at one bakery along the way and bought one very fresh cinnamon danish. Now, that's what our ship pastries should taste like. We passed thru the King's Garden, which was a huge place with rows of beautiful green trees, much like the linden trees in Peterhof. They had several huge statues positioned around the gardens, plus sections with lovely flowers in bloom. Not sure why they had several huge balls of granite, in different colors, along one area. We found our way into the town center. There were some cafes and shops open, but mostly the stores were closed as it was Sunday here. We headed to the Round Tower and paid 25 Krones each to get inside. Thankfully, they took our credit card as we did not have any local currency. We climbed up the tower, which was a ramp that rounded up higher and higher. There were separate floors attached to the tower. The second and third floors had restrooms, plus items like those in a museum. It was interesting and we got a chance to rest along our climb. We actually climbed stairs to the top. There was an observation deck where we took pictures all around. It was a great view. The tower was 6 or 7 stories high. We actually could see our cruise ship way off in the distance. There was one more partial floor, with a tiny staircase going up. At the top was a telescope and a domed roof must have retracted somehow. It was a wonderful tour. We found another place with a pathway, that did not have head room for us, but it had a glass floor where we could see all the way to bottom!! We walked thru town and found more stores open. We stopped at a Museum for the Magasin de Nord store which was interesting. We then saw one of their multi story stores and Mark bought a coffee while I looked around. I didn't find anything that I needed. I was thinking about having to pack up tomorrow. My suitcase is already full. Walked back along the canals. It was pretty cold for taking a harbor tour. Plus it was raining on and off while we walked. Saw lots of sailboats, too. We followed the water all the way to the Mermaid sculpture, right on the rocks close to shore. We had stopped there and took pictures on the start of our walk. We could not believe how many bus loads of tourists were there. On our way back to the boat, there were just as many tourists in that area. We checked out some souvenir shops and I found a necklace with the mermaid on a rock pendant. We continued our walk back. It was raining more but we stopped in a few stores along the water, in front of another cruise ship. At least we got out of the rain enough for it to stop. At times during our walk, the sun came out and it was quite warm. We had to take off our jackets. Then the clouds would move in and the breeze was strong and cold, so we put our jackets back on. When we got onto our ship, we had to climb up one floor and wait in line to clear customs and immigration where they stamped our passports. All passengers had to do that, even if they didn't get off the ship. They scanned our ship cards a second time, to prove that we cleared. We stopped at our cabin to drop off our jackets. Then walked up to Deck 14, Lido, for a very late lunch. That worked out well as we weren't eating dinner until 7 pm tonight. Mark had a short nap. I was catching up on emails and posting pictures to Facebook, when our connection ended. Mark had to go down to the internet cafe and find out why when our coverage was supposed to last until tomorrow. He was told that it was on Sydney time and our coverage was done. Mark was able to get them to give us one more day. That means by 4 pm tomorrow, we will not have any more internet. We will need to spend time tomorrow arranging some more hotels in England. We will have coverage once we get to our hotel in Dover. However, more planning time will be needed. We watched part of the movie, Me Before You, which was entertaining. Then showered and got ready for dinner. We met Jeffrey and Diane for dinner, in the Traviata Dining Room, which is for the Any Time Dining passengers. We had a lovely table for 4 right at a window. We really enjoyed our time together! We got to watch our ship depart the harbor and work its way thru the islands along the channel. There is another smaller cruise ship off our port side as we returned back to our cabin. Tomorrow will be our last day at sea before arriving in Dover, England on July 9th. We cannot believe that our cruise is coming to an end. Over 400 passengers are getting off in Dover, as well as, Captain Tony. Thanks for your emails and messages. Enjoy your day!