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{November 14, 2016}   Day 8…Copenhagen… shh, it’s very quiet here…

I almost wanted to say “we’re hunting wabbits”.

Monday in Copenhagen seems like a slow day. A lot of the museums and other attractions are closed, but fear not friends…we prevailed and found things to do! I know you’re surprised! Just walking to figure out our next move is beautiful!

We found ourselves at the Royal Residences. When the flag is out on A palace, that means it’s primary residence is occupied. The Crown Prince is in residence, mummie, or The Queen out, too bad, I was hoping we might have some tea. 

We were, however, in time to see the changing of the guard! They do this once a day at noon. There are four royal residences, so they go to each palace. I asked and found out they are out for 2 hours and rest inside for two. The next day they are at the military base. 

This video doesn’t exist

It’s a bit of a long recording, but so cool to see! There are police who keep everyone at a good distance and out of their path while allowing you to observe and even take video. What would we do without our cellphones!

Here’s a bit of trivia for ya about the changing of the guards: 

There are three types of guard changes:

  • Kongevagt (King’s Watch) – when the monarch is in residence – accompanied by the Royal Guards music band.
  • Løjtnantsvagt (Lieutenant Watch) – when Prince Henrik is residing at the palace or Crown Prince Frederik or Prince Joachim are residing at Amalienborg in the capacity of regents – accompanied by the Corps of Drums of the RLG.
  • Palævagt (Manor Watch) – the Crown Prince or Prince Joachim are in residence but not in the capacity of regents or the Palace is uninhabited – the Guards march through Copenhagen without music accompaniment

Ya ‘loin somethin’ new every day! [Must be heard with a New York accent!]!

Our next stop was literally next door, or down the corridor, so to speak. Frederiks Kirke, or Fredericks Church. Frederick’s Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31m. The dome rests on 12 columns.

I loved the two organs in the church, very different and beautiful in their own way. Hey, doesn’t that statue look like he’s in trouble?

Next stop,  the city of Christianshaven. Well to be precise, Church of Our Saviour Church of Our Saviour 

(Danish: Vor Frelsers Kirke) is a baroque church in Copenhagen, Denmark, most famous for its helix spire with an external winding staircase that can be climbed to the top, offering extensive views over central CopenhagenWe did have a quick stop for tea and cake.

The trip up the tower to get to the spire is a one at a time deal, this was fine as there were things to see at the different levels and it gave me a chance to catch my breath! The items were a bit odd, not odd for a church, odd that they seemed to have been abandoned there. 

Once I got to the top, I walked around the outside andthen it was time to go up. I climbed the spire slowly, my only fear…dropping my phone! Made it back down together,  whew!

I’m sorry,  the video won’t load, bummer!

Down below, I realized I had worked up an appetite, so we headed to Ida Davidsen’s. On the way we are reminded that this city is very big into Christmas and they are ready to celebrate!

Ida Davidsen’s was a recommendation from Christopher at the front desk. The restaurant is known for its open faced sandwiches, which also happens to be a Danish gastronomic specialty. PSM had duck and I had cheese, I believe it was camembert and oh my…heaven! 
Now, I know you’re thinking wait, she’s vegan, right? Yes I am, but remember, vegetarian by choice, vegan by force and on this trip, like our last big trip, some countries just don’t understand that some people don’t eat meat so I accommodate and let me tell you, the result may not be great, but it tastes great!

Then it was off towards our new hotel, right on the canal. We didn’t feel like going at that moment, so off to our favorite like pub for tea for me, a porter for PSM and more good conversation. Oh yeah, somewhere in there we had waffles and churros, y u m!

We hit the hotel, got to the room sat down and all of a sudden it was about 45 minutes later and we woke up and realized we were hungry!

We went to a restaurant who’s placard boasted “Try our vegetarian burger and you will become vegetarian!” How could I not? Well folks, I’m here to tell you it’s not true, for me anyway. It was still a good time.

After dinner, as we were walking to our hotel, oh so far away on the corner of the next block…we passed McJoy’s Scottish Pub and after the sign they were boasting, we went in. PSM had a Carlsberg and I had an amaretto on the rocks,  look at me, all grown up!

We hung out, listening to our loud musician neighbor and some good music. I have found it very interesting that most of the music restaurants and pubs play is American and classic oldies at that! I’m not complaining, I just find it interesting, since I know that there are singers from these countries,  oh well, bring it!

Now…it’s off to sleep for us, adventure awaits and…a new location,  I’ll tell you tomorrow!



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