Friday, July 17, 2015

The Canals of Copenhagen and Carlsberg Brewery

My dad & me

 Today Dad & I hopped on the Open Top Tours double decker bus and took it over to the first stop on their canal tour route. After a bit of a wait we climbed aboard the open topped boat which took us through the canal system around Copenhagen and under the numerous low bridges that cross over them. We cruised past the Little Mermaid statue, the old stock exchange building and Eclipse - the second largest personal yacht in the world, wowza!

Cruising through the canals

The Marble Bridge

The Eclipse

The Queen's library in the castle

   After we cruised around for an hour Dad & I got off the boat so we could explore Christianborg Castle. Entrance was free thanks to our Copenhagen Card. We walked around the castle and down underneath it to see the ruins of the past 2 castles that sat there before the current castle. After walking around for an hour or so, we rode a city bus back to the central train station and grabbed a Polser hotdog from a street cart on the sage advice of a friend of mine. Great suggestion David!

 Then it was back on the Open Top bus over to Carlsberg Brewery's visitor centre. Admission was free with our Copenhagen Cards again, and we were each given 2 free drink tickets. We walked through the old brewery and Dad, who used to work at Labatt's, explained the brewing process, and shared some found memories. Then we enjoyed our free drinks in the open courtyard that featured a pretty good DJ. We left the brewery and got caught in a flash rain storm on the way to the metro, but it was nothing a few seasoned Vancouverites couldn't handle. The Copenhagen metro trains are impressive! Clean, big, and very easy to navigate.

 Back to the hotel for a quick break, then next door to Astor Pizza. Great pizza for a good price! It's still pretty early here, so we might head over to a jazz club.

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