We arrived in Copenhagen in the afternoon and checked into the hotel Holland America picked for us, the Palace Hotel. It was in a great location, right across from City Hall and very close to Tivoli Gardens and Strøget, a major shopping area.
The hotel is very old (1910) but the room was modern and very nice. I didn’t think to take a photo of our room, but I did shoot the view out the window:
We did our best to do some sightseeing, but soon realized we’d been awake for more than 24 hours, so had to crash for a while. At one point I had to tell myself to just put one foot in front of the other. I now wish we’d arrived one day earlier, because Copenhagen kind of got short shrift and it’s a lovely city.
Somewhat refreshed, we walked over to Tivoli Gardens, or just Tivoli.
I loved the detail in the entrance.
Tivoli opened in 1843 and is the second oldest amusement park in the world. Walt Disney was inspired to create Disneyland after visiting here. Tivoli is much smaller, but lovely. The wooden roller coaster is one of the oldest in the world. We were too beat to do any rides, but had dinner and walked around.
Chinese Pantomime Theatre
Really nice lighting on this place that looked like something from the Arabian Nights.
Definitely a pretty place at night.
On the way back to the hotel I snapped this shot of City Hall with its clock tower:
I had taken this closeup of City Hall earlier in the day, but the light was terrible, so I thought I’d get a full-length shot later. Was surprised to find that I hadn’t. My excuse? Major jet lag. The gold statue is Absalon.
By the way, everyone we encountered spoke English. Excellent English. What a difference from when I traveled in Prague and Berlin back in 2000.
Hope your week’s going well so far. . . .