2011 Apr 03 | Copenhagen 1: various

A lot of bums hanging out in the internet cafe at Central Station.

Central Station.

Tivoli is a big amusement park, but it wasn't open yet.

City Hall.

Hans Christian Andersen statue.

Strøget is the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe. Although this part looks a bit like the morning after a big party.

It was a bit cold in the morning, and as I had to unfold the map I had, I tore off this corner so I could open it up without taking off my gloves.

Some side streets.

The map had most of the places I wanted to visit, although not all of them.

Nyhavn, a canal with historical houses.

Aw, hate when things are closed.

Changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace, the winter home of the Danish royal family.

The palace has four almost-identical buildings because it was originally built for four different noble families.

There are four of these abstract art columns created by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. I think they're really cool.

The Opera House across the water.

Gefion fountain

St Alban's church

Kastellet, a big star-shaped fort.

The Little Mermaid is a very popular statue in Copenhagen and is just northeast of Kastellet. However, I didn't turn east soon enough, kept walking north, and instead found this other statue of a mermaid, heh.

Back to Kastellet.

Walking back south along Øster Voldgade.

That's, uh, interesting. I think he's cycling his girlfriend around.

These birds are all over up here, and they're really neat looking.

Uh oh, it's raining.

I was smart and had checked the weather ahead of time. Seeing a possibility of rain, I brought a poncho. Unfortunately, I forgot I hate ponchos because your arms and feet still get all wet. I was in a shopping area with tons of expensive stores, so I was worried I'd have to pay $50 for an umbrella, but one little store had one for $5, which was awesome.

Her purse matches her boots.

Nice little outdoor eating area, even in the rain because of the cover.

I kept trying to find the erotic museum. I had a general idea of where it was within a 3x3 block area, but it wasn't on my map, so I couldn't locate it. I finally went into a bookstore to look through their tourist books, and one listed the address. But when I went there, it looks like it was closed.

The other side of Tivoli amusement park, where you can actually see some rides.

infinity pool

Another statue of a little mermaid that's not THE Little Mermaid.

The Black Diamond, the national library.

I like how the path just fades away to nothing but then opens up again. Except there aren't any stairs up to the bridge on the other side, so even if you ignore the sign, you still have to cross the road eventually.

Nyhavn again.

That's interesting.

Hmm... wonder if that's any good.

Christianshavn is supposed to be the hippy area, but it was pretty normal. Maybe I wasn't in the right area.


And even more bikes.

This little square had tons of bums sleeping, sitting around, drinking, etc.

This busker kept playing the same 10 notes to Somewhere Over the Rainbow, over and over and over. I guess if people are just walking by, they won't notice, though.

A tour boat.

Vor Frelsers Kirke. You can actually walk all the way up the spire for a view of the city, but my knee was hurting, so I didn't go.

I'm guessing that's some sort of way to tell the parking cops how long you've been there?

A woman in a Pokémon suit at Central Station; that's quite weird.

Oh, they must be doing a convention or get-together or something. Weird is never quite as weird if you're in a group.

All the trains and local buses leave from Central Station itself.

But for the longer buses, you have to walk up this hill, across this road, and wait on this dark, scary street with nothing else on it.