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6:34pm on Friday, 31st August, 2012:
Normally when I go to Copenhagen I have no time free to look around the place. This occasion was no exception. However, I did manage to take some photos on my mobile phone so here they are...
It's so friendly!
This bolt was next to my head in the bed in my hotel room:
I still have two eyes, so I guess I didn't toss and turn during the night.
This is Nyhavn, the picturesque street full of restaurants at prices around 150% of what you'd normally expect to pay if you weren't in a tourist trap:
As you can imagine, Nyhavn is on all the postcards and "visit Copenhagen" travel sites. However, what they don't show you is what's on the other side of the canal:
Hmm, not quite as picturesque...
The first time I visited Copenhagen, which was about 8 years ago I think, the picturesque main square, Kongens Nytorv, was a messy construction site as they built a new metro. Today, though:
It's a messy construction site as they build a new metro.
Following the PhD defence and consequent celebrations, I and the other external committee member, Prof. Ulrike Spierling, got away from it all on a boat trip round Copenhagen's canals. Here's the famous Little Mermaid statue:
Not quite as in-the-middle-of-the-harbour as most visitors imagine it to be...
One of these days, I'm going to climb up that spiral staircase to the top of that church:
I may need an air ambulance to get down afterwards, of course.
I don't recall seeing this building on any of my previous trips to Copenhagen:
It's pretty spectacular, especially in the light of the setting sun. I wonder what they were planning on screwing it into?
Finally, here's a shot of the bridge of the boat we were in:
I'm not persuaded that you need a SatNav to get around Copenhagen's limited canal system, but hey, better to be safe than sorry.
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