After the late night last night we had a slow start to our morning, and didn’t get into town until close to 11. We hopped off the train at Østerport and walked to the most touristy of tourist destinations – the Little Mermaid statue. It was crawling with tourists. I counted at least 9 tour buses, but we got our obligatory “we were here” tourist photos.
A pretty walk along the water brought us to Amalienborg, the residence of the queen. We arrived just in time for the changing of the guard – not a very exciting event. In fact, the most interesting part was when the police gestured for observers to move closer and the majority of people (not us) stampeded forward. Seriously, they ran to ensure they had the best spot. We took advantage of the distraction to check out the nearby church.
After a lunch of sandwiches and a stop in a souvenir shop, we took another pleasant walk (have there been any other kind?) over to Christiania, a.k.a “Hippieville.” In the 1970s a group of hippies took over old military barracks and settled here. It’s…interesting. I’d show you pictures but you’re not allowed to take any – can’t have evidence of the stands selling hash!
Another long walk took us to the National Museum, which is free! It’s also huge – we got through most of the prehistory section on the ground floor in about an hour – and there are three more floors! We took a brief spin through one of the upper floors before calling it quits.
It’s afternoon here and we still have dinner and our evening in front of us but I don’t know what the wifi situation will be, the museum is closing and we have to leave, so I’m going to go ahead and post.