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Late Doors

Copenhagen

First time in Mermaid Land. Always been put off by the climate and prices but after exhaustive research and internet bargain hunting by the wonderful MrsD we got the easy jet and the fab five star airport Hilton for the price of a week away in England in a classy B and B. She is well ace, almost part of the family now.

The  metro from the airport into town is about 2 quid per trip if you buy a ten trip card and takes about 15 mins. But there's the rub. The bloody thing does not have a driver, i tell thee its space station 1999 already over there.
The pair of us are walkaholics when it comes to exploring cities, miles and miles of wandering, through the center, the tourist areas, the waterside and the surrounding suburbs and neighbourhoods, the parks and of course calling in places here and there for a coffee or beer. That and the public transport systems are the best way of getting to know a town i think and the best way of getting the most out of a visit. It helps if the weather is alright and it was pretty much like here, minus the constant rain but with sporadic burst of warm sunshine like we had here when we were kids, remember?

The main center area down from the Norresport Metro to the water front is a clean and pleasant main drag with a couple of squares and focal points. There is nothing massively flamboyant or spectacular about the architecture here reflecting perhaps the Scandinavian persona but plenty of understated charm. Into the adjoining network of sidestreets is where the changing character and slight diversity is found. Our first beer was preceded with trepidation and tales of the ten pound pint. It was outside a bar in a side street just off the shopping area where plenty of other people were sat in the sunshine, albeit with coats and blankets wrapped round them. We of course (well i) where in our summer finest. The waiter explained to me they had all sorts of ales from their micro brewery including Brown Ale and Bombay Pale ale. In fact micro brews are all over Copenhagen and one of the most pleasant surprises of the trip for me was the quality of them and just as importantly the prices. Here it was six pound a pint, about on a par with other European cities outside in the main city center areas and certainly cheaper than say La Rochelle, Venice and Prague these days.

Rather than go back to the hotel and back out we decided to spend our time stocking up for the day from the truly wonderful and epicurean breakfast buffet at the hotel before setting out for the entire day strolling examining viewing and gently absorbing the place.

The city center is not without its areas of grand elegance but lacks the opulence and ostentation of other European capitals. That is not a criticism more an acknowledgement of the countries nine hundred years of peaceful neutrality, egalitarian principles and a propensity for restraint . These characteristics seem to have been absorbed into the psyche and character of the people as well who are friendly and open without the gushing sentiment you get in Italy for example. Fashion and style are simple and clean cut with harmonizing greys de-rigueur  for the fair haired young upwardly mobile beauties. What struck me most was the apparent small wealth differential compared to say in London. Extreme wealth or at least shows of it were nonexistent as was the snarling menace of a estranged underclass. it was without doubt the most sedate safe city i have ever seen. Only in a place called Christiania across the water was there anything like what is often called "an edge". Here it was present in shed loads, literally. Part Hippy commune, part gigantic squat, part shanty town and part escape from new york film set. Cat a and b drugs on open sale ranging from every form of cannabis known to man to all kinds of speed and trippy tabs (i know all the lingo me). It was all so casual and open with no threat or menace at all, mind blowing even without the chemical assistance.

We had our Cheapest ale of the trip just on the edge of Christiania  in a small nicotine drenched dingy bar that made the Duncan seem like the Ritz. Enjoyed it though @ 3 pound fifty a pint. The rest of the Christianshaun area was pleasant enough if a little staid.

Back in town we were beginning to get acclimatised to the layout and general vibe. We decided almost immediately we were not paying 250 quid for a top class evening meal anytime so it was pizza, beer, house wine and burgers for us albeit in some fine spots. Pizza Pompei on the main square was authentic thin fresh stone fired Italian Pizza and a Burger place whose name i cannot remember. it was full of students, books lined the walls along with other art in the multi roomed Bar come dinner. I had a Parisian burger and it was a work of gastric art. Open bread bun, big juicy fresh burger with a smorgasbord of accompaniments. no chips just a cascade of salads, pickles, capers, mayo and searing hot grated horse radish. The whole thing was almost Thai with its sweet sour hot and spicy combination, fantastic. We also discovered a fine jazz bar as well across from the pizza place called Det Hvide Lam, affordable beer and live jazz trio although it's a well known spot apparently.

Bicycles absolutely dominate the city. Cycle ways are everywhere. thousands of people straddle the basic fixed gear flat cross handled push irons and stream across town on them before parking them randomly on every empty piece of pavement or against a clear wall whilst they went about their business, work, shopping or worked, shopped or played. It all led to a reasonably quiet city with relaxed road traffic.

On and on we rambled and strolled. Across town towards Tivoli park and the hordes of families with excited kids anticipating the massive  leisure park rides there were behind the fenced perimeter. Scurrying past it not tempted we wandered through the more Ethnic area of Vestbro and into the plush suburb of Frederiksburg.

The Cities parks and green spaces are obviously treasured and cared for. Big beautiful pristine swages of grass,  foliage and water. Considering the savage winters they must get these areas are a summer oasis for wildlife and tame life alike. we watched the Denmark Germany game in one of them, Kongens Have. Thousands of Locals and a few Germans, very civilised, we even laughed at the polite understated reaction to Denmark's equaliser as we both compared it to the mayhem of when Lineker scored in the semi that time.

Bizarrely Alcohol wasn't allowed to be brought into the park for the game as it was on sale all over the place. I say bizarrely because it was absolutely normal for ordinary in fact veritably middle class folk to wander around sipping from a Carlsberg tin. Respectful middle aged folk will just sit on the walls or benches and crack open a few tinnies whilst having a chat.

The main tourist attraction area is down a colourful key side street called Nyhavn  but locals flock to the area as well. Cafes, bars and restaurants spill out onto the side street from intensely multi coloured but distinct key side establishments. Not the rip off spot i was expecting at all and the food down there looked great however we just had a beer or two on a couple of nights before heading off to the more off beat places.

Finally a word about the terrific and Free David Samling (Collection) in a house just outside the park where we watched the game. David was a wealthy collector but died without heir leaving his collection and wealth to the city and what a staggering and wondrous collection it is. The plan was to spend an hour there and get the train to Malmo in Sweden across the bridge. Four hours later we realised we were three hours overdue. The Islamic section was perhaps the most beguiling, fascinating and beautiful collection of objects i have ever seen. We could have spent all day there, easy.

So there you have it, Copenhagen,  It's not Paris but a fascinating easy going place with lots to see,, lots to admire and lots to ponder on. Hellishly expensive but playing your cards right can reduce the bill. Pictures to follow
Dock

"on a par with other European cities outside in the main city center areas and certainly cheaper than say La Rochelle, Venice and Prague these days."

I bet you have to cancel your fucking milk more than Judith bloody-blinkin' Charmers. Cheers for the full report LD. I know nowt about Scandinavia me. Thanks for taking the time to post it up.

PS Mermaid Land? You can take the lad out of Huddersfield but you can't take the pigshit out of his head.
Forest

Photos LD? You always have good photos.



*waits*
Dock

Forest wrote:
Photos LD? You always have good photos.



*waits*


They should have been in the initial post. Anything that follows now will lack momentum. It's tardiness. Nothing more nothing less. 2/10
Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Photos LD? You always have good photos.



*waits*


They should have been in the initial post. Anything that follows now will lack momentum. It's tardiness. Nothing more nothing less. 2/10



He's probably waiting for them to come back from Jessops.
Grind

Other than the price of beer and a hotdog, all I remember was that the little mermaid thing was, well, surprisingly little.

Quite a pleasant city.
Late Doors

It is little and i suspect it is not even a mermaid. Especially now having it confirmed in news recently that mermaids in fact do not exist . Tell you what, ill include it in the pictures.
WHEN I GET ROUND TO IT

Harrruuumppphhhh!!!!!
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
It is little and i suspect it is not even a mermaid. Especially now having it confirmed in news recently that mermaids in fact do not exist . Tell you what, ill include it in the pictures.
WHEN I GET ROUND TO IT

Harrruuumppphhhh!!!!!


Too little to late. Again I Put it to the house that the piccys should have been in the initial report.

Poor. Very poor.  nono.gif
Forest

Dock wrote:
Late Doors wrote:
It is little and i suspect it is not even a mermaid. Especially now having it confirmed in news recently that mermaids in fact do not exist . Tell you what, ill include it in the pictures.
WHEN I GET ROUND TO IT

Harrruuumppphhhh!!!!!


Too little to late. Again I Put it to the house that the piccys should have been in the initial report.

Poor. Very poor.  nono.gif


Don't blame him, blame Jessops.
Dock

Forest wrote:
Photos LD? You always have good photos.



*waits*


Still hanging in there waiting Fozdyke? Life can be full of letdowns can't it. especially if you know LD.
Forest

Dock wrote:
Forest wrote:
Photos LD? You always have good photos.



*waits*


Still hanging in there waiting Fozdyke? Life can be full of letdowns can't it. especially if you know LD.


Late Doors

I  know what's happening here tha' nos. Ill post 'em up eventually and you'll all just slag 'em off. Well it dunt matter cos i'm wise to it now. Here's one to be going on with



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Dock

FFS, can you hurry up with these pictures. I've got some Christmas shopping to do. Its not so much 'Waiting for Godot' as 'Waiting for a Div to Pull his Feckin' finger Out'.

*adds to already mounting pressure*
Forest

Dock wrote:
FFS, can you hurry up with these pictures. I've got some Christmas shopping to do. Its not so much 'Waiting for Godot' as 'Waiting for a Div to Pull his Feckin' finger Out'.

*adds to already mounting pressure*


Do Boots still process photographs? Its an option if the service at Jessops isnt what it was.
carp

Awful report followed by a couple of stolen bike pictures....That's Huddersfield for you. I bet he never even went? Did you? I'll check with Bill you know.
Late Doors

Oooh did so go, Thought about getting in touch with Bill but decided it might have been a bit out of line, i havent been on there for years. Wish i had have done though tbh. Good to see you back here btw  
Dock

Empires have risen and fallen in the time we have waited for these photos. Its not on. What if Danny Boyle had shared the same bone-fucking-idle-cant-be-fucking-arsed-I'll-do-it-tomorrow attitude that you have. No opening ceremony no nowt. You could learn a lot from that bloke .And he produced what was in the final analysis an extravaganza, and what have you shared with us? A photo of a Danish bicycle. Well whoopdyfuckingdo!
bearing

*falls asleep*
Late Doors

So in the face of such an overwhelming clamour to see the pics and  at literally no expense here are a few.

So Copenhagen, not a magnificently lovely city but not without its charm







Fine waterfront hangouts



Street side drinking, dump the bikes get the cans out



little certainly but not a mermaid



Ace Parks







Bikes rule







Going ape at the equaliser against the Germans




Trains with no driver

bearing

Still no photo's I see

*shakes head*
Late Doors

 As predictable as Federer having an "off day"
grunt

Late Doors wrote:
 As predictable as Federer having an "off day"


Just what are you implying? I'll be reporting this to TG if you don't have a satisfactory answer.
Late Doors

*Gulp*.

Just having a bit of mischievous fun, I'm in the Murray camp, no mistake. Didn't watch it but listened to  lot of the  5 live commentary and it appeared that Federer was missing a lot of shots as well as Murray hitting beauties. Maybe Federer's  robotic annual performance reigime couldn't cope with this  unusual Olympic intrusion and he just wasn' t up to it, OUR boy certainly was though  
bearing

Late Doors wrote:
*Gulp*.

Just having a bit of mischievous fun, I'm in the Murray camp, no mistake. Didn't watch it but listened to  lot of the  5 live commentary and it appeared that Federer was missing a lot of shots as well as Murray hitting beauties. Maybe Federer's  robotic annual performance reigime couldn't cope with this  unusual Olympic intrusion and he just wasn' t up to it, OUR boy certainly was though  


What about these photographs?

Quit diverting the attention!
grunt

Late Doors wrote:
*Gulp*.

Just having a bit of mischievous fun, I'm in the Murray camp, no mistake. Didn't watch it but listened to  lot of the  5 live commentary and it appeared that Federer was missing a lot of shots as well as Murray hitting beauties. Maybe Federer's  robotic annual performance reigime couldn't cope with this  unusual Olympic intrusion and he just wasn' t up to it, OUR boy certainly was though  


Mischievous fun eh? I don't know if we can allow that kind of thing on here. Need a ruling from admin.
Grind

Yes. It's either mischief or fun, no combinatorial efforts are allowed.
Dock

Late Doors wrote:
So in the face of such an overwhelming clamour to see the pics and  at literally no expense here are a few.

So Copenhagen, not a magnificently lovely city but not without its charm







Fine waterfront hangouts



Street side drinking, dump the bikes get the cans out



little certainly but not a mermaid



Ace Parks







Bikes rule







Going ape at the equaliser against the Germans




Trains with no driver



Is that it?
Grind

It's a bit like Amsterdam, but in a slightly different country with slightly less chance of falling into water.

Their mermaids, if they had any, are slightly crap too.

Were you stalking the football fan? He's definitely on the train and I reckon I spotted his bike earlier.

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