We embarked from the celebrity eclipse and headed straight for the hop on hop off red tourist bus. We have travelled this city before and so this time knew exactly where we wanted to go. Our day tickets were 25 Euro each (free for under 12’s) and perhaps we could of saved a few Bob by hailing a cab but we really did not want to have the fuss of finding one to get back to ship later in the day so we stuck to the route we knew best. Onboard I immediately linked to the free Wifi and checked my mails.
First stop was Tivoli gardens. We planned to spend a good four hours here and take advantage of the glorious weather. We opted to pay our entry fee into the gardens and buy our ride tokens separately. There were just a few rides we wanted to try as a family and it worked out cheaper for us to just go ahead and pick our fun. The gardens are amazing and totally blooming this time of year. With so much to see and something on every corner it was a bit of a rush for us to get around the whole park. There are rides for everyone and every age. There are restaurants and ice cream parlours spread throughout the park. There are also daily music shows.
We learn something new about Tivoli every year and as well as it being the oldest theme park in the world it was also where Walt Disney himself got his inspiration from when he visited as a child.
Just outside of Tivoli gardens is a money exchange, some gift shops and a Hamleys toy store.
Back to bus stop number 16 and we hopped on the bus to bus stop 2 which would be Nyhaven.
This route took around 15 minutes in traffic.
Nyhaven is a colourful part of Copenhagen and is the old town. It is very busy here as photographers and tourists flock to see the town houses that line both sides of the canal. There are ample photo opportunities and we were fortunate to get a great day in weather wise for our images and enjoyment. Nyhaven is a place to stroll and wind down. The town is lined with restaurants and bars. There is entertainment on every corner and it is the ideal place for people watching.
We browsed the local handicrafts market, ate street vendored sugared almonds and walked the length of the canal where the buildings are. We could spot the oldest houses and say for a beer outside one of the bars. For two beers and an orange juice it cost us 20 Euro so do bear in mind the prices. We noticed some other couples had bought their own shop bought beverages and sat on the canal wall in the same spot for an equally good time.
At the end of the street we hopped on the bus and headed back towards the port for a final stop at the little mermaid. I really am never that impressed every time we stop here but it makes a nice fairy tale for Olivia and one last stroll back to the cruise ship before we set off for our next destination.
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