Ah, our second day. The weather is beautiful again, in the 60's and the sun is shining.
We start our day at the breakfast buffet provided by the Phoenix Hotel. Oh I forgot to tell you, we left Phoenix and arrived in Phoenix! Eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, cereals, fruit, yogurt, wonderful looking homemade breads, croissants, pastries!!!
We meet in the lobby at 8:30 am. We introduced ourselves to all of our new travelling companions; 15 total. Looks like it will be a good group.
We get on a bus and take a tour of the city. The photos will show you where we went.
The photo of the Gefion Fountain requires some explanation. The Fountain illustrates the myth of the goddess who was given one night to carve a hunk out of Sweden to make into Denmark's main island. Gefion transformed her four sons into oxen to do the job, and the chunk she removed from Sweden is almost the same size as Sweden's largest lake!
The Little Mermaid was a gift to the city of Copenhagen in 1909 from brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen. It was inspired by a ballet performance of Hans Christian Andersen's story. The statue sat unappreciated for 40 years until Danny Kaye sang "Wonderful Copenhagen" in the movie "Hans Christian Andersen. The tourist board decided to use the mermaid as a marketing symbol for the city.
We got back to the hotel for lunch on our own. We went back to the food court and shared a big serving of Indian lamb curry. Wonderful!!
In the afternoon, we took a boat tour of the canals around and through the city. Being on the water is always cool so we wore our jackets. Again, the photos will show you what we saw.
Denmark is a constitutional monarchy similar to Great Britain. The Queen is a figure head. Queen Margaret's first son, Frederick, will become King on her death.
This evening Mona took us to dinner at a nice Danish restaurant where we had a salmon salad, flank steak and coffee ice cream. Very nice. We didn't think it was too Danish, but it was nice.