The long train ride north to Stockholm
24.10.2014 - 24.10.2014 12 °C
My train to Stockholm wasn't until the afternoon so I had a lazy morning revisiting some places I had already been to so I could get some better pictures and then ventured the other side of the harbour. First up was the Kastellet, I was determined to get a better picture of its garrison's windmill after visiting Solvang in California with all its Danish windmills the previous year.
I then strolled down through Amalienborg Square and along the harbour's edge opposite the new Opera House to Nyhavn where I decided to try Smorebord,, this time the traditional way buttered with lard and with cold herring. Although it cost more it was much better and more authentically Danish than what I had before and I actually enjoyed it, however its best described as akin to British Ploughman's Lunch rather than haute cuisine.
Before getting the metro to Christianshavn I had a peep over the fence at the building work going on for the new metro line in the centre of Kongens Nytorv that so disorientated me when I first arrived in Copenhagen. Apart from a small area around Christian V's statue in the middle the whole square had been dug up! It was then over to Christianshavn where I saw tower of Vor Frelser Kirke with its spiral staircase to the top on the outside (!) And then walked through the hippy community of Christiana. Apparently it was originally started by squatters in the early 1970s but has been tolerated by the authorities with it's alternative way of living. There were lots of craft stalls, wooden shacks and grafitti... and a lot of strange smells of stuff being smoked which I'm not entirely sure was legal!
It was now time to make my way back to Copenhagen Central Station to catch the high speed train to Copenhagen. When I booked the trip what I was interested in was going the Oresund Bridge that now links Denmark and Sweden but the weather was awful and there wasn't much of a view :-( It was a long, long journey - 5 hours - with journey empty for the first and last hour and very busy in the middle as we passed through major towns I really taken much notice of before such as Norrkoping and Vaxjo but will remember in future.