Copenhagen

With seven hours to fill in before I could check into my hotel, I stored my luggage and set off to explore.

Road works, noisy machinery digging up roads, cigarette smoke…but then green spaces, a canal, a riverside walk, a pavement cafe and, best of all, a wonderful bookshop, restored my equilibrium.

I came upon the Christiana neighbourhood by chance as I walked a riverside path. I’d read about it – a self-governing community, into sustainability and various other activities beyond the law.

I’m finishing the hot afternoon with a gin and tonic and a tall glass of iced water in the Library Bar of my hotel, great jazz playing.

The Glyptotech Museum was my last treat for the day. Etruscan artefacts and impressionist paintings…a Monet for Mum:

and a startling Rodin: the Burghers of Calais.

I’ve walked 15 kilometres, according to my Health App. The hop-on hop-off bus gave respite and I briefly met a woman from NSW and a couple from Miami who were on a massive cruise ship. I prefer these ones: