Welcome to Day 5 of Janet and Randy's Copenhagen Adventure 2017
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
Got up around 8:00am, got ready and headed down for breakfast. It looked like it was going to be a really nice day, so we thought we would go to Tivoli Gardens. It didn't open until 11:00am, so we took our coffee and tea and went to sit out front of the Marriott and enjoy the sunshine. It was glorious !
We were able to purchase a ticket to Tivoli at our hotel, so just before 11:00 we headed out (it is only a 10 minute walk). There was a line-up to buy tickets, but as we already had ours, we were able to skip the line and go right in (the tickets we purchased only allow you entry to the park, if you want to go on the rides, you are on the hook to buy tickets for those). There were some shops and rides that weren't open yet, but that wasn't a problem as we were just going to wander around.
Tivoli is basically like a park, but with amusement rides, shops and restaurants. One of the restaurants was a pirate ship called Pirateriet. The menu looked decent, and since I have never had lunch on a pirate ship before, I thought - what the hell. Even though it was already past noon - we were the only ones in the restaurant for quite a while (a family joined us part way through). The table we chose was at one end of the ship, and the floor were actually quite slanted, but not to the point that everything slid off the table.
We wandered around Tivoli some more and came across an Illums Bolighus store. We had gone to the one in the central shopping area a couple days ago, but this one had items more suited for gifts/souvenirs. We ended up buying some cool things here.
We wandered around Tivoli some more, then went across the street to catch the shuttle to the Visit Carlsberg center. Before getting on the shuttle, we had to purchase our entry tickets. I guess this makes sense, as they don't want random people taking the shuttle to that part of Copenhagen, and then not actually going to Carlsberg. The shuttle took about 20 minutes to get there.
Once at Carlsberg, we paid an additional fee to do a beer tasting. The next tour wasn't for half an hour, so we wandered over to an outdoor bar and had a beer (1 beer is included in the basic entrance fee). Randy tried the Jacobsen brown ale and I had a tried the Tuborg Classic. They were both good, but not the best we've had while being here. We had pretty much finished off our free beers when it was time for the beer tasting to start.
So, we wandered over to the meeting point, where our guide, Alex, took our tickets and welcomed the group to the tour. We then went into a tasting room where we spent the next 40 minutes tasting some beer.
The first beer was a wheat beer - Jacobsen Weissbier. I like wheat beers, so I liked this one. The next one was an India Pale Ale - Jacobsen Pale Ale. I'm not a big fan of IPAs, and I didn't like this one either (I find them to be too bitter - me too). Next, we tried a specialty beer that was resurrected from an old recipe (ie: yeast found in a bottle that was over a 100 years old) - that was to be a palate cleanser for the next beer - which was a porter. This porter had a very smoky flavour - which I didn't like, but Randy did. To help 'cut' the smokiness of the porter, our last beer was called Carlsberg Master Brew, which we then poured into our porter (making a 'Black and Tan' style). Adding this other beer did remove the smokiness of the porter, but kept the coffee and licorice flavours.
During the beer tasting, we were at a table with some other Canadians from Ontario. After the tour, we sat out in the courtyard and chatted with them for a while. We checked out the Carlsberg store, and then decided it was time to head back to the hotel.
The next shuttle wasn't for another 40 minutes, so we decided to walk to the nearest train station (a 10 minute walk) and caught a train to the Copenhagen central station. Once we were back at the the hotel, since it was so nice out, we decided to go sit on the patio, have some beers (because clearly we hadn't had enough) and watch all the activity on the water (and work on the travel journal).
The Tivoli ticket does not give you in-out privileges. If you want to come back later, you have to pay an additional fee. Before leaving Tivoli, we paid the extra fee, as we thought it might be interesting to go back in the evening to see it all lit up. (there seemed to be a number of lights throughout the park that would be lit up during the night time). So, after our beers, we decided to head back to Tivoli to take some more photos.
When we got to Tivoli, it was around 7:30pm, so we figured we should get something to eat. We didn't want a large meal - just something quick and easy, so we ended up going to Price's Diner, where I had a hot dog and Randy had a bacon cheese burger. They were tasty, but Randy's bun was so soft that it kept falling apart. He ended up eating it with a knife and fork.
Once it got dark enough, we wandered around the park taking photos with our tripod. Don't forget to check out some of the photos in the Photos section of the journal. We had planned to get a chocolate crepe after we were done, but the crepe place was just closing up by the time we got there. D'oh!
So, instead, we headed back to the hotel and had some of the chocolates that we had purchased the day before. Then it was off to bed as we were full from all the food and beer we had all day.
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