We set our alarms for 4:00 am this morning to catch our plane for Marrakesh. It was a good thing too. Because our safe with the passports wouldn’t open. We had to get some from the hotel up to fix it. And then the security and immigration lines at the airport were long too.
The trip was uneventful and we arrived in Marrakesh with no problem. The hotel was supposed to have some one meet us with a car. He wasn’t there but when we called he showed up quickly and drove us through the very narrow streets to our hotel in the middle of the town.
We had tea and cookies as we checked in. After naps we went out exploring. Marrakesh is a feast for the eyes. There is so much to see.
For dinner we went back to the main square and had tagine on a rooftop.
We are in Copenhagen on our from London to Morocco. If you are wondering why we are taking this circuitous route, it is because we have a lot of Norwegian Airlines credits. When the pandemic shut things down Duke and I were Spain with reservations to fly home from Rome on Norwegian Airlines. Obviously we didn’t use those reservations. We received Norwegian Airlines credits for the canceled flights, and now we are using them. We arrived in Copenhagen at 10:20 pm last night and are planning to leave for Marrakesh, Morocco at 6:20 am tomorrow morning. We are staying at the Clarian hotel at the airport . That’s really nice because we can walk to the airport gates and also to the Copenhagen metro system directly from the hotel.
Early this afternoon we caught the metro into central Copenhagen. We had a wonderful meal at a coffee shop near our metro stop. We shared an order of mussels and fries and a plate of local fish. Both were excellent.
Then we wandered around central Copenhagen enjoying the sites.
I even found a wonderful yarn shop to browse in.
On our way back to the hotel we stopped at a grocery store and bought wine cheese and bread for dinner.
This evening I finished editing our first YouTube video of the trip. You can see it here.
Our flight from London Gatwick to Copenhagen left at 7:30 pm. So we checked out of our hotel at noon and stored our bags at the hotel. Then we walked to the British Library.
They have an amazing collection of books and documents. Everything from a Gutenberg Bible to a Shakespeare first folio to John Lennon’s lyrics for Hard Days Night written on the back of a birthday card. Not to mention they have the Magna Carta! And it’s a beautiful building.
The Football cup finals were at Wembley Stadium today. It was Newcastle United against Manchester United. Everywhere we went we saw Newcastle fans. I guess Manchester fans celebrate in another part of London. Most of the pubs were packed inside and out.
We went back to the pub we ate at the first night. They had rugby on and weren’t going to be showing the football because they didn’t have Sky TV. We had a Camembert and prosciutto sandwich and sea bass chowder before heading back to our hotel.
We went back to the hotel, collected our bags and took a taxi to the station where we caught a train to Gatwick airport.
We arrived in Copenhagen at about 10 pm. We are staying at the Clarian Hotel at the airport. It was great to just walk straight from our plane to our hotel.
After a late night last night, we took it easy this morning. Around noon we left the hotel and headed to the National Gallery. Along the way we walked down Denmark Street which is the setting for the Cormoran Strike books, one of my favorite series.
The National Gallery has a wonderful collection.
Outside the museum, in Trafalgar Square, there were pro Ukrainian and pro Russian demonstration going on. Duke voiced his opinion.
From the National gallery we walked down Whitehall towards parliament while listening to the Rick Steves Westminster audio tour
We had a tour of the Houses of Parliament scheduled for 3:30. It was a 90 minute tour and it was wonderful. We saw both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The guide walked us through a history of how democracy developed in the UK, how it all works and where things happen. We were not allowed to take pictures most place inside the building. But picture taking was allowed inside Westminster Hall where the Queen laid in state and where speeches from visiting heads of state are given.
The walk back to our hotel was cold. So it was nice to listen to jazz in the bar, eat in the hotel restaurant, and not have to bundle up and go out again.
The British Museum is stunning and overwhelming. It’s impossible to see everything but we did explore and see a lot today.
The museum has displays of several hoards, or collections of treasures, buried for safekeeping and forgotten. I have always loved the idea of how exciting it must be to discover a hoard.
For dinner we went to a restaurant my sister, Betsy recommended. Rules is supposed to be the oldest restaurant in London. We shared the roast rib of beef for two with Yorkshire pudding. For desert we had an English classic, sticky toffee pudding. We could only get a reservation for 10pm. So by the time we walked the .9 miles back to our hotel, it was after midnight. Given how full I am, the walk in the cold was a good thing!