(sort-of) Mom and I got up and went out for breakfast at an adorable little bakery close to the hotel because it looked like they had delicious pastries. However, once we got inside, it appeared that they didn't have a whole ton of selection and really the only one that looked super-fabulous was the one in the window. Apparently, it is a called a half-moon cake, because it's literally a cake sliced in half. It is famous for being what Danish cops are known for eating. So, I had half a cake for breakfast. At least it had rhubarb in it so it had some nutrition, in theory. It was drizzling, but we did a little souvenir shopping anyway on our way to the National Museum. When we got to the National Museum, we were in for a great surprise- they had some sort of Ren-Faire craft festival thing going on. There were a whole bunch of tents set up and in each there were reenactors dressed in old-timey clothes. They were all craftspersons selling crafts, and in some cases making them right on the museum grounds. One guy even had a mini-bellows and was making tools of some sort.
Inside the museum, they had all sorts of displays on Danish history. The collection of flint and bronze weapons was extensive. They had a very cool display of old horns. I was impressed by the way that they displayed the remains that had been dug up from the bogs. I was also impressed that all of the signage was in both Danish and English, so I could follow along. The history continued from the ancient times through medieval times, renaissance, reformation, and modern times, including Beatles and Elvis. Overall, it was a nice (free) stop for a rainy day. If you're into history, you'd probably enjoy it more. I have to admit that I thought the reenactors outside were the best part, but I don't believe that they're usually there. We headed back to the hotel to check out and get dad, and then went to the subway. Based on our experiences the yesterday, we knew we needed change, so we tried the 7-11 at the station, but it had a sign on the door and was closed. We tried the hotdog man in front of the station, but he didn't have change. So, we walked to the 7-11 across the street. Yes, there are 7-11s across from 7-11s here the way Starbucks is in the US, but worse. It was only one stop to the market I had been to on my foodie tour and the museum we wanted, but our feet were very tired. I think my dad's blisters were getting blisters. At the foodie market, we walked around a bit. I eventually got a mezze lunch from a Middle-Eastern place with good artichokes, pepper-wrapped cheese, and dolmas. Mom got a slushee of some sort, and we all were happy.
The Geological Museum is now part of the Botanical Gardens, although it has it's own separate entrance fee- totally worth it! (At least for a science geek like me.) Out front, they had a big chunk of meteor that you can actually touch! I have now officially touched something that was in outer space- how cool! Inside, all of the old displays were in Danish only, but the new ones were in English as well. They had an interesting display on how Denmark and Greenland were formed, but it was Danish only, so I only learned a little from the pictures. They had an awesome display on meteors and space chunks, including a "guess if this rock is a meteor piece or not" game and a video about how the Antarctic explorers find the meteors. Upstairs, they had a non-permanent display on botanical drawings that was interesting, probably more so if you're into plants. They also had a funky collection from one of the first Danes to have a museum. He collected all sorts of bizarre things and put them on display, and now they're here. This included a kayak and pickled animals. Also, they had a very large minerals and gems display. The lady at the reception desk said that they had basically all of them, and I just assumed she was exaggerating before I went upstairs. They don't have large quantities of anything (like they do at the Natural History Museum in DC), but they do have rooms and rooms of tiny little samples of probably everything, so they probably have more different types than the Natural History Museum in DC. I wouldn't be surprised if she actually wasn't exaggerating when she said they have ALL of the minerals.
From there, we hopped the metro back to the hotel to get our luggage. We grabbed a taxi from the hotel to the ferry dock, checked in, and boarded. We were taking the DFDS Seaways ferry from Copenhagen to Oslo. The ship is a reasonably typical cruise ship in that it has some bars, restaurants, a casino, and shopping aboard. It is also a ferry though, in that cars can board.Our cabin reminded me of the cabin I had on the Alaska cruise- 4 bunk beds (the top ones able to close up), a window, and a tiny bathroom. It was clean and simple. This room also had a small luggage storage place and a little desk. We took the advice of the tour guide who recommended that we check out the restaurants and get reservations first thing so that we were able to get a good time. In general, the menus are very limited. The steakhouse obviously had steaks. The cafe had about 5 things on the menu. So, we decided on the buffet as we figured it would have more options. Since we had boarded early, we had time for a quick nap before the boat departed. The departure had a nice view of the city, but also of the windmills and the bridge to Sweden. It was worth being up on deck in the crowd. Later, we went back to the deck to see Kronborg Castle (the Hamlet castle we went to yesterday) from the sea. Dinner here was not cheap, but I'm still glad we got the buffet instead of the cafe. There was a very wide variety of food- tons of seafood, meat, cheeses, a few veggie dishes, and dessert. None of it was super-exciting and none of it was fabulously tasty, but it was all reasonable and there were a lot of different things to have a little of. According to the manual in the room, tips are already included, and the service reflected this. Still, I think the buffet was the way to go.