After breakfast we take a Bycyklen rental bike from the stand at Rigshospitalet. We head for the old center. We join the morning rush hour and it is very busy on the (wide) bicycle lanes. The cyclists in Copenhagen ride fast and have an assertive cycling style. Everyone overtakes everyone - even the delivery bikes. We are going for cake and pastry at conditori La Glace. It has a beautiful classic ambiance (since 1870) and the cake is delicious. From there we cycle to Nyhavn. We walk around this old harbor with the beautiful houses, where fairy tale writer HC Andersen once lived. The colorful facades around the 17th century harbor are picture perfect and a real tourist attraction.
We take the tram to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The building, located on the banks of the river, by the American architect Frank Gehry from 1997 is spectacular: the size, the reflective material and the fantastic shapes make it an unforgettable and unique building. For the city of Bilbao, it was the starting point for a revitalization of the dilapidated industrial city, which eventually made it a lively cultural center in the Basque country. The permanent exhibition is sometimes spectacular, but also often far fetched. There is a temporary exhibition with work by Van Gogh and Picasso and that is very nice.
We take the elevator to the Upper Barakka gardens (included in ferry ticket), where we meet Benjamin, our guide. He tells us hundreds of stories about the history of Malta, while we still look out over the Grand Harbor. We walk through the city and see various palaces and Auberges of the Maltese order and the Parliament building designed by Renzo Piano. The Maltese or Knights of the Order of St John settled down in Malta in 1530 when they were granted the rule by Emperor Charles V. They had just been expelled by the Turks from Rhodes. The Johanites started as a monastic order, which administered hospitals in Jerusalem for the pilgrims. During the crusades it became a military order. In Malta, due to the strategic location of the island, they gained a lot of prosperity, which can be seen in the palaces and administrative buildings that they built here.
We walk up the castle hill, through narrow and sloping streets. The castle of Bratislava dates back to the 15th century, but was burned out in 1811. It was only after the Second World War that the reconstruction of the castle was started, which was only completed after independence. The castle looks very new. At 10 o'clock it opens up to visitors. The castle houses the museum for Slovak history.
with an enthusiastic Rotterdam private tour guide
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