Prelude: I know, I know, I'm back in Europe already!

Copenhagen Travel Blog

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The postcard shot everyone knows and recognises Copenhagen for - Nyvahn

The next few entries will contain my actual trip reports. But like I do with all my blogs, here's a "Best Of" set of photos for those that may not get time to read my entire blog.

Friends and followers of my blogs will know of my love for Europe. Yes, I said Europe, not just the UK. The fact that it's strategically located between Seattle and Bengaluru makes stopovers easier for me, which over the years have increased in duration from a two hour transit at Heathrow T5 to .... well a fortnight trotting all over the continent.

As it's is beautiful in the Pacific NW during the summer (ideal to go hiking and be outdoors), I plan my international trips during the shoulder seasons. And, yes, I just finished one in May where I split my time between the Isle of Wight, Malta and Luxembourg.

And, well - more French gardens with the river surrounding Frederiksborg Castle. There's a boat with 3 drop off points by which one can travel to the castle.

And here I was, driving back from Vancouver on our 4th July weekend, still not knowing I'd be on an aeroplane by the end of the week. Thank you to my friend who alerted me on fantastic deals to Scandinavia on Lufthansa. Oslo and Copenhagen seemed the best deals, and I went with the latter. But what do I do? What's the military Nazi travel planner in me going to do? I knew nothing about the town, or heck, the country for that matter. So within minutes of booking tickets (well, in the same IE browser), I ordered my Lonely Planet book and God bless Amazon Prime for the next day delivery. But still, even "next day delivery" was just 2 days before departure, and I had loads to do at work!

I'd always wanted to visit Scandinavia.

I was amazed at the amount of history, art and museums around Copenhagen. This section in the Thorvaldsens Museum contains tall sculptures (I intentionally took this shot when someone was walking down the corridor) to bring size into perspective
I'd never been to Copenhagen and other than knowing that this town is constantly voted as one of the happiest places to live in, AND that this country produced Hans Christian Anderson whose stories I grew up on, I knew nothing else but couldn't wait to pick it apart. My mum had visited both Billund and Copenhagen in the past and loved both. Just flipping through that Lonely Planet book, I could find so many things to do all over the country (it's scattered, some 100+ islands?!), but to save both money (considering I'd just been to Europe 2 months ago) and trip planning, I chose to concentrate my efforts in the Copenhagen area itself (which is the biggest city on the biggest and most populated island of the country - Zealand).

I was hoping I could also get to meet my cousin who's been living there for the last 4 years, but sadly she was also travelling at the time.

The stunningly quiet and fairytale neighbourhood, former fishing village Dragor
But, she did say I could crash at her mate's house (who was  in his holiday home in the northern coast trying to find some peace and quiet, and get away from the city noise to finish his thesis). I was beyond chuffed for 2 reasons really - I didn't have to worry about both searching and paying for accomodation, AND I could cook (and save money). I'd heard enough about how expensive Scandinavia is!

I'm starting to write this blog a fortnight after my return (and a long 12km hike today that's left me all sore!), but suffice it to say, I loved Denmark. It lives up to the cliche, the expectations, the awards and the polls. So much so, I'll go as far as saying that having visited several European cities, this is probably the only one besides London that I'd happily relocate to. Yes, THAT GOOD!

sanfoodie says:
Just by chance reached your blog rather if I say accidentally that would be more appropriate. You write so well that definitely come back to read all the stuff.
Posted on: Mar 12, 2017
walterman9999 says:
Vikram must be following you. (LOL)
Posted on: Oct 12, 2016
walterman9999 says:
Well wrote. I love Northern Europe.
Posted on: Oct 12, 2016
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The postcard shot everyone knows a…
The postcard shot everyone knows …
And, well - more French gardens wi…
And, well - more French gardens w…
I was amazed at the amount of hist…
I was amazed at the amount of his…
The stunningly quiet and fairytale…
The stunningly quiet and fairytal…
Frederiksborg Castle with its very…
Frederiksborg Castle with its ver…
Roskilde Cathedral - again, one fo…
Roskilde Cathedral - again, one f…
Amalienborg Palace (which is the r…
Amalienborg Palace (which is the …
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The"Hamlet" cast at Kronberg Cast…
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