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Europe » Denmark April 29th 2022

The title is not actually true, I just wanted to appear literary by quoting Shakespeare. It’s quite the opposite really, we’ve found it all but rotten and have really enjoyed our short stopover here. The apartment is in a great spot (perhaps not vertically) and we’ve really enjoyed being in the heart of such a walkable and relaxed city. Yesterday’s adventures were guided by Geoff (under some suspicion by the girls) and we visited Christianborg where the royal family used to reside. It’s been their lodging place since the city was founded in the 1000s or so, so there are some ruins underneath, but they’re currently running an exhibition of medieval and renaissance monsters and their symbolism and connection to emotions. It was supposed to be ‘for kids’ but we all thought it was great and ... read more
Some poshness here
Nyhavn in the glorious sun
Hello to Mary

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Dragor February 2nd 2022

Exploring the Traditional Fishing Village of Dragør Founded in the 12th century as a fishing village,it was used as a fishing port for centuries. It has a Dutch influence because the Danish king invited Dutch farmers to live in the area to supply food for the royal family in the 16th century. The Dutch were more agriculturally advanced than the Danish, and they actually introduced carrots to Denmark! It was a bit misty to see the bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden but Emma was able to show a picture on her phone. As we passed the fisherman’s shacks and the harbour we heard how the fishermen in Dragør helped save the Danish jews during the WWII. One of the small fishing boats used has been restored and sits in the harbour as a permanent memory. The ... read more

Europe » Denmark July 4th 2021

Some how my normal body alarm still worked in a different time zone. Despite the late into the night honking and cheering as a result of the Denmark soccer game win, I was wide awake at 7am. It took Alex about another hour to stir so I did some online research for what we would do today. Once Alex was up and we both were showered, we headed down to the lobby for a pleasant breakfast. The hotel had a fun mix of fresh fruits, pastries, hot foods, and cold meats & cheeses. With the beautiful temperature outside, we ate it on their back patio. After a quick trip back to the room for our items and to fill our water bottles, we took off to explore. I snagged us some day metro passes to shuttled ... read more
Kastellet inner path
Rosenborg Castle
Botanical Garden (Botanisk Have)

Europe » Denmark July 3rd 2021

Unfortunately our flight left Dallas late putting us in to Amsterdam an hour and a half later than planned and put us at risk of missing the connection to Copenhagen unless it was delayed. I made sure we were packed and moving as soon as that aircraft door opened. We were lucky in that the AMS airport didn't dump you into a customs hall immediately after deplaning so we power walked our way across the airport. We may not have been the absolute worst gate pair connection in the airport but it was close. We went from the far end of G through the mall of an airport through a respectably short customs queue to the departure gate at the far end of D. It was at a minimum a mile walk. Glistening we rushed up ... read more
Denmark Bicycles
Churros & ice cream

Europe » Denmark July 2nd 2021

I blame this whole trip on a mixture of Covid 19 and one of the AA Cargo Directors. Despite working for American Airlines for 3 years already, Alex and I have done limited international travel despite that being what we were both most excited to use or flight benefits for. COVID resulted in our London-Ireland trip being cancelled in April 2020 as well as our Japan trip in April 2021. Needless to say, the itch to travel was very real by this June so I kept one ear open for a chance to go ANYWHERE international. Then luck would have it, two weeks before the 4th of July weekend I heard from a voice passing by my desk at work that Amsterdam was on the "Best Bets" list. The country would be opening up to US ... read more

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen March 19th 2021 19th March - Copenhagen I took this trip back in January so it was nice to take the boat trip again with the sun shining. The yellow harbour buses take you up and down the harbour on a regular bus ticket. They are running on electricity, a “green” journey through the city and see Copenhagen from the waterside. Not only are the Harbour buses an efficient means of public transportation in Copenhagen, but it’s also a big part of the city’s hard work of lowering its CO2 emissions. Actually, the Harbour buses are both NOx- and particle-neutral. Our trip lasted about 20 minutes and we disembarked at Nyhavn canal. The canal was built to connect Kongens Nytorv to the harbour and was long a haunt for sailors and writers, including Hans Christian Andersen. He wrote ... read more

Europe » Denmark January 20th 2021

16th December 2020 Copenhagen We met Heather at the Palace of Christiansborg - the reflections of the lights in the ancient buildings were quite spectacular. We passed through The Secret Garden between the Royal Library and the Christiansborg Parliament building. It wasn’t long before we hopped onboard an electric boat for the short journey to Nyhavn. Copenhagen plans to become the first CO2-neutral city in the world by 2025. Nyhavn (New Port) - was established by King Christian V in 1670-1673 as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city - and at that time the canal area reached right up to Kongens Nytorv (The Kings Square) where the ships unloaded and loaded their cargo - and the fishermen their daily catch. The trade and shipping activities around Nyhavn provided a strong growth of ... read more

Europe » Denmark August 10th 2020

Denmark, 2.450 km in 12 days August 2020, Corona: Code Yellow and few tourists in Denmark. It was a warm summer, too warm for the Danish. We travelled by car from Holland mainly through rural areas to avoid crowds. The pleasant summer sunny days added special colours to Denmark. Searching for Denmark historic "Viking past" we visited: JELLING: Rune Stones erected in the 10th century by King Gorm the Old and his son Harald Bluetooth; LINDHOLM HOJE in Aalborg: Viking burial ground from the Iron Age and Viking Age placed in an oval outline of a viking ship; LADBY: only known Viking- ship grave grave in Denmark; TRELLEBORG: circular Viking fortress and a wooden longhouse reconstruction & ROSKILDE: five original ships discovered at the bottom of Roskilde Fjord. In the North of the island of Zealand ... read more
Viking Willem I van der Nederlanden
Beer van de Koning Willem I van der Nederlanden
Ribe (Jutland)

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen April 29th 2020

To keep your mind off this terrible pandemic, here is some totally worthless facts (from Travel Trivia, MSN, and others) to fill your hard drive. Although several countries lay claim to the world’s oldest flag, the “Dannebrog” or “Danish cloth” holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s oldest flag in continuous use. King Christian IV made things official in 1625 with his War Articles for flying “the flag and Colours of Command in the Navy in Denmark,” but the Danish cloth had actually been in use long before that. Its first known depiction was in the 1370s in the Gelre Armorial (a medieval collection of coats of arms), and later it was used in war during the 16th century naval battles with Sweden. The Scottish Saltire is older and its history has been a subject ... read more
Prussian blue

Europe » Denmark » Region Hovedstaden » Copenhagen March 29th 2020

The Saga Hotel at the Colbjørnsengade is just five minutes walking from the Central Station of Copenhagen. It is not expensive and surrounded by restaurants. Moreover it comes with a copious breakfast. It is situated in the Vesterbro area, once a red district. And still there are prostitutes around, like the Thai restaurant we visited. You just have to go downstairs into the basement and you are welcomed by a flock of Thai girls. We came for the food, the red curry and the masaman curry, our favourites. The Saga Hotel is on walking distance from the main musea of Copenhagen. To come to the musea, you have to cross the train station, which has a nice hall full of shops and restaurants. At the other side is Tivoli, the playground for families, but now in ... read more
Where amber stones come from.

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