It had been a long held desire of mine to visit Denmark, mainly because my parents lived there for a time after I was married and my mother wrote an excellent book about their experiences. They lived in Aarhus, which I will write about in another post, but also visited Copenhagen and no one can visit Denmark without spending some time in this beautiful city.
I was thrilled to be finally going and fortunate to be travelling with my son, daughter-in-law, five year old grandson and four month old grand daughter. When you travel alone a lot of the time it is fun to share experiences with others and especially to get a five year old's unbiased, and, at times, amusing, perspective on things.
|The Copenhagen Strand, centre|
Our first night, arriving tired and hungry and looking for somewhere inexpensive to eat - be warned Nyhavn has tourist prices - we eventually found a hamburger restaurant called Hot Buns. Great food at reasonable, for Denmark!, prices. It took a wee while for the penny to drop re the name but drop it did once we noticed all the very attractive waitresses wore tiny, skin tight shorts. Hot buns indeed.
|Hans Christian Anderson's home, narrow building, centre|
|Light house ship, XVII Gedser Rev|
I was intrigued by the light house ship, XVII Gedser Rev, now a museum. I have to admit I had never before heard of these ships which were anchored permanently in locations where it was too dangerous or unsuitable to build a lighthouse.
|Nyhavn at dusk, lined with cafes|
|Fresh fish smorrebrod on a fishing boat|
fishing boat anchored in the canal outside our hotel. The fish was caught that day, so fresh it was almost jumping.
Nyhavn became our local spot during our stay in Copenhagen. We walked it every day at least once, usually more often, and came to love it but there was much more to explore in Copenhagen.
Footnote: My mother, Joyce Reid's book, now out of print, was called "It Was better in Winter"