Another (long) walk around town…



Day three started with a little scare, since this was the view from our balcony. I thought I might have broken Copenhagen! Luckily it seemed to have been more of a smoke-show than anything else, because we didn’t find any mention on the fire on the internet, and everything was under control when we walked downtown.

But let’s begin at the start.

After a good night of sleep, we were surprised to find the sky absolutely cloudless again. It was still pretty (understatement) windy, and the temperature was still a little frisky, but it was very promising.

So after two cups of tea for me (coffee for David), we packed up what we needed for the day, and left the apartment, decided to go check for ourselves where that thick smoke was coming from.




On our way, we walked in front of the Glyptotek. We didn’t have time to visit it (again), but if you ever come to Copenhagen, and love visual arts, I really recommend making a stop there. For one thing, the Carlsberg family has provided the museum with an impressive collection of Rodin scuptures. The place is huge, and filled with masterpieces of all kinds. Just a friendly advice, though… If you buy yourself a ticket to the Glyptotek, make sure you have time on your hands, because you won’t want to leave for hours!!










Many canals run through the Danish capital, and above are just a couple of the numerous bridges that pedestrians and cyclists use to move around the city.




… And as you can see here, people are quite happy with the easy access to the different neighbourhoods!








Our walk along the water took us back to Nyhavn, and I thought I’d take David to the hostel when I had stayed during my last trip in 2019. The Bedwood Hostel is a little gem, hidden along the famous canal, and probably the only way I ever could ever afford to sleep at Nyhavn. The advertising isn’t very flamboyant, when you walk in front of the adress, but a few steps away, in the inner-yard, you discover all the charm of the place. The staff is super welcoming (even if you’re not a twenty-something kid discovering the world). And if you are comfortable with sharing a dortoir with a couple of fellow travelers, it is quite cozy, and affordable!




Next stop was at Kultorvet, to pick up some yummy cheese at Osten Ved Kultorvet.

Unfortunately, when I entered the small shop, the man behind the counter wasn’t the owner. I had doubts at first – it had been four yours since my last visit, after all – but Mikael couldn’t have changed that much.

It so happened that it was his only day off, and when I explained that I was from Montreal, and had made it a tradition to come by everytime I traveled to Denmark, the man at the counter started chatting, suggesting places to go, and asking about my previous trips, while preparing my Viking Blue and Fyrmester (both a-ma-zing Danish cheeses) packages.

He even tried to call Mikael, to let him know I was at the store. I meant to tell him that the owner might not even remember me after all this time, but he dialed before I could do so.

I promised to try to come again when we’d be back in Copenhagen at the end of our little tour, and we left the store.




There was one last spot where I wanted to take David, before our feet gave up on us. But we still hadn’t been able to change our phones’ SIM cards, and I knew we’d need them working as we would start moving around the country.

So we stopped in a Telia store. We very much doubted that they would help us, not seeking business with the company, and not even having purchased the SIM cards from them.

But surprisingly, when I explained our situation, the young man that welcomed us in the store picked our cell phones, and our cards, and took care of everything in no time. No questions asked. He then offered us coffee, and started chatting about our trip, and how his brother had a stand in Torvehallerne, a fantastic food court just a couple of minutes walking away from the store.

So we walked in doubting we’d get any help, and came out with our phones working in Denmark, and a great new place to pick up stuff for dinner!




Unfortunately, we didn’t find the guy’s brother… But we did get a ”pain batard” (bastard bread). And call me childish, I thought that was funny.






Because Danish days never seem to come to an end starting in May, we still had time to go to a park I wanted to show David.

We cheated a little… We took the metro to Nørrebro Station. When we got there, I was confused. I clearly remembered Superkillen, and it looked nothing like the above. I did remember the swings, and the murals, but where was the rest of it?






We walked a little, and I realized that we had just entered the park from the opposite side, compared to my first visit.

So here it is, Superkilen with all the cherry blossoms making it even prettier.



And everything to keep the young active in the heart of the city!




It was getting late, and we needed to get back ”home”. On our way, we caught this mini-mini-mini escalator. And to save you a couple of minutes, we did the research, and the smallest escalator in the world is in Japan, and has 5 steps! Oh, Denmark, you were so close to a World record!!










And, finally… We got back to the apartment, to feast on our ”pain batard” and our cheese and other little things.

It was time to charge the batteries for the next day to come!

An evening at Tivoli Gardens…



Day two started rather smoothly.

A three weeks tour around Denmark is a marathon, not a sprint and we figured we didn’t need to be out and about as soon as the sun rose, although I was awake when the first rays appeared over the horizon.

We left the apartment a little before noon, well rested and ready for a second round.

David suggested that we went to Tivoli Gardens, because the last time we had visited it together, it was in late September, and not quite as impressive as we imagined it would be in May.

I agreed, but we had second thoughts, when we arrived near the entrance;




It was Sunday, and the weather was nice, so of course, we weren’t the only ones who got that idea. We didn’t feel like waiting to get in the park, and it would probably be way too crowded anyway, so our visit was postponed to the evening, hoping to catch a few pictures of the park all lit up.

So, instead, we stopped at Copenhagen’s Central train station to grab some lunch, and decided to go to one of my favorite spots; Kultorvet.




We walked along one of the (if not the) best known streets of Copenhagen: Strøget. If you like shopping, this is the place for you!




I’m not much of a Gucci or Prada girl, or a shopper in general, and much prefer these less crowded allées, with their older and colorful buildings!




We also walked by Rundetarn (The Round Tower), a must, on your to-do list if you ever visit the capital.




One of the reasons I wanted to go to Kultorvet, was to visit my favorite cheese store: Osten Ved Kultorvet… Unfortunately, it was closed, and we’ll have to go again today. I can’t wait to meet with the owner again. I’ve come here for a piece of Viking Blue and Fyremester cheese on each of my previous trips, and even if it’s been four years, I still hope Mikael will remember ”the girl from Canada”, hehehehe.





Because it was just around the corner, we made a detour to take a few pictures of the apartment I had stayed at with J, in 2017.

Souvenirs, souvenirs…






Since we still had time on our hands before a second attempt at entering Tivoli Gardens, we decided to give Copenhagen’s ”Believe it or not” museum. Because traveling doesn’t need to be serious at all times, right?



An egg the equivalent of 183 chicken eggs… My worst nightmare!



A woman statue entirely made of buttons!



A vampire slayer kit!



And last, but not least… ZOLTAR!!




We also tried the Hans Christian Andersen Experience… But… Hum, not quite worth it, if you already know pretty much anything about the legend already. Keep your kroners for something more exciting, hehehehe.




It was finally time to go back to Tivoli, but not before having one of these equally beautiful and delicious Smørrebrød! Yum!!



Finally Tivoli… I’ll let you scroll through the pictures! I really wanted to get great pictures with all the evening lights on, but the Danish sun is a tricky one. And it just won’t go to sleep. Even if the Internets said it was supposed to be in bed by 8:59 PM, it still was asking for a glass of water by 9:15, when we finally left…



New start in Copenhagen…



Finally, my fifth visit to Denmark… And it was about time!

As you might know, my last trip dated back to May of 2019, not long before a little thing called covid hit us without warning. Little did I know that it would keep me away from my favorite big little country for so long.

Four years!

But we’re back, and though it seems like the Danes had a rather rough springtime start, the clouds parted as soon as our plane landed in Copenhagen. It was a long and weird trip (that’s a whole seperate story), but now we’re here, and the new journey can begin.

We were off to a great start, when we reached the customs’ desk (I bet you’ve never been excited by that part of any of your trips), and I noticed that the customs’ agents were stamping the passports of the travelers ahead of us in the file.

Note that during a previous trip, I had asked for the stamping of my passport, and had been told that the customs didn’t do it anymore in Denmark, which had been a huge disappointment for me.

So when I got all enthusiastic as we got to the stand, the agent started to chat with us. He was quite impressed, because, as he mentionned, most travelers just come to Denmark as a step in a Europeen or Scandinavian tour. The mention of my fifth tour of DK put a wide smile on his face, and the stamp he left in my passport, one on mine!




After a quick stop at the airport’s 7 Eleven to get Danish SIM cards (again, another story… I’m still angry at Virgin), we were off to our home for the next three days.












Grethe, our host, was waiting for us at the sixth floor of her building. She was kind enough not to laugh when she saw us panting our way up the last couple of steps. She welcomed us warmly into her home, and showed us around.

The apartment is nothing short of a museum. Grethe has so many artworks – paintings, drawings, pictures, scuptures, ceramique, and fancy glass pieces… The place is also a paradise for book lovers, given that you can read Danish LOL. I understand most titles, but I’ll have to settle with a small children’s book if I ever have time to sit back and read a little before we move on.

After making ourselves at home, we decided to take a walk downtown, just in case the wonderful (yet quite windy) weather wouldn’t stick.

I had to admit that after four years, I was a little rusty. After my first four visits, I didn’t need a map of the city anymore, unless I needed to get somewhere very precise. I knew my way around the different neighbourhoods, knowing where the major buildings were, and keeping an eye on the differents highest towers.

We did walk almost pointlessly for a while. We’ll blame that on the more than twenty four hours without any sleep!

But finally, I did find our way back to the first spots I wanted to see.








First stop was Kongens Nytorv. The above pictures might not look particularly impressive, but it was the first time I saw the famous downtown round about without any construction.




Though not a delicacy, a Danish hot dog always sits at the top of my list of to-do things when I arrive in Copenhagen. And after a couple of hours of walking, these were very welcome!






Second stop, the very (VERY) well and widely known Nyhavn canal. Most probably one of the two Danish emblems you have seen, even if you’ve never paid attention to the country (the other one being the Little Mermaid, of course).

And Mindeankret (The Memorial Anchor), the reminder monument of the Danish sailors’ lives who lost their lives at sea, during WWII.




Ravhuset (The house of Amber), a classic for me in Copenhagen. Because amber is one of the emblems of Denmark, and I don’t care what other countries say; Danish amber is the best (and Danes will agree with me LOL)!




The Marble Chapel. Again, first time I could see the beautiful church with a load of scaffolds around it. A must-see, if you ask me, and you can get in for free (but I recommend making a donation).






On our way back to the apartment, we did make a few stops, not necessarely worth of taking pictures… We helped a group of men who, and I quote ”were drunk, and about to get high, and just wanted to have a souvenir of their day together the next morning”, by taking their picture (I was voted ”Best photographer” for said bunch of pictures, but I am not sure if the title still stands this morning).

We checked that some of my favorite stores had made it through the pandemic (so far, so good!). We went shopping for everyday products we just couldn’t (or didn’t want to bother) travel with. And we went to the grocery store to get something for dinner.

By 4 PM, we were completely burnt out, and could keep our eyes open. I have no clue how we managed to eat and not fall asleep face first in our plates.



Fiskfrikadeller with a pasta salad, and (of course) remoulade!




This was taken just prior to losing counsciousness under our duvet.

I hope you’ll enjoy following us along our trip, and I hope to keep up with the daily posting, hehehehe.

I’ll try to at least come and share a couple of pictures every morning.

Moving to Silkeborg…


Already Monday morning, and the sun greeted me through the room’s large window.



Oliver, the house’s dog didn’t seem ready to say goodbye.


Time to say goodbye to Helsingør, although I kind of wished I didn’t have to… After a hot shower, and packing up my few belongings, I went downstairs to thank my host for the lovely stay. With a little time left on my hand, she invited me in the garden to share a glass of homemade green juice, over a little conversation.

She also had to leave the house, work was calling for her, and walking me halfway to the train station, suddenly asked me if I wanted her to drop me off.

I don’t like to be a bother, but a free ride is always welcome, so I accepted gratefully, thinking she would leave me at Helsingør’s station. But I was in luck, and working in the capital, my host was actually taking me all the way down to Copenhagen!

So I had the chance to see what the commute was like, for non-Copenhageners who had to travel back and forth for their job! And the ride was much more interesting, discussing life in Denmark, and sharing family souvenirs than if I had been alone in the train.

I felt really lucky. If you read this, dear L, know that this ride was worth well more than the kroner saved for the train ticket!



Mc Donald’s advertisment at København H station. Ha!





Life is good when you know how to appreciate the little things, and here’s one that put a smile on my face… While going through the station to find my bus stop, a juice company was doing some promotion for a new smoothie. And they were offering a free bottle to every traveler passing them by. Free breakfast for the bus? Yes, please! Good morning to you!




This is the back of København H… Maybe not that interesting as a picture, but I just felt like bragging about the still amazing weather we had! A bit fresh, but I’d never complain with such a clear sky.



Aalborg? Tempting, but you’ll have to wait a little!


I have to thank my Silkeborg host for making me discover the Flixbus company. Flixbus is a low budget bus company that has rides all over Europe, and can make you save tons of money! My ride from Copenhagen to Silkeborg was pretty much half price with them, and not really longer than if I had used the regular train or bus. The busses are on time, are very comfortable and offer wi-fi. I really recommend it! Win-Win-Win.

Now, the next pictures were taken from the bus, and I didn’t even have a window seat… So you’ll have to excuse the framing, the reflections of the glass and the sometimes slight blurriness.



Rape fields in the back… I LOVE rape fields in bloom!



Did I mention rape fields? Awwwwww…





Getting over the bridge to Fyn Island



Little (blurry) lighthouse… (I had a thought for you, Sonofa!)



I really have a thing for big wind mills… Don’t ask me why



I obviously had to take this picture… I wonder if Miss Freja is missing me, a little?






My Silkeborg host met me right at the bus station. We had a good talk while walking around town, and went grocery shopping for dinner. It was lovely to discover this new city by the lake. I haven’t had the chance to explore it much yet, but above are a couple of shots from the shore, near the apartment where I am staying.

The evening was spent discussing about Denmark and our lives… It is interesting to have a foreigner’s point of view, since my host, while living in Denmark for the last decades, is an English man.




I was treated with a nice and copious supper, and we ended the night with an introduction to Crib over a hot cup of tea…

But the duvet waiting is still Danish, hehehehe!

Back to Copenhagen!

Yes, I am back in Vikingland!

It’s 10 pm, and I only had a 2 hours power nap over the last 36 hours or so… So needless to say that I will limit the storytelling to the minimum tonight. I started this in my bunk bed, my feet under the soft duvet, and I could already feel my eyes failing me.

So I came down to put these few pictures together… I obviously didn’t get a chance to edit them, but I think they are pretty good given the level of tiredness in the background.

Let’s we start?



On the way to the airport, in Montreal… It made me smile.




I am used to fly with Wow Air… So the pillow and large blanket waiting on my seat were already a surprise. When I got these crackers and was offered a (mini) bottle of red wine, I thought that would have to do as a dinner.




But this arrived shortly after!! Ok, the braised beef wasn’t worth a Michelin Star, but in all honesty, it was airplane-delicious. And free… Well, included.




Despite a delayed lift up in Montréal and a late arrival in Zurich (meaning me running like a headless chicken to make it to my connecting gate two minutes before they closed it), it seems like the German government has regulations regarding the number of planes flying over the country at one time. This resulted in an air craft traffic jam on the tarmac.




It wasn’t the first time I witnessed this natural phenomena, but I must say it is always intriguing when it happens. The round shaped rainbow reflected on the clouds below us has a name, but I don’t remember it. If you know, leave it in the comment box, please!



Welcome home? Awwww I knew you had missed me too, Denmark!




I don’t have time to tell the story again tonight, but for those of you who know about when I made a fool of myself, requesting that my passport would be stamped before I left the customs of Copenhagen’s airport, this is the desk where the lady welcomed me, with her suspicious ”You know you could get in trouble here, right??” look.






My home for tonight, the Bedwood Hostel







Kongens Nytorv, the most important round about in Copenhagen has been under construction for years now. Since a new circular metro line is being built just under it, people have been deprived of one the best known places of the capital. As a matter of fact, I had never seen the very heart of Copenhagen without the high barricades that hid all the buildings until today!



The Marble Church, still beautiful, despite the construction.




Amalienborg, the Royal Palace.




St-Alban’s Church, in and out.



Yet another good reason to visit Denmark in May: The Little Mermaid free of tourists!



First Danish dog… Not the last! Yuuummm!



Nyhavn. Nothing else to say… A Must See!




Random street views near Strøget.



St-Peter’s clock tower between the buildings, if my memory’s good.



One of Copenhagen’s many canals.



The old stock market… One of my favorite buildings, if not MY favorite.



Copenhagen’s reputation of being bicycle-friendly? NOT overrated. LOL



At the end of the day, always good to know the spots for good, cheap food!



Last stop in Nyhavn before bedtime!




Many people hesitate to visit Denmark, because it is said to be very expensive to travel around. I agree, if you book rooms in generic hotels, and eat in the tourist trap restaurants. But when you are a bit creative and willing to go off the beaten path, there is a way to enjoy Vikingland without making your wallet whine.

Here’s my night’s loot: Cheese, cold cuts, rye bread, olives and (of course) remoulade. Danish rye bread is very filling, yet not heavy like it always seems to be in Canada. With this, I’ll be able to have supper, sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch and some snacks along the way. For under 20 Canadian Dollars… Not too bad, right?

September Trip – Copenhagen, day 1


I am becoming a regular client of the purple plane company, and I must say that I recommend the airline to anyone traveling to Scandinavia from North America. Especially if you are on a budget, and are ready to fly simply. The staff is always friendly, smilling and helpful, and the flights have all been smooth and on time…  I haven’t seen the sun shine on Iceland so far, but I am not giving up. I know someday, I’ll catch the yellow ball off guard!



First sights of the Copenhagen area. It was the first time I could spot the Øresund bridge from the air. The famous bridge is the link between Copenhagen (Denmark, of course) and Malmö (Sweden).


Right after leaving Kastrup’s airport, we headed to our first “home”. The Hawila, a beautiful sailing boat, hosts people all year long, when it is not sailing. You can get a bunk bed for a very fair price, and although you have to be ready to chit chat with other guests coming from all around the world, it is quite an experience, and for people who aren’t familiar with Copenhagen, finding the location of the boat is a piece of cake, just a few minutes away from the airport by Metro. It is right next to Den Blå Planet, Copenhagen’s aquarium (We’ll get to that, just a little bit later).

We were just off the plane, and had our 6 time zones jetlag hitting us in the jaw, so I don’t happen to have an actual picture of the Hawila today, but you can read everything about it, and the young people who work on the Hawila project here.





I did take a picture of the Metro station’s entry, though. No, that is not a ramp for wheelchairs on the left. Danes being crazy (in a good sense) about cycling, there are tracks like that everywhere around the city, to allow people to take their bikes up and down the stairs easily….



Art can be found everywhere in Copenhagen, and Ai Weiwei has barricated these windows with migrants’ life vests, as a reminder of the migrant crisis taking place on Europe’s shores…


Everybody knows Nyhavn, one of the most iconic locations in the Capital. And over the canal, people attach locks to the bridge. I have put one back in May 2016, and I was eager to see if they had left it there, after 16 months. And it was!!  It is the small green (well, it used to be a flashy green color, now it looks more yellowish) one on the left…


Nyhavn… I told you it would ring a bell!


Across from Nyhavn is the Papirøen project. Papirøen, litterally the paper island, is a street food happening that will unfortunately come to an end this Winter.


Next, a stop to Amalienborg Castle, the Royal Familie’s residence in Copenhagen… But on the way to see it, we took a few minutes to visit the Marble Church. Don’t mind the strange orange fellow, he might show his nose every now and then during the trip.



There will be pictures of Amalienborg Castle later… But here are a few pictures of the majestic fountain right next to it. The Marble Church, the palace and the fountain are aligned with the Opera, on the other shore… Again, photos to come later (blame the jetlag!)






Gefion’s fountain is one of my favorite spots in Copenhagen. The gift from the Carlsberg family can be found near Kastellet, and is well worth the detour. But that’s just my opinion…



Of course, we had to go pay our respects to Copenhagen’s effigy. The Little Mermaid is… Small. She is. But hey! It is the Little Mermaid. Don’t mind the few tourists cuddling her, she is, after all, the most popular mermaid in town!


No visit to Denmark is complete without a hot dog. Danish hot dogs are just fabulous! Topped with remoulade, pickles and dried onions, they are an absolute must. You’ll find stands all around the city, and it is a sin to leave without tasting at least one!


Ok, I’m not a fan of posting pictures of myself, but this one is special. It is at Amalienborg Palace, and I was just telling David how close the Royal family was to its people. In fact, there was no sign asking not to get near the Castle, and I said “hey! Take a picture of me, touching the Queen’s house!!”

What we can’t see on the picture, is the Royal Guard waiting for the picture to be taken, before he shouted a strong “Lady, step away from the wall!!!!”

Yeah, don’t touch the Castle when you come to Copenhagen. It brings out the guards’ grumpy side. At least, I didn’t get arrested.

Danes are so understanding… I think it was obvious I was just excited to take this shot.

September trip – Fly over

I am getting ready to post some of the souvenirs gathered during our two week vacation in Vikingland. I am going through tons of pictures and flyers, and memorabilia, sorting what is of most interest, and what isn’t so much…

I thought I could give you a little sneak peek before I get to the real posts…

So here are our two weeks, in a picture-a-day sum up:


Copenhagen – Day 1
Malmö – Day 2
Stockholm – Day 3
Stockholm – Day 4
Stockholm – Day 5
Göteborg – Day 6
Oslo – Day 7
Aalborg – Day 8
Aalborg – Day 9
Hobro/Odense – Day 10
Odense – Day 11
Copenhagen – Day 12
Copenhagen – Day 13
Copenhagen – Day 14
The return home – Day 15

I hope you’ll enjoy the trip down our memory lane…

Day 2 – Copenhagen

Second day of great fun, but without much rest along the way… Today, I mainly went to Copenhagen’s Glyptotek, a big (big, as in way bigger than just a little big… Big big big!) museum founded by the son of the founder of the Carlsberg beer.

After many hours of watching the different expositions, I moved to Tivoli Gardens, a must if you check any “to do while in Copenhagen” list on the Internets… And it is indeed, a must see! The oldest amusement parc in operation in the world is really worth a visit, even if you don’t go on rides…

So here are some pictures, awaiting corresponding comments, a little later 🙂

On the way to the Glyptotek (actually on my way to and back from it)


In my Glyptotek pictures, there is a lot of butts and such… After seeing the exposition about Rodin’s work twice in Montréal, I found myself to be fascinated by marble statues…  Especially angles we don’t usually see. I won’t start on it, I’d post just tomorrow morning…



After a few days of skipping the blogging and chatting in the evening, due to extreme tiredness, here are some of my pictures of Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest amusement parks still running, and one if not the most beautiful one I have visited. It is possible to enter the park without getting on any ride, and I recommend it warmly… It is a 20 something dollars well spent to have a nice time in the Danish mythical park.





Copenhagen, day 1 

Day 1 – Copenhagen


Okie… Summary of the day…

Strøget, Church of our Lady, Rundt Tårn, the Botanical Garden, Statens museum for kunstners, Rosenborg’s castle, the King’s gardens, Nyhavn, the Royal Danish Theatre, the Table church, Amalienborg, Kastellet and its church, the Little Mermaid, le Skuespil Huset and Copenhagen’s stock exchange building!

When I came back to the apartment, I had burned every bit of energy I had… I just felt like going to sleep even if it was barely supper time. It was good fatigue, but I was (and still am) as tired as can be. So I’ll leave a few random pictures of Copenhagen, that haven’t been touched up yet, to give you an idea, and I’ll add the comments later 🙂

Thanks for your understanding!


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