36 hours in Copenhagen

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This is going to sound a bit odd, but I’ve been slightly avoiding writing this post. I didn’t really want to look through the hundreds of photos we took in Copenhagen, but not because I wanted to avoid looking them. The real reason I was delaying sorting through all of our holiday snaps is that I loved Copenhagen so much, I’ve done nothing but ache for the city since I got back.

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After such a strong statement, you won’t be surprised to hear that I don’t have a bad word to say about Denmark’s capital. It’s beautiful, it’s clean, the people are friendly, there’s style as far as the eye can see and the food scene is incredible. In short, it had all of the qualities of the perfect city to live in. I could easily see why this nation is regularly voted the happiest on earth.

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We flew into Copenhagen directly from Edinburgh with easyJet. From the airport, we took the train, which only takes 15 minutes to get into the city centre. Two single tickets cost around £8.00, so it was a pretty economical, not to mention speedy way to get into town.

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Our hotel was based in the Latin quarter, really close to Tivoli Gardens. I’ll cover our hotel in a separate post, but as for Tivoli, we went at the perfect time; Halloween. I’m not normally a huge fan of amusement parks, but this one was a lot of fun. There were hundreds of lit and carved pumpkins all over the park, Halloween songs were playing and there were entertainers dressed up in Halloween guises. It was quite a place.

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If you’ve never been to Copenhagen before, you might not be aware that everyone rides bikes. Rob was really keen to hire a bike, as it’s a great way to get around the city. There was a slight problem with this; I hadn’t ridden a bike since I was about 12 years old and, as it turns out, it’s not quite as easy as riding a bike. It took me a while to get used to it – the bikes we hired were electric, so a little heavy – but in a city as flat and bike-friendly as Copenhagen, it made perfect sense to travel by bike. The electric bikes also come with built in sat nav screens, making navigating the city even easier.

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The shopping in Copenhagen was amazing. There was one huge long shopping street, where we spent a lot of time and far too much money, on the way to Nyhavn. One of Copenhagen’s most recognisable districts, Nyhavn is picture-postcard perfect. Although it was a cold day in late October, all of the bars and restaurants in Nyhavn had outdoor seating. But they were equipped for the colder weather with blankets and outdoor heaters. We sat snuggled under two huge blankets with mugs of hot chocolate, watching the world go by and didn’t even notice the temperatures plummeting.

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Before I end this post, I must thank you for making me look through my memories of Copenhagen. It didn’t, as I thought, make me sad, but it has confirmed my desire to return, sooner rather than later.

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I’ll be sharing more from my Copenhagen adventures, including where we stayed and where we ate, in upcoming posts.


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  • http://www.tender-roots.com/ Yelle

    Copenhagen looks gorgeous. It’s definitely on my list of places I would love to visit. Although, my list grows longer each day!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      My list seems to be forever growing too! One thing I do know about Copehagen though, is that I will definitely be back :-)

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    It looks amazing. You definitely make me want to visit!
    It’s always hard to go through pictures of places where you long to be. I have the same problem with the photos I took during our last trip to Canada. I ended up not writing a single post about it, and I haven’t opened that folder in ages. :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It’s nice to know that somebody feels the same as I do Charlotte. It’s so hard to look at those pictures especially when you’ve developed a real affinity with the place x

  • sileas

    The bike is so fancy, wow! I heard so many good things of Copenhagen so I believe its a must-visit! I know the feeling of missing a place very well, but I guess writing about it helps ;)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You should definitely go if you get the chance Sileas, it’s an extraordinary city x

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    Copenhagen looks stunning, it sounds like such an amazing place. I really want to visit there!!! I love the architecture!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The architecture was lovely Harriet Emily. I’m so glad I got the chance to visit this amazing city x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I don’t think I’ve been on a bike since I was about 8 and would be pretty nervous about how I’d do now!! It looks like you had the best holiday – I’ve never been to Copenhagen, but have heard such amazing things about it I can’t wait to go. xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I hope you do get the chance to go one day Miranda. I think you’d really love it x

  • Siobhan

    It looks incredible. I want to go!!!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I want to go back Siobhan. I so loved it x

  • http://twoward.com vivian

    I’ve never been to Copenhagen before, but it sounds like a beautiful place:) Amazing pictures, makes me wanna jump on the plane to CPH! ;) xo Vivian

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      If you get the chance to go sometime Vivian take it. I can imagine you would love it x

  • http://mitziemeeblog.com/ Mitzie Mee

    I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed Copenhagen! I would have loved to meet for a coffee (or a beer in Nyhavn), but I was busy studying. Finished my exam today (yay!) so next time you’re in town, let me know:):) PS: Your photos are beautiful, today it was raining all the time:)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      How did the exam go? I hope it went well! We will definitely be back, so next time it would be great if we could meet properly :-)

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    It looks beautiful, it’s obvious why you loved it so much. I had no idea there are electric bikes with built in sat nav, wow. I don’t know who to ride a bike, but would try one that is so techy :) x

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The sat nav thing was great, especially considering I was so much slower on the bike than Rob. It meant that he didnt need to be quite so worried about losing me :-)

  • http://www.eatreadglam.com Rosie | eatreadglam

    It looks so beautiful. I went to Stockholm over the summer (would definitely recommend it) and it looks similar, so your photos are bringing all those memories back.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That’s good to know you would recommend Stockholm – it’s another place I’d love to visit. And since you’ve said it’s similar, I’m sure I’d love it :-)

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I guess it makes sense in a place where most people travel by bike, but I’m still blown away by the built in gps! How cool. I can add your post to the good things I often hear about Copenhagen! It looks like a relaxing and beautiful place.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It was a beautiful place Gianni, pretty magical in fact. And the built in GPS was great, especially for someone like me ;-)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Oh my goodness, Tivoli looks beautiful – as does the whole of Copenhagen! I might have to make this one of my Europe trips one of these days!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Tivoli was so much fun Holly and I think the fact that it was Halloween made it even more fun. I’m counting the days until I get to go back, whenever that may be x

  • http://adventitiousviolet.com/ Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    Aw this looks like fun! You mentioned on your last post that easyjet flies directly from Edinburgh and that’s giving me some dreams!! And I love to visit gardens where they have lanterns, it reminds me of my childhood for some reason :)