For some reason, we both woke up about 4:45am. YIKES! But, we fiddled around with computer projects and I told a nice long bath and listened to a new audio book from Hoopla – The Swiss Spy. It’s getting good, but we needed to eat, so we gathered ourselves and went to the buffet breakfast. Eating without gorging ourselves, we ate, went back to the room, and I felt completely listless, so I sat on the bed, then laid back and promptly fell asleep ….until almost noon. Lordy, what happened? I don’t know, but I rallied and we grabbed our serves, jackets, hats and gloves and headed to the main part of Copenhagen.
One of the many views from our room. The Bella area is where a lot of conventions are held. AC Hotels cater mostly to business travelers, so they usually are outside of the normal touristy areas. The prices are better and many include a large buffet breakfast.
Another angle of the hotel. Stunning, don’t you think?
The metro took us within 2 blocks of where we wanted to go, which included the main scene from The Danish Girl. It was really cold – 39, but the wind chill factor, it was below 30. We were dressed for it, but it was still a really chilling cold. We were told it was the Siberian winds. I believe it.
The famous old harbor is Nyhavn, so the street name is the same.
Here it is, straight out of The Danish Girl movie. Ha, ha.
If I had to name the main focal point for the essence of Copenhagen, I’d say Nyhavn Harbor is it. The bright colors of the buildings off set the gloomy weather, and the quaint atmosphere make is truly a very special place.
After Christmas sales in Denmark start the day after Christmas and they’re good. I bought a pair of shoes and another pair of black Diesel jeans … my favorite. Illum is this store.
I’d read about the oldest Gay bar in Scandinavia, which was close, so we went there. OMG, people are allowed to smoke in some bars, and this was one of them. It was packed with people and filled with smoke and Christmas decorations. There was a large woman standing at the bar in a ankle length fake leopard coat. We talked and here friend was really drunk, but we didn’t talk to her much, thankful. We had a blog with almonds and raised and sea really tasty. We chatted with a guy from Greece, who recommended a restaurant that sounded good, so we went. He was right. The herring sample (below) was a real treat and dinner was too – cod done a bit like fish n’ chips, but instead of the chips, there were small roasted potatoes with a parsley gravy on the side. It was a ll really good, but we went there for the herring buffet, but it was only on the lunch menu, so we vowed to go back. I’m sure we will. It’s in the cute little harbor too.
We managed to have a Glog, which was homemade and delicious – heated wine with spices, raisons and slivered almonds. It was perfect for the cold weather.
In chatting with a buy next to us, we discovered a restaurant he recommended. We went for the herring buffet, but it turned out that it was only for lunch time, but we stayed anyway. We had fish and chips, Danish style, so it wasn’t deep fried, but rather breaded and lightly fried. It was really good and it was obvious the fish was fresh.
We shared a herring platter which was really amazing. Everything was made there and again, it was all so fresh.
This creepy ad kind of stopped us in our tracks. It was a giant LCD screen advertising upcoming events.
One of the main department stores in Copenhagen – Magasin.
The shopping street was packed because it’s Sale Days and everyone is ready to buy whatever they missed out on for Christmas. At least that seemed like it. The cute cobble stoned streets war filled with people of all types, nationalities and ways of dressing. It was so interesting to see so much variety.