Chilling in Copenhagen

I was so not ready to travel last week. But, it turns out that section heads at large missions can’t just hit the road any time they like. Go figure! Six weeks after arrival at post was when the husband could get leave, so six weeks after arrival at post is when we packed up (again) and hit the road.

Other than making hotel reservations in Copenhagen, we did almost no research or planning for the trip. Fortunately, everything is really close together in Denmark. Unfortunately, it is all very expensive! The most expensive place we have ever traveled, I’m pretty sure. No kidding, it made even Vienna look affordable, and of course Warsaw now seems like a major bargain. (Which it is, but shhhh, don’t tell!)

With just the two of us empty-nesters, though, it wasn’t too bad. We carried water bottles so we didn’t end up paying $5 a pop for water. We walked as long as we needed to in order to get places, or took the bus. No one whined for ice cream all day (well, I might have whined a little, once, but dang, that gelato was good!) One tiny, slightly shabby, but comfortable, hotel room—with a free breakfast buffet that, with a snack mid-day, held us until dinner. At which point we just pretended Danish kroner was Monopoly money and enjoyed ourselves.  This is why you see so many middle-aged couples touring around western Europe: you have to wait until the kids leave until you can do the expensive places affordably once again!

We got really lucky with the weather. September in northern Europe can go either way, from cold and rainy to hot and miserable. Last week it went cool and sunny: perfect traveling weather, as a matter of fact. And such a gorgeous, endless sky over the pancake-flat Danish landscape.

Taken out the car window with a cell phone near the Danish-German border.
Taken out the car window with a cell phone near the Danish-German border.

We did a lot of sightseeing (more on that later) but couldn’t help ending each day in Nyhavn, a 17th century canal district near our hotel. It’s a tourist trap, but such a nice one.  We (slowly) drank our insanely expensive but excellent local beer while people-watching, listening to street musicians, and soaking up the sun. It was pretty great.

People, cafes, bars, and boats.
Nyhavn is a working harbor.
These guys were repairing a very old boat.
A renovated warehouse. This is an old cargo winch like you see on warehouses along canals in Amsterdam.
Nice details…
One of the brews on offer.
A young couple sitting on the mast of a boat.
More people watching.
Many, many Chinese tourists armed with cell phone cameras–and clearly dubious about the street food.
If there’s no space at the bars, you can buy a plastic cup of beer to enjoy on the waterfront.
Evening sun coming down at a very high latitude.
We heard some most excellent blues on the waterfront by both these guys. So the free entertainment was a pleasant surprise after all the accordions we’ve been subjected to in certain other cities 🙂
Photobombing the Jacobsen dark beer that was my fave.
Do I blend?
Goodnight Nyhavn!



  1. You were VERY lucky with the weather! It is cold and rainy today here in CPH and the week ahead looks like winter is well and truly on its way. Ugh. Glad you enjoyed my ‘adopted’ home. (And it is expensive–but apparently not as expensive as Geneva!)

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    • Yeah, we know we were lucky! It clouded up on the way home and it’s steely gray in Warsaw now…welcome to fall in northern Europe, sigh.


  2. Welcome to Warsaw (I suppose a few months ago, now)! Nice to see your bright colorful shots of Copenhagen since it is certainly a Warsaw day today;)

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  3. I hope one day to get posted there — that way I could just bike or walk all over town and take it in and then go home to a cheap homemade meal and feel like I was getting the best of all worlds, grey skies and all!

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