The final portion of the cruise part of the recent trip with my sister, Andrea, was in Copenhagen. Check out my thoughts on the first stops, Halifax and Oslo, and on the cruise itself!
To be incredibly cliche, Copenhagen was last, but most certainly not least. We had two days to explore with the cruise ship acting as our hotel. Which was good, because we ended up not really wanting to leave.
Our first stop once we were off the ship and in the city was The Living Room coffeeshop. It was in a super cool area, somewhat off the beaten path. One thing Andrea noticed as we munched on gluten-free, sugar-free coffee cake and lattes was that of the many people we saw park their bikes, none of them were locked.
Copenhagen is the most bike-friendly city in the world, and it shows in its people. I was completely stunned when we I saw a sign advertising paleo food at 7-Eleven. Yes. That's right. 7. ELEVEN. We had no problem finding food over the two days, something that normally adds a lot of stress to travel. The emphasis on health and happiness really made me feel right at home. So often in the U.S. I feel weird for having to eat and take care of myself the way I do, but there it felt like everyone was doing what we were doing, and like the obese American tourists were the weird ones.
Our second stop on day one was Tivoli Gardens, the theme park that inspired Walt Disney in his creation of Disneyland. It feels like a vintage, less themed version of the Disney parks, with more gardens and less shops. Each ride is an individual fee, since the admission rate isn't very high, so we rode a ride that takes you on a journey through the stories of Hans Christian Anderson. It was designed much like It's a Small World, and features some favorite fairy tales including The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen. We enjoyed the live music, beautiful gardens, and rides all day before heading back to the ship.
On day two we decided to invest in a hop-on hop-off bus that hit all the major stops we wanted to see. The bus had free wifi, something that we found was of abundance all over the city. We saw the usual tourist destinations like The Little Mermaid Statue and the iconic row of shops along the canal.
The highlight of the day was this awesome stand in a permanent farmers market called Paleao (the Danish word for paleo). We had wraps and fresh-squeezed juice and enjoyed the truly awesome feel of Danish culture.
Copenhagen is truly a fantastic place. l hope to return to Scandinavia to explore more of its happy-centric culture and health-centric food. It was an amazing two days of feeling completely normal and free.