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Copenhagen – Biking the city – part 1

I had a wonderful trip to Copenhagen with some friends, early June, and you might remember I covered Friday’s excursion in my last post, and here we are on day two…

Day 2 Copenhagen:

Saturday, we started off the day with renting bikes. Walking is a great way to get around, but you cover more ground on a bike. There are several places to rent bikes in Copenhagen, and if I could give any recommendations, it would be to rent a bike as soon as you get there. In hindsight we should have rented our bikes from day one. It’s cheap, and would have saved our feet Friday 😉 We found a rental place just a few streets down from where we lived.

Biking around Copenhagen is very easy, not only is it flat as a pancake, but almost all roads have separate bike paths on the side, with their own traffic lights and even roundabouts. It was almost like driving a car, except you were on a bike 🙂 The city is pretty much  built for cyclists and there are more bikes than cars in the city centre. The people living there commute on bicycle and you’ll see people in suits, heels and skirts pedalling away. If you ever want to give cycling a capital city a try, Copenhagen is definitely the place to start,

This is what we did! 

We left our apartment in the morning, got our rental bikes and took off for the day.

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I’ve drawn up a map on our Saturday route, the numbers on the map corresponds with numbers mentioned in the text below:

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Meatpacking district

As soon as we got the bikes we figured we needed a little food and we roamed the Meatpacking district (1) for a place to eat. The meatpacking district used to be, where Copenhagens meat industry had their businesses. Nowadays the area has turned into a more trendy restaurant and nightlife area. And it turned out we were too early and most places wasn’t opened up yet.  Instead we found a small deli a few streets up, where we grabbed some food for a quick brunch, and snack for the road.

Amager

Then we took of towards a couple of Copenhagen’s allotment gardens, on the island of Amager which is a large part of Copenhagen.  We decided to bike to these allotment gardens because we wanted some green time, time away from all the hustle and bustle of the city, where we could have a picnic and just relax.

Islands brygge

We biked along Islands brygge, it’s a area/street that follows the canal that separates Amager island and the rest of Copenhagen, and there are several sights along the way. One of the really cool ones are the Harbour Bath (2), an outdoor pool area. There are pools for the little ones, a large pool for people wanting to do swim training and a diving tower for people that wants to practise or just want to jump from higher ground. The area around the Harbour bath was packed with people. Some sunbathing in the gorgeous weather, some playing on the grass, and some hanging out at a oriental food festival. Right next to the Harbour bath, there is an area they have created where people can play kayak polo/canoe polo which… I’m telling you is a hoot to watch 🙂

Amager fælled/Amager Common

As we biked further along the canal, we found Amager Common. Amager Common is a large green area with fishing ponds, trails and loads of birdlife, and we hit the park right alongside the canal. A few hundred meters into the park we saw this cute little quay (3) and decide to stop for a picnic and a bit of sun.

Picnic stop

 

Being restless souls (that would be B and me… K could have stayed all day sunning herself I’m sure) we continued on into the park, where we biked around Sønderbro allotment garden (danish) (4). We stopped at Sønderbro for a refreshing drink (they have a small shop), before we continued on to Bryggen allotment garden (danish) (5)

On our way back towards the center of town, we biked along the bike trails within the Amager Common (6) and it was great. The birds were singing, we hardly saw a soul and if we hadn’t known better we could just as easy have been in the middle of the countryside miles from civilization…. It’s a beautiful area as you can see here!

Christianshavn – Christiania

When we hit “town” again, we were just down the road from Christianshavn and the freetown of Christiania. Christiania is Copenhagens fourth largest tourist attraction. Christiania has it’s own history, the idea behind Christiania is that is is a free, self run society, kind of a free state within the state.  They have their own rules and regulations. The place is famous for its liberal views on cannabis and it is still possible to buy hash and various strain of weed on Pusher street. They are however fighting hard to keep harder drugs out of the area.

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The reason I wanted to visit the place is that the area around the lakes have all these little self built houses that are really cool (I’m a fan of tiny houses and other small dwellings). And within Christiania itself there are a bunch of quirky small houses. Since we had a dinner reservation at 18:30 and wanted to go home for a quick shower (I told you it was sunny and warm, right?) we only got to see parts of it all. But I will be back.. and maybe next time I’ll get to find some of the ones that are along the lakes, some you can see here.

All in all it was a great bike trip around the city, including several stops on the way, some sunning and a picnic on the quayside, you can easily do this in a few hours… from the moment we started biking, to the moment we were back “home”,  we had been out and about around 5-6 hours.

Our dinner reservation – Høst restaurant

I have to tell you about, where we went for dinner that night. I had first come accross an article about this restaurant a while back. It had gotten rave reviews as a place you could have gourmet food at affordable prices. I checked it out and loved the decor of the place, and decided if I ever went to Copenhagen I just had to try this place out. And thats exactly what we did.

The three of us decided on their three course meal, which turned out to be a six course meal. We had some wine and mineral water. The food in the three course meal was different depending on which menu you chose, but the added extras was the same regardless. One of us had the regular Høst menu, with the wine package and two of us had the Høst signature menu but no wine package, just single glasses of wine and beer. And I’m telling you.. it was worth it.

The food was great, the restaurant itself was cosy and really cool and the service was impeccable. All in all a great experience. And… we didn’t have to break the bank 😉

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After the restaurant, we biked back home and ended up, just like on Friday, on the balcony planning Sundays excursions.

Stay tuned for Sundays trip…

Copenhagen – weekend trip!

It’s been a month, I can’t believe how fast time goes, and I’ve been out of touch. I’m sorry!

It’s been a full, almost hectic month. It all started with a long weekend to Copenhagen, quickly followed by an impromptu trip to England, then some busy days back in Norway preparing my yearly barbeque party, which by the way was awesome 😉 Then Thursday last week was midsummer night with bonfires and here we are, back to catching up on my blog 🙂

I’m sure you were expecting the next installment in my “Touring my neighbourhood” series, and there will be more of that. But first, in the spirit of catching up, I thought maybe you would like to join me in Copenhagen, as we had a wonderful trip 🙂

Me and a couple of friends (B and K) took of for Copenhagen early morning, Friday June 3rd, for a bit of a weekend R@R. We were hoping for a few nice days (Friday to Monday), but we never expected it to be as great as it was. We are talking sun, sun, sun… and did I mention sun? Yes, and warm.. like shorts, t-shirts warm… could easily have lived in a bikini if we had brought any with us… warm. Yes, it was that kind of weekend 🙂

We stuffed quite a bit of things into our trip, and I will tell you all about it.  I could just write it all short, and add a few pictures into this post, but I figured, why not let you guys join in on our fun, so here it is a play by play on what we were up to. Guess I just created another mini series, Copenhagen this time 🙂

We came into Copenhagen around 11:00 am that Friday, ready to start our day. First thing we did was get to the place we were staying so we could drop off the luggage, and change into shorts, singlets/t-shirts and sandals. And then we hit the streets!

23000 steps (my friend K, keep tracks of her daily steps, so it turned into a bit of sports checking everyday how many steps we took) later we came home late at night, all exhausted having walked “all over” Copenhagen.

Where did we go?

Strøget

Since we were two girls and only one guy, you know we had to do a little shopping, right? 😉 And we figured, “why not get the shopping out of the way, right away” and onwards to Strøget, Copenhagens pedestrian street, we went. Strøget is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian streets, which makes it fun to walk around, as there are no cars getting in the way, and it has a wealth of shops.

Not only is there loads of shops, ranging from cheap chains to the most expensive chains, but if you look around while you are walking the streets, you will see quite a few of Copenhagens sights and attractions, like churches, fountains, the City hall square with the City hall towers, the Kings Nytorv square with The Royal Danish Theatre and more.

Nyhavn

When we were done with the shopping, it was time to sit down and enjoy a drink and some food. Copenhagen is rich in places to eat and drink, but one of the most popular places to hang out is in Nyhavn which you will find in one end of Strøget.

Nyhavn is a small area along one of the canals (that there are bundles of), with a string of colourful houses and restaurants. It’s a perfect place for a drink or a meal. During the summer months and especially on warm sunny days, the place is packed with people and street musicians. It’s quite common to see people hanging around with a beer in their hand, either in the restaurants or sitting at the quayside dangling their feet 🙂

So why wouldn’t we join in the fun?

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Life just don’t get better than this.. wouldn’t you say?

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Nyhavn was packed with people, but we did find a place to sit down, as you can see from the picture above 🙂 I love hanging out in outdoor restaurants, on a hot summer day/evening. It’s a perfect place to people watch, and relax… preferable with some good food and a drink or two 😉 We spent the rest of the day just lounging  in Nyhavn, until it was time to mosey back home. Where we hung out on the balcony of our Airbnb apartment (more to come on that) until the sun went down, planning our next day’s adventure…

What we did?

I’ll tell you all about it in my next post, which might be worth a read.. as I’ll take you on a tour of Copenhagen…