Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Coping In Copenhagen - Denmark

We are home again! We just spent the last ten days driving and cruising around Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Russia, and Northern Germany.

I am always surprised how grateful I am to return home to Germany after a long trip. I have only lived here 11 months, but in those 11 months I've become kind of a German snob. Every time we drive out of Germany, I am shocked at how badly the rest of Europe drives. How slow they are, how they don't get out of the left lane, how they don't use their turn signals. Denmark was no different. After sitting behind a Danish driver who was going s-l-o-w in the left, or passing lane, we finally went around him on the right. As we passed him we got the extended middle finger. I can only imagine that flipping someone off means the same thing in Denmark as it does in America. I only shook my head and tsked. That would never happen in Germany.

Our trip was to drive from Heidelberg to Copenhagen and then leave on a cruise out of Denmark. Our cruise was on the boat the Costa Fortuna which left out of Copenhagen. We drove up early enough so that we could spend some time exploring before the boat left.

Rosenborg Castle Copenhagen Denmark

We started with the Rosenborg Castle in downtown Copenhagen. It was built in 1606 and it houses some of the Danish crown jewels.

King's Gardens Copenhagen Denmark

The castle is situated in the Kongens Have, or King's Garden. We sat and enjoyed the Danish sunshine in the rose garden section.

King's Gardens Copenhagen Denmark

While we sat here and enjoyed the roses, my kids kept remarking that it smelled like Grammy's (my mom) back yard. She has a rose garden that the kids would love to run up and stick their noses in since they were tiny. And ever since we have moved to Germany, every time they smell a rose garden anywhere in Europe they are reminded of their grandma who lives over 8,000 miles away at the base of a mountain.

We had had a long day of driving (thanks to those slow Danish drivers) and I was tired. Matt asked me several times if I wanted to stay and take more pictures. The sun was out and the weather was beautiful. I was sure it would hold until the next day. I was wrong.

We woke the next day to clouds and wind. But you know us. Clouds and wind won't keep us in! We soldiered on. Intent on our quest to see Copenhagen.

Nyhavn Copehagen Denmark

This is the Nyhavn waterfront. One of the most photographed and visited spots in Copenhagen. We parked our car and got out for a quick photo.

Nyhavn Copenhagen Denmark

Click, click. Okay, good enough. It's cold.

Christiansborg Palace Copenhagen Denmark

Here is Christiansborg Palace. A castle or palace has been on this land since 1167. Copenhagen can trace its beginnings to the building of a castle on this very spot. The palace holds all of Denmark's supreme powers. Executive, legislative, and judicial. It is the only building in the world to hold all three of a country's branches of government.

This is the Børsen. Its spire stands out as four dragon tails wind themselves together. My kids were really excited to go and see what this was. We were all a little disappointed to learn it was a stock exchange. The Børsen is boring.

St. Nicholas Church, Copenhagen Denmark

This is St. Nicholas church. Copenhagen is known as the "City of Spires" due to all the towering spires that peek out above the skyline.

My kids all took turns pretending to be Danish guards. We never saw any real Danish guards, though. They were probably all late to work stuck on the freeway behind slow drivers.

Copenhagen Skyline Denmark

 Beautiful Copenhagen.

Copenhagen 7-11

The highlight of Alexander's trip to Denmark was seeing a 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven was one of our favorite haunts near our old house back in the States. It was always good for a double chocolate donut. Or a Slurpee in the summer, or a whipped hot chocolate in the winter. We raced inside looking for a Slurpee machine, but were left wanting. We tried asking the clerk if he knew of any 7-Elevens that had a Slurpee machine. You should have seen his face when he tried to figure out the word "Slurpee." 7-Eleven may cross the international lines from America to Denmark, but alas, it would seem that Slurpees do not.

Christiansborg Palace Copenhagen Denmark

More of the Christianborg palace grounds.

Me and my two oldest kids. Just chillin' in Denmark and thinking it's so cool here (despite the fact that they have Slurpeeless 7-Elevens. I mean really, what is the point of a 7-Eleven if they don't have Slurpees? Even Canadian 7-Elevens have Slurpees. Come on Denmark, get with the program!)

Church of Our Savior Copenhagen

Here is the Church Of Our Savior in Copenhagen, known for its twisty spire. You are able to climb to the top. So we did.

Marble Church Copenhagen Denmark

The winds at the top were merciless and we could barely breathe, let alone talk to each other up there. Even though the winds threatened to blow us off the tower, we enjoyed the view of Copenhagen we were given. This is the Marble Church.

Copenhagen Skyline, Denmark

The sun started to slip out from behind the clouds and we were rewarded with glimpses of brightly colored buildings and squares.

Copenhagen Skyline, Denmark

Looking out in the distance towards the Baltic Sea.

After acquiring some serious wind burns from hanging out at the top of the spire of the Church of Our Savior, it was time for us to embark the ship. We climbed up the gang plank and settled into our rooms.

Copenhagen Port

And we said goodbye to Copenhagen. The "City of Spires" and "Slurpeeless 7-Elevens."


  1. You're back! Denmark! So cool! Can't wait to hear about Russia!!!!

  2. Amazing photos! Copenhagen looks beautiful. I love all the colourful buildings.

    But what is a slurpee? I'm not surprised the poor 7-11 lady looked at you funny...

  3. I've wanted to visit Copenhagen for a while and now I know why... It looks so beautiful and lovely! I will have to dive into your other travels to see all of the other adventures you and your family have achieved in Europe.

    Thanks for linking up!


  4. First of all your family is just adorable! Love that you travel with your kids too. I have lived in Germany growing up and I totally can relate to what it is like when you leave the country. Remembering that makes me want to live back in southern Germany again sometime in my lifetime. I really love your photos! Especially the last one. I have been to Copenhagen before when I was a young girl and I have always wanted to go back. Your photos make me want to hop on a plane now. Thank you for linking up and I cannot wait to read your post next week!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  5. Great photos and good laughs as usual!
    Loved the part about "Slurpeeless 7-Elevens!" Ha, ha ha!

  6. I'm so glad I found your blog from the link up! We are excited to live abroad with our little family too. I would love to have you follow along.


  7. Yea Germans are good drivers! I always feel so fearful whenever I'm crossing the street in Paris! Copenhagen looks lovely! I have a friend there who I'm suppose to visit sometime soon! :)

  8. So sorry to hear about the slurpee-less 7-11's! We had the same experience when we visited South Korea - no slurpees in their 7-11's either. Boo! Copenhagen looks beautiful. Did you find it more expensive than Germany?

  9. I was sure I had commented on this?!

    1. I didn't see it! Heaven knows, I would never delete a comment! Thanks for stopping by, again!

    2. This is the second time my comment has disappeared on a blogspot blog... strange!

      I basically said your photos are amazing and I love all the brightly coloured houses.

    3. Oh, and also "What is a slurpee", but I've looked that up now and discovered it's a kind of slush.

    4. It's not just a kind of slushy, it's the BEST slushy in the world. It's actually partially frozen soda so you get the coolness of a Popsicle with the fizz of soda pop. It's heaven!

  10. Don't ever drive in the south of France! You've been warned ;)
    I found a 7-11 here in Provence, I was so excited. I was looking for those god awful nachos they sell back in the states, with that melted nacho 'cheese' but nope, like slurpees they didn't cross the divide.

  11. I found several slurpee machines in 7-elevens in Copenhagen. Sorry you missed out!


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