A winter weekend in Copenhagen

This past weekend, my parents came to visit, which is always great. Since they’ve been here a couple of times now, they already start to feel at home, and we can skip all the touristy stuff and focus on spending some quality time together, doing what we like.

On Saturday, we started off on Ravnsborggade, where we browsed through the antiques/ vintage stores. I wish I had known this place earlier, because it is amazing! There are at least 8-10 antique stores side by side, and you could spend countless hours hunting for treasure. Some of the stores specialize in furniture, some in clothes and accessories, some in decorations and glassware. And some are just basements crammed full with old stuff - electronics, pieces and parts of furniture, glass panes, old newspapers and magazines, and all sorts of undefinable kitsch. I highly suspect that you could hunt down some seriously great finds in places like this, but you’d probably have to spend hours upon hours.

We didn’t spend much time in each store, but I did find a treasure: this beautiful small Barbour cross body bag, that my dad spotted under a bunch of fur coats and granny blouses!

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After our little shopping excess, we were in serious need of some refreshments, so I decided to show my parents the burger heaven that is Halifax. We slouched into a booth in their restaurant near Nørreport station and feasted on their delicious burgers and fries - seriously, best fries in town. I promise! With our full bellies, we only managed to make our way back home for a well-deserved nap on the couch.

After darkness had fallen, we headed into Tivoli, which is just as amazing in its Christmas outfit as it is for Halloween. The theme this year is “Christmas in the Alps” in celebration of the oldest rollercoaster’s 100 year anniversary. I’m always amazed and touched by the beautiful light-and-music show they put on at the lake. Like last year, the music is from The Nutcracker, and the lights and water show is just so pretty. Definitely go and see it! The rest of Tivoli is just as pretty.

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To conclude the night, we headed over to the Plaza Hotel’s Library Bar to warm up with a cocktail. There was live piano music, and the girl did a great job. Seeing as there isn’t a lot of room in the bar, they had to get creative with their Christmas decorations! I also felt like a princess for about 10 seconds, while sitting in this awesome throne chair.

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On Sunday, we went for breakfast/ brunch - honestly, if my life consisted exclusively of brunch and cocktails, I would be perfectly happy! I picked out The Union Kitchen in a street just off of Nyhavn, and it was a great choice! They are just the right mix of edgy, hipster, industrial chic with a dark twist, and they make great food and coffee - expect a separate post coming soon!

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After a quick stint into Magasin, we headed back home, where we spent the rest of Sunday relaxing, taking a walk in the crisp, windy winter weather, making æbleskiver, and cooking a nice homemade dinner. Then, as is a good old German tradition, we watched “Tatort”, a crime series before heading off to bed. All in all, a perfect early winter weekend! Hope you had a great one, too - and have a great week!

A maritime weekend in Oslo, pt. 2

After arriving in Oslo last Saturday morning by boat and slightly hungover, we headed right on to the hotel, which was about a 15min walk through the inner city. Luckily, my boyfriend had been in Oslo before and remembered a lot, so that spared my poor hungover the excessive strain of actually having to process a map and directions, something I naturally suck at. The weather was a bit odd, like it couldn’t quite decide whether it should be rainy or sunny, or both at the same time. We arrived at the hotel, right off of Karl Johans gate, at the Esplanades, with the royal palace and the harbor in immediate walking distance. The hotel itself was already very nice, but after the dreadful cabin on the ship seemed like pure heaven! They scored so many points by having our room ready for check-in at 10:30am already, and for upgrading us to a beautiful executive room with a sitting area, a huge, comfy bed, and a massive rain shower. We freshened up and relaxed for about an hour, before heading out to do some exploring.




We strolled back down Karl Johans gate and to the opera house, which is located right at the waterfront. A very fascinating arcitectural structure, and a stark contrast to the otherwise very classic, old-timey Oslo building panorama. We climbed all the way onto the top (not that easy when you’re still not feeling 100%!) and enjoyed a nice view over the city center and up to the ski jumping hill Holmenkollen for about five seconds, before it started to rain, so we decided to head back.



Back up Karl Johans gate (there are probably other streets in Oslo, too…) and then down the Esplanades, all the way towards the royal palace we strolled, as the rain shower luckily ended as quickly as it had appeared. We even got the occasional ray of sunshine! I really love the colorful, whimsical buildings - Oslo must be one of the most universally beautiful cities I’ve ever been to. Helsinki had its charming corners, but in Oslo, you’re hard pressed to find a building that isn’t amazing.



I had been told ahead of the trip that Oslo would be “dead” and there wouldn’t be any people in the streets. I have to disagree - the streets were filled with beautiful Scandinavians on a Saturday shopping trip or enjoying a coffee in one of the cafés along the Esplanades, and of course with tourists snapping picture after picture (including me!). It was a really nice atmosphere, the kind that makes you wish you were one of those young, hip, Oslo people that just promenade up and down the city center.

After a short hike up a hill - in truth, it was more of an elevation, but living in flat Copenhagen for two years has made me soft! - we arrived at the royal palace. I love that it’s in the middle of the city, but still manages to give off that imperial vibe,  sitting there on top of the hill surrounded by beautiful gardens.



We strolled through the park and enjoyed the flowers and the sunshine, which had by now broken through the clouds. How cute is that little gazebo? I would like to think the royal family comes down there to drink a cup of tea every once in a while, but that’s probably not what usually happens…




From the gardens, we headed down to the harbor and went to the Nobel Peace Center, which is definitely worth a visit. We also took some time to sit down, rest our tired legs and feet, and enjoy some well-deserved refreshments!





Luckily, the museum and the harbor were very close to our hotel, so we headed back to relax for a bit, before heading out again for some pre-dinner drinks. I’d made plans with Alina, a blogger friend of mine, and her husband, at the roof top terrace at the Grand Hotel (across the street from ours). It was great meeting her in person, as I’ve enjoyed her blog (Life in a Bubble) and her Instagram pictures over the past months, and we had a great time. They’re coming to Copenhagen soon, so hopefully we can return the favor. Here’s a very rare picture of the boyfriend (in the center) - he usually doesn’t let me put his photo on the blog, but made an exception (photo credit is to Alina).




We had lovely drinks (but boy, is Oslo expensive!) and headed on to a small cozy vinyl record store with a bar on the second floor, where we had another glass, before heading to dinner. Again, I thought I really have to get some speakers for my old record player, which is currently only collecting dust in the closet. Records are awesome!

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After all of that action, we were just tired as hell, so we made use of the small dinner buffet at the hotel and turned in very early with some TV, so we’d be fresh for Sunday. The rest of the weekend is coming up, so stay tuned!

A maritime weekend in Oslo, pt. 1

This summer, we’ve been doing a lot of weekend trips instead of one big vacation. Had my Stockholm weekend not sadly fallen through, I would’ve gotten all Scandinavian capitals under my belt this summer! After a great weekend trip to Helsinki two weeks ago (read part 1, part 2, part 3), we boarded the DFDS Crown of Scandinavia last Friday afternoon to head on up to Oslo - a city I’d never been to, but heard great things about.

First things first, once we had managed to board the ship, amongst troves of mostly Asian tourists, we headed under deck to find the door with “5613” on it. You will notice I didn’t use the word “cabin”, because what we found behind that door certainly does not deserve that name! We had been a tad bit late with the booking, and there were no more cabins with windows available. So we thought, well, it’s just for one night, how bad can it be? The answer may surprise you… It could be WORSE. We found a tiny little hole in the wall with two fold-out bunkbeds and a bathroom that seemed to be carved out of a single piece of plastic… So we did what any reasonable and responsibe adult would do: start drinking!

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For departure, we headed up to one of the on-deck-bars and started the afternoon with a cocktail and a beer, but when the winds on sea got too strong and chilly, we headed to one of the bars under deck and continued with some delicious champagne.

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Once we got a good buzz going, we decided to catch some fresh air and take some pictures against the beautiful ocean scenery. Turns out, it’s not that easy when you’re buzzed and it’s windy! These two shots were pretty much the only ones where I didn’t have hair in my face or my dress was flying up, Marilyn Monroe-style.


Then it was time to head to dinner, for which we’d chosen the “Explorer” steak house. We commenced by sharing a starter of crab cakes with mango salad and a red pepper and chili sauce. Absolutely delicious! I really need to learn how to make crab cakes…


For the mains, we dug into some nice meat - I got a tenderloin (in the picture), which was melt-in-your-mouth tender, and my viking boyfriend selected a good ol’ manly sirloin. They came with crispy fries and some delicious herbed butter that complemented the meat perfectly. I also stole about two thirds of the boyfriend’s bearnaise sauce for my fries! Mmmmh…


I didn’t even need a second glance into the dessert menu before the decision was made - peanut butter cheese cake? Yes, please! As soon as the first spoonful hit my tongue, I made a mental note to find a recipe for this deliciousness. It might even earn itself a spot on my “mini-cakes for Thanksgiving”-list…


We were lucky enough to be seated at a window table, so we could enjoy the beautiful sunset while eating dinner. In between courses, I even raced up on deck to take some real pictures - together with pretty much all the other passengers… There is just something incredibly beautiful about the sun slowly melting into the ocean at the horizon, isn’t there?

After dinner, we headed back to the bar to try some of the cocktail offer, which all in all was quite good (no Hendrick’s gin though, major minus!). We ended the night in the ship’s own Irish pub-like bar, with some live music and some more drinks, before retiring to our tiny hellhole of a cabin.

Somehow, we managed to make it through to morning - despite me waking about seventeen times during the night thinking I was about to roll off my top bunk, which I luckily didn’t - and, eager to leave the cabin and actually see some daylight, went upstairs to grab some breakfast. On deck, with the fresh, cold wind and a nice hot coffee in my hand, the world looked much better already! And the view sailing into Oslo is just breathtaking, despite the gloomy weather that morning.


We made our way off the ship and walked to our hotel - just a 15min walk through the streets of Oslo, which were pretty empty that early on a Saturday. But more of that to follow later!

Hope you all had a great start to the week. Don’t forget to check back soon for parts two and three!

Week 28: 5 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

It’s weekend time again! And could the weather be any better? I don’t think it could! So grab your sunscreen, sunglasses and straw hat, and head out there! Here are five things to do in Copenhagen this weekend. Enjoy!


Free guided tour through Emil Nolde exhibition

What - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art currently has an exhibition of Emil Nolde’s paintings. A classic modernist, Nolde’s paintings are colorful and very expressive.

Why - Louisiana is a great destination for a day-trip away from the city, and with the free guided tour, you’ll be able to take away much more from the exhibition!

Where - Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk

When - 11th July, 13h

How much - entrance to the museum (DKK 110), no additional charge

More information - Louisiana’s website


Passenger at Tivoli

What - Tivoli’s weekly concert, Fredagsrock, features popular artist Passenger (known from his famous song “Let her go”) on Friday

Why - The weather invites for a Tivoli visit - stay a bit longer and enjoy some music on the big stage!

Where - Tivoli Gardens, big stage

When - 11th July, 22h

How much - entrance to Tivoli (DKK 99), no additional charge

More information - fredagsrock.dk


Jazz and street food on Papirøen

What - Copenhagen Street Food is located on Papirøen, right in the Copenhagen harbor. During the jazz festival, they have outdoors concerts there, too!

Why - Grab a bite and sit in the sun to enjoy some jazzy tunes by the water - summer doesn’t get much better!

Where - Papirøen

When - 11th-13th July, 14h

How much - free

More information - Copenhagen Street Food - Jazz Festival: concerts on Papirøen


Grab an ice cream at Østerberg

What - There’s a new ice cream place in town! Østerberg Ice Cream has just opened up shop in Østerbro, and invites you to taste their homemade ice cream and waffles.

Why - During this heat, who doesn’t crave ice cream? Combine it with a stroll along Østerbrogade and enjoy the sun!

Where - Rosenvængets Allé 7C, Østerbro

When - all days, 13-21h (Friday & Saturday until 22h)

How much - DKK 24 per scoop

More information - oesterberg-ice.dk


Watch the World Cup final!

What - The 2014 World Cup is coming to an end with only two more games left to play. One of them is the grand final, where Germany will definitely beat Argentina to win the trophy and all the glory. Obivously! If you don’t want to watch alone on your couch at home, you should head out to either Islands Brygge, or, if you’re a German or a Germany fan, to Heidi’s Bier Bar near Rådhuspladsen.

Why - Because it’s so much more fun to watch with others!

Where - Islands Brygge, or Heidi’s Bier Bar

When - 13th July, 21h

How much - free

More information - Islands Brygge - Heidi’s Bier Bar

Week 27: 4 things to do in Copenhagen this weekend

First of all - apologies for skipping last weekend’s tips! I was busy planning out spontaneous getaway to Sorø, so I simply didn’t find the time. Also, this weekend I only have four events for you, because it’s Roskilde time, and that’s basically THE main event happening in the wider Copenhagen area! But don’t worry, even if you’re not going to Roskilde, I’ve found some great stuff for you, so check out the list below! And the jazz festival is just starting, so there’s plenty, plenty of different concerts to attend. You won’t be bored, I’m sure - have a great weekend!


Copenhagen Jazz Festival

What - I’ve mentioned this in my big roundup of summer festivals in Copenhagen, and it’s kicking off this weekend! You can start with an open air concert, if the weather permits, or with Charenee Wade at the legendary Jazzhus Montmartre.

Why - It’s one of the most famous and popular jazz festivals in the world, with over 250,000 people in attendance of the various events. You should be number 250,001!

Where - multiple locations across Copenhagen

When - 4th - 13th July

How much - some concerts are free, some require tickets

More info - jazz.dk


All American Natnight at the National Museum

What - In celebration of American Independence Day, the National Museum is hosting an “American night” with music, special exhibitions and a concert by Nikolaj Hess, playing Bob Dylan’s greatest hits.

Why - If you’re American or interested in the American culture, this sounds like a fun way to spend the 4th of July! The café is open as well, and there’s some program for kids.

Where - National Museum, Ny Vestergade 10

When - 4th July, open from 16h

How much - entrance is free, but tickets are required for the concert

More info - natmus.dk


Salsa in the park

What - Feel like dancing the night away? No problem with the free Salsa lessons every Saturday at Fælledparken! Starting with a beginner’s lesson, the teachers will get you up to speed so you can dance until your feet hurt!

Why - Because dancing under the open sky is so much fun!

Where - Dansepladsen at Fælledparken

When - 5th July, 18:30-19h (intro lesson), 19-23h Salsa party

How much - free

More info - SalsaLibre


Paint your own cup at Royal Copenhagen

What - Royal Copenhagen is famous for their porcelain, the classic version is white with blue flowers. At their “painters’ school”, you’ll paint your own thermo cup - and take it home afterwards, of course!

Why - One of THE Copenhagen classics, you basically have to have some Royal Copenhagen stuff at home. And how much cooler is it if you can say you painted it yourself?!

Where - Royal Copenhagen Flagship Store

When - 6th July, 10:30h (registration required!)

How much - DKK 300

More info - Royal Copenhagen