In the past, my experience of Scandinavian food consisted of the offerings of Ikea and eating Danish pastries, so finding out the reality of all was fascinating. What was obvious was that no matter the country, Scandinavians loved their fish. They would eat it three times a day! On offer at our Copenhagen hotel breakfast buffet, along with dark rye breads, was cold meats, boiled eggs, cheese, and pickled herring! Oh, and those Danishes too.
At lunchtime, we also had fish and bread, this time as an open sandwich. Below, I tried out the smoked eel with scrambled egg, while Hubby tries a version of a crab salad. The bread came with two different spreads – the ubiquitous Lurpak butter, and lard with bacon bits. The latter was surprisingly tasty.
At dinner time, there was also plenty of fish, prepared and accompanied simply. Hubby tried the pan-fried plaice.
I tried the pan-fried salmon – also very tasty. Much of the salmon eaten in the region came from farms in Norway, where the water is cold and clean.
I’ll be reporting back on Scandi food as I post my way through them.
What I liked best in Copenhagen were its parks.
Copenhagen was a very green city with many well-kempt parks and gardens.
We were very lucky to see it at its very best, shrouded in vibrant, spring green.
Even though the temperature that day wasn’t above 15C, it certainly lifted the heart to be in the spring sunshine.
Copenhagen reminded me a lot of Amsterdam because of its pragmatic architecture and its canals – a remnant from its days as a busy port and trading post.
In the city centre there were many canals to see, although the boats and ‘warehouses’ are now pleasure crafts and converted apartments.
And on the northern edge of the city centre is Copenhagen’s most underwhelming tourist attraction.
The Little Mermaid was certainly little and didn’t do much for me. Still, it didn’t stop others from mauling her.
Copenhagen has its share of grandness too. They are though quite pragmatic about the use of their palaces. One is currently being used to house parliament.
While this set of four (by British standards) smallish palaces house the Danish Royal Family. Princess Mary was nowhere to be seen that day, by the way, but it certainly is a long way from the Slip Inn.
It was an altogether more casual set up than at Buckingham Palace. No Secret Service-like security guards, just the ceremonial guards. And the no heaving crowds either, just small groups of casual tourists. Just the way I like a tourist attraction to be.
Copenhagen was rather depressing in the middle of a rainstorm…
But a different creature altogether when the sun was out.
The city centre was quite a grand place, with a wealth of 18th Century buildings.
It was the period when the English and the Dutch were at war, hence all the Baltic Sea trading that used to go through Amsterdam and the English east coast all came to Copenhagen. Using the funds, the Danes built a city to equal old Amsterdam.
We were excited to be in Copenhagen, home of our Princess Mary, and of our favourite Danish series, The Killing. Our first impression is of a cosmopolitan, and very Northern European city. Like in neighbouring Germany and Netherlands, there was a large volume of bikes on the streets. I was quite impressed with the number of bikes on display at Copenhagen’s central railway station.
And at one of the city centre bus stations. I’ve never seen a double-storey bike-park before.
Can you imagine Sydneysiders riding bikes to Central to catch a train? They’d either be run over before they arrived, or the ‘Grey Ghosts’ would fine them on the spot for parking.
Elsewhere in the city centre, there was lots of bike riding on cobble-stoned streets.
And lots of bike parking in the pretty parks.
Apparently even the Danish Royal Family use their bikes to get around. Can you imagine the British Royal Family doing that? Or indeed, would Mr Abbot?