Day 1 of my mini-Europe trip started in Copenagen. Well, it actually started in London at 3am with the world’s worst taxi driver who forgot where he was taking my boyfriend and I before we’d even got to the end of the road. And it’s a short road. Needless to say, it wasn’t the smoothest start.
But, we landed in Copenhagen mid-morning after a bumpy flight, and made our way to the centre of the city in no time. It was only at this time that I truly realised just how heavy my bag was. Such a backpacking newbie! It didn’t help that I didn’t read the map properly and took us on the longest detour to the hotel either. I couldn’t wait to drop my bag off at the hotel and get exploring, and thankfully the lovely receptionist at the hotel gave us a great recommendation for lunch, so off we went!
As the hotel is pretty much on the other side of the road to Amalienborg Palace, that was our first stop en route to the main city centre. We spotted a few Christmas markets, which we planned to head back to for dinner. Onwards through the shopping area and we just happened to pass a stunning church. We couldn’t help but stop in, because I love a good church! As it turns out, it was actually Copenhagen Cathedral. The inside is absolutely stunning, and we had a look around the basement where there are church ruins. There was also a video playing showing the history of the cathedral, and although it was in Danish we were watching the pictures, before a lovely Danish lady stopped and translated the whole video for us. I love Danish people!
We finally made it to the food market called Torvehallerne and couldn’t believe how many different food stalls there are! After settling for a few bakery bits, a lady approached us and asked if we could complete a short survey. Sure, why not? And when she realised we’re from London, she kept telling us how much she loved it there. As we got up to leave later, she came back to tell us again how much she loves London. I really do love Danish people!
On our way back to the hotel to check in, we saw the Round Tower. I wasn’t overly keen at the idea of climbing all those steps, but in the name of compromise, we went in. To my delight, it’s actually just a massive spiral slope. Yay…no stairs! The views from the top were great, but it was so windy I thought I might lose my hat!
Onwards we went, along Nyhavn and back to the hotel to check in and freshen up before popping back to a Christmas market for a bite to eat. Our first day in Copenhagen was a great start to our mini-Europe adventure, and I couldn’t wait for the next day to check out the rest of Copenhagen!
Day two was just as great, you can read about it here.