Category: On Tour

Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen

After a lovely mooch about Copenhagen, where we discovered some amazing vegan food places (more on that later), we headed to Tivoli Gardens. I wasn’t that bothered about going there, after all, it’s basically an amusement park and at 99dk (Β£9.90) entrance fee, I was worried it be a waste of money. Boy was I wrong! It was A Mazing! Every guide book, website and blog recommended coming here and I can see why. Everything about it was epic. It’s much more than an amusement park. There’s a theatre, a number of restaurants as well as loads of cabins selling food, knick knacks and everything you could ever need for Halloween.

Pumpkin head Pumpkins at Tivoli Tivoli Palace Giant pumpkins Giant pumpkin Halloween at Tivoli Gardens Jack Olantern pagoda pumpkins in the water Tivoli gardens at night Tivoli copenhagen Tivoli gardensWe were there as the sun was setting and it was magnificent. The lights from the different rides were spectacular and every where smelt of toffee apples and popcorn. We looked around a few of the shops that were there but mainly we walked and enjoyed the sights and the smells of the Gardens. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. We didn’t go on any rides (not my thing at all) but because the Halloween decorations were so elaborate and the whole place decorated so beautifully, it was lovely just to walk around taking pictures.

About half way through our time there, and we were there for a good few hours, (making the most of our entrance fee!), we started getting peckish. Very few places had anything to offer my vegan diet, but we turned a corner and discovered a Wagamama so we ate in there, as I knew that there would definitely have some hearty vegan fare for us. It was the perfect dinner and helped us keep going around the gardens for a little while longer. We left with fully bellies and were suitably warmed.

The displays and celebrations change throughout the year and their Christmas festivities look fantastic. Wish we were going back for that! If you’re going to Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens is definitely worth a visit.

A few days in Copenhagen

Two things: Firstly, I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to write my first post about Copenhagen. Secondly, it feels like it was ages ago that we were there!

A few months ago, we decided to go to Copenhagen during half term. We decided on Copenhagen, mainly because we had Avios points (air miles) we could use to go there, stay in a decent hotel and it wouldn’t cost us very much. Plus, both Phil and I have a huge interest in the Scandinavian countries and way of life. Plus, Borgen.

Heathrow Pod

Our flight was early Tuesday morning, so we stayed over night at the Thistle Heathrow Terminal 5 hotel. It doesn’t look much from the outside, but it was perfectly fine inside. We were able to watch the latest The Walking Dead on my iPad episode anyway, so that was good! The bonus of staying there meant we could leave our car there and get a Heathrow Pod to the Terminal. They are environmentally friendly, running on electricity, cost Β£5 each way from the hotel and take less than ten minutes. A great way to start our Danish adventure. It had been ages since we’ve been abroad so going through the airport was immense fun for me! As we’d used our Avios points, we flew with British Airways and everything was fine during the flight. (I’ll write about my vegan food travel experiences in another post.)

As we’d got an early flight, we arrived in Copenhagen quite early too. The flight is only about an hour and a half. Once we arrived at the airport, we took a train to Copenhagen, which only took about half an hour. We then walked to our hotel, Copenhagen Island, which gave us a great insight into the city. My first impressions were that it was very clean, quite quiet and bikes rule the road! We’d planned to leave our bags at the hotel, but were pleasanty pleased to find we could check in. Our room was fine, despite the lack of kettle and our view of the main road. (We discovered later that we could have requested an upgrade, paid a bit more and been given a room with a view of the river and have a kettle. But by this point, I couldn’t be bothered. Missed that kettle though.) Then we headed out into Copenhagen in search of food.

River taxi Copenhagen carlsburg Copenhagen chai Christiania wallart Hotel view Copenhagen Cathedral Copenhagen boats

Over the next few days, we walked forty miles, spent loads of money on food, took too many pictures (is there such a thing?!), planned on moving there and just enjoyed being in such a lovely city. Everyone spoke great English, were very polite and helpful and everything seemed to be so relaxed. We spent a lovely evening in the Tivoli Gardens, explored the National Museum and the had a look at the Parliament buildings, wandered around Christiania and a few other places. At the end of our stay, I felt that we could’ve done with another day. We flew out on Friday morning and I had wanted to go over The Bridge to Malmo, in Sweden, and see the Little Mermaid, but we ran out of time. Oh well, this just means we’ll need to go back again!

An evening stroll around Christchurch and Hengistbury Head

On the final evening of our glamping holiday, we went out for dinner and had an awful, awful meal. It was so awful that we didn’t want to just go back to our hut. We couldn’t let the awful dinner be the final thing we did on our holiday. So we went for a drive and found ourselves in Christchurch. We headed for the marina, parked up and started walking. We didn’t really know where we were heading but before long we stumbled across the Priory Church and the castle ruins.

Christchurch Abbey Christchurch at sunset Christchurch Christchurch marina

Not far from Christchurch is the beautiful Hengistbury Head. Phil had been before, years ago, but I never had. We parked up in the car park and headed towards the beach. It was breathtaking. As the sun was setting, we didn’t have time to explore the beach, as we wanted to climb to the top and explore the different wildlife areas. Hengistbury has such an amazing history and varied wildlife. Plus the view from the top is breathtaking and well worth a visit. I wish we’d had more time to explore, but the sun was setting and we had to get back to the car park. I’d love to go again and really explore the whole place.

Hengistbury Head Hengistbury Head at sunset Poppy at Hengistbury Head

It was a perfect way to end our glamping holiday and definitely improved our evening after our dreadful meal. Christchurch is such a beautiful area and I can’t wait to go back to explore further. Maybe a summer holiday day trip is in order!

A Week in Cornwall in November

I have a huge case of the post-holiday blues – oh, to be beside the seaside. So I’ve spent a bit of time trawling through the hundreds of photos I took while we were in Cornwall last week and have picked out some of my favourites. Even though it rained, a few times, we had a lovely time. As it was out of season, we could take Poppy on all the beaches, which was ace and we took full advantage of that, whatever the weather.

Kennack Sands Falmouth The Lizard Point Praa Sands Porthleven Cadgwith Poldhu Rockpool Dog

We also enjoyed a few cream teas, pasties, local chips and the odd cider. It was bliss!