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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 £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!

A Day in London

A few weeks ago, Phil and I spent the day in London to celebrate his birthday. We put Poppy in day care and headed for the train. We’d planned our day around a few delicious looking cafes and visiting a few places we’d never been before.

We started our day with breakfast at Kin. As Phil is now a pescatarian and me being a vegetarian, we wanted to try a few veggie places. Kin caters for veggies and vegans and if you look at their Instagram feed, you’ll see amazing, delicious, healthy meals. I had scrambled tofu, as I’d never had it before. It was lovely and I really want to give it a try at home. Kin has a really lovely feel to it and I can’t wait to go back there. Just a stones throw from Kin is Attendant, which, if you didn’t know, is a delightful cafe set in a Victorian underground gents loo. It’s a great little place, with a decent range of drinks and food. Plus the decor is pretty spectacular too.

Kin Cafe Scrambled tofu at Kin Chai at Attendant

We had planned to visit Kew Gardens and go by boat from central London, however, the boat we needed was full and we didn’t have enough time to wait for another one and get back in time to pick up Poppy from day care. So we had a look around and decided on visiting Westminster Abbey instead. Neither of us had ever been so we joined the queue and paid our £20 each. It was amazing. There was so much history and despite not being able to take pictures (despite my sneaky one below) and loads of other tourists listening to the audio guide, we had a great time looking around, exploring the different areas of the abbey and seeing the famous graves, including Charles Darwin, which I didn’t expect at all.

Big Ben Westminster Abbey The CenotaphWomen at War memorial Horse in London

After our visit to the Abbey, we headed to another vegetarian restaurant, Mildred’s, which was recommended to us by Ockviewer on Twitter. They don’t take bookings, so we were worried that we wouldn’t get a table, however, luck was on our side and we got a great table in the corner. Perfect for lots of people watching! The menu was amazing and it was so great to know that we could eat anything on the menu. We both opted for the Classic Burger and fries, as I’d never had a burger made with tofu before. I wasn’t disappointed! It was amazing, incredibly filling and tasty. If people think that veggie food is boring, they need to take a trip to Mildred’s! We didn’t have enough room for dessert, but that menu looked delicious too.

Tofu Burger at Mildreds Tofu and Lentil burgerAfter a bit of shopping, it was time to head home. Phil had got us first class train tickets for our return journey and it was a great idea. After a day of walking around, it was brilliant to have comfy, spacious seats, so I could have a little nap on the way home! The perfect end to a great day.

Tuesday Treat – Train Adventures

I don’t know about you, but I don’t go on the train very often. When I do, it’s like a little adventure and I love every second of it. I’ve recently gone on the train quite a bit (actually, I wrote this on the train!) I love it when you get a seat and room to stretch out. Wifi and a plug are a bonus and headphones are essential, but either way you get to see something different, no matter where you’re going to or from. Holiday makers, business people, families, friends, all going and doing something different. Love it!

Train Adventures

While trains have their faults, from being over crowded to over priced, I can remember going on the train as a kid with my friends. We’d go to Tenby on a real bone shaker! I loved it then and I love it now. Watching the world flash by, seeing bits of the country that you don’t see from the road, whether it’s someone walking their dog round a field, a small holding or businesses randomly in the middle of the countryside, it’s like you’re peeking into someone else’s life. Throw in the amazing people watching and eavesdropping you can do and it’s like watching a soap opera! That plus the fact that you get on the train in one place and when you got off, you’re somewhere else, makes it a real adventure for me! Hey, if we don’t take pleasure in these little things, then wwe’rein trouble!

Tuesday Treat – A Last Minute Holiday

Last week, we spent seven sun filled days on the South West coast. Once again we headed for Cadgwith Cove and spent the week walking the coast path, looking for dog friendly beaches and being constantly wind swept!

Cornwall

What a view! There’s nothing quite like being by the sea. The sound of the waves crashing against the shore, the smell of salt in the air and the different shades of blue are a real feast for the eyes. (Did you know my favourite colour is blue? It’s easy to see why!) We had such a fantastic week, helped by the great weather, though I’d quite happily walk around the Cornish coast path, whatever the weather. I’ve never been on a last minute holiday before, and while it did cause me some anxiety beforehand, as soon as we were packed up and in the car, heading for Cadgwith, I could feel all the stress seeping away. Ah! Cadgwith didn’t disappoint. It was amazing!