A suitcase full of cheese and a head full of tulips… Part II

“Denmark is like a secret little place with its own special language.” H. Christensen

This is true. It’s a funny slippery little language. It makes you feel like you can almost understand it, and then in the next moment you are completely lost. It’s fun trying to follow along though. Delightfully confusing. The language just sounds happy. It sounds like a language that children made up to amuse themselves and confuse the adults in the room.

I loved my 24 hours in Copenhagen. It was just enough time to get a quick taste of the city and know that I need to return. The architecture and aesthetics of the city were captivating. Each little cafe we passed had the most incredible furniture and decor. It’s like the whole city was thoughtfully curated…modern, simple, warm and beautiful.

The pastries and danishes were the best I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously. I don’t particularly like cinnamon rolls in the states but our first morning in Copenhagen quickly turned into a delicious bakery crawl. I may have even bought a few extra danishes to enjoy on the plane ride home and again on my first morning back in LA. I couldn’t help but bring home food. I won’t mention how many pounds of cheese were stuffed into my carry-on bag.

Amsterdam felt like a sister city to Copenhagen. It was incredibly picturesque. Canals everywhere. All of the streets are winding, divided by water and linked by dozens of small bridges. Incredible. The people were very direct but not rude. Much like Paris, everyone we encountered was friendly and helpful. The man we rented bicycles from actually gave us directions to where we were staying. The food was good here too-especially the chocolate. It’s tulips and cheese and beer….everything you’d expect from Amsterdam. Only so much prettier and more vivid in person. It reminded me a little of San Francisco and it would have been great to have had an extra few days to explore the different neighborhoods, museums etc.

Tips for Copenhagen and Amsterdam

  • Rent a bicycle. Bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation for the locals. For us it was a great way to cover a lot of ground in a short time. Plus, it felt like being a part of the local culture. Biking in Amsterdam is not for the faint of heart BUT cars do yield to bicycles. However, you do need to throw yourself into it and just go with the traffic (bike and car traffic). It would be unsafe to be too timid on a bike here. So, close your eyes, take a deep breath and pedal like a local with a purpose. It’s exhilarating!
  • As always, eat the local food. The cheese, salmon, danishes and chocolate were my favorites
  • Public transportant in both cities is excellent. Don’t worry about staying in the city center. We stayed a little outside of the more crowded areas of the city and had no trouble with the metro systems. Hotels and rentals also tend to be cheaper when you are outside of the touristy areas.
  • If you are there in the spring, go see the tulips in Amsterdam. It is a must do and a short train ride from the city. They are stunning.

Happy travels and happy eating. xo

 

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The tulip fields in Keukenhof outside of Amsterdam

 

 

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