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A day spent in Copenhagen

A day spent in Copenhagen

This year we traveled to Denmark to spend Christmas with my half of the family. I love Christmas! so naturally I was very excited about spending it with all the family and following all the traditions I know and love. Even a 4am start to the day plus a poorly baby (Elliot had a flu) wasn’t going to put a damper on things. Besides as long as Elliot can have plenty of sling cuddles all is well. Now the flight to Denmark is a manageable 1,5 hour, It’s the journey on the other side that’s the long haul. Not because we have that far to go, but because there is only one ferry going to the isle where my parents live – and it only sails twice a day. This means that We’ve had a good 6 hours to kill on either side of our Holiday, and what better way to do so than go exploring Copenhagen.

Previously when we’ve found ourselves with time to spare in the Capital we’ve just found a nice cafe and sat there enjoying coffee, cake and a good book. Those days are over! Elliot will not tolerate just being stationary for that long let alone for us to open a book that’s not full of colour and made of cardboard! So this time around we needed to find entertainment suitable for all of us. Despite the little guy being under the weather he was surprisingly energetic! Now on the return journey I already knew what to do, we would spend half the time in Copenhagen and then go out to the Airport early enough to allow Elliot to play in their family Area, I’ve praised it before in this post about travelling with a baby, where it came as an absolute God send!

Tivoli Gardens Copenhagen

Now back to our day of adventures in the Capital! If you only have time to do one thing when you’re in Copenhagen, visiting the Tivoli Gardens should be it! It’s absolutely magical, especially during the holidays, they know how to take Christmas Decorations to the next level!

Copenhagen Tivoli
“Snow” and beautiful Amusements

And I’ve heard that their Halloween Decorations are even better! We just bought the entry to the park, and then J bought one of those single ride tickets to try one of the oldest Rollercoasters still running! It’s a proper oldie made of wood! I’m not a big fan of rollercoasters I just really wanted to walk around in the park and enjoy all the decorations, sit down at one of the many cafes and enjoy a cup of hot Chocolate whilst having a Hygge time! Plus there is not much point buying a tour pass with a baby in tow, however I should add there is a lovely playground inside the park, free of charge, Elliot really enjoyed being let loose and exploring. When Elliot is older, we are definitely going to have to come back and go all out on tour passes to get the full experience! Even if mummy is too scared to try half of the Amusements there!

Copenhagen Tivoli
Having lots of fun on the playground
Tivoli Copenhagen
I see you!

A stroll around Copenhagen!

There is so much to see and do in Copenhagen, you simply can’t fit it all in one day. There are lots of parks and playgrounds in and around the centre of Copenhagen (and there is always the Metro if you don’t fancy the walking) the parks are a lovely break from the busyness of the City, and on a summer day I imagine it would be a lovely spot to enjoy a packed lunch and let the kids loose. As its winter, I googled accessible indoor playgrounds before going, there are quite a few and most of them free. We didn’t end up going this time, but will definitely pay them a visit next time we go, I found the guides on minicph.com very helpful – coincidentally written by a British mum who emigrated to Copenhagen with her Danish Hubby. The website/blog focuses on things to do in the city with kids, definitely worth a look if you’re planning a trip over the pond. After the Tivoli experience we decided to just have a nice walk around the centre as well, with Elliot in the wrap he was happy napping as we walked around. Nyhavn is so picture-worthy!

 

A day in Copenhagen Nyhavn
Nyhavn at Christmas time

Next time we’re in Copenhagen I definitely want to visit the National Museum. Entrance to the main part is free and I’ve been told they have a kids section, that you pay for, but in there the kids are allowed to touch, explore and play with everything! Which sounds pretty great and definitely something I think Elliot will enjoy when he is older. I’ve also heard great things about the “Paper Island” which is an area filled with street food vendors and packed with atmosphere. J and I definitely want to take an actual Holiday in Copenhagen, one day when Elliot is older so that we can fully enjoy all the fun the city has to offer!

La Glacé РBest Cake in Copenhagen

Before heading out to the Airport to catch our flight home we spent some time at the patisserie La Glace, famous for their delicious layered cakes. Anyone that knows me well, knows that I can’t possibly pass on the chance to have cake. It didn’t let us down! Delicious cakes in a really Hygge atmosphere, I can definitely recommend a visit. Just be aware that the prices are quite steep, we made it our lunch though. as there wouldn’t be room for anything else after a slice of their cakes. Just check out their mouthwatering window displays!

La glace Christmas Copenhagen

La glace Christmas Copenhagen

All in all I’d say we had a lovely half day in Copenhagen, even if Elliot wasn’t on his A game, bless him he was battling the flu all through Christmas. Now that we are back on UK soil I’m already planning our next trip over the pond! Plus J and I are dreaming of just taking 6 months off and travelling the world, with the little guy of course, who knows maybe one day it’ll be more than just a dream!

Two Tiny Hands

Country Kids

Travelling with a Child

Travelling with a Child

Travelling with a child solo can seem like a Mammoth task. We spent all day yesterday travelling, the little man and I. It’s a long journey travelling from the eastern parts of Jutland, all the way to Copenhagen and then to the north of England. We started our day by train. I’d planned for having to entertain, but Elliot decided to start the trip with a nap! Good thinking I say, if only I could’ve joined in!

Travelling with a child

Elliot is already quite the experienced traveller, sure the travels has thus far only brought us from UK to DK and back, but for a little baby, only 9 weeks old on his first trip, I think that is plenty of travel adventure in it self.

It’s remarkable how quickly their needs change! On the first two trips the main focus was timing things with Elliots need for feeds and sleep. First time over he slept all the way in the flight (attached to a boob that is) those days are over! Elliot is 9 months old now, not yet mobile, but very much in need of entertainment and activities tailored to him. It’s no longer just enough to keep him comfy during the travels, my baby is now capable of being bored! That is why it came like a God send when I spotted the family Area at Copenhagen Airport. Such a brilliant concept, it is raised above the rest of the waiting area, away from the hustle and bustle of busy travellers and expensive shopping. Elliot lit up when I got him out of the sling and placed him on the floor surrounded by colourful toys and tall cardboard castles and figurines inspired by H.C Andersens fairytales. This little safe haven, free of noise, with areas to play and for parents to relax knowing their child is safely playing. I’m a fan!

Travelling with a child
Family Area at CPH Airport

This little break from travelling gave us both the break in the day needed to manage the last leg of the journey. If only we hadn’t then gotten stuck in traffic on the M6, I would say this day of travelling was well executed!

Travelling with a child
Family Area at CPH airport
Two Tiny Hands
A little something about travelling

A little something about travelling



Elliot is already quite the experienced traveller and at 8,5 months he has already been out of the country 4 times. I was so nervous the first time we had to fly with him, but I must admit that each time has gone above all expectations. Our latest trip over the pond was so enjoyable! The little guy is becoming such a character and just smiles at anyone he can get eye contact with. Thankfully the people sat around us was happy to play along, thus making peekaboo between the flight seats the best game ever!

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