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New Website, New Blog, but the Old Blog Archive remains: September 28, 2023

After many years of wanting a real website, this month I finally have a website designed by the very knowledgeable Rey Rey Rodriguez ( TheMindOfReyRey ). My old blog,  Vacation-Travel-Adventure  continues with the same address but it is located in the "Archives" tab on my new website . The new blog which is a continuation but with much better resolution for 4K screens, it is now at .

Denmark-part 1: December 19, 2012

Tired of the fog and haze of Skopje, Dan and I booked a December flight to Copenhagen to celebrate his birthday and see Christmas lights.  We also thought it would be an escape from the grayness of Skopje.  In watching the weather forecasts, the temperature highs/lows seemed comparable to Skopje.  So, we packed our suitcases with thoughts of clear skies, and cold but sunny days.

Our first day in Copenhagen was.........gray.  It was gray all day and while the temperatures are comparable to those in Macedonia, we had not factored in the wind-chill that made walking around really cold.  So, we layered up and left our room looking like Mr. and Mrs. Michelin.

That first day, we visited some famous Danish landmarks like the queen's palace, the citadel, the statue of The Little Mermaid (written by Hans Christian Andersen).  She really is little and she blended into the grayness of the water and sky.

On our second day, we caught brief glimpses of the sun.

These scenes are in the Nyhavn (New Harbor) area of Copenhagen.  Our hotel, Hotel Bethel, was just across the canal from these lovely, renovated structures.

Hotel Bethel (on the corner)

The Strøget (pedestrian streets) were hung with garlands and hearts.  The hearts are taken from Denmark's coat of arms which is three lions and a group of hearts.  

 A view of Copenhagen from the Rundetårn (Round Tower), a working observatory

The Rundetårn interior

We were also struck by the amount of bicycles used in Copenhagen no matter how cold, how wet the weather.

We tried to eat dinner at a Danish restaurant (Sankt Anne's) tonight but found that it was open only for lunches.  The restaurant was also completely booked through Christmas Day.  Instead we settled on a Chinese restaurant on the same street.  The food at Dim Sum (Sankt Annae Plads 16) was fresh and tasty.  The scallops were luscious, tender, and the best I've ever had.