Copenhagen, Denmark Day One

Hey guys,

I just arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark.  My very first visit.  I boarded a non-stop flight from Chicago O’Hare’s airport to Copenhagen.  It’s a very nice flight.  I was in Premium Economy and it reminded me of the old Business Class.  Remember when there was a First Class, Business Class and Economy Class?  Well, that’s what SAS’s Premium Economy Class is like.  starting with the check in and boarding process. The seats are larger than standard economy and recline slightly with an elevated foot rest and the meal service was slightly different than economy.  I was pleasantly surprised.  Oh, by the way…loved the extra thick blankets that we almost as thick as a comforter.  I needed it because it was a bit cold.

My very first impression after leaving the airport is that it’s classic European.  A little bit of contemporary and modern mixed in but at first glance very European.

Oh, I have to share this with you. You know that I’m a Starbucks fan.  After collecting my luggage and “nothing to declare” to by pass customs, I noticed Starbucks.  I could not resist and headed over to purchase my usually, Triple Venti Latte with 2% milk.  I was informed that have 1.5% or 3%.  I went with 1.5%.  Upon paying I swiped by debit card and a selection came up for currency. 56DK or $10.07 USD.  That’s right $10.07 for a latte.  the same on I would pay $5 for in the US.  I know….$5 is even too much but $10.07 is where I draw the line.  You’d be proud of me because I canceled my order.  $10.07 REALLY?

This evening we had dinner inside Tivoli Gardens at Brdr Price.  Tivoli Gardens is world famous.  In the 18th and 19th centuries pleasure parks were prominent in and throughout Europe.  These parks were called Tivoli or Vauxhall.  In 1896 Copenhagen created it’s own Tivoli and while the others in Europe went away Copenhagen’s Tivoli remains today.  It has evolved over the years adding amusement, restaurants and other attractions, and just 10 years ago it began its Christmas theme.  Needless to say this is a great time to visit. Tivoli Gardens is festive and boasts a well lit Christmas theme at night.  Everything from Christmas gnomes to a beautifully lit Prussia, Chinese Garden, Toy Soldiers and dancing bears just to name a few.

Well, it’s getting late and I’m a bit tired from the 8 hour flight and days activities.

I’ll talk to you tomorrow!