We survived our first trip as a family of 5. No one got injured, lost, sick, or any other maladies that could have befallen us. Instead, we had a wonderful time in a lovely city. One of the great things about living over here is that we can take trips to places we would never have gone, if we lived in the US. Copenhagen was a short, 2 hour flight, from Ireland.
We rented an apartment from Airbnb.com for the week. It was a great apartment, in a fabulous location. I cannot recommend this service enough. The thought of all 5 of us in a (tiny) European hotel room for one week was enough to make me go crazy. This apartment had 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, and tons of living space. The family who owns the apartment have two young children, so everything was already “kid-proofed” and there were tons of new-to-us toys to entertain the kids. There was a great courtyard in the interior of the apartment building, which was a great area to enjoy the cool Copenhagen evenings.
The apartment was full of wonderful Danish design. They even had an Eames rocking chair in the kitchen. Swoon! I would love to have one of these chairs.
The first day we went on a walking tour of central Copenhagen. We ate lunch at a beautiful cafe tucked away in a tiny square.
We went to Tivoli Gardens the second day. Tivoli Gardens is an amusement park built in 1843. It is “delightfully Danish” but you can definitely see how it influenced Walt Disney. The weather was less than stellar this day, but we still managed to take in a few rides, the aquarium, and more snacks than usual.
The following day we went to the zoo. Our kids love the zoo – any zoo, really.
We went swimming on Friday, but don’t have any pictures. (Indoor pool did not allow pics.) On Saturday, we went to the National Museum (no pics there either). We ate lunch in the museum’s restaurant and found out that Isaac LOVES pickled herring mashed potatoes. Afterwards, we spent some time at Rosenborg Slot (castle).
On Sunday, we had brunch at a cafe, walked around the Embassy district (saw yet another ugly US Embassy. Whoever designed the US Embassies in the 1970s was uninspired, to say the least, but that’s a post for another day.) We also went on a harbor cruise! The kids liked riding on a boat, and sometimes, it’s just nice to have the sights come to you. We saw the Little Mermaid statue (emphasis on ‘little’). Hans Christian Andersen was from Copenhagen, and his literary legacy is evident across the city.
All in all – the first big family vacation was a success. Sometimes I have to pinch myself – our first family vacation was in Copenhagen. Really?! Now if I could only find a way to transport that apartment back to Dublin…
We took tons and tons of photos. There are two photo albums on Picasa:
The big one (100+ photos) available here.
Don’t want to see 100 photos of our trip? The “Top 10” album is available here.
We also passed another milestone today. One year ago today, we left the US on a one-way ticket to Dublin. It’s been a wild and crazy, but one year, and one additional child, later, we consider ourselves very blessed. Look for a post coming soon!