This summer I have been travelling by train around northern Europe and sharing some of the highlights in my blog. My last big holiday was to Zurich just before the pandemic but I did fit in a few days at Blackpool last year which was much needed. I like a combination of short breaks in the UK and city breaks in Europe. Anyway, this was how it began…
Recently I visited Amsterdam, as I documented here. Now I find myself in the Capital city of Denmark – Copenhagen. As I only travel by greener transport when going on holiday, it took me three trains to get here from Amsterdam. However, those train journeys were scenic and I really appreciated my arrival, after hours sat down in train carriages.
After half a day on the train, I was pleased to arrive in such a spacious city, with wide roads, plentiful cycle paths (not unlike Amsterdam) and interesting buildings. Soon we were walking to the New Harbour (pictured above and below) which was a colourful street alongside one of the canals that leads out to sea.
Looking for somewhere to eat, I had my eyes on a restaurant near Tivoli that had an Italian look about it. Cafe Vivaldi had tables outside with little fire burners to keep you warm. Regardless of this we ate inside and I absolutely loved the food.
With so many plans, I was exhausted that evening. Surprisingly I still managed to do more than 10,000 steps even though half of the day I was sitting down. That is not to say you have to walk everywhere as public transport is excellent. I chose to walk as I enjoyed taking in the scenery and wanted to keep up my basic fitness, especially as I knew I would probably be eating way more than usual.
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So I thought I would keep writing about my current trip around Northern Europe. My next couple of days in Amsterdam were really interesting and packed with activities. Hopefully I won’t bore you with my travel tales. I may even make you feel like checking out a holiday to the Netherlands.
I love a good museum
Popping to the Rijksmuseum was a real highlight of my trip. When I booked some tickets I had no idea what it was going to be like. Suffice to say, it did not disappoint. As someone who likes history and art, I always want to explore what museums have to offer but so many are fairly lame or samey. This one wasn’t.
It had pieces of work from Van Gogh and Rembrandt which were found alongside a variety of historical artefacts such as armour, maritime objects and royal furniture.
After a hard morning of museum wandering I needed a Chinese meal and some drinks in a rooftop bar. Thank goodness for the W Lounge which sits in one of the central squares, next to the Royal Palace. I absolutely loved chilling out there with a glass of champagne and some complimentary nuts.
I did so many other things in Amsterdam but picked a few highlights to reflect upon. Amsterdam is a brilliant, bustling city full of history, culture and food. The only thing that slightly tarnished the stay for me was the constant smell of weed in the streets. It is inescapable and can make your clothes smell. Apart from this though, I have nothing but positive words about this lovely city.
I am happily enjoying the long-awaited summer holidays and have just embarked on a journey by train to a couple of capital cities in Europe. This is something that I had planned to do in 2020 but Corona got in the way. Anyway, here I find myself, emerging into a city full of interesting architecture and a general sense of busyness.
Last time I was here was in 1998 as I passed through during a University residential trip to The Hague. I remember spending a few hours wandering around the streets, taking in the atmosphere and dropping into a rather peculiar museum about ‘romance’ (at least that is a cleaner way of describing it).
On my first wonder around the streets my mission was to buy a new coat, as I left mine at home in the rush to get a taxi. H & M provided a cheap jacket to see me through. After this I grabbed a drink in a lovely cafe, which looked more like a pub. I have come to discover that most cafes here are actually bars. Suffice to say, that first cold sip of Jack Daniels was much needed after a hot walk, seeking out H & M.
It had been a 4 hour train ride from London and I really enjoyed the journey. One of the great things about traveling by rail for me is the fact you can relax and watch the landscapes drift by. Grabbing snacks in the onboard food coach is always a highlight and provides an opportunity for leg stretching. Many people would opt for a 1 hour flight but I much prefer using the Eurostar which creates 13 times less pollution per journey. I guess if you take into account the fact that the journey is four times longer by train then you can say a plane is creating even more carbon per hour. In reality, the train is 52 times more carbon efficient.
Anyway, enough of the greener thinking for a moment. Here are some snaps from my first afternoon in Amsterdam.
I don’t want to bore you with pictures but hope you can tell just how excited I am about being here. The only downside is the constant smell of weed wherever you go. It can be a bit overpowering and has made my clothes stink a bit. It is all worth it though and I am really lapping up the sights and sounds of this fascinating city, nestled in the lowlands of Northern Europe.