Countdown to Copenhagen

We are now on official countdown to Copenhagen!  I have been fortunate to visit the Danish capital on many occasions whilst working onboard P&O Cruises but this visit will be very different because I am travelling with my family…. and we just happen to know our pilot very well.

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Image – Nyhavn a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen. 

Past visits have left a lasting impression on me and I have been keen to return to Northern Europe’s cosiest capital.  I was therefore delighted when we received a phone call asking if we fancied flying with my lovely brother-in-law and sister-in-law for a weekend stay in Copenhagen.  I should point out here that my brother-in-law is not unfortunately the owner of a private jet but rather a pilot for Easy Jet which is still incredibly cool!

It will be baby Harry’s first flight and so particularly memorable with Uncle Chris as the pilot!  It is going to be a very proud moment when we hear Chris’s voice over the tannoy announcing our departure from Gatwick.   Charlie my eldest has been telling his school friends about it for weeks:)

Harry is now 18 months old and I feel bad that this will be his first flight, as his big brother had experienced 18 flights by his first birthday.  I do know however that this is completely irrational and ridiculous of me, as Harry clearly does not know the difference!

In preparation for our trip, I have researched family friendly attractions in Copenhagen and selected my favourite top three – Tivoli Gardens, a canal tour and a visit to the Little Mermaid Statue.

We have been kindly invited as guests to Tivoli Gardens amusement park which is a must see attraction for all visitors to the city, young and young at heart!  We are fortunate to be visiting during the Christmas season and thoroughly look forward to experiencing Tivoli’s Illuminations, their brand new Christmas light show, festive rides, browsing the stalls in the Christmas village and of course meeting Santa Claus!

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Images – Tivoli Gardens decorated for Christmas

On day two of our city break we intend to explore and see as much of Copenhagen as possible.  From experience I know that Copenhagen is certainly a city you can discover on foot or bike.  Indeed you can cycle from one end of the city to the other in twenty minutes, however as we have our boys to consider we have gladly accepted an opportunity to review Stromma’s hop on and hop off bus and boat tour.  Our combination tour ticket will allow us to enjoy sightseeing at our own pace by land and sea!  We hope to view Copenhagen’s Palaces and museums by bus and then view the city like the Little Mermaid famous statue does from the water.

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Image – Boat tour along canal, Copenhagen

Please check back soon to read our reviews of Tivoli Gardens and Stromma’s bus and boat tour! Until then farvel veneer, which translates from Danish, goodbye friends!

Copyright – Copenhagen images Copenhagen Media Centre

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  1. 24th November 2015 / 3:23 pm

    That’s awesome that Harry’s first flight will be with his uncle as a pilot!
    Ohh this year I went to CPH for the first time, even though it was pretty cold, I was enchanted with the colours of the city, sooo beautiful!
    I hope you guys enjoy your trip 😀

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    • 25th November 2015 / 10:05 pm

      Thanks Allane! We got back last Monday after an incredible weekend:) Already starting to make more plans for our next city break. A return to Barcelona next I think!

  2. 16th November 2015 / 9:48 pm

    What a great trip to look forward to and how exciting that Uncle Chris will be flying you there. Tivoli Gardens sound amazing and a great way to kick off Christmas. Have a fab time! #MondayEscapes

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks Claire! We returned late last night and it definitely was a fabulous way to kick off Christmas!

  3. 16th November 2015 / 6:53 pm

    You have got me very excited as I’m off to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks. Will have to steal some of your ideas – thanks for the inspiration #mondayescapes
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    • 17th November 2015 / 12:24 pm

      Elizabeth, I envy you:) We only returned last night and already I am considering booking return flights! After I have unpacked I will get stuck in with writing all about our weekend. If you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to send me an email.

  4. 16th November 2015 / 10:11 am

    Oh this looks amazing, we are currently planning a city break and were seriously considering Copenhagen, we might have to give it a go as it looks great for families. I hope you have a brilliant time.

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Jess. I cannot recommend Copenhagen highly enough as a family friendly city destination. The locals love kids and the city and transportation networks are all pushchair friendly:) Please stop by again soon as I will be posting our reviews and recommendations for the best family attractions in the Danish capital.

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:20 pm

      Thanks Trish! We had an amazing time and I agree Tivoli Gardens is truly magical, especially with all the Christmas decorations! I have visited many times before when working on cruise ships as Shore Excursions Manager, it used to our most popular excursion, but it is definitely more magical when you visit as a parent with your children:) My boys absolutely loved it.

  5. 16th November 2015 / 9:58 am

    We are hoping to get to Copenhagen in the spring. This is a great starting point for trip planning. I cannot wait to hear how your trip went. We will also be traveling with our two little ones so finding kid friendly activities is important.

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:17 pm

      Oh I envy you Elizabeth. We only returned last night but already I am considering a return visit! When I unpack our bags and sort out this disaster zone which used to be our home I will start writing up our reviews and recommendations for family friendly attractions in Copenhagen:)

  6. 16th November 2015 / 9:06 am

    So excited for you! I have only been to Denmark once but absolutely loved it so much so that if we ever had the opportunity to live there I would completely jump at the chance!

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:14 pm

      I agree Hannah, I could also relocate and live in Denmark. Such friendly people and the capital, Copenhagen is stunning and very family friendly.

  7. 16th November 2015 / 8:01 am

    Looks so beautiful – I loved Copenhagen (but alas Tivoli opened the week after we left). Great city!

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:13 pm

      Oh no Lydia, you will have to return! I agree Copenhagen is beautiful but I cannot recommend Tivoli Gardens highly enough. We were lucky it opened Saturday and we visited Sunday. We spent an entire day there from 11am – 7pm and we still did not get to experience everything. Get booking your return flights!

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth:) We returned from Copenhagen last night after a fabulous weekend!

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:09 pm

      We returned from Copenhagen late last night and I can honestly say I am well and truly in full festive spirit! Tivoli Gardens were absolutely magical, every inch of the park had been transformed into a stunning winter wonderland. I cannot recommend a visit at this time of year highly enough.

  8. 15th November 2015 / 11:19 am

    Oh wow, that’s so cool your brother in law will be your pilot I bet Harry will be amazed! Don’t feel bad that it’s his first flight, like you said, he doesn’t know any different. Copenhagen looks AMAZING! That amusement park look and sounds fantastic. I hope you all have a wonderful time 🙂 xx
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    • 17th November 2015 / 12:04 pm

      Thanks Sarah, we had an incredible time. We arrived back late last night. I can definitely recommend Copenhagen as a family friendly city break destination. Only 1.5 hrs flight from Gatwick, friendly locals and a wide range of attractions for all ages. Tivoli Gardens was absolutely magical! Check back soon, I will be writing a full review when I have unpacked our suitcase!

  9. 14th November 2015 / 7:48 pm

    It looks like a beautiful city, I can see why your excited. Pretty cool having a pilot for a brother in law too. That’s got to make flying a lot more fun

    • 17th November 2015 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Zena. It certainly did make the experience very memorable for us all. The boys were so excited to sit with Uncle Chris in the cockpit after he landed the plane and delighted to hear their names announced over the PA system!

    • 17th November 2015 / 11:59 am

      Thanks Emma! My boys had a fabulous time and flying with their Uncle Chris certainly made it very special!

  10. 14th November 2015 / 4:28 pm

    Wow, Copenhagen looks stunning. I’ve never been but I love cities and would love to visit. Don’t feel bad about it being Harry’s first flight, Lamb didn’t fly until he was around that age too. I hope you have an amazing time xx
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    • 17th November 2015 / 11:59 am

      Thanks Alex! We returned late last night, I definitely recommend Copenhagen as a family city break destination. The locals are so friendly, the city is small enough to walk around and the train & metro are very pushchair friendly. Check back soon, I will be writing up my recommendations of all the family friendly places to visit!

    • 17th November 2015 / 11:54 am

      Thanks Emma. It was a very memorable trip. My eldest has gone to school today very excited to tell all his friends about sitting in the cockpit with Uncle Chris!

  11. 13th November 2015 / 9:05 pm

    Oh it look like such a beautiful place.. I would love to visit the amusement park! So cool that your BIL is literally flying you there too!
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    • 17th November 2015 / 11:53 am

      Thanks for stopping by Ellen. Honestly these photos do not do it justice, we returned from Copenhagen last night, it is stunning in real life!

  12. 13th November 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Gosh it looks lovely there. I’ve always wanted to go. Hope it’s not too cold but i’m sure that’ll make it even more festive x
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    • 17th November 2015 / 11:51 am

      Thanks for reading Kerry. We had a fabulous wkd and the weather was great for our trip to Tivoli Gardens.

  13. 13th November 2015 / 7:48 pm

    Looks like a fab place to go I’ve never been but I hope you have a lovely time with your family.
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    • 13th November 2015 / 7:57 pm

      Thanks Joanna!

  14. 13th November 2015 / 5:06 pm

    Copenhagen is a truly magical destination full of life and culture. It is on my bucket list and those pictures just solidify its beauty.
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    • 13th November 2015 / 4:01 pm

      Thanks Miranda! Yes it is fab that my BIL works for Easy Jet, staff travel for family and friends is very handy!

    • 13th November 2015 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks Rachel! We are all incredibly excited, especially as Tivoli Gardens will be all set up for Christmas:)

    • 13th November 2015 / 12:21 pm

      Yes it is pretty cool Cathy! We are incredibly proud of Chris as he followed his dreams of becoming a pilot and just didn’t let anything stand in his way:) An inspirational role model for my boys!

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