July 10, 2009

National Lampoon's European Vacation

I did it. I went across the pond. 3 girlfriends & I set out for a 10 day adventure. I wont bore you with every photo and detail (but if you want to hear more, let me know). I do want to highlight parts of our trip. This is the first of those posts.

Copenhagen, Denmark
The first part of our trip was 3 days in Copenhagen. After settling into our hotel, we ventured out to explore the city. First, we were hungry. It was roughly 3:30 in the afternoon, and we survey several menus before finally selecting a restaurant. We wandered into an open courtyard where a few patrons were finishing an early afternoon beer. We sat ourselves at a table, waiting for a wait-person. A young man carrying plates passed us 3 or 4 times, no acknowledgment. For about 20 minutes, we sat, starring at each other, silently questioning what to do. A restaurant worker was setting out glasses, meandering about, not making eye contact with any of us. The large wooden doors leading to the street were closed. A slight panic came across our faces, now we couldn't casually leave. "Excuse me" we finally managed to speak to one of the restaurant workers. We learned that the restaurant was part of the hotel and was finished serving lunch (they don't serve dinner). We asked her to show us out. Wandering down the streets, our tummies beginning to growl, we found a deli. "We're closing in 5 minutes." Strike two. A little further down the street we saw a sidewalk cafe, with people outside EATING! We didn't care what they served, or how much it cost, we were eating there. Thank goodness the third lunch-try was a charm. Cafe Puk offered some wonderful lunch fare.

With Rick Steve's "Scandanavia" book as our guide (which was AWESOME), we took the self-guided walking tour to familiarize ourselves with the city. This was an excellent way to learn the layout of the city, as well as see some highlights and learn a few historical facts. I would highly recommend Rick Steve's books for anyone touring abroad.

We sat on Hans Christian Anderson's statue lap. Saw the whipping post, beautiful churches, the canal, statues, amazing architecture, and the famous Little Mermaid statue.
Our first day in Copenhagen had a few hiccups, but was certainly a success. My travel companions and I were beginning a great adventure. Little did we know of the wonderful days ahead of us.
(Photos are not just mine, Erica took most of these ones, great job!)

1 comment:

doahleigh said...

So fun! More more! I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip.