Saturday, February 24, 2018

Copenhagen ... Some Thoughts

I spent a couple of nice days in Copenhagen ... and I was grateful that it didn't rain nor snow (I am lucky to have chosen the weekend I did because if I had chosen this weekend with the artic temperatures all over Europe? Oh my, that would have been tough!).

Honestly speaking though (and you know me, I always try to be honest! haha) Copenhagen and I ... well, it wasn't love at first sight. Nor at second or third or fourth sight. I liked it but it wasn't a place of my heart. You know what I'm talking about. There are places you visit that just kind of speak to you. You feel at home. You want to soak it up. You want to come back.
It wasn't like that for me in Copenhagen. I liked it. The old town was cute. People were friendly. The museums nice. I liked walking the streets and the harbor tour.
No heart palpitations though.
Cute and like is not LOVE.

Some friends commented that maybe the reason for my ... mmh, how to call it? Maybe ... my remaining unaffected? Unresponsive? Anyway. Friends commented that maybe it had something to do with the fact that I visited during wintertime. Places have another vibe during summertime when the streets and piazzas are full of life.
Well, maybe.
But maybe not. If that were the case I would simply want to go back during summertime. It isn't the case though. No, I simply believe that not all places on this earth talk to you. I don't regret visiting though. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed myself and it was a great weekend. It's just that I don't want to go back. Even though I still want to visit the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Oh yes, very much so (I saw some fantastic landscapes from the plane!).

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Copenhagen ... Some (first) Pictures

The colorful houses of Nyhavn

I loved the houses!

Fredrikskirke (Frederik's Church)


Glyptotek's courtyard

Glyptotek museum

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Copenhagen ... I'm Coming to Visit You

It's almost time to jump on the plane to Copenhagen. It's gonna be a different kind of trip, I don't know why I say this, It's just... well you know, a hunch or something. It starts with the weather forecast: temperatures around 3/4 degrees and on Sunday it'll (probably) snow (or rain). I'll see what it's gonna be but I can't wait to find out :-)

Friday, February 9, 2018

Ever Thought about Traveling to Norway?

Norway and other Northern European countries were never items of my travel bucket list. When thinking of Northern Europe my mind always went to how expensive everything was, to cold and rainy weather, short, dark days vs. never-ending days, mosquitoes. And as there are so many other destinations around the world that I haven't visited yet, Northern Europe was ignored. At least until recently when I picked Copenhagen for a short trip in February. I decided it was time to see for myself. It was time for a first impression of the North.

Then, simultaneously, I did some research on Norway as a favor to a friend of mine. She was thinking about visiting her husband's cousin in Oslo and maybe see some other places not far away from Oslo but she felt a bit overwhelmed about the whole thing. She simply didn't know where to start.
I suggested to do some "overall research" for her, in order to get a rough idea.
A win-win situation. She was thankful and I was happy because I love doing research on places I don't know.

Oslo was the first surprise. Architecturally speaking it wasn't love at first sight. But the museums were. I don't know much about the Vikings but looking up the Polar Ship Museum or the Viking Ship Museum made me wanna go there at once and learn more about their culture!
Train journeys came next. You know that I love traveling by train and Norway has some quite spectacular train journeys to offer. Oslo - Bergen being one. Oslo - Trondheim another. Or going from Myrdal to Flam (read what others have to say about this journey). To be continued almost ad infinitum.
And wanna talk about the fjords? The national parks? I didn't look up other places like the Lofoten Islands (just to mention one of many places to visit) because my friend and her family will spent only one week in Norway. I limited my research accordingly.
Even so. Norway is now on my bucket list under "Travels in June".

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February Wish

In a world where noise seems to become stronger every minute, I wish for quiet and still moments. The best ideas are born in moments of quietness ... at least for me.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Saturday Escape to Colmar

Even though I'll be off to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks, I needed me some escape in the meantime and decided to go to Colmar. You know, from time to time I feel the need "to experience myself differently" (see favorite words on the right!). And as I am lucky enough to live in the middle of Europe, I can be off to wonderful (and different) places within a couple of hours.
Breathing in French air. Eating French food. Speaking French.
Que la vie est belle!
I usually go there during summer time because Colmar has a particular charme with all its flowers...

... and then there all the cafés and restaurants where you can sit outside and do some serious people-watching (hahaha).
Colmar in February though has its own particular charm. Less people. You focus more on the food you eat instead of the people that walk by (hahaha - yes, I admit it. I love people-watching!) and you get to see the inside of the cosy cafés (to have coffee and cake). Alsatians are good at interior decoration, let me tell you.
It's a wonderful charming little town and spending some time there did me good.

This is a window BTW :-)