Postcard from Copenhagen, Denmark! A little summer hygge check-in, a quick stroll at Amalienborg Palace and surroundings - where our Queen Margrethe (a.k.a. Queen Daisy) lives. Happy Sunday! https://youtu.be/U5kLzaPqEFs And if you'd like to see more about Denmark, hygge or travel to Europe and Asia, see this series... https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxIYCyTLBED_P4L-PIj6cNRC2m1Mg3Nbd Denmark, hygge and travel series... Have… Continue reading Postcard from Copenhagen, Danish Queen Margrethe’s home: Amalienborg Palace
[See the first part of my 53rd birthday here.] Birthday dinner was with the family at one of my favourite bistros, Café Wilder, in the Christianshavn area of the city, nestled among the canals! It was a beautiful evening - heatwave of 28c/82f - and everyone was looking for shade, or out on the water...… Continue reading My 53rd birthday – part two! (Dinner and gifts)
So the other day I told you about the Invasion of the kids with caps... Once they get the cap placed on their head, it doesn't stop there. It's time to celebrate. Big time. It goes like this. Each High School class gets on to a truck. Which they have decorated with flowers, banners, Danish flags, etc,… Continue reading The kids with caps…time to make some noise!
First there was just one or two. You didn't notice them really. Just random dots on the landscape. Then they started popping up in the train and bus. They began to multiply. Huddled together in groups on street corners. In school halls, department stores and on the street. And - selvfølgelig - all over my… Continue reading Invasion of the kids with caps…
[Today's post is especially for my DBB (Dear Big Brother) in Scotland.]I got into the Quiet Zone compartment of an S-train last week when this sign caught my eye...I had to take a closer look. No, my eyes didn't deceive me. No drums allowed? Say what?!It turns out - selvfølgelig - that those crazy Danes… Continue reading What does that sign mean? Beats me! (Badum tish!)
With Easter behind us, we are counting down to the strangest day on the Danish religious calendar. This Friday, 22 April, is Stor Bededag. ’Big Prayer Day’! Those crazy Danes decided back in 1686 that there were just too many religious holidays during the year. So they lumped the minor ones together, four weeks after Easter and –… Continue reading Big Prayer Day? Time for big rolls!
We're now recovered from Christmas (ho, ho, ho!) and I've just looked out my DDH's (Dear Danish Husband's) black tie outfit. And safety glasses. And several bags of explosives... Is my DDH the Danish equivalent of James Bond? 😎 Nope, it's because tonight we will be celebrating Nytår (New Year). Which, in Denmark, is serious business. While… Continue reading Nytårsaften – get ready to jump!
Welcome back to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!19 DECEMBERI was in town last week with the… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 19 December (Weird and wonderful)
Welcome to My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar! Join me every day in opening a new door. Once again, I’ve got a host of goodies to share with you – traditional Danish Christmas recipes, traditions, songs, games, decorations, crafts and landscapes… So sit back, relax and enjoy!16 DECEMBERI have a few Christmas 'outing' traditions. One is… Continue reading My Danish Christmas Advent Calendar – 16 December (Jazz and Tivoli)
Whenever my Scottish family or my 'adopted' Danish family get together, all the old funny stories come out. Nothing like a good laugh to get rid of the blahs! One of my favourite stories involves my DDDMIL (Dearly-Departed-Danish-Mother-in-Law) who - like my DDH (Dear Danish Husband) - could be, let's say, a trifle 'distracted' at… Continue reading Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave…
It's Friday, yay! Which means not only the start of the weekend and party time but - all through the month of November and December - Julefrokosten! The Danish office party! (You'll remember that the first 'snow' fell last Friday - Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! - so the streets are… Continue reading Danish Christmas Party? Check(list)!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow? It may only be the start of November but today - Friday 7 November - is the official start of Christmas in Denmark. Tonight at 8.59pm precisely the first 'snow' will fall: the snow in question being wet but not exactly white, more of a pale… Continue reading Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow?
Eek! Where does the time go? This is the fifth year here on this blog that I'm writing about "Spil Dansk" (Play Danish Music) Day! :)Which keen readers will remember is celebrated on the last Thursday of October... Want to trawl through my old posts on the subject? Here they are:2013 HEY, MR DJ, PUT… Continue reading Play Danish Music (To)Day!
Hello, hello - yes, I'm still here! I haven't been away on holiday, honest. I've actually been unable to post since the end of last week (the Denmark website was moved to a new server and some gremlins apparently went along for the ride). But, hey ho, the editors here tell me that we're all good, so… Continue reading Granny, your Mum's Mum and your uncle Bob!
You know you're (back) in Denmark when...The Danish schools' half-term break is over and my 'wee' ones (Dear Son, 14 and Dear Daughter, 12) are back behind their desks - hooray! The weather here last week was dreadful (not even a case of "the wrong clothing") with long, dark days and rain, rain and more… Continue reading You know you're (back) in Denmark when… (Copenhagen airport)