We had an 13:45 flight out of Eindhoven to Copenhagen on Transavia. This was our first time flying on this airline and out of our own airport. We left the house just after 11 once Brooklyn was awake and nursed. Fortunately it was just drizzling for the walk over to the bus station at the PSV stadion. It was another story with a downpour as we rushed into the airport from the bus stop. We head straight to security since we weren’t checking either of our 2 carry-ons (a suitcase for Joe and backpack for Jackie and Brooklyn). We were turned around and told we need to check-in to get a tag for the stroller we were had Brooklyn in and were planning to gate check. The 2 Transavia checkin desk lines were 20 people deep. Joe went next door to an unopened desk with an employee who kindly printed the tags for the stroller. Here we are required to have toiletry liquids fit inside a ziplock bag that we remove as well as all ipads and baby food. After we were through security, we were happy to see a family area among the 6 gates of the Eindhoven Airport. Most of the play things were for older kids, but it was nice to let her crawl around on the floor for a bit after giving her a little snack before we boarded the plane.
Brooklyn shaking her cup of puffs while we wait for our street food at Papirøen
We had tacos, double fried in duck fat french fries and a plate of Moroccan with cous cous, cucumber salad and meat kabobs.
A few photos of the view from Papirøen:
Opera House, Papirøen and Experimentarium City
Friday July 31:
Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle), a Renaissance palace holding the crown jewels
Cool interactive temporary pavilion, called Pavillon MAA in the Rosenborg Castle Gardens
Brooklyn needed a little help going down for an afternoon nap. Jackie rocked her to sleep in the baby bjorn carrier.
Next we walked down Strøget (pronounced STROY- et), Europe’s first and greatest pedestrian shopping mall street.
Joe and Brooklyn beside the giant LEGO man on a bike
Jackie in a LEGO lion’s head
Cool spider clamp curtain wall by City Hall and Tivoli Gardens
We sat down on a park bench on the edge of the square for a little momma and baby nursing time.
We discussed whether we should go to Tivoli Gardens or not. It is one of the oldest amusement parks around since 1843. It cost 95kr (about $14) for each of us to get in plus ride tickets for a few more bucks. Since we couldn’t really ride much with little Brooklyn, we decided not to go in.
We saw the statue of Hans Christian Anderson by the City Hall
Next we walked by the Christiansborg Castle Palace.
The Royal Library
Tall water sculpture from 1999 by Mogens Møller in the Royal Library Garden
Entrance to the Danish Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind with very similar design elements to the Jewish Museum in Berlin
Nice office buildings on the shipping canal
Lovely façade in Christianshavn
Christiania or Freetown Christiania (Fristaden Christiania in Danish) is an autonomous self-governed neighborhood of around 900 members. It basically began as a large hippy commune. Open cannabis trade or marijuana sale has been tolerated (at least until 2004) and it is common place to see but the sellers to protect themselves (their identity mainly) dress in baggy dark clothes and skimasks. Hard drugs and violence are forbidden in the Christiania laws. The future of Christiania with the Danish government is in jeopardy. It may not be our type of lifestyle but it is somewhere that is truly Danish and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We stuck to walking on the main drag, Pusher Street. There are clear no photo signs all over.
Islands Brygge Havnebadet which is a group of recreational swimming harbor baths along the Copenhagen waterfront. It was completed in 2003 by JDS Architects and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). There are 2 kid swimming pools, 2 lap pools and a diving pool.
Divers at the 5 meter high dive at Islands Brygge Havnebaget
Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) to the right across the canal
Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) is by JDS Architects and KLAR completed in 2008. It is an extension of the waterfront with a promenade of waving and bending surfaces at different levels.
Smoked pork appeitizer
Big girl eating her grapes, peas and puffs from her own plate
Joe got schnitzel so Brooklyn would have something she could eat.
Jackie got an assortment of seafood: shrimp, crawfish, and crab
We finished it off with dessert and cappuccinos. It was definitely our most expensive evening.
We continued north on the bus to Kastellet, a star shaped 17th century fortress with ramparts and a windmill. We walked around a little before realizing we didn’t want to walk in too far because with the moat we only had one good access point to the Little Mermaid Statue and it was the same way we walked in. The walk did allow an opportunity for Brooklyn to fall asleep in the stroller.
St Alban’s Church by Kastellet
Gefionspringvandet (Gefion Fountain)
Little Mermaid Statue (Den Lille Havfrue) is a bronze statue that was a gift to the city of Copenhagen in 1909 from brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale.
We had a good view of the Operaen (Opera House) again
Jackie and Brooklyn waiting on the Copenhagen harbor ferry boat
Kisses for the fluffy hair girl
Once we boarded, Jackie tried to nurse Brooklyn while Joe took some photos from the open back of the ferry boat.
Opera House from harbor bus
Skuespilhuset (theater/playhouse) from harbor bus
Skuespilhuset and Opera House from harbor bus
Boaters, kayaker and Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food from harbor bus
Nyhavn from harbor bus
Interesting building just north of the Royal Library from the harbor bus
Dome of Visions, a polycarbonate geodesic greenhouse dome
It is a temporary space that has lived in a few different locations on the waterfront since 2013.
Hotel Copenhagen Living, a canalboat hotel from harbor bus
GoBoat rental dock from harbor bus
Islands Brygge Havnebadet from harbor bus
Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) from the harbor bus
We need to get this girl somewhere to have some time to crawl around
Gemini Residence, converted silos into apartment buildings from harbor bus
Bryggebroen bridge from harbor bus
The ferry harbor bus made one last stop near Sluseholmen before we headed back north. We both agreed we should get off at Det Kongelige Bibliotek stop and relax outside for a bit at the geodesic dome, then take the ferry boat back to the Opera House, a mere few blocks from our apartment.
We bought 2 beers to drink while Brooklyn had lunch and crawled all over the place on the waterfront.
Brooklyn and Jackie at the Dome of Visions
Cutiepie eating lunch on the Copenhagen waterfront
Cirkelbroen (Circle Bridge) is a promenade in Christianshavn that has 5 circular platforms with masts mimicking the tall ships parked along the shoreline.
Brooklyn is happy to see mommy as she eats lunch on the Copenhagen waterfront
We waited around for the ferry boat back up to the Opera House so Joe wouldn’t have to walk much, but as the boat arrived they said something quick in Danish. Something about 6. Oh yeah, they only have room for 6 people. Great it’s an hour before the next boat. Jackie had us walk a few blocks to the bustop to take back to our apartment.
Jackie climbed the Round tower (Rundetarn) which has an obsevatory, planetarium, and a spiral ramp instead of stairs (at least most of the way). It is 137 feet (34.8m) tall and once soared far above the rest of the rooftops in the city since 1642. It has Europe’s oldest functioning astronomy observatory.
Climbing the Round Tower (Rundetarn) spiral ramp
A peek into Trinitatis Kirke, the student church of the Trinity Complex
The view northeast from the Rundetarn toward Rosenborg Slot and King’s Garden
The view northeast from the Rundetarn toward Sweden and the Marble Church dome
The view southeast from the Rundetarn toward Christianshavn
The view south from the Rundetarn toward Christiansborg Castle/Palace
The view southwest from the Rundetarn toward Tivoli Gardens and City Hall
The view southwest from the Rundetarn toward Tivoli Gardens, the City Hall, and Cathedral of Our Lady
The view west from the Rundetarn toward many clay tile roofs
Old architectural drawings and model of the Rundetarn and Trinity Church in the old Bell Loft
The Library Hall was holding an art exhibit on Danish architecture, just up Jackie’s alley.
The weather started to get crappy so we caught the bus back to the apartment.
We had Brooklyn try out their plastic tricycle
Next we tried having Brooklyn ride a bigger tricycle
Slobbery Brooklyn climbing on mommy
Must get that flower
Brooklyn crawling around
Joe blowing Brooklyn’s hair
Brooklyn with a volleyball, hopefully a sport she loves as much as her mommy
This evening nursing Brooklyn was really starting to get difficult. She is very difficult to stay focused when breastfeeding and sometimes Jackie doesn’t care about how comfortable she is with how she is positioned and just happy she is latched and still drinking. With Brooklyn’s teeth now far out from her gums, Jackie was in a lot of pain getting blisters and indentations on her nipple. She was close to reaching her breaking point with breastfeeding. It was becoming such a struggle to feed Brooklyn. Something needs to change and soon!
Monday August 3
For breakfast today we biked to the Lagkagehuset bakery near the Christianshavn metro stop. We enjoyed some cinnamon rolls, croissants and coffee.
Mechanism for ringing the church bells
There was a warning sign that that bells were ringing…a mere 3 feet beneath a large bell. Thanks, I’m sure if they were ringing I would have known it long before the warning light turned on.
The entry door to the base of the spiral steeple
The spiral steeple steps of Our Savior’s Church
Our Savior’s Church steeple
The view south from Our Savior’s Church
The view west from Our Savior’s Church toward Tivoli Gardens
The view northwest from Our Savior’s Church toward Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace
The view northwest from Our Savior’s Church toward City Hall, Christansborg Palace and the canal
The view north from Our Savior’s Church toward Nyhavn, Marble Church, canals and Opera House
The view northeast from Our Savior’s Church toward Nyhavn across the canal, Christianshavn, Opera House and our apartment rental
You can kind of makeout the Sweden shoreline in the distance beyond the windmills to the east of Our Savior’s Church
Selfie atop of the Our Savior’s Church
Heading back down the Our Savior’s Church spiral steeple steps
Jackie rode around a little more afterward walking along some of the ramparts before getting back on her bike because she wanted to make sure not to happen to come upon the outskirts of Christiania by accident.
The former boat basin is an extension of the inner street and owners can use to dock small boats
We weren’t due to land until 17:45 and pickup times at the dog kennel were only until 6pm. We let Chance spend one more night with her buddies. It sure was weird feeding Brooklyn dinner and not having a scavenger underfoot waiting to clean up her food mess.