We were lucky enough to have several different visitors this spring!
First, my Aunt Madeline popped in for about 48 hours. She was off to Iceland for a different trip but hopped over (it’s about a 3 hour flight) to visit us in Copenhagen and I’m so glad she did! We dropped G off at school and then toured the city. We did the usual tourist spots (Amalienborg, Nyhavn) but she is a lover of plants so I wanted to take her to the Botanical Garden. The Garden is an amazing spot in the center of Copenhagen, and we’ve walked by it a million times without even realizing it was there. There’s literally a small sign on a fence to let you know, but once you make it through the gates, it’s incredible.
The Garden itself was established in 1600, but moved to it’s present location in 1870. It covers nearly 25 acres in the city center, and is free to the public. We have walked through several times, and it’s amazing how much it changes from season to season. In the center of the Garden is the Palmhuset, the Palm House. It is a gorgeous glass conservatory, housing all sorts of tropical plants. You can walk up a spiral staircase to a catwalk overlooking all the plants, which is really cool. (Side note, it has to be the warmest place in Copenhagen, so it’s a good excursion in the winter!) My aunt and I had a great time cruising around and looking at all the plants. We walked by Rosenborg Castle and Kongen Have gardens, and headed to Paper Island for lunch. It was great to hang out with her, and I am so glad she got to see G and meet the Daynish!
A few weeks later, my Uncle Joe and Aunt Roz were in town! They were on a Nordic cruise, and were in Copenhagen for the day. I packed the kids into the car and headed down to the cruise terminal to pick them up….except I went to the wrong cruise terminal. Who knew there were two? Once I finally got to them, we headed off for breakfast. We had a great time catching up and then we walked around downtown. I took them to Nyhavn and Amalienborg (I sound like a broken record, but really, they’re the iconic spots!) and showed them where the big shopping areas were. I had to head back and leave them for the rest of the day, but I am so glad that I was able to see them!
Lastly, my in laws came to visit again! They came the last week of June because they just couldn’t wait for us to visit the US. The last time they were here was right after the Daynish was born but in my exhausted state, I don’t remember much about their visit. I know they took G to school and helped us get a Christmas tree, so a good time was had by all. I was very excited for them to come visit in a more functional phase! Seeing as we (the Hubs) took them to all the touristy places last time, we did some next level exploring. We took them to G’s favorite place, the bicycle park. We went to the beach, we went to the Zoo, we went to Tivoli, we went to Paper Island (it is that good), and by special request of my FIL, we went to Sweden! The Hubs and G actually hadn’t been to Sweden before (Daynish and I have been a few times), so it was a great day trip.
We went up to Helsingør and took the ferry across the Øresund to Helsingborg Sweden. It’s a quick 20 minute ferry ride and super convenient. G loved being on the boat, and as it’s a car/truck ferry as well, he had his face pressed up against the glass to watch them all drive on and off. Once we arrived in Sweden, we walked around the Old Town, went to Karnan (the citadel of the city) and walked through the beautiful gardens. We ate lunch outside and took in some sunshine. We made our way down to the Radhuset (town hall) and G entertained himself by running up and down the staircase for a good 10 minutes. I insisted that we stop for a little fika, which is the Swedish version of coffee and cake. We hopped back on the boat and made our way back home.
We had such a great time with everyone who came to visit, and can’t wait for more!