Getting Hygge With It

This year, we decided to do something different for Christmas. We wanted to experience cold weather and possibly snow in winter. While the so-called “Winter Texans” flocked south toward the border, we flew north and crossed an ocean to Denmark. We spent most of our time in Copenhagen, which consistently ranks among the top cities in the world for quality of life.

We stayed in a lovely home in the area of Ørestad. It was a short walk to the metro at Bella Center and from there about a 10-15 minute ride to the city center. There were bicycles everywhere, and babies bundled up in thick jumpsuits and wrapped in cozy strollers, renaissance castles, pickled herring, and plenty of varm chokolade. The weather ranged from 43° F during the day to 25° F at night. It was overcast and gloomy and rained half the time, with intermittent moments of sunshine. It was dark by 4 pm. We didn’t get snow. Ironically, it snowed in South Texas while we were in Denmark.

On New Year’s Eve, fireworks exploded throughout the city. They easily continued for over an hour and even lingered for days after. On the first, the streets were littered with cases of exploded fireworks. We have wonderful memories of our Christmas in Denmark.

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On a visit to the Design Museum Danmark, we had the pleasure of viewing a special exhibit commemorating the work of Danish architect Finn Juhl. The exhibit Furniture for the Senses, Finn Juhl 100 featured several chairs designed by Juhl and other Danish architects. Here are a few of my favorites.

And last but not least, here is a sampling of the delicious food we tried during our stay.

33 thoughts on “Getting Hygge With It

  1. Always wanted to go here! looks beautiful.
    I was also wondering whether you could be so kind
    to check out my review of Egypt, and leave any room for
    improvement. Would be much appreciated!

    1. It is a beautiful place. I would have liked to see other parts of the country but we kept near Copenhagen the whole time. We did do a quick 35 minute trip to Roskilde which I will post about later.

      I looked at your blog for the Egypt story. Is it the one about the shark hotel?

      1. I wish I had contacted you! I really needed help with yarn stores. I had a tough time finding them – they were either closed or non-existent.

      2. There’s a really good one in Cph that I would have wanted to see myself, drat! Would have been fun to go shopping with someone who actually appreciates yarn.

  2. How wonderful! My husband spent over 10 years in Denmark and still has many friend there. Beautiful country…I hope to visit someday.

  3. Q – Good memories! Years ago I spent Christmas in Copenhagen. Friends were exchange students there. The sad note is that Tivoli Gardens was closed for the season. Thanks for the memories!

    1. I have to admit that having a cosy place to stay is important to us while traveling. We rented a house while in Copenhagen. Each boy had his own room and an upstairs tv for their use. Downstairs was a cozy kitchen / dining room / living room with a sleeper couch. We had plenty of lounging time and it was much more cost efficient than a hotel. Plus we bought groceries and made most of our own meals which also helped with costs.

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