Jul052015

Blondes in Black in Hot Copenhagen

Initial impressions of a place are what I like to jot down before time and familiarity makes the little alterations not seem so different as when first experienced. Copenhagen has been hot for three days with temperatures touching the 90s in the European heat wave gripping the continent this past week.

Friday evening was our first hot walk. On the streets of the city, on an insanely crowded summer evening at 10pm, we noticed so many blonde women in Copenhagen. And a large proportion of blonde women dressed in short black dresses. I dubbed Copenhagen in summer as the ‘blondes in black’ city.

Blonde in black bike    Blondes in Black boat

The heat of day makes long night walks preferable. There were still hundreds of people out in the streets at 3:30am on early Saturday morning, July 4.

Prices! What Prices? Copenhagen is expensive

Fortunately our hotel rooms are free. A 2-for-1 Club Carlson Visa award stay meant our stay at Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen, a block from the central train station and across the street from Tivoli Gardens, cost 50,000 points.

Rad Blu View-1   Rad Blu Tivoli view

Radisson Blu Royal Copenhagen offered great views from 17th floor overlooking Tivoli Gardens, originally opened in 1843 as an amusement and theme park. We could see Sweden about 15 miles away through the clear air.

Our second hotel is Skt. Petri Hotel, Nordic Choice Hotels Ascend Collection for 20,000 points per night. The hotel is located near Sankt Petri Kirke – St. Peter’s Church, the oldest church in Copenhagen, built around 1200.

skt petri

There are lots of buffet restaurants around town charging from 50 DKK to 99 DKK for lunch or dinner.

We have been using grocery stores to buy salad, fruit, salmon, cheese and bread daily. The cost tends to be about $30 to $40 per day for food, including beer.

CPH Market food

1 US Dollar = 6.75 Danish kroner.

The above photo shows 180 DKK in market food from IRMA, a local chain of markets with a big store open 8am-12am every day at Tivoli Gardens.

Mediterranean Chicken Salad = 43 DKK

Smoked pepper salmon 125 g. = 28 DKK

Strawberries basket = 15 DKK

Bread loaf = 12 DKK

Chocolate and coconut cream dessert = 30 DKK

Orla Pilsner 0.5L bottle Danish beer = 22 DKK per bottle

The Danish dessert are Spangsberg Flodeboller kokos. We called the five pieces ‘chocolate coconut mountains’. They are chocolate on a cookie base filled with a whip cream type substance. Incredible when strawberries are used to dip out the creamy center.

Where is the alcohol Carlsberg?

A note on Danish beer. In the Irma market, I paid 70 DKK for a six-pack of Carlsberg cans and 85 DKK for a 10-pack of Carlsberg in a 7-Eleven store. On July 4, I drank more beer without getting a buzz than I ever have before. The Carlsberg was crap and I highly doubt the 4.6% ABV label.

We drank only bottled beer after that let-down.

The streets were filled with people walking around drinking alcohol on Friday night, less so on Saturday and Sunday. There does not seem to be any rule against it.

Nordic Amsterdam

Parts of Copenhagen remind me of Amsterdam with canal boats.

Canal boats

There are beautiful churches all around to visit.

Christianshavn

Church of Our Savior – The Spire

Christiania is the alternative theme park to Tivoli Gardens for Copenhagen. Greece is not the only place where the EU does not hold reign.

Christiania

Entrance to Christiania, Copenhagen.

We happen to be in Copenhagen during the Jazz Festival. Live music is playing all around outside downtown.

CPH Jazz

Music, water, lakes and art.

Copenhagen has been a blast.

About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined BoardingArea.com in 2008.

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  1. You missed the opportunity to hit the beach. The water was very comfortable yesterday on the other side of Oresund. Thebeaches were crowded, but you can’t blame the locals for finally getting a fantastic day at the beach.
    You’re fortunate to find that Radisson for 50k. I’ve only seen it for 70k. One alternative would be to stay in Malmö (previously part of DK). It’s a decent city and less expensive than Copenhagen. There’s a great Radisson and Renaissance if you’re looking for point options. It’s only 3 stops by metro from Kastrup.

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