Our European Honeymoon: Part 1

It's been almost three weeks since we returned from our trip and I'm finally coming out of the fog. The after effects of vacation seemed to last a bit longer this time around. The jet lag, the strange sleep schedule adjustment–it took me awhile to just feel "normal" again.

But that didn't stop me from going through my photos the minute we got home. And let me tell you, I had a LOT of photos to sift through!

Our European Honeymoon | shannonmcnab.com

We experienced so much on our vacation that it seemed impossible to narrow down our trip into a few photos, let along one blog post. So I've decided to break it up into two parts. I'm hoping this way, you won't feel like you're scrolling for days.

Today is all about a few of my favorite places, eats, and moments in Copenhagen.

Our European Honeymoon | shannonmcnab.com
Our European Honeymoon | shannonmcnab.com

I guess the title "Our Scandinavian Honeymoon" is a slight misnomer since Jeff and I actually got married last summer. After the wedding, we only took what we like to call a "mini-moon"– a four day vacation to Disneyland. Fast forward to this year and we finally had enough time and money saved up to do a full-fledged honeymoon.

Our trip began with four days in Copenhagen and we absolutely fell in love with the city. It was easy to navigate, everyone was friendly, the food was delicious and the weather reminded us of San Francisco. We had such a great time that Jeff decided we need to retire in Denmark. And he wasn't even kidding!

Our European Honeymoon | shannonmcnab.com
Our European Honeymoon | shannonmcnab.com
Our European Honeymoon | shannonmcnab.com

Some highlights of our time in Copenhagen:

  • Trying smørrebrød (open faced sandwiches) for the first time.

  • Walking nearly everywhere since downtown Copenhagen is so small. Great exercise and the perfect way to get the feel of the city.

  • Visiting Tivoli Gardens during their summertime concert series and being amazed at the massive crowds that descended upon the park at 6pm.

  • Using public transit to get to Fredricksborg Palace only to find out we were actually at Fredricksberg Palace which is used as the Royal Army Officers Academy and not open to the public. We found out later that Fredricksborg Palace is an hour outside of Copenhagen. Whoops!

  • Finding the best chocolate of my life, Simply Chocolate. Their hand-dipped Sticks at Tivoli and their Grainy Gus bars are incredible. But sadly, they're not available to ship to the US–at least not yet.

  • Visiting the Hans Christian Andersen gift shop with their strange animatronic "dolls". Luckily, they also had some adorable handmade gifts.


And that's Copenhagen as we saw it! Check back later this week for the rest of our Scandinavian adventure.