I’ve come to be very fond of traveling in the off season. I dislike heat even more than I dislike crowds, so it works well for trips to Europe.
However, there are drawbacks.
This is an entrance to Tivoli, the second-oldest operating amusement park on the entire earth. It is beautiful, or at least its tall parts are. Because I was there in February, I only got to peek at towers and spires tall enough to be visible over its containing walls and gates. I had the same feeling about Skansen in Stockholm, where the animals were mostly in hibernation while I was there. I’ll save it for next time – another year, another season.
There were a few other things I missed while in Copenhagen, so I’m already looking forward to going back. (I kinda already was when I was there, when I saw how beautiful it was and how relatively few hours I had there.) The current list includes:
- The Dome of Visions
- Having dinner, like at all, because I didn’t, not in the entire three nights I was there. Travel schedules are weird.
- Drinking a flood of Mikkeller beer (though I did at least make it to a bottle shop)
- Roaming more and taking in even more of the endlessly intricate buildings
- The National Museum of Denmark – by the time I’d arrived, I was kind of historied out, so I focused on art
- More pastries*
But Tivoli rubs the most right now. I have a deep love of theme parks (and themed parks), so it’s a pretty major bookmark.
As ever: in time.
*I just finished watching The Great British Bake-Off, so I’m kinda feeling this way about every single place I go to ever, including San Francisco for work. More pastries. Always more pastries.