Zoos are zoos are zoos but Copenhagen Zoo is a great getaway for the family and it is unique in that it is located very close to town. A simple bus or bike ride from Central Station.
Built in 1859, the Zoo has evolved well. The petting zoo is super for kids and Sir Norman Foster has designed the coming Elephant House.
The Zoo is open 365 days a year!
The hot spot for young, hungover city dwellers. You're lucky to get a table on a Saturday but try the Hang-over Brunch and, if necessary, order a painkiller pill with it.
Brunch is served from 10-13 except Saturday 10-12 and Sunday 10-15.
In town at:
Tel: (+45)33 13 50 60
This is one of the most important 'must do's' every time I'm in New York.
A spectacular selection of paper, stationery and journals. Unique designs and excellent quality.
Kate's now has several shops in Manhattan. Check their website:
The main newsstand in the Central Station is the best place to buy the papers. They're usually on the racks in the late morning.
In addition, this newsstand has the best selection of papers from across Europe as well as magazines.
When entering through the main entrance, the newsstand is on the left across from McDonalds.
In this town you have Stortorget (Big Square) and Lilla Torg (Little Square). The lesser of the two is the most charming and its history as a market square (from 1592) makes it a natural place to host several cosy cafés and restaurants - all with outdoor seating from March to October.
The meeting place of choice for the locals.
If you're on the Big Square, you're in the wrong place. Go small.
Malmö is eager to exploit the fact that they're back on the map. A surefire way to do that is to build a huge building and The Turning Torso is turning heads.
Architect Santiago Calatrava's fantastic apartment building is 190 metres tall and Sweden's tallest building. When in Malmö, look up. You'll see it.
The official name is The Calgary Zoo, Botanical Garden & Prehistoric Park, which gives you an idea of the scope.
Ranks high on the international 'zoo-o-meter' for it's quality and size. Loads of things to see and the kids will love the prehistoric park with dinos and what have you.
The LRT (train) stops at Zoo Station.
1300 Zoo Road (off Memorial Drive)
16 dollars (adults), 8 bucks (kids)
Neither here nor there by Bill Bryson reveals his love affair with Copenhagen. He travels throughout Europe in the book but his passages about CPH are great. He loved it and was convinced that all the old and ugly people are put away in the summer so that only beautiful people are on the streets.
Bookshops or online
A long line of famous Danes are buried here. Among those known abroad are Hans Christian Andersen, Soren Kierkegaard and Niels Bohr.
It's an oasis in the middle of the noisy Nørrebro neighbourhood and has been used as a park for decades.
If you visit in the summer don't be suprised to see half-naked locals lounging on blankets in the sun.
A wonderful graveyard in all seasons.
Located along Nørrebrogade - the long, yellow wall is it. Bus 5A will take you there from the centre or it's a 30 min. walk up Nørrebrogade.
Open 8-16 (winter) and 8-20 (summer).
A stone's throw from the town hall square, the Danish Design Centre showcases all that is hot in Danish design. There's always an exhibition on and their shop is guaranteed to tickle your fancy with its wealth of cutting edge design wares.
Entree: 40 kroner (20 for students)
H.C. Andersens Boulevard 27. Just south of the Town Hall.
Tel +45 3369 3369
Ironic isn't it? The design hotel phenomenon was late in coming to this Mother of All Design Nations. But Hotel Sankt Petri has got the whole concept wrapped up. Housed in an old department store, the hotel offers an über modern hotel experience. In short, it's the urban resort of choice for the demanding, travelling urbanite. There's a bar, brasserie and a cafe.
Prices start at 2,100 kroner.
Located in the heart of town.
Brush up on your Arabic phrases if you're travelling to Kashgar. Most of the population are Uighurs and prefer using their own language, based on Turkish and Arabic.
You'll win more street cred than if you wander about spouting Chinese grammar.
The language can be found in your mouth.
Calgary has developed a unique habit when creating new neighbourhoods as the city expands. In the south of the city they dug a huge hole, made a hill with the dirt, made a lake in the hole and then built a neighbourhood around the lake.
The result? Fascinating lessons in modern urban planning. Check out Lake Bonavista, Lake Bonaventure, Lake Midnapore and many others if urban planning is your kinky thang.
The above mentioned neighbourhoods are south of the city centre.
Happy Together by Wong Kar-Wai preceded his award-winning In the Mood for Love and is a haunting, longing tale of two foreigners lost in both Buenos Aires and their pursuit of happiness.
A great portrait of the melancholy side of the city, complete with a soundtrack by Frank Zappa. Decidedly arthouse fare, but a crackingly beautiful film all the same.
Happy Together can surely be purchased online.
When Banff National Park was created in 1883, the hot springs were the main attraction. Tired railway workers soothed their limbs in the hot mineral water and a spa was soon built to cater to tourists.
It's a national historic site where you can visit the caves.
Hard to describe this 107-year-old castle-like hotel. It rises majestically above the forest and has hosted kings and stars throughout its history.
815 rooms for a maximum of 2,000 guests when full, the hotel features 12 restaurants and a nightclub and everything is pretty much as it was back in the day.
The jewel in the crown of the Canadian railways hotel chain for a century, the Banff Springs Hotel is a rare experience where old-school luxury takes on new dimensions.
Lake Louise ski resort is perhaps the best known ski area around Banff as it has hosted many World Cups.
And hour and a half from Banff and you're in powder heaven with ultra modern facilities and pistes for every level of ability.
I would bet the farm that more postcards have been sold with pictures of Lake Louise than any other destination in Canada. A stunning hotel overlooking the perfect lake.
Rent a canoe or go for a long walk along the path around the lake. Braver souls can hike to the Tea House for a cuppa in nature's proudest surroundings.
And hour and a half from Banff by car. The railroad chugs past if you choose the rail solution between Calgary and Vancouver.
Vesterbro is a dynamic, youthful neighbourhood well worth a visit. Istedgade is the main street to wander down. By the central station there are sex shops, tourist hotels and a mini Chinatown, but continue on and soon lively middle-eastern green grocers, trendy boutiques and wonderful cafes appear.
A high concentration of great and varied restaurants, fantastic coffee places and an invaluable insight into the daily life of Copenhageners are to be found in this old working class neighbourhood.
To the left of the Central Station on the map. Walk up Istedgade to Enghave Plads (square). At an amble it'll take a relaxing 30 minutes.
It all started in 1912 when rodeo competition was arranged to celebrate the old west and the cowboy culture. For ten days every July this busy oil town dons denim and stetsons and has a party. There is rodeo and chuckwagon racing galore, as well as Native American culture and a fun fair.
You can eat free for the duration as many shopping centres put on pancake breakfasts. Yeehaw. Yahoo. And all that.
It's good, clean fun (unless animal cruelty is an issue for you) and at the very least it's fascinating to see such a large city get so into an event that they change their wardrobe en masse.
At Stampede Park on McLeod Trail. Easily reached from downtown by train. Starts on the first Friday in July every year.
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