Passions Other Than Travel

Globe Trottin Granny loves to travel. Some seasons of life includes a lot of travel. In 2012 when I was in Sweden with my husband, who was there for a work assignment, every day was travel. Whether I was in Sweden exploring cultural differences, or traveling in another country. From the base of Sweden, traveling to other parts of Europe is much like traveling to other states in the US. I was blessed with traveling to Denmark, Italy, Greece, Greek Isles, Sicily, Crete, Turkey, Spain and France. Now back in the states, I still do some travel, but not with the frequency as before.

Introducing to you new passions close to my heart. I love to create art with fabric. Art quilting, and other varieties of creating with fabric, color and fiber.

Another passion that developed long before I became Globe Trottin Granny is missions, and charitable giving. As far back as the 70’s when I took my first mission trip to Indian tribe towns in Oklahoma, I have been drawn to a desire to help in missions. Later, I traveled with groups to Vero Beach, Fl, Roanoke, Va., and the Kenai peninsula in Alaska. In all those cases, helping with hurricane recovery, or helping elderly people build wheel chair ramps, or decks as improvements or repairs to their home. Trips to Honduras, and El Salvador showed me other needs.

Thus, I have set up a site to sell things I have created. I have been able to combine my creative desire, with my desire to give to missions and other charitable causes. All profits from the sale of my creations will go to these charitable causes. It will not go to me traveling for mission trips, that is separate, but will go to causes that I have identified that may be mission related, or other needs.

I find my fabric at! Click here. They have a wide selection of quality fabrics, and offer international shipping.

You will find my creations at Couch Bee Creations.

Bikes: The Way They Roll

In Sweden children usually learn to ride their bicycle around the age of 3. In our neighborhood I have seen a “big brother” about 3 on a bicycle doing well with an 18 month old in diapers trying to keep up by using a scooter. Riding a bicycle is a way of life in Sweden.
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Bike in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen this style of bike with a front cart built in was the most common type. I didn’t see one in Sweden until this week, and in the cart was a little boy, and his little 2 wheel bike.

Unoccupied Bike with cart

Here is another view of a bike with the cart on the front, in Denmark. Most popular in Sweden are the bike seats for children on the back fender, or sometimes a cart behind.

Decorative Bike

This is a decorative metalwork at the Cycle Park, which is for parking cycles. The second word on the sign, I can’t find a translation that seems right with Google Translate. Puss translates as “kiss” or “puddle”, and lunden as grove. The second part makes sense, but I don’t understand the first. Any help from my Swedish readers?

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A cycle pump at the cycle park, that is provided for the city of Linköping.

Bamboo Bike in Eco shop

This bamboo bike was in the window of an Eco shop, in Copenhagen. It is a prototype, and very expensive.

Crossing box

Each intersection has two boxes with a button for the traffic signal. One for bikes, and one for walkers.

Typical walking path, and biking path in Sweden.

Biking is a way of life in Sweden and Denmark. It is done in all weather, rain, snow, ice. This doesn’t always mean they don’t have a car, but only use the car when necessary.

Free Places to See in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is known to be an expensive city. Without a doubt, a family will have to pay for food, and accommodations at a hotel. There are variations of prices for each, but this is a post about how you can enjoy the city’s sights without spending.

Walking is the first way. We walked about 5 miles on both Friday and Saturday. We were able to wander where we wanted, without a time schedule. When we needed a break, we could always find a bench in a park or outside a store.

  • Bench in a park in Copenhagen Bench in a park in Copenhagen A place to rest.
  • Bench in Courtyard Bench in Courtyard
  • Bench in Park Bench in Park

The parks are beautiful, and even the Botanical park is free. You can enjoy the beauty of the fountains, monuments, and statues that are everywhere.

We walked down the world’s longest pedestrian only shopping walk in downtown Copenhagen. This picture shows it. Because it was a holiday in Denmark (Ascension Day) weekend, it got much more crowded than this. We enjoyed looking in shops. You don’t always have to buy to enjoy it.

  • Pedestrian only shopping street in Copenhagen Pedestrian only shopping street in Copenhagen
  • Florist Florist
  • Oldest glove shop Oldest glove shop
  • Florist Florist
  • Bakery in Copenhagen Bakery in Copenhagen
  • Vegetable stand Vegetable stand
  • House of Amber House of Amber
  • Jeweled Amber Tree Jeweled Amber Tree

Another way we could have navigated is by bike. For free! The city has a program where you put a deposit equal to about $3.00 and you can take a bike. You can ride it anywhere in the main city area. Then return it at any of the bike stations and get your money back. Be there by 8:00 a.m. to get one before they are gone.

We walked through the old Danish military barracks.

  • Bridge going to barracks Bridge going to barracks
  • Windmill by barracks Windmill by barracks
  • Barracks Barracks
  • Entry to barracks Entry to barracks

We went to the Resistance Museum. This is a museum documenting the atrocities done to the Danish during the Nazi occupation in World War 1. And highlighting the underground resistance movement, which was started by the Danish citizens, and later assisted by England. It was successful and drove the Nazi’s out.

The Resistance Museum is free, and all the Danish National Museums are free. There are many free museums in Copenhagen. Some of them have a schedule of when they are free. Here is a list.

*The museums with free admission for everybody once a week are:
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen (Sun)
Tøjhusmuseet (Museum of Arms and Uniforms), Copenhagen (Weds)
Jagt- og Skovbrugsmuseet (Hunting and Forestry Museum), Hørsholm (Weds)
Post & Tele Museum, Copenhagen (all days)
Orlogsmuseet (Naval Museum), Copenhagen (Weds)
Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen (Weds)
Københavns Bymuseum (Museum of City of Copenhagen), Copenhagen (Fri)
Designmuseet Danmark, Copenhagen (Weds)
Dansk Landbrugsmuseum (Museum of Danish Agriculture), Gl. Estrup, Randers (Fri)

Last, but not least is Copenhagen’s most famous statue, The Little Mermaid. It was inspired by a fairy tale written by Hans Christian Anderson. In 1909 Carl Jacobsen commissioned sculptor Edvard Eriksen to make it. It was unveiled in August 23, 1913.

Unfortunately, since 1964 it has been beheaded, it’s arm was cut off, defaced, and dressed. Sometimes it is a political statement, and some times it is misdirected mischief. At times the body part was returned, but in all cases, it was restored. The famous statue is really just a copy of the original. The heirs have kept the original in an undisclosed place.

Do you know of other free things for visitors to Copenhagen to see? Let us know by commenting below.
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A Vegan Experience

During our trip to Copenhagen, I was still looking for a quilt shop, or at least a fabric shop. I wanted to find some fabric that was unique to Denmark. During our walk along the streets, we came upon a small shop that carried organic products, and handcrafted organic items. We stopped in, and I was hoping to find some silk sewing thread that the Scandinavia countries call “wire”. Or, some hand printed or dyed fabric. We didn’t find that, but we found a friendly American who is married to a Dane, he was from New Jersey, has a sister living in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and also lived in South Africa for a while, where Daren worked for a while. Let’s see, he didn’t know anybody in Ohio, or on my street.:) We enjoyed talking to him for a bit. It’s fun when this happens, and things like that happen quite often.

Well, when he found out I was looking for a fabric shop, he told me there were two right around the corner. In fact they were side by side, and had the same name. He didn’t know why there were two stores, and I couldn’t figure it out either. I did get some wire, or thread, but that was all.

Fabric Shop (Stof is Danish for fabric) Photo by Daren R. Couch

Inside Stof 2000 Photo by Daren R. Couch

While I was in the fabric shop, Daren waited for me in a small cafe. When I joined him we decided to eat lunch. It was a vegan restaurant. I love my vegetables, but I’m not vegetarian, or vegan.

Firefly Garden Photo by Daren R. Couch

The menu was very interesting. It listed a mushroom omelet without eggs, and a barbecue sandwich without any meat, just veggies. The waiter gave us a list of items and herbs in the dishes. They had developed some of the recipes, and are constantly experimenting on new ways to make the foods as tasty as possible. He said a certain blend of black pepper makes the combination taste like an egg in an omelet.

My Lunch at Firefly and the Ordering System Photo by Daren R. Couch

We were not disappointed. The dishes were absolutely delicious!

Another thing that was interesting is the menu is on a computer pad type of machine that they bring to the table. The order goes directly to the kitchen, then brought by the waiter to the table. When we were through, the check could be requested on the computer.

The service was quick and courteous, and the staff was friendly and willing to answer any questions about the menu. It was called Firefly Garden Botanic Restaurant and Bar. If you are interested in seeing the menu, just click on the word Firefly, and you will be taken there. They have the option of English on the site.

If we go back to Copenhagen, and I can’t afford Noma, I will definitely go back to the Firefly.

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The Old and the New of Copenhagen

The buildings in Copenhagen go from the very old to the ultra modern.

The Round Tower was built as an observatory in the 1600’s by Christian IV. It opened in 1642, and was used as a university and professional observatory and now still serves amateur astronomers.

Observatory Tower in Copenhagen Photo by Daren R. Couch

In our walks around Copenhagen, I noticed one building with an insignia that looked much like the dreaded swastika. So, I researched and found that a symbol similar to that, but not tilted, was often used in architecture previous to the notoriety of the symbol. At that time it was a symbol for goodness and abundance. After Hitlers use of it, the symbol was forever tainted.

Building with Symbols Photo by Daren R. Couch

The Opera House is an example of modern Danish architecture. The architect who designed the building was Henning Larsen. It is the most expensive opera house ever built, coming in at $500 million in US dollars. Funding was by the company now known as Maersk. The Opera House opened in January 2005. It was donated to the Danish state by the company.

Opera House, Copenhagen Photo by Daren R. Couch

Here is a gallery of pictures of different architecture in Copenhagen.

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