in the interests of research, I dragged myself from my pit, donned my comfiest walking shoes and headed into town for some
retail therapy....sorry, investigation. Strøget, the main shopping drag, is made up of several pedestrianised streets. Fortunately,
or unfortunately for the bank balance, June appears to be SALE time and the handbag shop Neye had up to 50% off!! So in your
interest dear reader I braced myself and entered. Quick to spot local customs I soon had several bags in my grasp, a true
native, you would have been proud of me.
Next a good browse through Illums Bolighus, a wonderful shop full of lovely scandinavian design, you really
need to come here with a transit van and a very healthy bank account, 'cause you won't know where to stop.
The two main department stores are Illums and Magasin, the latter being the biggest. Both are
pretty good and I made some purchases on your behalf and can assure you the service is very good. I bought some quilt covers
- it saves washing them out - so far I have bought Dutch covers, German and now Danish, I have to say the quality of the Danish
ones are much superior or maybe it was the joy of snuggling down under clean sheets at last!
There are plenty of places to park the weary feet and enjoy a coffee or beer or even ice-cream if that's
your fancy (did I tell you I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I discovered liquorice ice-cream here..it's yummy!)
and watch the world go by.
There are loads of little shops in the side streets and these are worth exploring. So if you fancy a piece
of (overpriced) Amber or a luurvely snowflake jumper which still smells of sheep or something stunningly designed then Strøget
is your place. If it's raining and you miss the blandness of British shopping malls then try Fisketorvet, a modern shopping
centre, with food malls, cinema complex and of course shops. If you do though, you'll miss out on the street entertainment
ever present in Strøget, singing Laps in full national dress to a really rather good Danish version of Showaddywaddy?
As for me, well I came away with rather to many bags to lug home from the station, and have been moaned at
ever since that the for'ard cabin looks like a department store. As I keep telling them IT'S RESEARCH!
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