For our extended stay in New York City, we decided to bring on a nanny to make sure everyone in the family would get the most from our time in the big apple. James and I had tickets booked to shows, to see the NY Rangers, and most of all, eagerly anticipated trying out some of New York’s better restaurants.
Enter Carrie, a born and bred local New York girl originally hailing from Long Island but residing in Brooklyn. Carrie impressed James and I during our skype interview, she ultimately had the best knowledge of the city and would be able to keep the kids entertained with the click of her fingers. We agreed on a 3 day per week schedule with some nighttime babysitting too.
Sweden, land of the vikings, IKEA, H&M, ABBA, Volvo and the infamous Muppet ‘Swedish Chef’.
Malmo is located in south west Sweden, the 3rd largest city in the country. As time was limited, we chose to visit the closest Swede city we could access from Copenhagen. A mere 25 minute ride on the express train over the Oresund Bridge had us arriving at Malmo Central Station. The train was clean and efficient, people rolled their suitcases on and off as we made a stop at Copenhagen International Airport before leaving Denmark and crossing into Sweden.
When people think of Denmark and cuisine, most people land on the name “NOMA”. Holding the #1 rank as the best restaurant in the world, James and I knew our chances of getting a table were slim. The dining room is small, only seating 45 people at a time.
James made our reservation request for Noma in May 2014, a few weeks after we left Sydney. By the time October rolled around, we still had no confirmation. With our dreams of visiting Noma behind us, we explored different options and had some amazing dining experiences in the Danish capital.
Centered in the middle of Copenhagen, lies Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world. Opening in 1843, it attracts more than 4 million visitors annually and is a great source of entertainment featuring rides, food, a theatre and of course, gardens. It is completely gated and secure. It operates as a summer amusement park but opens for 2 weeks at Halloween and a few weeks for Christmas in December.
After a big day at Portobello Road Markets, we decided to go all out the next day and visit the Old Spitalfields Market followed by Brick Lane in Shoreditch and the Art of Brick Lego Exhibition.
Sunday is usually the busiest market day in London. We left our apartment early and grabbed some coffee at a cute cafe near the Tube station before walking up to the Old Spitalfields Market in East London.