Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Danish Suburbs with Sandy Beaches


As Hungary is a landlocked country (interesting fact is that it wasn't always this way), everywhere we go we feel like we must see the sea or the ocean, and therefore we are often headed to the beach. We really need to see that huge amount of bright blue salty water, listen to the sound of crashing waves and seagulls, no matter if it's scorching hot or freezing cold. Even just spending a few minutes walking on the shore, or sitting by the water relaxes us completely.
 For this reason, we hopped on a train in Copenhagen, and travelled to Klampenborg.

We got on the train at Norreport, and got off at Klampenborg. You need to buy the same zone tickets as inside the capital, they cost 48 DKK one way. Note that the ticket machines only accept coins (change is possible at 7-Elevens). 
Trains run frequently, they are punctual, and extremely comfortable! 

 On board, I was pretty amazed, and also nervous - I was sure we were on the wrong train, as it was very clean, very tidy, and everything that I'm not used to. I was sure the ticket inspector would kick us off at the next station, but she did not, and she even wished us a good journey, with a smile on her face!

The beach was only a few minutes walk from the railway station.
I've always considered people living near the beach very lucky. How amazing is it to just decide, out of a sudden, that you want to go swimming in the sea, and you only need to walk or travel a few minutes, and there you are.

 Everytime we are by the sea, we always see people like this - people who can decide to just grab a towel and go swimming, like it's part of their daily routine.

Bellevue Beach was amazing. I guess it's nothing special, but still. We needed to see a Scandinavian beach.
There were like a handful of people during our visit, grandparents with their grandchildren, others walking with their dogs, and some just admiring the view and emptying their heads on their own.

 Everything was covered by snow, icicles, frozen plants and even frozen waves all around! It was magical, we've never seen anything quite like this, and even the light-grey coloured sand was unusual for us. We didn't care much about the weather, we still managed to collect some shells that weren't frozen into the sand! We were really lucky.
Also, is it just us who get surprised by seagulls in the snow? 

 There's also a really nice lifeguard tower situated in the middle of the beach, designed by Arne Jacobsen, which really complements the Scandinavian scenery. Its white and blue stripes were so perfectly matching the dark blue sea and sky with the bright snow!

We sat down on a bench by the sea, wearing five layers and still freezing, with our feet deep in the freshly fallen snow. We were just admiring the view, when he told me a woman was sitting behind us, removing her clothes. I was sure he was joking, like, who would be taking their clothes off in -10°C.. then he told me the woman was naked. And now I had to turn around to see this middle-aged naked woman leaving footsteps behind her in the snow, and walking into the freezing cold sea, down on the icy steps, while I'm sitting there in all the layers and still not being sure whether I'm going to freeze to death or not. Then, after swimming a bit, she walked back, dried herself, put on her clothes, and walked away like nothing happened.
 I was still trying to recover from this shock, when we saw two other people doing the same. Crazy!

We continued our trip by walking around Bakken, the world's oldest operating amusement park, and in Dyrehaven, a huge forest park with hundreds of deers and a beautiful royal hunting lodge. 
 In case you're interested, stay tuned!

Have you been to Klampenborg? Have you seen a 'frozen' beach during your lifetime?

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