my life in turks and caicos…with a baby

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when i went home to portugal this summer, i got asked a lot of questions about my life with julia here on island. she was very clingy during our first days in portugal and my friends and family just assumed it was because she wasn’t used to socializing with a lot of people – you must be home with her all day – they said. little did they know… to help me with the baby blues, i was out all the time, so julia got used to coming with me for coffee with friends, baby groups and mid week lunches with james.

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copenhagen

my-sea-story-2this summer we went to portugal for a few weeks, we were mainly going for my brother’s wedding, to catch up with family and friends whom we miss so much, and hadn’t seen julia since she was a newborn. we always love going home to portugal, but it doesn’t really feel like we are going on a trip together. so we also wanted to go somewhere new,  a short flight away from portugal, easy to bring julia with us – and of course, we weren’t really looking for a beach destination.

my-sea-story-33we decided on copenhagen and stockholm, both child friendly cities, plus, it wouldn’t be too hot. we stayed in copenhagen for three night and picked an hotel in indre by, so we could easily stroll to nearby coffee shops and restaurants.

my-sea-story-28we typically left the hotel in the morning to go explore the city, and after having a casual lunch, we came back to the hotel, so julia could have a nap, before heading out for an early dinner.

my-sea-story-7tivoli was undoubtedly one of our favorite spots, it’s the second oldest amusement park in the world, opened in 1843 and it must be the prettiest amusement park ever – all amusement parks should be this magical, right!? although julia is too young to enjoy it, it was nice to stroll around and she even went on her first ride with James! i hope we can come back with her in a few years.

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unfortunately, during this time of the year (end of july) most of the high end restaurants are closed for vacation, but luckily, the city is packed with cute little restaurants and coffee shops in every neighbourhood, where they serve delicious flavor combinations with the freshest ingredients, and perfect cappuccinos every time – i’m officially a fan of the danish food scene!

my-sea-story-10amongst our favorites for a quick meal on the go were bristish chain joe & the juice and big apple (pictured above), a chain of cozy coffee shops were we had delicious danish bread sandwiches – dense and light at the same time, have you tried it?

my-sea-story-14we stopped by a park, ostedsparken, to relax and play with julia, she loved chilling on the grass. we don’t have many spots with grass for kids here in turks and caicos, so it was really nice for a change.

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my-sea-story-13we had the most delicious dinner at sticks ‘n sushi, this place specializes in sushi and small skewers, denmark has amazingly fresh fish, so no wonder the sushi was so good.

my-sea-story-15i’m glad james insisted to go on the canal tour, i was a bit skeptical because of julia – was it going to be too hot, where would we leave the stroller, what if she has a tantrum and we’re in the middle of canal? in the end it was fine, she had a long nap so i enjoyed the views, just not many pics, but the tour is totally worth it and we got to see other sides of the city we couldn’t stroll to – the little mermaid, the opera house, and a peek to christiania amongst others. the tour leaves from the port of nyhavn, we loved the colorful houses here, and copenhagen is such a safe and baby friendly city, that it was perfectly fine to leave the stroller just by the dock.

my-sea-story-16my-sea-story-18my-sea-story-17there are several castles and palaces in copenhagen, at least we got to visit one – the rosenborg castle. it was beautiful, and we specially liked the park that surrounds it, busy with people of all ages, drinking, eating and sunbathing.

my-sea-story-19my-sea-story-20my-sea-story-21the round tower or rundetaarn, was around the corner from our hotel, it’s an icon of copenhagen since 1637. we strolled/climbed the  209m long spiral ramp to the top. at the very top, there is a niche where you can see this view of the city, but as soon as i saw the little hole we had to go through…i had to run downstairs – vertigo and claustrophobia all in one! too bad i always miss all the pretty views from touristy attractions, oh well, at least i have the picture taken by james.

my-sea-story-22 my-sea-story-23my-sea-story-24we read about torvehallerne on our wallpaper city guide on copenhagen, it’s 100% our type of place, a food market with more than 60 stalls, and walking distance from our hotel – perfect to stroll to with julia and grab something delicious without having to wait forever. everything we ordered was delicious, but we specially liked laura’s bakery, the coffee collective and smag, where i had a delicious vegetarian salad topped up with green pea pesto and carrot hummus. we also had the best organic oats and caramel ice cream stick from engmark is. and the list goes on.

my-sea-story-25my-sea-story-27my-sea-story-26pictured, the freshest fish from fiskerikajen.

my-sea-story-30my-sea-story-31i didn’t do much shopping, but was tempted to, if you are planning to visit, make sure you go to stroget, packed with stores. i did get a quick peek at cos, &other stories, illums bolighus and magasin du nord.

my-sea-story-29there is so much to do, see, visit, eat in copenhagen, i can’t wait to go back! copenhagen is clean, safe, organized, and ‘apppealing’, its not cheap (compared to other european cities) and it’s a very child friendly city, there are strollers and kids everywhere and it’s very easy to walk around the city. i don’t know what took me so long to visit!

my-sea-story-32if you would like to visit, visit copenhagen has a lot of info on the city.

other my sea story travel adventures here, and a post on stockholm on the way.

picture 25 from laura’s bakery, all other by myseasetory.

made in turks and caicos

my-sea-storyoccasionally, i get asked by readers and visiting friends – what souvenirs can we take home from turks and caicos, something typical from the islands that will remind us of our stay?  other than a conch, i love these colorful handmade baskets, made in turks and caicos. you can find them at anna’s art gallery in providenciales or at daniel’s cafe in middle caicos.

10 days in turks and caicos

my-sea-story-4if you remember this (semi-fake) post, one of the items on my bucket list was to have my dad visit us, and thanks to her, he finally made it to turks and caicos. my parents, my sister and her boyfriend spent 10 amazing days with us and i would love to share a few of the things we did during their stay.

my-sea-story-11my-sea-story-16my-sea-story-1we went to da conch shack for the best cracked conch and fried plantains – my mum bought a gorgeous conch to bring back home as a souvenir – yes, very touristy and we love it!

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we went beach-sight-seeing, other than grace bay beach, there are loads of gorgeous beaches on island, we went to pelican beach, emerald point, long bay beach, turtle tail, taylor bay and sapodilla bay. we visited chalk sound national park and the gorgeous chalky water colour.

my-sea-story-18we drank loads of fresh coconut water, from in our garden.

my-sea-story-19my dad took my mum sailing on grace bay beach – next time they’ll go stand up paddle boarding!

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my dad and james went fishing with silver deep, whilst julia and i took my mum and sister shopping at our favorite store – the boutique at grace bay club. that night, we were lucky to have the best tuna sashimi, caught by them!my-sea-story-3we went to amanyara for the most amazing sunset drinks – i always have their champagne mojito.

my-sea-story-20we went to somewhere – more times than we would like to admit – for some snorkeling at coral gardens, followed by the best pulled pork tacos.

we dipped julia under the water – counted to three, blew on her face, and gulp glup – i was more scared than her, she just reacted a little surprised, and we found it too funny.

my-sea-story-9we had the best beach lunch at stix – our favorite place to have a meal with our feet on the sand.

my-sea-story-10we had smoothies and iced lattes at lemon 2 go, chocolate chips cookies, so good we had to eat them before taking any picture.

my-sea-story-13sometime my family would go out sightseeing or relaxing by the beach, james was working, whilst i stayed home with julia napping, and then we would get together for some more playtime. julia loves being in the water, but this was her first encounter with the sand, it was so funny to see her curious reaction.

my-sea-story-6we had the best family meals at home and relaxed for hours at the beach and played with julia in the water!

thank you mum and dad, for coming to visit, thanks ines and nuno for joining, for spoiling and making julia laugh non stop! we had the best time ever and can’t wait to have you back ♡

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ps – more things to do in turks & caicos HERE