Ready for another train journey, George?

From Hamburg, we have one long train journey to Copenhagen – 5 hours – or so we thought.

But then two and a half hours into the journey, they announced that we had to get off the train when it goes onto the ferry to do the crossing over to Denmark!

Whoa! Another ferry? We are not going into kennels again, are we? No? We are allowed everywhere? We like this ferry – the Princess BenedikteOf the Scandiline.  We went to the top deck.George clung onto Mummy – afraid she might throw him overboard.

And he didn’t like the surface area and refused to walk!After we’ve crossed the ferry, the Danish border “politi” came on the train to check the passports of all hoomans – not ours.That’s because Denmark is not part of the Schengen Agreement.The ferry crossing broke up the journey – so instead of sitting for five hours straight, we got off.  The crossing took 45 mins. The interruption made the journey go a little faster even though it was still five hours before we got to Copenhagen.

When we left the train station, we saw the Tivoli Gardens in front of us. Dogs were not allowed in there – so we just looked at it from afar.

Our hotel was very close to the station – would have been a two minute walk but two dogs and a big wheelie meant Mummy had to manoeuvre the bag and us along uneven pavements.  We finally arrived at –Axel Guldsmeden is an eco-friendly hotel – something different. Everything green about it.

They have a lovely garden – heated of course, but it hasn’t been too cold – so far. We learnt that there’s a health and hygiene law in Denmark so pets are not allowed in restaurants but at the hotel, they had tables set up in the common areas where they can serve food. Thank goodness – or we would have to stay in the room while Mummy went out for supper.

We went for our last walk and came across this lovely shop Illums Bolighus – and found this Advent Calendar with a difference! LOL!No, Mummy, we are not taking them home – the wheelie bag is heavy enough.

May’s comment: Part 2 of our journey. After yesterday’s marathon journey, today’s journey seemed so simple. One train only from Hamburg to Copenhagen! Didn’t know about the ferry crossing – bit that was simple enough – it just meant us getting off the train – leaving all luggage in the train.

On the train was a lovely lady who sat across from us. She has two huskies, though not with her. When she saw my two, she offered to take George – during the journey of course. LOL!  As nice as she was, she started to “take over” – she loosened George’s collar without asking me. There’s a purpose for making sure the collar doesn’t slip through his head. Going up and down the train steps (I’ve been carrying him up and down those steps since Hamburg) because they have big gaps and grids! We’ve had a near accident in the early days when he fell through a gap and was held by the collar and leash. If the collar was loose and he had slipped off it, that would have been the end. He would had run in fear through the train tracks.  And then she decided to take off his coat. She may have been right there as it was room temperature inside but I also didn’t want him lying around on the filthy train floors. But I was grateful for her entertaining George.

I think I have gained muscles or at least sore muscles since we started our journey. Walking two dogs can be difficult but that massive wheelie bag – never again! Too big, too heavy to go up and down trains and train stations. And it has a life of its own. When the train or bus makes a turn, the bag comes alive!!! So not only do I have to handle two very good dogs at travelling but I also have to control a bag! Now I know why I always have just one small wheelie bag and at most a back pack. Lesson learnt – or maybe don’t travel distances during winter!

 

14 Comments

  1. Fiona Stewart

    May, I love reading your blogs, and hearing about all your adventures. You are very brave , not mad, doing all this travelling on your own with George and Miss Darcy and I admire you for doing this. Can’t wait to read about the rest of your journey.
    Oh and I wish I could find all these dog friendly places in Scotland too. 🐩

  2. Kathy Shoulders

    Your travels are amazing May!! Makes me jealous. I think it is wonderful that you take your babies with you! Enjoy!

  3. Lucca

    Following you closely.May
    Lol Lucca and Jocelyn X

  4. Cassie Sutherland

    Did it ever occur to you that not everyone in your travels loves your dogs? That they might be deathly allergic? That perhaps they might not enjoy the sitting on chairs and beds that are meant for hoomans, as you refer to yourself? No, I didn’t think so.

    • Miss Darcy

      Dear Cassie Sutherland,

      Thank you for your comment and I appreciate your opinion. I am so sorry to hear about your severe allergies – and it is with these allergies in mind that the next generation of service / assistance dogs ( which Darcy is … a cross breed ) have been bred – to be hypo-allergenic. These dogs are invaluable to people with disabilities who have severe allergies like yourself.

      In the mean time, until all pets are hypo-allergenic, anyone with an extreme allergy should avoid dog-friendly places the same way someone suffering from a seafood allergy avoids fish restaurants. But then anyone who have a cat or dog and are on public transport can prove to be a risk for those who have deathly allergies as the hairs on the pet owner clothes could cause a severe reaction.

      So in consideration of those with severe allergies, that’s why when we’re on public transportation, Darcy sits on my lap or if there’s plenty of space, I always put down my coat for her to sit on – we consider it the same as “no shoes on seats”. And we always ask those close to us if they minded – and happily most of the time, we befriend the next passenger and have enjoyable conversations for the rest of the journey.

      On our travels, we only stay in reputable hotels where we pay a premium per dog per night so that the room is throughly cleaned afterwards (although both my dogs don’t shed and they wear coats so they are clean). And we choose restaurants that are pet-friendly and we stick to the areas where dogs are allowed. These restaurants sometimes even have in-resident dogs to welcome clients.

      So rest assured that it has occurred to us to be considerate of those who have severe allergies or who have a distaste for dogs. And we are aware and have learnt to live and adapt to a world that sometimes do not like our pets as much as we love them.

      xxx

  5. Rusty and Martine

    Cassie strange you’re following a dog blog. Sorry about your allergies you must be quite housebound . I would avoid France in your travels as as it is exceptionally dog friendly. Dogs are permitted in mhotels and restaurants.

  6. Joan

    Cassie,

    Sorry about your allergies. We, too, have family members who are allergic to dogs, cats and tree nuts. It is interesting you’re following a dog-related blog, though. Which gives me some hope you might be interested in learning more about this type of relationship. As a dog ‘parent/hooman’ our furry kids have taught us to be more tolerant of everyone and accept their differences. We have become more ‘respectful’ of everyone’s space as we hope they will do the same with us and our dogs. We’ve also come to expect not everyone is enamoured with dogs or animals of any kind. We are truly sorry for those people who haven’t opened their minds and hearts to the unconditional love of a pet. If you have, wonderful! However, if witnessing May and these two wonderful pooches in their travels distresses you, then perhaps you should follow another type of blog? Cheers, Joan, Emmy and Oscar in Canada.

  7. Hilary

    Cassie, sorry to hear about your dog allergies, but as this is a dog blog, many of us follow it in the hopes of sharing in the adventures and seeing what travel options do exist. I, for you, can tell you that I’ve travelled around the world, and have been in a situation in which a traveller was highly allergic and stuck on a 13 hour flight near a cat, which the airline did little to remedy. [There were several dogs on the flight too, but the traveler didn’t complain about them.] After all, what would moving the person 3 rows from the cat do really? There are rules and regulations in place for people who need to travel with their pets, whether they be service/guide dogs or if they are moving to a new place. Unfortunately, there are no questionnaires that I’m aware of that you need to fill out before you travel that ask what you are allergic to, whether that be pets or peanuts (which still seem to be in abundance on airplanes, although they’re not supposed to be). Personally, I would love to be able to travel more with my dog but since he A) does not really like traveling in the car and B) is too big to go under the seat on a plane and I refuse to stick him in cargo, he mainly gets left behind when I do go away. Sometimes it is inevitable, however, and people need to bring their pets along for a variety of reasons. What better place to learn about such opportunities than Darcy’s blog. It seems to me that you’re enjoying it enough to follow it and I can’t imagine why you take the time to criticize. Think about something you have unconditional love for; maybe it’s not someone else’s cup of tea. Anyway, I hope at least you can keep an open mind for the future.

  8. Susanne

    Dear Cassie,

    I am very sorry to hear about your dog allergies, You can never experience the unconditional love of these amazing pets. A very famous German once said:
    ‘Of course you can live without a dog, but it’s not worth it.’ And please avoid Germany, too. Dogs are allowed in restaurants, malls, and all public places.
    I hope you feel better soon. Gute Besserung!

  9. Monica Gale

    Goodness Cassie, I would have been more sympathetic to your post trying to raise awareness to the issues you mentioned if only you would have been a bit nicer and not so rude and INCONSIDERATE, especially with that last paragraph ?? Its a bit hypocritical to say the least… if you’d have made an attempt to understand someone that owns a dog and takes him/her anywhere you would have had a much better understanding of just how much consideration goes into these trips. As for those issues you raise…. Let’s not ever have any pets in the world, No more nuts either, HECK let’s just eradicate all pollen in the world to end the suffering of all those allergic. How ludicrous and uncalled for your comment is…. ON A DOG BLOG !!!!

  10. James Glover

    Cassie I’m saddened to read your comments and sorry you felt the need to bring hurt to the author of this blog. I was always brought up on the premise that if you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all. Please walk on by…..

  11. Monica Gale

    James Glover PERFECTLY put…. xx

  12. Sam and Lola

    Dear Cassie, how sad to read this on what is, a very lovely and fun dog blog. I have to say that if anyone reads the blogs with care, they will understand just how much thought goes into the trips that are planned and that those of us with dogs take great care to only go where we are invited and allowed. Allergies are horrible to live with, but making this comment to someone who genuinely takes care with their plans and who doesn’t make the rules about where dogs can or cannot go, is not kind or necessary.

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