Mamma Mia! What a pretty country.

Trip Start Mar 17, 2012
Trip End Jun 26, 2012

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Where I stayed
Quality Hotel Grand Kristianstad
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Sweden  , Skåne,
Friday, May 25, 2012

This morning we must say farewell to Pam & Rob who are flying to London and we will be picking up a car rental which has been booked at the Copenhagen Europcar office.

We all exit the hotel at around 9.30 AM (Pam & Rob have checked out but we are coming back with the car to load up before the check-out time of 12.00 PM) and walk a short distance to the train station where Pam & Rob can get a direct train to the airport. Once they are safely off, we walk a similar distance to the Europcar office to pick up our reservation.

"Passport, licence and credit card please" says the young girl behind the counter.
"Oh! I have my licence and credit card, but I have left my passport back at the hotel. In all my days of renting vehicles around the world, I have never been asked for my passport!"
"Sorry!" she retorts. "No passport, no rental"
Despite my most persuasive pleas, there was no budging the rock that stood before me. I told Gail to sit tight and I would return in half an hour.
One wrong turn, two bus rides, three sprints, four curses and 55 minutes later, I present my bedraggled self back at the counter with my passport.
"Oh! I can give you an upgrade at no extra charge. It is a 7 seater wagon and has a German number plate (we are dropping the car off in Munich)"
On one hand it will be advantageous to have a bigger vehicle, but on the other hand it will chew up more fuel than the economy vehicle I had chosen. I have a look at the vehicle offered and ask if there is a luggage cover for the back area. (I have heard bad stories of car break-in theft in Eastern Europe).
"Sorry" she replies, "but it does not have one and it is a holiday today in Copenhagen and it is not possible to get you one!"
"Fine" I respond, "I will just go with my original choice". I knew that she would be trying to re-locate the German vehicle back to Germany, so in a sense I was feeling quite chipper about it after my passport ordeal.
"OK, OK - I will waive your one way fee if you take the vehicle!"
Since $500 is not to be sneezed at, I (reluctantly) accept her offer.
"Sign here, here, here and initial here, here, and here. These are your keys. Have a nice day"

We are off and just in the nick of time to make it back to the hotel for our 12.00 PM check-out.

We head off from the hotel in an Easterly direction toward the Swedish border. The Oresund Bridge connects Denmark to Sweden and the bridge runs nearly 8 km (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The remainder of the link is by tunnel from Peberholm to the Danish island Amager. The Øresund Bridge is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, and connects two major metropolitan areas: those of the Danish capital city Copenhagen and the major Swedish city Malmö.    

After spending a considerable time in Malmo we continue our journey and stop briefly in 2 magical Swedish towns - Lund and Ystad.

From there we continue to our final destination for the day - Kristianstad. Upon arriving, we check into our hotel, have a quick meal at the local pub and retire for the night for a well earned rest after quite a busy day.
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Leonie on

Beautiful scenery & looks like perfect weather

Heather Penman on

An amazing holiday, with interesting stories accompanied by great pics. Enjoy the next episode !

Seahound on

Hey Phil,

Great story about the Danish Rock. She would make an excellent banker.

You built a beautiful picture of her Teutonic brevity and crunch, then crashed it by not showing a photo of her! Sob....sniff.....I will be tormented all day now, wondering if she was beautiful or ugly. My sense is she was a real dish, as she had you dancing for her!

Don't forget to hold your nerve when crossing them European bridges. You know the Europeans are out of money, cactus, so anything could happen.

Bagwan is still taking my lolly, but have not made a move. Risk in Ultra Red Zone.

Good luck with your driving.

We hope Gail is a good lookout for you.


Katherine on

Well done $500.00 she did ou a favour

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