The Danes love their seasons and holidays to be marked by food traditions and there is nothing that says autumn more than crisp local apples and pears. The supermarkets and green grocers are full of baskets of little dinky red apples and bright green pears, not the mention the bottles of sweet apple juice. People with apple trees are putting buckets of free apples outside their gates. It seems apples are to the Danes what pumpkins are to the Americans.
The autumn in Copenhagen is a wonderful time. We are still high on sunshine from the summer and, if we are lucky, there are still more blue skies for a bit longer but with that crisp bite to the air. The season changed overnight here this year and arrived on the 1st September with summer fighting back for one more week before conceding defeat. But people are still torn between jackets or t shirts, not quite willing to let go of the summer.
I love the fast changing leaves, we are already seeing autumn leaves at the start of September but that could be a bit to do with the drought from such a dry summer. I love to wander around Frederiksberg Have or Dyrehaven – both are perfect this time of year for leaf viewing.
The nights are drawing in a super speed and it is already pitch dark by 8.30pm – what a contrast to just a month ago! But dark evenings mean candles and glimpses into hyggeligt apartments as people rarely put their blinds down yet. Cafes and restaurants look cosy and welcoming.
All the municipal planting has also changed season from summer brights to muted heathers and the florists are packed with bright dahlias, little decorative pumpkins and more heathers.
But the thing I look forward to most is the autumn or efterår opening at Tivoli in October to coincide with the school break. It is fabulous with 15,000 pumpkins filling the gardens and it is the last hurrah before the winter.