A very early start at 5.30am, we got up and sorted and ready for the taxi Ron had ordered last night by 6.20am. After 10-15 minutes of waiting, no taxi arrived so Ron went and asked about the taxi. We found out that no taxi was coming so we were told it would be a further 10 minute wait. After another 15 minutes, still with no sign of our ordered taxi, we managed to flag down a passing taxi. By this time we were in a bit of a panic as we needed to get to Heathrow and were 30 minutes behind schedule.
As it happened, it worked out cheaper and easier for the taxi to take us directly to Heathrow than if we had stuck with our original plan of taking the taxi to Paddington Station and jumping on the Heathrow Express (around 80 pounds all up) and humping all the bags as well.
We made it in time to check in and go through and have a coffee and bite to eat. It was very easy going through customs - Terminal 2 is well designed and very airy. The SAS flight to Copenhagen was quick being about 1 hour 20 minutes. We arrived about 12.45pm to a cloudy day. It did not take long to go through Customs and get our Passports stamped (yay).
We stopped for a quick coffee and bought the train tickets to Malmö, Sweden. From the arrivals hall a short elevator trip brought us out directly onto the train platform - very convenient. It was a 25 minute train trip across the Øresund Bridge between Denmark and Sweden, including a couple of stops, during one of which our passports were checked by customs officers who boarded the train.
We then grabbed another taxi to our hotel, First Hotel Mortenson, which is very near the centre of town. We checked in and the hotel receptionist was very friendly and gave us information about Malmö. After a short break we set off to explore the immediate area. The centre of Malmö is very European in style - cobblestone streets, beautiful building facades and lots of cafes. After yet another coffee we strolled back to the hotel to rest before dinner.
We set our again at 6.00pm and walked the short distance to the Lilla Torg (literally 'Little Square') which is fringed with restaurants and cafes. We found a nice European restaurant and sat outside under a gas heater, enjoying our first true meal in Sweden. After a delicious, if expensive, dinner we walked further afield to check out our destination tomorrow - the Malmöhus Castle. We were soon back at the hotel for an early night.
Just a note, one thing that has struck us about Europe is the amount of people who smoke. It is really noticable when walking around and getting a smell of it quite often. Here in Malmö, patrons are allowed to smoke in the outside areas of the restaurant and the sad part is that the pavenments around the restaurants are covered in cigarette butts.