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Bring back lots of Lego Houses / Airport sets that you will then sell on to Brickset members at a moderate markup!
And if you can only bring a few spares back, can I get my request in first, (pretty) please?
Seriously though I'm very jealous. Have a brilliant time.
Something to think about.
My limited experience of US airports suggests that shops after security are rare and limited to tacky souvenirs but in Europe 'duty free' shops are plentiful and a significant percentage of an airports revenue is generated from sales in them. You are positively encouraged to spend, spend, spend while trapped in the confined space of the departure lounge. Thus airlines have to make allowances for people boarding with bags full of bottles and other stuff in addition to their 'one bag'. It won't be a problem for him to carry a couple onto the plane.
Billund actually has some excellent shops after security selling all manner of Danish-made goods that are generally of a very high quality (Georg Jensen housewares etc.)
@CCC and I mentioned about visiting the shops after landing. I hope you can :)
Yes, lots of cheesy souvenir shops and what not at many US Airports, but some have a mall built right into the terminal.
You will be walking a lot as the distances can be deceiving. Make sure your roller bags have decent sized wheels and are somewhat waterproof as your hiking boots should be.
The best deals on sets may be found at the Billund Airport LEGO store in the departure area, where you can buy the Billund Airport set. Prices within the Park shops are quite high for Americans, and then you probably will have to pay a lot to get the excess baggage home. I took a huge roller bag and some ziploc bags, and emptied the boxes of many sets into bags leaving the boxes behind. The bag weighed a ton, but it was on wheels and I could roll it. Remember: a lot of bricks can weigh a ton. Some folks stuffed their coat pockets and other places with as many bricks as they could just to board the plane.
The LEGO house set may still be available in stores all over town and should be easy to find. It costs under 30US if I remember correctly. The exchange rate varies, so the price could be lower or higher. Check it price before you go because it may be cheaper to buy the sets at home than to pay freight to get them home.
We had a great time at Lalandia relaxing at night and enjoying a big meal. Food will be very expensive for Americans, so take your own water bottle (we refilled them wherever we saw a fountain) to save on the $5-7US Cokes. There is a small grocery store in that mall, and we stocked up on food and drinks for our rooms in order to save some money on meals and snacks. There are several restaurants in the Park, and you will want to eat there at least once.
Denmark is a gorgeous country. If you have time, check out other towns and spend a few days in Copenhagen or in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) on the way over so you get a chance to see more of Europe before reaching Billund. As to (the dreaded) Ryanair flight from Stansted to Billund, it is direct and cheap if you book early. And read all of their rules so you don't get taken; my Ryanair flight was perfect, but I did enter the plane with low expectations, which helped! And don't forget to HAVE FUN!
I dont live in Billund but when going there always go to bakery.
Always remember that the town is kinda build up around Lego, and is in DK a fairly newer town, and don't have so much old "history" but still a nice easy going town.
And yes for DK, no matter time of year, like Legogal says always prepare for rain with some wind. But is can also be nice and sunny. :-)
Here are my wheels: https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/q83/p235x350/994454_10152598025667152_8181754280000624148_n.jpg?oh=569ce8f75af8e1fe061edf54dcde69b4&oe=5587DE97
At the very least traveling on the lighting train will feel like a big kid LEGO train. :smile:
Another thing is keep your eyes open and you'll see lots of inspiration for Lego sets - e.g. #4332, #7990, the bus in #60031
I looked up baker's bad eye...it's what we call a "Danish" lol! At least those of us who are here in Canada!
Nice wheels and photo! It is nice to hear that BIllund does get sunny days. We were beginning to wonder after five rainy and cold ones in May.
Some of the best pastries in the U.S. are called "Danishes," and always remind me of a Denmark...bringing a smile to my face. Another reason Danes appear to be happy, but then they have all their LEGO, so WHY would they NOT be happy?
I have another question as well, does the bus that travels from Billund airport to the Legoland hotel offer tickets which can be purchased by credit card?
Thanks to to all for these great tips- I'm getting excited about the trip the more I read
I have never used the bus but I suspect not. Just grab from Krone from the cash machine at the airport.
Have a good trip Coyotelily!
Really cool plates Huw and Legoboy!
... so, yes, "Billund Bageri".
And that is the one! Umm getting hungry.