So I've really been dropping the ball on keeping up on this blogging game lately. But some exciting things have been taking place in our lives so it's excusable.
Now where did I leave off... COPENHAGEN!
After our magical time in Norway had come to a close, we jet-setted off to Denmark! Copenhagen had been another place on my radar for as long as I could remember because Danish furniture, duh. We landed in the evening and our headed over to our overly cute airbnb in Fredricksberg and called it a day. Seriously, I loved this apartment!
After some much needed rest, we set out for our first packed day starting with breakfast at Cafe Dyrehaven in the adorable Vesterbro area. Once again, we were greeted with magnificent open face smoked salmon sandwiches covered in fresh avocado. They also had a wonderful campari ice coffee. It was a dream come true.
Like most European cities, we purchased their city card, the Copenhagen Card, that gives you free access to museums and other attractions, public transportation, and discounts at restaurants. I recommend speaking with someone at CPH's Central Station to figure out which card type would be suite your stay. It is definitely worth it. But, don't buy stamps at the central station, just dont.
Copenhagen Pass in hand we walked over to the Danish Design Museum to drool over all the sexy furniture designs that have come out of this country. It was such a cool musseum with so many fun things to look at without being overwhelming. I wanted to smuggle everything out and take it home with us!
From this point we headed down the street to Kastellet, the best preserved star-snapped fortresses in Europe from 1624. It was pretty eerie and interesting to walk around this old military base that housed a fairytale-like church and old Danish Windmill.
If I haven't mentioned it, it was HOT in Copenhagen. The weather report lied so I was not dressed appropriately for this 80-something degree heat-wave they were having. So we thought we would head over to Nyygen Harbor to catch a break and a drink. WRONG. It was a zoo. (pictured at the top of this post) At this point I wanted to just leave and go back to Norway OR buy some shorts. I bought some shorts and it changed my life. But we still felt traumatized by the crowds so we decided to rent some bikes and cruise into Christiania, aka Free Christiania, a completely self-sustained anarchist district in the center of Copenhagen where art, music, love and weed are available. This place was effin awesome and nothing like we had seen before. Unfortunately, photos are highly frowned upon inside so I only have this photo of Danny before we went in and delicious popsicle I had inside while listening to some Danish jams.
After Cristiania, we took a quick breather and the headed to Tivoli, the 2nd oldest operating amusement park and "pleasure garden" in the world. This place puts Disneyland to shame and there really isn't anything quite like it. Filled with your usual rides but since this isn't America, they are actually terrifying. Once the sun sets, the parks lights up into a vibrant, magical wonderland. As the night went on, we grabbed a drink and watched one of the best firework shows I have ever seen. They do not mess around here.
The next morning we woke up early in search of one of the Forgotten Giants. These large sculptures made of of recycled wood created by Thomas Danmbo, have been scattered around Copenhagen's suburbs. The project was intended to connect yourself with nature and to give a treasure hunt experience. Yes, there is a "treasure map" of sorts and it was by no means easy to decipher. Danny and I pieced together information and hopped onto a bus not really knowing where to look once we got there. And it was my lucky day to be colored coordinated with our bus.
After about two hours of walking around, getting on more buses, feeling lost and defeated, we found one! Tucked away in a space I would have never imagined to be, laid Sleeping Louis! Thomas Dambo succeed in his mission because it did feel like the discovery he intended and the reward was worth the search. The craftmanship alone on this sculpture was so impressive. I wish we had more time to search for the others.
We headed back into the city, rented some bikes again (they have gps and everything), we headed to grab lunch at this cute bakery Bageriet Brød. Now, like Norway, their bread is different. I literally got a roll with some butter and a slice of cheese and it blew my mind. It really must be the water (which is 100% safe to drink the tap here).
Impressed by Tivoli, we headed back to hop on some more rides that we missed the night before.
Danny and I are both huge Swing Ride fans so we had to go on their colalosal Star Flyer, the world's tallest carousel. This thing was insane and so much fun! The park is very strict about no phone or cameras while on the ride so I only got views from the ground.
After our last afternoon at Tivoli, we headed back to our apartment and sadly packed up. Our time in Copenhangen was not long enough as we under estimated how big the city was. It is at the top of our list of places we want to go back to soon. We love you Copenhagen!
Next stop.. AMSTERDAM!
To be continued...