Denmark

Day Twenty Five- Paper Island and Copenhagen Bike Ride

This morning we decided to ride the bikes around town that our AirBnB host lent us. We wanted to see the city from the point of view of a local in one of the most bike friendly places in the world! It was crazy how easy it was to bike in the middle of Copenhagen! Bikes have lanes going in both directions, just like the cars, and the lanes are about as big as the car lanes! Bikes even have their own mini street lights!! I have always been worried of hitting someone or getting hit by a car while riding a bike, but I definitely didn't feel that here! 

We drove our bikes down to Papioen, or Paper Island (it's called that because it's a little island in the middle of Copenhagen that used to house newspapers), it is also now called Copenhagen Street Food. It is a giant warehouse that has turned into little food stands with food from all around the world. It reminded me somewhat of the Global Market in Minneapolis. After walking around and looking at all of the options, I got some Turkish street food and Alexander got Italian. Both of our meals were great and we ate them outside on picnic benches facing the canal!    

 

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After brunch, we took our bikes to the King's Garden that we visited on our first day. Since we already saw the sights we wanted to, we decided to relax and enjoy the sunshine at the park. We found a bench and sat and read our books and watched the pretty fountain.  

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 After reading and contemplating life a little bit, we walked around looking for a crepe stand (Alexander saw one when we first got a Copenhagen and really wanted one). After a yummy Nutella crepe, we went into a nearby Lego store. They of course had all of the same things that we could find in Minnesota, but since Denmark is the home of Lego, we thought we should check it out! 

Later in the afternoon, we stopped in a grocery store on the way home to get supplies for dinner. We got back to our AirBnB and made some pasta for dinner while chatting with our host. He is a fellow world traveller and gave us suggestions for when we visit Asia! While eating, we spent the evening catching up on the news and our TV shows! 

Day Twenty Four- Cake, Fairy Tales and the National Museum

This morning we packed up and headed to our AirBnB where we are going to stay for the next two nights before heading to Stockholm on Friday.  

We checked in, put our stuff away, and got back on the bus to get back to the center of town for our canal tour. We were able to see many of Copenhagen's sights from the water. It was nice to see the city from a different perspective!  

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After our tour, we walked over to La Glacé. It is one of Maria and Mamadou's favorite bakeries and so for a wedding gift to us, they gave us a gift card for cake and a warm drink!    The cake was so amazing, it melted in your mouth! Alexander got the cake that was basically chocolate on chocolate on chocolate (no surprise there) AND a hot chocolate. I got what was called the HC Hat, it had caramel mousse with chocolate and lemon, complete with earl grey tea! We enjoyed our sweets outside and people watched, it made for the perfect afternoon!!    

After our tour, we walked over to La Glacé. It is one of Maria and Mamadou's favorite bakeries and so for a wedding gift to us, they gave us a gift card for cake and a warm drink!  

The cake was so amazing, it melted in your mouth! Alexander got the cake that was basically chocolate on chocolate on chocolate (no surprise there) AND a hot chocolate. I got what was called the HC Hat, it had caramel mousse with chocolate and lemon, complete with earl grey tea! We enjoyed our sweets outside and people watched, it made for the perfect afternoon!!    

Afterwards, we walked to the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy-Tale House. It was a cute little exhibit that we decided to check out since it was free with our Copenhagen Pass. We essentially walked through H.C. Anderson's stories. We could walk into a room and be immersed in the fairy tale while hearing the story. Many of them are quite sad and some are just plain bizarre! However, it was cool to hear and see them!  Then, we made our way to the National Museum and like museums we have been in before, we walked through a timeline of the country's development. We had no idea how much conflict there was between Sweden and Denmark!    For the last stop before dinner, we saw the Christiansborg Palace! It was too late to see the inside, but the building itself is worth seeing. It used to be the royal residence until it burned down in 1794. The royal family was moved to Amalienborg and after they rebuilt Christiansborg, the royal family decided they preferred to stay at Amalienborg. The palace was then turned into the parliament building and it still houses parliament today. 

Afterwards, we walked to the Hans Christian Anderson Fairy-Tale House. It was a cute little exhibit that we decided to check out since it was free with our Copenhagen Pass. We essentially walked through H.C. Anderson's stories. We could walk into a room and be immersed in the fairy tale while hearing the story. Many of them are quite sad and some are just plain bizarre! However, it was cool to hear and see them!

Then, we made our way to the National Museum and like museums we have been in before, we walked through a timeline of the country's development. We had no idea how much conflict there was between Sweden and Denmark!  

For the last stop before dinner, we saw the Christiansborg Palace! It was too late to see the inside, but the building itself is worth seeing. It used to be the royal residence until it burned down in 1794. The royal family was moved to Amalienborg and after they rebuilt Christiansborg, the royal family decided they preferred to stay at Amalienborg. The palace was then turned into the parliament building and it still houses parliament today. 

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We had dinner at Nyhavn after seeing all of the cute restaurants when we visited yesterday. We were able to have a leisurely meal in the sun, along the water.  

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