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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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Day Eleven- Westminster Abbey and The London Dungeon

Today we started our exploration of London! I am really glad we are spending 6 full days here, because there is a lot to do!  

After having a large continental breakfast in the hotel, we jumped on the hop on hop off tour bus and took the 2 hour loop around the city. We heard all about the history of each of the monuments and buildings we passed. Unfortunately, it was so much information that I'm not sure how much of it we'll remember! 

We then hopped off when we got back to Parliament and the Westminster Abbey. We walked around the entire church and listened to the audio tour. It was beautiful and had incredible monuments and tombs.  

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From the Abbey, we walked around Parliament and Downing Streets. On Downing Street, you can see the house of the Prime Minister, Theresa May. We also were able to watch the changing of the Queen's Life Guard on Downing Street and I got a photo with one of the horses!

 

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We eventually made our way back to the other side of the Westminster Bridge to the London Dungeon! I had thought we would actually be in the dungeons underneath London, but this was in fact more of a theme park attraction than a history lesson. However, we did learn quite a bit! We wandered through dark halls and became part of reenactments of stories in London's history. 

Afterwards we walked around and found some dinner. Then we wandered around Trafalger Square looking in some souvenir shops and what not. We just got back into our room to go to bed before starting over again tomorrow! 

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