Part 2: Copenhagen

16 Sep

Thanks for coming back to hear all about Part 2 of our most recent Scandinavian adventures! So when we left off yesterday, we had just finished lunch and a factory tour at Volvo and were headed south for Copenhagen. It took about 4 hours, but it was great because it gave us a chance to really get a feel for the new car. (Speaking of which, said new car needs a name- anybody got any snazzy suggestions?)

The scenery as we made our way south- miles of coast and cow-filled pastures.

The scenery as we made our way south- miles of coast and cow-filled pastures.

Crossing the LONG bridge- and then a tunnel- from Sweden into Denmark...

Crossing the LONG bridge- and then a tunnel- from Sweden into Denmark…

Founded as a fishing village in the 12th century, Copenhagen is the capital and largest city (almost 2 million people) of Denmark. The city suffered catastophic effects from the Plague and two major fires in the 18th century, which led to many of its original buildings and infrastructure being rebuilt into what is seen today-  a unique mix of old and modern and industrial. The best way I can describe it is ‘Venice meets Amsterdam meets Brussels.’ It’s got the huge harbor and large boats of Venice, along with the canals and bicycles of Amsterdam and the tinge of corporate feel of Brussels. All in all, we liked it!

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Lots of restaurants are below street level and have a cozy, intimate feel...

Lots of restaurants are below street level and have a cozy, intimate feel…

How that's for a bill?! Ha! It's in Krone, so about $90...Copenhagen is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

How that’s for a bill?! Ha! It’s in Krone, so about $90…Copenhagen is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

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Walking along the harbor's boardwalk back to the hotel after dinner...

Walking along the harbor’s boardwalk back to the hotel after dinner…

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For our full day in the city, we decided to do a boat tour so that we could really see as much as possible and then to spend the afternoon at Tivoli, the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world. The boat tour was fantastic, despite the chilly wind and the drizzling rain! We got to see all the major landmarks, including The Little Mermaid statue and Christiansborg Palace.

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Isn't this the coolest steeple ever?!

Isn’t this the coolest steeple ever?!

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Another cool steeple! This one has stairs all the way to the very top- and yes, people were climbing them!

Another cool steeple! This one has stairs all the way to the very top- and yes, people were climbing them!

Apparently, this is the most exclusive, high end canal in the city. Unlike Amsterdam, not many house boats.

Apparently, this is the most exclusive, high end canal in the city. Unlike Amsterdam, not many house boats.

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Next, we made our way through the city with a quick pit stop for lunch- the national food…wait for it…cold sandwiches. I kid you not- they’re known for their cold sandwiches called ‘smorrebrod.’ Fish seems to be the meat of choice, but most cold cuts will suffice. We thought they were ‘meh.’

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Tivoli, opened in 1843, is the 2nd oldest amusement park in the world and with nearly 5 million visitors each year, it’s the second most popular seasonal theme park, behind Disney World. Speaking of which, Walt Disney got his idea and modeled his park after Tivoli. And it’s more than just rides, it’s also a ‘pleasure garden,’ which translates into acres and acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, roaming peacocks and intricate fountains.

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They had another COOL playground. I bet it’s so much fun to visit during the week when it’s not so crowded. Needless to say, Neve soaked up her time there like a sponge!

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That’s John and Neve crossing the rope bridge.

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Neve also LOVED all the rides. In fact, she was so bummed that they told her ‘no’ on some of the rides, including its famous wooden roller coaster. That darn height requirement 😉 Luckily, Tivoli had lots of options for smaller kids, so the heartbreak wasn’t too bad.

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View from the top of the ferris wheel...

View from the top of the ferris wheel…

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Let me just say that this was one of the neatest, prettiest, most unique amusement parks we’ve ever been to. It may be old, but only in the good ways- having huge trees to provide shade, having cobblestones and boulders to add character, showcasing ironworks more than a century old…The rides and restaurants, however, were new and modern and clean. It was absolutely the way a park should be done- with a little something for everyone and at a price that won’t break the bank.

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So with that, our day in Copenhaven came to an end. We were EXHAUSTED! So glad to finally cross this neat city off our Bucket List. Who knows, maybe we’ll get back there one day- we definitely have a few more trips to Scandinavia already in the pipeline! Please join me back here tomorrow for the finale to our adventure- Sleeping Beauty’s Castle! Aka, the highlight of the Neve’s trip! ❤

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6 Responses to “Part 2: Copenhagen”

  1. Georgia September 18, 2015 at 5:19 AM #

    Whew. Love your blog

  2. Lori September 17, 2015 at 3:48 AM #

    LOVE – LOVE – LOVE these blog posts. The pictures are all so beautiful. Ask Neve if she thinks Marshmellow is a good fun name for your new ride 🙂 I can totally explain later if Neve has forgot 🙂

  3. Wendy September 16, 2015 at 2:13 PM #

    TIVOLI…that should be the name of your new ride!! 🙂 And yes, I am still living vicariously through you! Much love!! Wendy!

    • Erin T. September 16, 2015 at 8:58 PM #

      Love that name! Ti for short 🙂 So good to hear from you- you could always come visit, you know! Soon you’ll be a step closer to an empty nester, right?

  4. Robin September 16, 2015 at 1:57 PM #

    That darn height requirement at amusement parks was the bane of your childhood and you were way older than Neve. Just love that the merry-go-round had a camel instead of a horse. I would love to see that part of the world.

    • Erin T. September 16, 2015 at 8:58 PM #

      You will like Scandinavia- we will get there together 🙂

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