The journey to Copenhagen got off to a comedically great start, when I boarded the plane only to be greeted by a mother and her two horrifically under-disciplined children, who were consuming each a bag of chips and chocolate, while washing it all down with a bottle of Coca-Cola. As someone who doesn't like children on the best of days (with a few notable exceptions, of course!), I knew I was in for a long 2 hour flight. And, boy was it ever. But, reflecting on it all, has been met with a good chuckle and a good dose of free birth control, so it wasn't all bad!
When I arrived in Copenhagen, I made my way to my accommodations - a flat I rented through Airbnb, which quickly became my dream flat! It was amazing!! But, I couldn't spend too much time there because I had booked a walking tour that was soon to begin. So, I grabbed my map and a snack, and made my way towards the meeting point.
It was quite grey (the sky), but it was an awesome jaunt to the tour's starting point. The mixture of architecture was stunning. I found the meeting spot easily and gathered amongst the 20 or so other participants. There was an obvious threat of rain, but sun in the distance (depending on which direction you were looking). Prior to the start of the tour, the wind appeared to be blowing the rain in the opposite direction of where the tour would be heading. So, we optimistically set off on our way to Christianshavn. Out first stop was a quick look at Christiansborg Palace. Everyone took one shot, and then the heavens opened up, and the rain came pouring down! It lasted the entire duration of the tour until we took a group photo and began to part ways. Go figure! Despite the rain, it was a really great tour and I'd recommend it to anyone travelling to Copenhagen. Afterwards, I explored the area a little before making my way back to the flat, and having a quiet evening.
The only photo I took before the rain started.
|Group shot - taken moments before the rain ceased.|
(Photo credit: Copenhagen Free Walking Tours)
Luckily, this time around it was nicer weather. This was particularly great, because it was a 3-hour tour, as opposed to the one I'd done the previous day, which was only an hour and a half. The longer tour took us all throughout the city, including to the highest point in Copenhagen, which I have no photographic evidence of, because we were all so winded from walking the 0.9m to the peak*! Our tour guide, Luis, was from Peru and had a great sense of humour, which made the adventure even more interesting. Similar to Amsterdam, cyclists rule the roads. Luis referred to the bike lanes as the "death zone" which gave us all a good chuckle! But, it was a fair point - they're intense!
|Copenhagen has experienced two major fires. The first saw one half of the city burn|
to the ground, the second saw the other half. This street is the only one to survive both.
|Christiansborg Palace, featuring the Royal horses! It has burned down too many times to count.|
The Palace is home to the current parliament, and is no longer the home of the Royal Family.
|The newest, and most recognizable street in Copenhagen. It's also the most expensive!|
|Amalienborg Palace, with Frederik's Church in the background. |
The Palace consists of four palaces, and is where the Royal Family resides.
|One of the four palaces. The raised flag means someone's home!|
|Group shot, with our tour guide, Luis, in the front!|
(Photo credit: Copenhagen Free Walking Tours)
|The siblings have reunited!|
(Photo credit: Michael Kennedy)
|Views from atop!|
|Windmills in the distance, with the Freetown of Christiania in front.|
When we returned to solid ground, we went on the hunt for food, and found a pizza place close to where we were staying. We spent the remainder of the evening relaxing, resting up for our big day ahead.
Apparently sleeping in was not in the cards for the Kennedy children. This is the result of both our genetics and the super bright, super early sunshine. We found a bakery close by and grabbed coffee and a treat. Then we got ready, and set out, once again, in search of adventure.
This is probably a good time to mention that the reason for selecting this destination was because Michael - who obviously hadn't had enough exercise lately - was running the Copenhagen Marathon. So, our first stop was to pick up his race kit. After circling the Expo, we returned to our flat, dropped of his purchases and gear, and made our way to city centre for a canal cruise tour.
The cruise was about an hour in length, and took us all around. It was really interesting. My favourite part was when I noticed a statute of Michelangelo's David, and proceeded to take a picture. In doing so, I failed to recognize the gigantic wave barreling towards us! After about 10 seconds of shock, the remainder of the tour was spent wet, but in good humour because the 5 of us who were sitting near that window were soaked!
|A replica of Michelangelo's David. Note the beginnings of an unexpected wave...|
|A neat vessel along one of the canals. I think it looks like it's smiling!|
|The top of the Church of Our Saviour! Isn't that magnificent?! It's WAY cooler in real-life!|
|The entrance to Tivoli|
|Shots of the Gardens|
|Where's the draaaaagggggooooonn?|
|This is a public swimming pool, not in Tivoli, but in front of our flat! Love that it's shaped like a ship!|
The race started later than what other of us were used to. But, since I didn't want to just sit around, I booked a tour outside of the city. Luckily, it started a little after the marathon, so I was able to see him off, before I had to be at the meeting point. It was so overwhelming to see all of these runners. In fact, I thought I'd missed him running by, so I ended up leaving my perfect viewing spot early, only to have Michael run past me shortly after! Oh well!
|Almost start time! ...and no, that doesn't mean there's just short of 9 minutes before the race starts...|
|And they're off!|
|If you look close, you'll see a pasty Canadian in the centre. That's Mike!|
|A shot of just a small group of Marathoners! There were approximately 30 000 participants in this race!|
|Views along the way.|
These are traditional houses, with thatch roofs. Trodger, anyone?
|When you need to add a little pizzaz to your dinner party, why |
not put a stuffed bird into a loaf of bread?! A feast for the eyes only.
|By far the most creepy painting I've ever seen...|
|This is the castle's ballroom. As you can see by the large number of chairs in the centre, it is home|
to both the origin of "Musical Chairs" and the largest game of Musical Chairs ever played.****
|Shhhhhhhh - he's sleeping. Holger the Dane is resting up for any potential "next threat" to the castle...|
|That's Sweden in the background.|
|A different view of the Castle's exterior|
|Changing of the guards|
|Frederiksborg Castle...taken from the window of the moving bus.|
|Rock on, Neptune!|
|The Castle's Chapel|
|The Chapel from the opposite side|
|A view of the gardens from inside the castle|
|The Castle's courtyard|
This is a really cool project - all of the materials used to make this gigantic fish are all taken from the surrounding waters!
|Shots from along the waterfront|
|The addition of googly eyes make for a delightful edition to the waterfront!|
|This is in a park along the waterfront. Mike was too scared to join me after the last time we went on one |
of these things left him in the hospital thanks to me. This incident took place approximately 25 years ago...
|The street we stayed on. Michael photo-bombed the shot...|
-the Orange Canadian
* No one was actually winded... the difference in elevation was barely noticeable.
**Hanger - the state of being so hungry you become angry, also referred to as "hangry." Pronounced as hang-gry or hang-grrrrr
***By "we decided on" I mean Michael peer-pressured me into doing.
****None of these facts are true... at least that I'm aware of
***** Not actually a near death experience