Copenhagen Sights: Part II

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Happy National Pancake Day! Mardi Gras! Fat Tuesday! Sticky Bun Day!  Every country seems to have its own tradition – in Sweden it’s semla day, where everyone eats a semla.

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It’s a bun filled with almond paste and whipped cream.  They looked delicious, but unfortunately, I did not partake in the tradition.

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Back to the real purpose of this post – more sights from Copenhagen!

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So, a friend told me that bikes get stolen all the time.  I guess my tour guide lied? or was oblivious?

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Things you see in a hostel.

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Herring is a specialty, there’s even a whole restaurant for it!  Again, I did not eat any, but thought I’d mention it.

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After a bit of wandering, I headed out for a hop-on-hop-off boat tour of the harbor area! We took the boat/bus through the ice.  The day was rather cold and wet, but it was really cool going through the ice in the partially frozen waters.

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I’m always surprised when photos come out the way I like.  I hardly consider myself a photographer.

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Frozen waters.

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Can you guess what the little statue is?

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The little mermaid!  Luckily I had no expectations for seeing her – if I had, I would have been thoroughly disappointed.

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I’m standing about 20 feet in front of the statue.  Another person that kind of sucks at taking touristy photos…

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This fountain was way more impressive.

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Canal in Christianshavn across from the city center.  Christianshavn is a completely artificial island!

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The stairway to heaven. (that’s a light bulb, not the sun.  it was about 6pm at this point)

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That’s unfortunate.

We also went through Christiania, but they don’t allow pictures inside the ‘town’.  Plus, it was dark by that point, so I didn’t get a good shot of even the entrance.

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Stopped by the Rundetaarn (round tower), but wasn’t in the mood to visit a library and observatory, so I didn’t go in.  I was more interested in my next destination.

 

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Nope, that’s not it.

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There we go! I spent a good 2 hours learning about Danish history, starting with prehistoric times.  I’m not usually much of a museum person (I prefer sights & architecture) but I quite enjoyed this one.

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I set out to wander again, found myself at Ørstedsparken.  Gorgeous even on a gray day.  I’d run here if I lived in Cph.

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Mastered the self-portrait!  Also apparently I have a lazy eye.  In most photos.

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Leave it to me to just stumble on foodie heaven – an indoor market, called Torvehallerne (looked it up later, of course).  I could have spent hours just wandering this place.

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Tons of stalls selling candy & chocolate

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Fruit, nuts, homemade candies.

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And holy crap I found froyo! The tart kind!  I just about squealed and jumped for joy – but held myself together in the end.

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Salted licorice is a huge thing there.  They were giving out samples of licorice covered almonds – and I actually liked it!  It’s a weird thing, and most people hate it, especially foreigners – the vendor was impressed.

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Smørrebrød.

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Headed back when I got to the Nørreport area.

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At the station.  I’m a bit too fascinated with pictures of bikes.  No idea why.

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Made it back to the hostel, in time to say goodbye, and head off to the airport.  Only to find that my flight was delayed at least an hour.

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At least there was some good shopping!  Seriously, this airport is practially a mall.

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I sampled a few more bites of salty licorice.

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Oh, and of all places to find a starbucks in Scandinavia? In the airport…

Finally got on the plane.  After landing, it then took about 2 hours to get back to my place from the airport in Stockholm.  Six hours later, finally made it.

Fantastic trip – I highly recommend a visit if you have a chance.

What kinds of places do you often ‘happen’ upon when you travel?

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