August 2017

August 2017 Travel Journal
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Welcome to my August 2017 Travel Journal! 
All the dates are ordered so that the most recent is at the top.

 

Thursday 3rd August 2017

We decided, to get the most out of our Copenhagen Card we’d get an early boat trip around the canals. 09:30 was the time to meet & we all got there at 09:30 as the first boat was leaving. Oops, didn’t really take the fact that the boats leave at 09:30 into consideration.

It was a very dreary day today, rainy & really just yuck. So really we didn’t mind missing the first boat which was open with no cover, hopefully by putting it off until the next one the weather would have gotten better. So we got our tickets with the Copenhagen Card & went to get something to eat.

It all worked really well in the end. By the time we had finished breaky we were due to catch the 10:30 boat. Which turned out to be covered, thank god, as it was still horrible & rainy. It would have been a pretty sad affair sitting in the rain on the previous boat.

The trip took us all around Copenhagen. It was very interesting to learn all about these buildings that we’d been seeing & walking past for the last few days.

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After the boat trip, we went to the Paper Town street food markets. Soooo many different food stalls. It was incredibly hard to choose. Do I want the Ostrich Burger or the traditional Danish Open Sandwich or the Peking Duck Loaded Fries or the Surf n’ Turf Burger with prawns & scallops? We went the Surf n’ Turf Burger, YUMMMM!

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On our way to lunch, we walked through Nyhavn which was a 17th Century waterfront canal. The buildings are all brightly covered & the canal harbours lots of old wooden sailing ships as well as some shiny modern yachts.

Nyhavn also has the Amber Museum, I forgot to mention this the other day. It’s fascinating with & houses one of the largest pieces of amber ever found. And did you know that amber melts/combusts when put on fire, I suppose this makes sense with it being fossilised tree sap.

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After lunch, we split up & planned to meet up again later. I wanted to head back to the Glyptotek & they were off to the Design Museum.

We thought we’d try to get in using the Copenhagen Card, can’t hurt right? It didn’t work, damn, so we paid for the special exhibition & went exploring

The Mediterranean Sea display was amazing. So many beautiful treasures & beautiful quotes decorating the walls;

“The wind was always there, ready to become furious; the sea, ready to roar. There was no stopping that terrible mouth the wind, no imprisoning that dreaded monster the sea.” – Victor Hugo

Also in the museum was the French Artist Exhibition. We saw artworks by artists like Monet, Picasso & Van Gough. It’s amazing, you hear of these artists your whole life & see pictures of the artworks. When you finally get to see the real thing it takes your breath away.

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The rendezvous point was the Hans Christian Anderson statue for some photos with the man. Elsa has this photo of her mum with the statue & we wanted to try to replicate it as best we could. It was taken while our mums were travelling back in the early 1980’s. I love the fact that we were there together kind of walking in our mum’s footprints.

After getting our photo & getting poured on again we headed back to Elsa & Steve’s for drinks, cheese, dinner & a card night. Always a fun night when there’s good friends, food & Aperol Spritz’s.


Wednesday 2nd August 2017

Rosenborg Castle, the home of the Royal Treasury. And boy is there some jewels down there. The queen still wears some of them today, so cool.

The rest of the palace was nowhere near as grand as the Christiansborg Palace but it was interesting all the same. Rosenborg isn’t used anymore & has been preserved to like it did back in the 1800’s.

There were rooms filled with beautiful china & a collection of Venetian Glass, gifted to King Federick (the something…) from Italy when he visited.

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Next, we went to the Hirschprung Art Gallery to see some Danish Art. We did the audio tour which I highly recommend.

My favourite artist in there was Kroyer & my favourite work of his was ‘Bathing Boys’. You’ll find a lot of his work in there.

On our way to the gallery, we passed the Glyptotek. I’d picked up a brochure on it a couple of days ago. The building was amazing & confirmed my wish to see it.

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After the gallery, we headed off to find some lunch. Josh & I had packed our own & the others went on the hunt. They found a pizza joint & the Pizzas were once again, huge. Bigger than the one Josh & I had previously. The pizzas in Copenhagen are surprisingly good considering it is not very close to Italy.

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We split from the others at the Danish Design Museum. Being under 26 they could all get in for free the next day after our Copenhagen card ran out. Unlike myself, poor Josh. 

The museum was good, by this point of the day though we were pretty over it & I really wanted to go to the Gylptotek while our Copenhagen card was still good. It was a good museum all the same with some great exhibitions on. 

We ended up heading to the Glyptotek afterwards but only got to spend 30min there. Actually, that was after we had to go catch a legendary Pokemon (insert eye roll here), we didn’t catch it. This took a while & we is why we only had 30min in the Glyptotek. I wasn’t very happy about that. I was so looking forward to going in there & seeing everything.

Josh promised we’d go tomorrow anyway, yay!


 

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Christiansborg Palace Today! What an amazing building, inside & out. And we got to wear fancy blue shoe protectors, what more could you want. Haha

I was trying to get a photo of Josh standing out the front of these hugs doors but he triggered the auto opener & got in trouble from the guard inside. Ooops!

The Palace has actually burnt down twice, how unfortunate is that. Once in 1794 & then again less than 100yrs later in 1884. It was rebuilt & finished in 1928 & has been the home of the parliament & is still used for Royal functions.

The Tapestry room would have to have been the most surprising & my favourite part. They were beautiful & bright colours. Not your standard gloomy coloured tapestries. 

Next, we headed beneath the palace & learned all about the foundations, fascinating stuff. It was actually a lot more interesting than it sounds & not just about the foundations.

Unfortunately, we missed going to the Palace Kitchens & Stables. They were closed & we still had a lot to see today.

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Danish Jewish Museum Copenhagen - August 2017 Travel Journal. Collectively MeThe Danish Jewish Museum was next, with our friends being Jewish & all. It was a good spot to visit, another of those spots that Josh & I wouldn’t of normally chosen to go to. We found the history it very interesting & it’s nice to get a better understanding of our friend’s history & culture. The building had recently been renovated to house the museum. Another reclaimed space. And the gardens out the front were gorgeous.

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Carlsberg Brewery Copenhagen - August 2017 Travel Journal. Collectively MeThe Carlsberg Brewery is a must if you like beer & are visiting Copenhagen! We almost missed it when we missed the bus stop, it was not signposted very well.

So much beer history in one spot, who would have thought? At one point (& for a long time) it was safer to drink beer than water so that is all everyone drank, even the children. This probably accounts for a couple of generations of short people, I’d say.

The beer was delicious, I had the Jamieson Weisbier. Got to love a good wheat beer. Everyone that does the tour gets a schooner of beer & a small gift.

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It was a busy day today now that I stop & think about it. We carried onto the Tivoli Gardens for some carney food & rides. Josh & I ate the carney food & the others went on the rides. It was raining again by this point so we weren’t too fussed on going on the rides. 

Gemyse Restaurant Copenhagen - August 2017 Travel Journal. Collectively MeWe went exploring & looking for somewhere for us all to have dinner. We found a chicken pen with a chicken Tag Mahal, seriously, It was pretty much the shape of the Taj Mahal & is probably going to be what our next chicken coupe will look like.

Dinner was had at the Gemyse Restaurant. They use all organic foods. We had a 6-course share meal which was the vegetarian option, but totally delicious. 

Corn Gemyse Restaurant Copenhagen - August 2017 Travel Journal. Collectively MeThe smell of the restaurant reminded me of Aunty Kimmy’s place. It was so cosy with a faint smell of a smoky fireplace & baking food. I wish I could bottle that scent to take with me everywhere, it’ll definitely stop any homesickness.

 

 

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