Magical Tivoli Gardens

Have you been to the Tivoli Gardens? I’m going to go out on a limb and assume you haven’t, but I”m sure you’ve imagined or dreamed about it.

Think about Disney World (or Land if you’re a West Coaster) and take away everything commercial, remove all the characters and marketing pieces. Also take out all of the gift shops and expensive food spots. Take away the heat as well.

Replace it with things only a child could dream up on their own. Include rides with names like “The Dragon,” “Star Flyer,” and “The Panda.” Add in shops and little restaurants. And a beer garden, of course.

Then, I think you’d have an idea about Tivoli Gardens.

After Jana’s wedding festivities concluded, we still had a final day left of vacation to spend in Copenhagen. We were pretty tired, spent nearly all of our vacation money, and just wanted some time for the two of us after a very involved few days with the wedding party.

We hadn’t even planned on this (look at us being spontaneous!) but after a brief half-hearted discussion that went something like:

“What are we going to do in an amusement park?”
“I don’t know, walk around and see it?”
“I don’t like rides”
“I’d rather wander aimlessly in here than in the city”
“Fine, we’ll go in.”

We went. And love it. There’s not much more to say, you just have to see it to believe how adorable it was.

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Okay, honestly, I did’t take many photos while in Tivoli. We spent the entire day eating ice cream (that’s a toppings bar, you can literally just stand there re-sprinkling your cone as you eat it #heaven) and then did lunch in a beer garden. Did you expect anything different?

Unfortunately, we have no plans to be in Copenhagen in 2016. But 2017 is getting pretty close…

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Another Year, Another Stop in Copenhagen

So, let’s start from where we left off in 2015: Leaving Paris, heading for sunny Copenhagen…

My oldest, most exotic, smartest and most favorite friend was getting married. No adjectives are enough to describe this lady! And, the man she was marrying is, most definitely, the coolest (he’s a creative musical genius AND a librarian), so if I was happier for her I likely could have exploded.

We stayed in an AirBNB near KØDBYEN – which was a perfect location, and a beautiful apartment for our five-day trip. The apartment was just a quick walk from the central station as well as many bus stops. You can’t tell from the photo below, but this place was the epitome of Danish design style; very natural, minimal and modern, and cosy.

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Oh, and it was close to the one and only thing Kyle wanted to do: visit Warpigs Brewpub, a new collaboration brewpub from 3Floyds and Mikkeller that had just opened right before we arrived. It was right around the corner from the Mikkeller bar.  #TOTALLYROCKINGUNTAPPED

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Upon arrival to our Copenhagen apartment, I had approximately 1 hour to settle in, freshen up and get myself to Jana’s bachelorette party. That I planned (with loads of help, thank God). Jana is very creative so we had kicked it off with a glass blowing class – we all sipped bubbly while Jana worked on a matching set of glasses.

Due to plenty of help from the other ladies, we had our own party room at a taco bar. Thank goodness we had our own room since things got a little crazy (piñata crazy)! I can only share a final shot of the bride in her Carmen San Diego hat – a hint into the party theme.

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Commanding the Copenhagen Canals

It has been about 2 full weeks since we have returned from our trip and I think we might finally be recovered. I would love to blame the amount of walking we did (a lot) but I really think it was the crazy-delicious food. They say Americans eat a lot – but, I’d bet the Danes eat more.

On day 2 in Denmark we continued touring around, with the “high point” being a canal boat tour around town. In DC the boat tours really don’t see much (#truth) so when J&C were pushing it in Copenhagen we were a little skeptical. I stand corrected, because there were few sites not accessible by boat in this town.

Here I am before we took off:

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This is the new opera house: DSC_2216

This is an important office building:

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If you look closely you’ll se our old friend David – this statue is literally following us!

DSC_2222You can barely see our fearless guide at the front of this boat. This lady gave the tour in Danish, German, and English all at once – quite impressive. 
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These are the royal homes and the cathedral, which we’ll visit later in the day…DSC_2259 DSC_2263Hey we were just at this church yesterday! 
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The fearless crew:
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Ok, time for a post-tour photoshoot: DSC_2360* DSC_2363 DSC_2366* DSC_2368

We decided to go back to the royal residences for some closeup shots. See below the guards marching around: DSC_2377 DSC_2379

It seemed a bit illegal to get into these guard-shacks (see: guards marching in above photos) but that didn’t stop a couple of us from testing them out ourselves:DSC_2387DSC_2386*

DSC_2388After that we made a run for it into a museum. But first, check out these lovebirds (for once, it’s not AZ&KZ):

DSC_2393Alright these next few photos are from from Denmark Design Museum which was pretty interesting if you’re ever in Copenhagen. It not only chronicles the  history of Danish home furnishings design, but it also is a torcher museum for people who like testing out chairs. There were so many chairs, and you were NOT allowed to sit in them.  At first, I was saying “ok, this is fine, it’s a museum not for touching things,” but by the end of it I was nearly in tears wishing I could test some of them out for myself. What is form without function? Really.

DSC_2394 DSC_2395 DSC_2396The guys, checking out the wood options for cabinet building: 
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Next stop on this trip: BERLIN!

Copenhagen on No Sleep

20140406-180817.jpg After too many years I finally went to visit my friend Jana in her new home – Copenhagen! Now that KZ and I are “seasoned travelers” we didn’t miss a beat when flights went on sale.

Like we did when we went to Rome, we took an overnight flight so we’d wake up in our final destination. Unfortunately, the prior experience had taught us nothing because we stayed up ALL night watching the on-demand movies and talking… just like we had done on our way to Italy.

The sleepless night however was well worth it to see the sunrise on the horizon out the plane window. If that doesn’t keep you up, I don’t know what would.

20140406-180849.jpgAnyhoo, day 1 of Copenhagen was not to be missed with wasted time sleeping so we hit the road as soon as we dropped our bags at Jana’s… so the first thing we saw was this gorgeous church with a steeple that MUST be climbed immediately. Tell me you wouldn’t look at this church and make another choice?

DSC_2039*The stairs to the top:

DSC_2043*Oh and there was about a dozen giant bells that decided to ring the second we got right next to them (lovely right?) – good thing they have this sign and light that blinks when they’re going off – you know, just in case you didn’t know what that sound was. 
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The views were spectacular and completely worth the slight loss of hearing and leg burn!DSC_2051* DSC_2055 DSC_2056** DSC_2058* DSC_2062 DSC_2068 DSC_2070*

Back on the ground we were treated with a postcard worthy day in this lovely city. The entire city has canals running through it, full of boats and swans.

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Apparently marching bands are common to see just marching around town, we followed this band for a little while until they brought us to a castle that we definitely needed to see.

DSC_2105* DSC_2106* DSC_2115 DSC_2121The Rosenborg Castle was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710, today it is a museum of royal items and is used as a vault for the crown jewels. The entire museum is void of information on the artifacts, if you want to know what you’re looking at, you’d have to purchase a pretty expensive guidebook. For this reason, I have no descriptions of what these things are, but you can reasonably assume they’re a) royal something and b) old.

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Lacking sleep and running purely on a cocktail of coffee and adrenaline, this is the point where I started to get a little goofy. This is me, trying to pet the lions guarding the royal throne. The docent started coming after me though, so I didn’t actually get a pet in. Disappointing.
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crown jewels DSC_2160 DSC_2162 DSC_2164At this point it was time for some Danish Dogs and a nap. Next post will be our day2 which was full of all the major sites around Copenhagen. 
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