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Copenhagen is a great European city with a fair bit to do. As you would expect from a Scandinavian capital, it is super clean, easy to get around and public transport is extremely efficient and simple to use. All the ingredients for a perfect city break – check! The great thing about Copenhagen, is it is not too big a city.

Whilst I won’t say you can see everything there is to see in one weekend, you can certainly see a lot of the main stuff. Here’s my list of things we saw with just 48 hours in the city:

 

The Little Mermaid:

Denmark is, of course, home to world famous author, Hans Christian Andersen and one of his most famous stories is that of The Little Mermaid. This world-famous, little statue is not far from the Amalienborg Palace and you can’t miss it because it will be swarming with tourists.

You’ll see coaches parked up 100 yards down the street all with tourists who are here to take a picture with the famous mermaid. As one of Copenhagen’s most famous landmarks, you cannot visit the city without passing this by.

 

Opera House & Kissing Bridge:

The Opera House gets a bad rep amongst locals, which is sad. Whilst it may not have the pizzazz of the Oslo Opera House, it is still a major, unmistakable landmark, dominating a major spot in the city and just on the edge of the water. It looks almost like a ginormous spaceship that has landed here from outer space and it occupies pride of place opposite the palace.

We didn’t go in, but we hear that the acoustics in this place are second to none. Whilst it may not be a local fave, still worth checking out.

 

Papiroen:

Also known as Paper Island. On the same side of the water as the famed Opera House and opposite the Royal Theatre, this is the ultimate place to go for a gastronomic extravaganza of street food. The food hall here caters to thousands of tourists and locals every day and is packed with cuisine from all around the world. Simply cross the gorgeously named Kissing Bridge and once you get in you will be spoiled for choice. Seating inside is busy, especially if is it cold out but there are tables by the water with beautiful views of Copenhagen.

Our recommendation is the Moroccan stall which had the biggest queue of all and the mesemen with chicken we ordered from there was divine (like DIVINE).

 

Royal Palaces:

Mo is a big fan of world royalty, so he was particularly excited when G pointed out the Queen’s palace. We didn’t walk through the grounds as we had quite a few things on our list, but we walked past and I can confirm that the palaces are stunning, particularly the Amalienborg – the official residence of the Royal Family.

 

Botanical Gardens:

I would say the Botanical Gardens are a tranquil haven in the city centre, but this city is already tranquil – so, the gardens just mellow you out even more. Gorgeous flora and fauna surrounds you, so if you are a plant enthusiast, this place is ideal. There’s a huge orangery in the centre which you can walk in and explore. Made a very humid change from the freezing temperatures outside.

Perfect place for a nice stroll or to just sit and read a book. And there’s a shop at the entrance where you can buy rare seeds to take home with you if you fancy growing something different.

 

Black Library:

We came here early on Sunday morning whilst walking around the city. If you are a fan of architecture then you’ll want to see this sleek, black glass creation. We didn’t go inside as it was closed. Not sure whether this would be on the top of unmissable things to see. I’ve put it on purely because it is a fantastic piece of modern architecture that blends in perfectly around older, more noble surrounding. It is about a 10-15 min walk from Christianborg Castle.

As someone who likes to find peaceful mind-reflecting zones in a city, this was a perfect spot.

 

Stroget:

This is apparently the world’s largest pedestrian street and it runs through the main shopping area of Copenhagen. The shops are what you would typically expect from a western capital city. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Cool, danish fashion shops, interiors, high end and eateries. It’s all here. The difference being a lot of them are housed within gorgeous old buildings.

 

Torvehallerne:

A short walk from the Botanical Gardens, this market hall is a bit different to papiroen. The stalls here are a bit more high end and specialist, less street food. There are artisan vendors selling all sorts of goodies such as fresh fish, exotic spices, handmade luxury chocolates, olive oil and much much more! The food that was prepared here all looked fresh and of the highest quality, we chose to indulge in some traditional smørrebrød (Danish open sandwiches) and we were definitely not disappointed.

 

So there we have it. A list of pretty much everything we got up to on our weekend break to Copenhagen 🙂

 

If you like look and sound of the above why not enter to WIN a trip for 2 to the Danish Capital!! It only takes two ticks – Click here to enter the competition

 

 

Or if you’re in the process of planning a trip in the near future, you could always pin this post for later 😉

 

 

 

Have you been to Copenhagen? What else should we have covered on a weekend break?

 

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A few other commitments had popped up and I almost wasn’t going to make it to Copenhagen. But luckily, right at the last minute my plans fell through and I was able to grab my winter hat and coat just in time to join Mo and the gang in the Danish capital for a chilled out city break.

And that’s exactly what it was. We had no set agenda, just a map, warm shoes and we spent our days exploring the city landmarks on foot. Before delving into a heap of posts with all the finer details, I thought I’d share some images to give you a feel for the place.

Over the last week on Instagram, I posted some of my favourite shots from our trip, heavily influenced by the amazing architecture that Copenhagen is famous for, as well as shots that symbolised peace and calm – well for me anyway. It was a cold weekend, but the sun made it a nice kind of cold, perfect weather for strolling around, taking it easy. Lots of water, greenery and something we lack in cities back home – space.

In the spirit of peace and calm, I also thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share a pretty cool competition with you all…

The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking (available here) is a bestseller in the UK right now. One of my friends on Instagram even suggested it as a good read whilst I’ve been posting my #Copenhagen pics this week.

Have you heard of ‘hygge’ ??

Quite honestly, I hadn’t up until recently and then all of a sudden it seems to be everywhere! ‘Hygge’ is a word used to define the Danish idea of relaxation, indulgence and cosiness – exactly what we all need in life at this time of year! It does mean many other things too, it’s actually quite difficult to explain. It can mean eating, drinking, well-being… one of the definitions also sums up my trip: enjoying the good things in life with good people around you.

Best-served.co.uk, a tour company specialising in holidays to Scandinavia, have teamed up with Penguin books and are offering you the chance to see Copenhagen for yourself, learn hygge from the masters!!

They are sending two people to enjoy two nights at beautiful Hotel Kong Arthur in central Copenhagen, and also giving them a 72-hour Copenhagen Card so they can see the city, enjoy free public transport and more!

 

 

All you have to do is enter a few details here and you’re in! It takes no more than 5 minutes to enter and the competition is running until 31st December, a trip to Denmark would be a great way to start 2017, no?

So without further a-do, if you haven’t been following my Instagram, here’s everything you missed from our short break to the Danish capital:

 

 

The last time I did this was when we went to Brazil, I did a round up of Instagram pics purely so my Dad could see what was going on. Since then, he has in fact figured out social media(ish), so if it’s ok, I’d like to take a moment to congratulate him – well done Dad!! 🙂

 

If you haven’t done so already, click here to enter the competition now 

*** Full T’s & C’s for the competition can be found here: https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/competitions/2016/oct/win-a-trip-to-copenhagen/  – this post is sponsored by Best-served.co.uk, as always any sponsorships that are taken on are only done if I feel the content is beneficial for anyone who reads it.***

 

Have you been to Copenhagen? What did you think?

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I had every intention last week of finally bringing some order to the blog. I had a number of pre-planned blog posts all set up and ready to be published over the last 7 days. But just like every other time when something major was happening in the world, my heart and my mind just couldn’t agree.

After months and months of following one of the biggest and most intense US election campaigns I have ever seen in my lifetime, last week was decision day, and I’m sure those who know me know that I was not best pleased.

But hey, I’m British, so what is it to me? Well, it’s more about what Trump winning represented: it once again means that people are being divided, he himself had been openly racist and for such an influential country to accept an unqualified, unstable and let’s be honest, pretty unhinged member of society to make all their major decisions, well… every blog post I had written just didn’t seem right. I just couldn’t find the right thing to say about how I felt, it felt like Brexit all over again (and yes, before you ask that s*&% still burns).

Politics aside, it was the words, the looks, the portrayal of all things foreign being what’s wrong with the world. After many a conversation with people about the reasoning behind voters’ decisions, I understand that Trump was giving a voice to the people who believed they were forgotten. But the TV interviews, the supporters’ statements, the voices that I heard, well… unfortunately, all I took away from all of them was one common factor: In this era, when most of us in Western countries live quite comfortable lives, we’ve all become pretty selfish.

We want the man who will keep our country great. We want the man who will protect us and what we have. We want the man who will keep those people who need our food, our money, our jobs – to live, to survive – well we need them out so they don’t jeopardise what we’ve worked hard for. We want the government who will destroy whole countries just in case one or two individuals may decide to target ours.

And you know what, that’s perfectly acceptable. We all have responsibilities, we’ve all worked hard, we all have lives to live – why shouldn’t we want to protect ourselves. Human survival instinct, no? I think the problem is more what we are protecting, most of us have the luxury of a certain amount of disposable income, but even parting with that to help someone in need can be tough.

This whole issue has troubled me for some time now and I’ve felt quite lost trying to find my way. But of course, once again, travel has helped me to focus. This weekend, I joined my Fantastic Four crew (+ one) in Copenhagen for a quick city break and it was here I found the answer to my problem.

During our Saturday walk through the city, from landmark to landmark, we stumbled across what looked like a supercool large statue sat looking pensive gazing out over the waters edge.

Ever the tourist, we immediately all ran over to have our picture taken with this large metal being, with a queue of others forming quickly behind us. Everyone wanting the same picture, in the same pose. Quick snap and onto the next.

Personally, I always want to know what I’m looking at, and in this instance, I am so glad I checked. Because here, this tall mish-mash metal structure gave me the peace of mind I had been looking for.

 

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The piece was entitled ‘The Global Vizionary’

And here is what it said:

(I should point out, in the original description, the letter ’s’ in the words was replaced with a ‘z’ but I couldn’t bring myself to do it, my brain could not deal with that substitution!!)

“The Global Vizionary – made from a mixture of scrap metal, symbolises the humanity. It shows how we all consist of different parts, but also how we are all made from the same universal elements. It is an intercultural landmark for our joint and individual ability and desire to influence the world in which we live. We can be worried, but not quitting – still ready to jump into new ventures.”

So there it was, a sign that none of us should ever give up for wanting whats best for all of humanity. Oh and yet another reason why we should all travel more!

 

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The last line they wrote before sending people on to their website:

“Let us be global visionaries.”

And that right there, is exactly what, from now on, I will strive to do.

So, if you do find yourself in Copenhagen, please go and visit this wonderful structure. The creator, Kim Micheal, wants you to sit, climb, inspect his artwork – after all, he made it for the people. ALL the people. So queue for that picture, touch that metal… and let’s all try to embrace his vision.

 

 

How do you pick yourself up after feeling down? Have you ever gotten over something hurtful by travelling? 

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