A crowd favourite is always the brewery tour at Carlsberg, my favourite part is the free beer at the end! We had lots of fun exploring the old brewery and of course we enjoyed the drinks after.
Leah and Brianna bough matching Carlsberg sweaters from the brewery store. The next day Leah surprised me with an early birthday gift from her and my brother - a matching sweater! Leah and Brianna also picked up one more sweater ... it's for.... drum roll...... FARFAR (or as Brianna would say: Morfar)!! Farfar, I hope you don't mind wearing matching sweatshirts with a few of your granddaughters :) Brianna will be bringing it back with her, as she will probably be the first to see you.
I want to take a quick second to thank everyone for the emails, facebook messages and blog comments! I love hearing from my family and friends and knowing that you are reading and hopefully enjoying my blog :) Please keep posting, I have so much fun reading all the comments!
Louise works at the Parliament and was able to take us on a special tour! The top 2 pictures on the left are of elevators that are illegal in Denmark but are allowed to be in the parliament. You simply hop on and hop off on the floor you want, I was terrified and rode with Louise while Leah and Brianna followed. We saw some beautiful artwork and a fantastic statue of flowers that was the height of two levels. It was a great tour and very interesting to see inside the parliament!
A trip to Copenhagen isn't complete without a visit to the round tower! Located in the centre of the city it gives a great view of the city and is a bit easier to make it up than the church with the spiral staircase. The bottom picture shows what the inside of the tower looks like, with of course some girls doing very cool poses.
It has been a week since my last blog post, I had wanted to post sooner but it has been a crazy busy week! Our cousin Brianna, from my dad's side (the Danish side), arrived on Tuesday and she is here for two weeks as well. We've had a great week exploring the city even more. Today we took Leah to the airport :( a few tears were shed but we had a wonderful two weeks so it was a happy good-bye. Over the past week have had many adventures and I have lots of pictures to post! I will post a small portion today but not to worry the rest will come!
The first day Brianna arrived we headed to the park nearby and explored the cistern, the old underground water reservoir. There is an exhibit going on that showcases these large chandeliers that are covered in melted wax. It was dark and eerie and for most of the time we appeared to be the only ones there. At first it was extremely dark and we had no idea where we were going, our eyes finally adjusted and we were able to see! As we walked we sang songs from Phantom of the Opera, thank goodness there weren't many people there.
Leah and I originally thought we would spend Easter just the two of us, relaxing and eating. We ended up relaxing and eating but we also got to spend time with Seb's family and some friends. We went to Seb's for afternoon cheese and crackers and wine, and we showed up to a table filled with goodies. We were also surprised and spoiled with chocolateeee!!!! Lots and lots of chocolate!!!!! The afternoon was spent in the sun, I even had to wear sunscreen - it was that strong! After a few hours Leah and I headed to Connie's for what we nicknamed the "Misfit Easter". There was about 10 of us at Connie's and we called it the Misfit Easter because it consisted of everyone who was not Danish but in Denmark for easter, classmates that didn't get the chance to go home, visitors (such as Leah) and everyone else in between. We were from Canada, Germany, England, Cyprus, Indonesia, Poland and Pakistan... I think that's all! We had a lovely evening and although we were not home for Easter we were surrounded by great people and had a wonderful holiday!
Today Leah and biked downtown to Rosenborg Castle. The castle was originally built in 1606 as a summer house for King Christian IV but then later turned into a museum. It opened to the public in 1838, making it one of the first museums to do so. Each room was dedicated to a different King, filled with artwork, tapestry, furniture and more tapestry... so much tapestry!
The last 3 pictures in the group of photos above show our new favourite thing to do in castles/museums- take selfies in the oldest mirrors we can find!!
The 3rd floor was our favourite floor, it housed the Royal Thrones. The King's Throne, on the left, is made from narwhale tusks! And of course, more tapestry.
Our next stop was the basement where we came across old wine barrels and a revolver made by Samuel Colt and given to the King of Denmark as a gift from the president of the United States.
Further into the basement was a vault containing the Queen's Crown Jewels! It was absolutely amazing! The intricate detail of the pieces, the amount of jewels and diamonds, all combined was breathtaking.
We grabbed a bite to eat and spent the rest of the afternoon in the King's park, just outside the castle. Everyone was out enjoying the sunshine and we made sure to soak up as much of it as we could! Tomorrow our cousin Brianna arrives, she will be visiting for 2 weeks as well!! Can't wait :)
The Church of Our Saviour has a spiral staircase on the top that allows you to see over the entire city. Inside the building some of the stairs are so steep they're more like a ladder, a few time I had to use my hands and climb the steps like a ladder. The picture above is a panoramic shot of the view from outside. The picture below is a street view of the spiral staircase.
Being outside was a little scary, you can notice Leah appears to be holding on for dear life! The aunties who came to visit me you should remember this view pretty well. Looking back I don't know how I got all four of you up to the top but everyone made it. Leah was saying "if the aunts can do it, then so can I"!
After the church we headed down the street to check out Christiania, the free state. Pictures aren't allowed inside so this is one from outside. We stayed all about 10 minutes then headed to the lakes to meet Connie for a bite to eat.
We found a great little cafe with a dock patio where we sat out and enjoyed the warm sun!
Yesterday Leah and I met Connie at Cafe 22 for a brunch buffet. Cafe 22 is located on the lakes and once again we sat out and enjoyed the sun while taking in a beautiful view of the lakes.
We spent the day biking around the city, visiting shops and helping Connie bake dessert for Easter dinner. We ended the day with a beer at Islands Brygge, right by the canal.
Leah and I want to give a shout-out to our big brother who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday - Happy Birthday Garrett, we love you!
We also want to wish everyone a Happy Easter, hope everyone has a great day. Be safe, and try not to overdose on chocolate ;)
Yesterday Seb drove Leah and I out to Kronborg Slot, also known as Hamlet's Castle. Shakespeare's play Hamlet was based on a legend about the Danish prince and this is the castle he lived in. We packed a picnic and were lucky enough to enjoy it in the sunny, warm weather.
So many pictures from the castle! I recently learned that you can enlarge the smaller pictures by clicking them, this way you can see them full size and easily scroll through the group of pictures posted together.
Today Leah and I spent the day at Tivoli! Tivoli is the amusement park located in the centre of Copenhagen and it is even rumoured that after Walt Disney visited this park he got the idea for Disney World! It was a cloudy and windy day but we enjoyed every minute of it :)
Leah trying to feed the fish, unfortunately the birds stole half of the fish food from them.
Everyone needs an afternoon coffee break!
Leah took a ride on the giant swings! She was informed before riding that the wind was very strong and therefore the ride would be slower than usual for safety reasons - only slightly scary... She was able to see over the whole city and loved the ride!
An afternoon at Tivoli cannot be complete without an ice cream topped with flødeboller!
We had yet another wonderful (and tiring) day! The next few days appear to have rain in the forecast but I'm sure we will find something to do :)
Tuesday we hopped on our bikes and headed downtown. We started the tour with Nyhavn, the very well known harbour. Above are pictures from Nyhavn with the colourful building fronts and boats in the harbour. We had beautiful weather, of course it was quite windy but that's to be expected!
Next stop on the tour was Amalienborg Palace, where the Queen lives! Unfortunately she was on vacation at the time so we did not get to see her. We did however meet some guards, and by meet I mean we stood 3ft away from them, they didn't like it if you stood too close.
Our path brought us to one of the most well known spots in Copenhagen - The Little Mermaid! We took a few pictures then sat down on the rocks, soaked up the sun and took in the beauty of the little statue that sat so perfectly poised on the rocks. She may be a little statue but it was definitely one of our favourite stops.
Yes, there are lots of pictures of Leah, what can I say - I LOVE my new camera!
Last stop on the tour was the glass covered market. Above left is a picture from inside one of the two markets. We sat and enjoyed a coffee and then browsed all of the fresh food available. We ended up getting some fresh fish, a baguette, cheese and a cheese dip for our dinner (pictured below). Above right is a picture of the "Happy Wall". The side of a construction wall has been turned into this interactive wall. It has these little 'doors' with hinges and when you open it it's colourful and black when you close it. We spelled out Leah's name (Brooke is a little more difficult)! It's a very cool idea to turn a boring construction wall into something fun and interactive!
By the end of the day we were exhausted! It was a great day and we got to see so much of the city :)
Look who's here! Leah arrived Sunday morning in Copenhagen and already we have been out and about enjoying the city. Her first day she was exhausted, as expected, but with the help of my napping instructions she overcame her jet lag pretty quickly. She also brought with her some goodies for me, including chocolate, mascara and an amazing new camera. The camera is a graduation gift from my parents and it takes beautiful pictures - as you'll see in this post!
I got Leah to ride a bike in Copenhagen! Although she was, and still is, terrified of riding her bike alongside the locals, she did... all right. She did not cause any accidents, she came close but was able to finish the day without any major disasters. Above we are visiting Copenhagen Business School. Leah was impressed not only by the modern architecture of the building, but also by the chic students we saw wondering the halls.
We went for lunch at The Green Kitchen, a favourite little sandwich and salad place. The aunties who came to visit me should remember this place as we had a lovely lunch there one afternoon. Leah and I then headed down to Strøget (the walking street) to meet up with my friends Connie and Antje and do some shopping!
Part way through our afternoon of shopping we needed a little pick-me-up and stopped in at a cafe for coffee and cake. It was a hygge little cafe and exactly what we needed to continue shopping (don't worry mom, I made sure Leah didn't spend all her money within the first 24 hours of being here).
Now the sun is shining and we want to enjoy every bit of it! Out we go on our bikes, wish Leah luck, and we will be sure to post again soon :)