Since my last post about my travel plans, I’ve added on some icing on top of my journey cake (I will never stop using food references by the way) and I have figured out a route to take HUZZAH! well kind off. It will probably keep changing :/ . Sadly some dots on my map had to be whipped off. Sorry Barcelona maybe next time but as for now you are booted off the map. Brutal but necessary. It has been exciting and stressful trying to create a route. Why cant the world just be in easily navigated square zones so I dont have to zig zag through countries and instead just drop into the next. Trying to find my way around the labyrinth, sorry your train has hit a wall… Ah but if it was that easy it would be boring. I have come up with a rough route which I am pretty darn enthusiastic about.
As you can see from my very hi-tech mapping system (HA yeah right) It looks like I’ll be either cruising on a boat or hopping a plane to make it over to Greece. I’m all for the boat, it would be so surreal cruising around Italy and pulling up on the beautiful coast of Greece. I’m thinking either Santorini or Rhodes. Anyone been to either?
We will Ignore the sailing round Italy for now and talk about where I’m going to begin which is Da da da daaaaaaaaa Denmark! “Dav Denmark” ! “Vi ses snart”! I will meet my two “ledsagere” in Copenhagen, whoop whoop! It’s important to do some research on where your going because people we are a very tight schedule. If I wanted to fit in all of the cities myself and my companions wanted to see then we are looking at max two days in each country. I’m relying heavily on sites like “Trip Advisor” and the countries official tourist information websites to give me the down low on everything the cities have to offer in terms of things to do, things to see and of course things to eat! but If anyone readying this has ever been to or is from Denmark I would love to hear from you about your experiences, please and thank you.
I’ll begin with a few facts about Copenhagen. It was founded as a viking fishing village in the 10th century. It is one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the world. Breath in the fresh air into your lungs everyone. It is the highest ranking in international survey for quality of life and according to the 2013 World Happiness report by Earth institute of New York Columbia University, Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world. Ok I’m sold lets go right now! There are so many amazing things about this place! want more?
There’s a place in Copenhagen called Christiania. Its a free town with about 1000 residents. Its free of tax and cars. It also run according to its community’s own laws. No cameras allowed though folks so you wont get to peak inside unless you go yourself. I think I’m most excited about this. The mystery of it all I’m so curious to see inside. Kind of like when someones trying to hide a gift from you which leads to you come up with all sorts of possible things it could be in your head which drives you mad because you just want to rip what ever it is open. It also give me Woodbury vibes. But a pleasant, happier, safer and minus the zombie thunder dome For of you who are not Walking Dead fans its a town in the series, a very unpleasant one that I do not feel the need to visit.
For all of the Astronomy fans out there Copenhagen is the home to the oldest working observatory which has been going since 1642. Talk about working overtime. I wonder how many holidays its clocked up in 373 years. Trip around the stars anyone?
Who doesn’t like a fun parks? Copenhagen is the home to the second oldest amusement park in the world. It’s being bringing joy and terror to young faces since 1843. Another places that just doesn’t want to stop going. I love amusement parks. Its so much fun riding roller-coasters. I am both terrified and excited at the prospect. By what I have seen in the photos online it has a wooden roller-coaster. I’ve never experienced one before. I bet it creeks at ever turn, scary! Look how beautiful it is at night. The picture in black and white is from 1843. The men look like steam train conductors. I wish that was how it was now. Id feel classier trying to climb onto the compartment if I had a nice conductor to give me boost. Ah well, I think I can do with out and still have an amazing time. Definitely want to hit it up at night with all the lights.
Hans Christian Anderson lived and died in Copenhagen. He was a poet and a writer and was best known for his fairy tales which included The Little Mermaid, The Snow Queen and Thumbelina. Thank you Sir for Thumbelina. She made me feel better about being such a wee little creature in this big, bad but oh so beautiful world. One of my favourite stories as a child.
A Place rich in history and culture, there seems to be so much amazingness to visit! Below is a little list of tourist attractions that also want to visit that I haven’t already mentioned above.
Church of our Saviour which is a beautiful old church that you can climb and see the sights of Copenhagen. I love the architecture of churches. The deigns and sculptures are always so detailed. I cant wait to feast my eyes on every nook and cranny and every small delicate detail.
Nyhavn Harbour is a beautiful 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district. It also has wonderfully coloured buildings. Unknown to be until I started researching, Copenhagen has the highest number of Michelin star restaurants in Scandinavia. So the foods on the Harbour is going to be mind blowing tastiness ! NOM NOM NOM!
Den Llle havfrue is a bronze statue by Edvard Eriksen, depicting a mermaid. The sculpture is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade. I read up a bit on the statue and learned it has gone through the wars. It’s head was sawed off once and one of its arms! why would you do that? Wouldn’t it have been easier to just take the whole thing?
Rosenborg Castle. Sure why not visit a lavish castle and pretend to be royal for a spell. Got a ball gown I could borrow?
Frederikssund Viking Village. I became very interested in Viking history after watching the series on the history channel. Their culture and beliefs are fascinating and I can’t wait to visit a viking settlement.
With all this researching and preparing , it makes it all the more real. The beginnings of a big adventure for a tiny Irish cailín. I love looking into places in more detail and finding out all these fascinating facts and the history surrounding an area. I just hope I don’t get to lost when I get there. My sense of direction is absolutely horrendous. My friends will have to keep me on the right direction. Pity they wont be coming to America with me. That I will have to navigate on my own, eeek!
Hope you liked the post. Has anyone been to Copenhagen before? Is there anywhere you really want to visit?