Copenhagen

Greetings!

I’ve decided that I’m going to write about my last two weekend trips and then a bit later I will recap all of the wonderful things I got to do in Paris (Spoiler: there’s A LOT). I’ve gone to many museums and walked in some really cool places.

Last weekend I flew out on Thursday night from Paris to spend the weekend in Copenhagen! It was the first time I had ever truly traveled by myself; all of other times I have met someone where I was going. Not this time; I was all on my own. I stayed in a hostel a bit of a walking distance from the center of the city, but I like walking quite a lot now, so it wasn’t a big deal. I loved the city, it was beautiful!

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Beautiful harbor.

I started out the weekend with a three hour walking tour of the city, which was so informative! I was able to get oriented with the city and and hear recommendations for what I should come back and see later. Our guide was a young guy in his late 20s named Magnus and he was really funny.

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The litter mermaid is behind me. The Danes don’t like her because she is small and has no story.

I spent the rest of day walking around with a German girl and two American dudes who were there traveling through northern Europe. They were a lot of fun.

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This was my favorite street, the canal was so gorgeous.

The next day I went to the Danish National Gallery, which was wonderful! It has so many amazing pieces of art in its permanent collection. A lot of Rembrandt and Mattise. I have really learned to love art museums this semester, I’ve been to quite a few.

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The Danish National Gallery from the outside. A majestic building.

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I like to take pictures of paintings I like. This one is by Francesco Guardi of a festival in Venice.

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I also was able to tour Rosenburg Palace, which is where the Danish royal residence used to be. It was beyond beautiful (sorry, I think I forgot to take pictures of it); very ornate and huge. The Danish crown jewels are also housed there!

(Sidenote: Our tour guide told us that the Danish really love their royal family. Apparently King Christian X did a lot of good things for the country during WWII, including protecting many of the Jews from the occupying Nazis. Their current princess Mary is from Australia and beloved as well.)

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These are the things I would most like to steal. 

It was a huge success of a weekend! Copenhagen was the perfect place to travel alone; it was incredibly safe and really clean. So many things to see and not even as expensive as is commonly believed (although maybe I’m used to living in uber-expensive Paris).

Thanks for reading!

Suzanne

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