TRAVEL | COPENHAGEN PHOTO DIARY

Next stop: Copenhagen. After Budapest, the capital of Denmark felt pleasantly cool weather-wise, and this made me even more eager to start exploring the city. First we wandered the vibrant Nyhavn waterfront, which was only a short walking distance from our hotel. Conveniently, the quay is pretty much pedestrianised, with colourful townhouses lining one side and ships on the other. I absolutely adored the cinematography in the film The Danish Girl so my friend and I made a point to check out a few of the locations they filmed in (Nyhavn being one). Frederik's Church (more widely known as The Marble Church) was the next location we took a look at and the final one were the yellow houses of Nyboder where Ben Whishaw's character Henrik lived. Copenhagen felt like a very small city coming straight after Budapest but it's quite a lovely aspect and the atmosphere is just so relaxed. The most popular mode of transport are bikes and it's become such a culture there, I've not seen anything quite like it. The town centre was where I spent a lot of my time (though I had to really convince myself not to go into & Other Stories since we have one in London anyway and my full suitcase just couldn't take any extra temptations) and most of the time I was perfectly content with window shopping as my dad pointed out all the architecture and interior designs of the department stores and such (he's really into that stuff and it's quite different in Copenhagen). We even stumbled into a few furniture shops that basically resembled a Pinterest dream home before we found an entire museum dedicated to it (Designmuseum Danmark). On one of our last days we decided to take a boat tour along the canals and it was sure a speedy way to take in the sights as we were able to cover a lot more ground err, I mean water. We were even able to see the famous Little Mermaid statue even if it was from a bit of a distance. My friend being a self professed soft serve connoisseur, officially announced that a little stall in the city centre made the best ones she'd ever tasted (they do a strawberry and vanilla swirl kind) and eating at one of my favourite restaurant chains, Sticks'n'Sushi, just felt more authentic in Denmark (the amazing staff even passed on a 20% off voucher to use in a London branch). One place that I missed out on visiting was Tivoli. Despite being one of the top recommended places to visit, being an amusement park I mistakenly thought there would be nothing to do except go on the rides, which at my current age, is a prospect I'm not so keen on anymore. It was not till I came home that one of my friends who used to live there told me that it's worth it to go to Tivoli for the atmosphere, scenery, and food alone. Guess I'll just have to make plans for another trip to Copenhagen in the future! Hehe.

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