Day two started early and after dicing with death on the bikes yesterday we decided to leave the bikes behind and get the metro instead. Knowing we were going to be on our feet all day we were happy when the metro only turned out to be 15 minutes away. The sun was shining brightly and I was already regretting not packing my shorts and also thinking black skinny jeans was a big mistake. The thoughts of regret soon disappeared as we walked out the metro station and saw the city, immediately I realised this was like no other capital city I had visited before. Cities like London always seem to be on the move and are a little frantic at times but Copenhagen had this calmness to it, nobody seemed to be in a rush we were at ease and relaxed straight away. For us that was a first when visiting a major city.
So as we left the metro station we decided to stop and get a healthy smoothie as we thought we would need a good boost to keep us going through the day. Normally we are both big fan’s of smoothie’s but I think something may have been lost in translation because whatever we had was absolutely wretched. Not one to complain I did what I normally do when something doesn’t tickle my fancy and got it down me as fast as possible. Steph on the other hand was struggling, with every sip her whole body would tense up I tried to help but even I couldn’t stomach anymore. Realising we had reached our smoothie limit we quietly made away outside and placed the smoothie in the bin. Not a great start to the day but it was about to get so much better. We weaved our way through the streets leading away from the metro station, we didn’t really have a plan we were just wondering around. Then the streets opened up and presented us with our first gift of the day and that gift was Christiansborg Palace a truly grand building, but it wasn’t this that caught my eye it was the chapel. It had a charm to it, it was so light like a breath of fresh air and being next to the somewhat dark palace it really stood out. I had to get inside. Once inside we stood in amazement, the church was in perfect condition. We visited many churches on our trip to Rome and none of them matched the perfection of the chapel. After having a good wander around we discovered why the chapel was in such immaculate condition. In 1992 the Chapel caught fire and almost burnt to the ground after a stray firework from the Whitsun Carnival landed on the roof, the building was fully restored and they have kept it in perfect condition ever since.
We admired the gorgeous architecture in the chapel for a while and after me doing my standard prayer when I’m in a religious building we decided to move on to the palace. We wondered into the grounds finding an open to door leading to a grand corridor going through the building so we wondered in. The corridor was big and grand just like the palace was and we were about to enter the palace properly when we discovered that we would need to pay to enter. Unfortunately I was feeling in a rather cheap mood and didn’t want to pay so we continued through the corridor and wandered in the glorious sunshine around the grounds. Basking in the sunshine we admired this grand and powerful looking building and attempted to plan out the rest of our day. Unfortunately I was somewhat distracted by all the gorgeous buildings around us so I wasn’t really paying attention to making plans. So with no plan in mind we decided to wonder into the city centre and just see what happens.
In the town centre we found a lovely little fountain where we had a little sit down and caught some of the spray off the fountain to cool down, skinny black jeans was definitely the wrong way to go today. After our fountain spritz we were beginning to feel hungry and I was really in the mood for a Hard Rock. With a quick search on google maps we pointed ourselves in the right direction and slowly made our way through the town stopping in pretty much every shop along the way and of course Steph had to stop to take a photo of a Lego shop…… Random I know.
After Steph buying her traditional city Tshirt we finally made it to the Hard Rock where we could rest our legs and re fuel for the day ahead. Obviously I would love to explain what we ate but unfortunately I have no recollection of anything we had there.. I’m sure we enjoyed it though as we have never had a bad experience in any of the ones we have visited in the past.
With our meal done we decided our next destination would be the Elephant gate at the Carlsberg factory. With a quick check of google maps we discovered we were two miles away, so it was time to give our legs another good exercise. We weaved our way through the streets of Copenhagen taking in all beauty the city had to offer, the sun was now high in the sky and because of my wardrobe error this morning I was feeling rather hot. Eventually we found ourselves at Tivoli Gardens, thanks to wanderlustplusone we knew this was some kind of theme park and as me and rides don’t mix well we decided to give it a miss. The entrance looked fantastic though. As we made our way closer to the Carlsberg factory we found ourselves in a gorgeous little estate lined with fantastic little terraced houses, all were absolutely stunning. We assumed these were the old worker houses for the Carlsberg factory but not 100% sure about that fact so don’t quote me on it! A few moments later we were approaching the elephant gate and the closer we got the more disappointed we were, there was building work going on and most of the gate was boxed off so we couldn’t really get a good look at it. Even so we were still happy to have seen it, so that was another thing ticked off the list and a reason to go back when there aren’t works being done!
With the traditional photo’s taken we moved on with no real plan in mind, after 20 minutes of walking we decided it would be best to see where we were and what to do next. We found a lovely little coffee shop and had ourselves some cake and a tea then we jumped onto google maps to come up with a plan. Our destination of choice was Nyhavn and of course it was just over two miles away…… It began to occur to us that our plans weren’t very well thought out as we always seemed to be two miles away from everywhere we wanted to go! On the plus side though we were getting some good exercise. With our tea and cake polished off we began our journey to Nyhavn , the sun was now beaming and yet again I was regretting not packing my shorts! Our journey progressed well, we wondered past the zoo and soaked up the beautiful architecture that Copenhagen had to offer and before we knew it we were back walking along the river. Here we randomly found some trampolines built into the walkway, which of course we had to have a little jump on, Steph was going to do a bum drop but at the last minute she wimped out…… With our legs feeling a little wobbly from the trampolines and the 2 and a bit mile walk we finally made it to Nyhavn and straight away we knew the walk was worth it! Every single building looked stunning! There was a hustle and bustle about the place that we loved, granted I was nearly ran over by a cyclist but I’m sure that was more my fault than his. We weaved our way through the crowds and now Steph was hanging on to me for dear life just in case I decided to wander off again and eventually we found ourselves at the end of the canal. We found ourselves a seat rested our tired feet and soaked up the atmosphere in this gorgeous place. After watching the world go by for an hour or so our stomachs began to rumble, it was time to find some more food.
We had noticed on google maps a street food place just over the river from Nyhavn, so it was soon decided this would be where our evening meal would take place. This turned out to be the best decision of the day, as soon as we walked in we were greeted with all the aromas from around the world hitting our taste buds instantly. Now we were really hungry but there was so many options we couldn’t make a decision, the further we walked in the more choice we were presented with. I had assumed with me being vegetarian I wouldn’t have much choice, but my oh my I was wrong! There was vegetarian food everywhere I have never been so spoilt for choice and then I spotted it, falafel being made, that was it decision made! I was on it and 10 minutes later I had a gorgeous massive fresh falafel wrap in my hand. Just needed Steph to make a decision now and surprisingly she did almost instantly. Steph’s choice was the Thai stand right by the entrance and typically it was the busiest one. After some frustrating orders being lost in translation Steph finally had her meal and all what was left to do was find a seat by the river and eat our dinner, what a perfect day.
With the day drawing to a close we decided not to make any plans and simply walk along the river and soak up the final rays of sunshine. Our legs were now starting to feel the strain of the day so we slowed our pace down and admired the gorgeous sites of Copenhagen. Eventually we came to some walkways going off into the river where people were just jumping into the river and again I regretted not packing my shorts as I had a real urge to join in but I didn’t think skinny black jeans and the river was a safe combination.
Without really realising we had made it back to the metro station, the day had come to a end and what a day it had been, yes we had walked feet down to the bone but Copenhagen had rewarded our walking with glorious views and some of the friendliest people we had encountered so far on our travels. Tomorrow we return back home full of Copenhagen memories, true I may forget some as always but some memories are just too good to forget.