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1. Copenhagen, Denmark.
2. Copenhagen was hosting the annual Eurovision during my visit. Was not particularly interested, though there was fanfare everywhere: in the old town hall square, in the new town hall square, and along the main shopping district.
3. Edvard Eriksen’s “The Little Mermaid” sculpture is a must-see, even though it is some distance from the city centre. In the background is the location of the Eurovision contest.
4. From top-left, clockwise: breakfast of marzipan, cream, and rhubarb Danish pastries; lunch of a fish and prawn smørrebrød (open-faced sandwich); tomato soup with a chicken and mango sandwich; and a chorizo sandwich.
5. The free walking tour in Copenhagen is probably the best I have been to. It was the right pace, engaging, and informative. We started from the city hall (adorned by polar bears), to Magstræde (houses some of the city’s oldest buildings which survived the many great fires), to an old church, the shopping district, the buildings where Hans Christian Andersen used to live in, the foundation opposite the new opera house, the marble church (completed after almost 150 years), and finally to the Amalienborg, where the royal family resides.
6. At the Christianborg check out the underground ruins (after the former palaces and castles had been destroyed by great fires), the royal stables (the horses looked a little tired, yet the showcase of the royal carriages was nice), as well as the palace itself (now home to the Danish parliament, Supreme Court, and the Ministry of State).
7. The Christianshavn neighbourhood in Copenhagen, which has its own city council.
8. I thought the Copenhagen Card was a good purchase, and the canal tour (free with the card) will give one a different perspective of the city. I never had the chance to get on a boat at the other cities, so this was a nice experience (although the free walking tour had covered most of the landmarks).
9. Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world, and also has a wooden roller coaster. Theme parks are not usually my preferred venues, but Tivoli was quite charming. There were the rides and carnivals and restaurants, with the occasional reminder – in the form of landmarks, artefacts, or venues – of the history and heritage present.
10. Incredible burger experience. Wrote about this in a separate Instagram / Facebook post!
11. The museums: the National Museum (for the history buffs); the Amaliemborg Museum (for the royalists); the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (for the art enthusiasts); the Rosenborg Castle (if you like shiny artefacts); as well as the SMK (to satisfy my growing appetite for contemporary art, which can be extremely fascinating).
12. A quick visit to the botanical gardens.
13. Final round of pastries for the plane ride back to Helsinki.
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