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Day Trip to Copenhagen

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Copenhagen - City of Spires

One day in Copenhagen, these are the places to visit:

  •     Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 
  •     National Museum of Denmark
  •     The Christiansborg Palace
  •     Nyhavn (Pronounced as “Ny-Heaven”) {Say “Ny” as you say “my”}
  •     Amalienborg Palace & Frederik’s Church
  •     Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)

People call it the Bike capital of the world, the City of beautiful towers (for its medieval and Renaissance architecture) and Kongens Village.

I call it Love.

Copenhagen, which sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager in Denmark is without any doubt one of the most peaceful countries you will ever visit in your lifetime.

The Place is good.  The People are great. The Architecture
AND THE BEER IS FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!

Yes, the hometown of the Carlsberg Beer Group is a pretty famous tourist-ey city. Around 55 % of Europe drinks Carlsberg. Haven’t you seen that famous ad that goes this way.

“If Carlsberg did meeting rooms, they would probably be best in the world.”
If Carlsberg did meeting rooms, they would probably be best in the world.

Now, I am going to tell you what to do or which places to visit in Copenhagen if you are there for just one day.

A little heads-up. If you are a fitness freak kind of a person looking for some extra adventure along the trip, you might as well opt in to travel around Copenhagen on a bike, after all, it’s the bike capital of the world. Its real fun!

  •   Visit the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

Start your day by visiting the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek which is an art museum having some extravagant personal collections of Carl Jacobsen, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg Breweries. It will be the first stop if you go by main road towards the city center or the Kobenhavn Central Train Station. It comes under the City Hall area which can also be paid a visit. It’s all good architecture so you are not going to get a hard time clicking some Instagram-Worthy pictures. :p

While you will be paddling around the city, you will come across some great wonders of the modern and old architecture. Copenhagen is famous for it. Frankly, I just loved biking around the city. Seeing good and different places makes me happy.

  • Visit the National Museum of Denmark

Then you can pay a quick visit to the National Museum of Denmark, which is Denmark’s largest museum of cultural history comprising the history of Danish foreign cultures. This museum is almost 200 years old.  

  • Visit The Christiansborg Palace

The next stop has got to be on the tiny island of Slotsholmen which is basically inside the city. Yes, an island in the middle of the city. Crazy right? Even though it’s a small one, but, it’s fun.

The Christiansborg Palace, which comprises of the Danish ParliamentThe Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. 

Fun Fact: The Christiansborg Palace is supposed to be the place where it all started 850 years ago. Yes, 850 YEARS. You heard that correct. In 1167, a fortress was erected on the location of it. Since then, this event has come to be viewed as the official “birth” of Copenhagen as we know it – and the idea behind the city’s 850th birthday in 2017.

Art lovers could also pay a visit to Thorvaldsens Museum which is located on this very island.

Tiny ME in front of Thorvaldsens Museum. (you wouldn’t even come to know that you are on an island, its that small and near to the main land.)

The entry fee for The Ruins and for the Royal Kitchen, etc are different so it’s better to buy a combined ticket to enter for 150 DKK (20$ or so). The entry for children is free.

There is also a Danish Jewish Museum on that same island but I think you can skip that. the history is better explained in various other Jewish Museums around the world. I really love the one in Washington D.C.  

 

TIP: If you are history lover and you just wanna walk on the paths where some of the great historians or kings or princesses have walked on, put your GPS Coordinates to Gammeltorv which dates to sometime during the 13th century.

Gammeltorv (literally ‘Old Square’ in English) certainly lives up to its name as it is the oldest square in the city.

  • Visit Nyhavn (Pronounced as “Ny-Heaven”) {Say “Ny” as you say “my”}

I hear some voice. Wait! It’s my stomach calling.

It time for some brunch/Lunch on the most photographed street of Denmark, Nyhavn. You must have seen many photos of Copenhagen or basically Europe with all those colorful houses alongside the river and the boats in front of them. Well, Its Nyhavn. In some cases, it could also be Amsterdam. 😛

The Famous Nyhavn

So Nyhavn, undoubtedly has the best food in town. It has everything,

Varieties 

Cost friendly

Costly 

Cuisines 

Boats 

Colors 

Ambience and what not. 

All these combinations give you the best eating experience in the entire city. Also, probably in the entire country. Even though your pockets are not gonna like it that much but trust me, your wives and children will.

😛

There were so many things I wanted to try there but as they say Stomach is full, but not policy. Therefore, I couldn’t eat more after one-point ☹. So, I wrapped up and continued my exciting day ahead.

But I hope you have a giant appetite and some may also have deep pockets. So, it is highly recommended to eat here. Almost, all the restaurants serve great food.

You could also come here at night for dinner. They have great lightening scenes during dark. You folks would love it.

The most photographed place in Copenhagen

There is a restaurant by the name Pizzeria which serves some great variety of Pizzas. The place is little hard to find on Nyhavn.  If you are on the restaurant-side of the river and al the restaurants are on your left, you walk and take the first left. It’s an underground restaurant made in a basement. They are not costly, and the taste of their Pizza is amazing!!!

  • Visit the Amalienborg Palace & Frederik’s Church
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU COULD JUST HAVE A LOOK INSIDE PRINCE OF DENMARK’S HOME? AMAZING RIGHT?
Well You cannot. LOL!! 

But you can visit that area where lies Amalienborg, the home of Danish Royal Family. My best experience here was to copy the Royal Guards, how they march and how they walk and how they wouldn’t even laugh at your lamest jokes.

Their funny looking hat and the REAL-GUNS. :D. This area with four different buildings on each side are going to look amazing in your photos. I will share with you people a B&W version of the picture I clicked.

As you can see people are also using Hoverboard to see places. I think that’s a cool way to see places. A must try I feel.

The good thing is that you can atleast visit the museum here and get to know about Danish Royal Family’s history. You can hire a guide there which will prove to be very fruitful for you if you are interested in Danish history. I, who always used to fail in history also loved it :D.

 

Just in front of the Amalienborg Palace, is the Frederik’s Church which is famous for its rococo architecture. You might have heard about it as The Marble Church. It was closed due to something when I was in Copenhagen (sad right?) but if you do get the chance, certainly pay a visit inside. Then, let me also know how it was. I will go there someday <3.

I have this audacity of not leaving a single attraction in the city. You never know what may strike your heart <3.

Frederik’s Church
  • Visit Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid)

Now The Little Mermaid!

Well, this place and this statue wouldn’t eat too much of your time. You can spend 10 minutes here MAXIMUM. But you would wanna spend a nice amount of time at the park where The Little Mermaid is located. It’s called the Langeline Park.

The Little Mermaid

It has many little little attractions to see like the Gefion Fountain and St Alban’s Church and the Prinsesse Marie(another famous statue). All these attractions start with the Churchill Park.

Gefion Fountain
St Alban’s Church

As soon as you will cross the Fountain, on you right hand side you will see a sea-side restaurant names Toldboden. You must try this if you have time which probably you will. If not, atleast try the cocktails.

 

FACT: They always have super-sexy cars parked around them all day. Certainly not a bad way to attract customers.

Outside of Toldboden.

Apparently, our day has come to an end but the night has just begun  :p.

To all the Wise Gamblers out there, Casino Copenhagen is the place for you to reimburse your trip or double the expenditure. It all depends on you. Obviously I wouldn’t want you folks to lose all their money but a little risk in life is always worth remembering. This Casino is a huge one. I wish you a rich night! :p .

Farvel Danmark!

Ponte Vecchio – The Oldest Bridge of Florence

“You may have the Universe, if I may have Italy” 

– Giuseppe Verdi

It isn’t always “tall towers” or “large piazzos” that you must see. Sometimes, you have to take time out for something simple and serene; something old; something that has seen seasons upon seasons; something that has been mentioned in books by the Greats. Here in Florence, that’s Ponte Vecchio.

First sight of Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is the oldest standing bride in Florence. She is one of the most visited attractions in the most visited city of Tuscany.

Why so??

Worry not, I have all the answers.

  • It offers a beautiful view, a lovely sunset to be more specific.  
  • It has great cafes and eating joints nearby. The Cappuccino, OMG!! 
  • It offers great shopping- from branded clothes to local leather and artifacts.  

In essence, it recites to us, the history of the Ancient Roman Empire, the story of destruction during the wars, and how, after all this, it has stood tall as a landmark for the country.

You also get these beautiful masks here on the bridge as part of the local shopping. I know things like these are common in various places and countries, but it is always fun to indulge yourself in experiences like these. You should always bring a memento from a place you visit. That’s my model mother trying not to pose. 😛

According to me, Ponte Vecchio is an amazing spot for tourists as well as for the locals. From shopping to views, it has everything. You can have a nice time here regardless of what genre of travel you follow (just like this couple below).

Here, you can shop for branded clothes, local leather and hand-made artifacts showcasing Italy’s history. You can have a nice meal by the river Arno and sip a tasty cup of Cappuccino in a local café.

I remember Dean Martin mentioned in his song,

 “Italians love to sip a cup of Cappuccino.”  

Live for the experience – be Italian. 😀

International brands like H&M, etc. plus local shops for genuine Italian Leather are very common here.

Earlier on, the bridge would be occupied by butchers and fishmongers, who would prepare their meat right away and throw away the waste directly into the river.

FACT: THE LARGE WINDOWS IN THE CENTRE WAS CREATED FOR ADOLF HITLER’S VISIT BY MUSSOLINI IN 1939. HITLER LOVED THE VIEW SO MUCH THAT HE SPARED THIS BRIDGE DURING THE ATTACK IN 1944, WHILE HE LAY WASTE TO MANY OTHER BRIDGES IN FLORENCE.  

The View, Hitler fell in love <3 with.

Nowadays, there is an area on the bridge where people come and hang a lock there (just like the one in Paris). See for yourself below. 

Leave something behind, eh?
Even my mother gave it a whirl. 😛

There are many angles from which you can look at the bridge. On our way to the Michelangelo Square, we stumbled upon an area from where we got a very nice view of all four bridges on the river Arno, including Ponte Vecchio. Have a look.  

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BLOG ON MICHELANGELO SQUARE.

River Arno with four bridges over it

Ponte Vecchio requires just 1 hour of your time which includes clicking all the Instagram worthy photos.

But you need at least 3-4 hours in order to fully enjoy the spectacular viewsthe coffee, the leather shopping and all the other local experiences. Have a good time here at Ponte Vecchio. 

FACT: THE SHOPKEEPERS SELLING LEATHER LITERALLY TRIES TO BURN THE LEATHER WITH A LIGHTER OR A MATCHSTICK TO PROVE THE AUTHENTICITY OF THE LEATHER. GUESS WHAT? IT DOESN’T BURN. EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT INTERESTED IN BUYING LEATHER (WHICH I THINK YOU SHOULD BE), GO TO THESE SHOPS AND WITNESS THIS AMAZING WAY OF SELLING. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS STYLE AND IT COST ME A LOT OF MONEY! LOL!

Ponte Vecchio at its best.
Arrivederci, Addio !

Basic Rules to Visit The Dome

We travel because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But, something inside our minds has changed, and that changes everything.”

– Jonah Lehrer

It is often heard, how people claim that one cannot see everything on our planet. I only have one question for them all: Have you even tried?! I concede that it is next to impossible to have explored all four corners of our big ’round’ world (Take that Flat Earth Society!) in one lifetime. Everyone has a bucket list which is essentially the list of places to visit and experience, visiting Florence cancelled out one of many things on that list for me.

View from Michelanglo Square...

Growing up listening to the fact that Florence was one of the most beautiful cities in the world; be it architecturally, culturally or historically. It is undoubtedly one of the most well-preserved cities of the world. Hence, the utmost beauty. Brunelleschi’s Dome is the most iconic structure in Florence and one of the most in the world. The panoramic skyline of Florence is incomplete without The Great Dome.

FACT: Duomo Complex: It is the combination of Brunelleschi’s Dome, The Baptistry of San Giovanni, The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Campanile (Bell Tower) and The Crypt of Santa Reparata & Opera Museum.

If you really want to make the best out of your trip to the Duomo Complex, you must give 2 days to these 5 wonderful monuments. Just pay attention to these basic details that I have mentioned below after which you’ll be all set.

Click here to know more about how to “Conquer Dome within 2 days” here.

Cathedral, Bell Tower & Dome all in one frame…

The Dome, being a very famous landmark of Florence, is destined to be crowded. So, allotting 2 days for the complex is the best option to experience a hassle-free visit, bearing in mind these suggestions:

  • Wake up early
  • Book your ticket / tour in advance (20$ Entrance Ticket).
  • Know the opening and closing hours.
  • The Dress Code.

Follow these 4 things and you are good to go.

Wake up Early.

Like any other landmark destination in the world, this is bound to be chockablock with hundreds of tourists. If you wish to skip the crowd, be the early bird and catch your worm.

You can only get this kind of photo when you visit the Duomo Complex early in the morning.

Book your ticket/tour in advance.

Whether you choose the entrance ticket (around 20$) or a private tour (around 40$), do so in advance, You can book the tickets online or you can purchase in on-site.

The Dome

You can climb The Dome, too. It would serve you good purpose if you followed the steps written below.
The ticket to climb The Dome must be procured separately and a time slot must be pre-booked in order to skip the queues. You have to use your ticket to book the time slot at the ticket booth or online. It is quite commonplace to run into unavailable time slots during peak seasons.

A prudent suggestion: book your climb slot(s) as early as possible. My first time to Florence was just for 2 days and I was unable to go to the top. Imagine being in Florence for 2 whole days and not getting to climb The Dome. PATHETIC! I hope you don’t have to go through this upsetting experience. If you have pre-booked a private tour, you will anyway be skipping the queue. So YAY!

 

NOTE: THE TICKET TO CLIMB THE DOME MUST BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.

A Merry-Go-Round (The area near The Dome is very lively with great shops, cafes and live music)
You can have a splendid time here. Drink Cappuccino in the country which gave birth to it.
Live Music (This pair was so entertaining. They were playing music with tin, trays and normal wooden sticks. So talented, these two. Percussion has come a long way.)

FACT: The area around The Dome is very happening. Great shopping, various activities and such a happy atmosphere to experience. Enjoy the sheer bliss of roaming around The Dome and soak it all in.

Opening Hours

Each monument in the complex has variable timings which are subject to change in keeping with the weather and some other factors. Therefore, it’s better to check the website for latest timings.

https://www.museumFlorence.com/

Early morning is the best time to visit The Dome. You can take your own time to enjoy the serenity of the environment around The Dome. You can witness the Sun rays falling on the shiny white marble of The Dome. It makes for quite a sight to behold.

Now, just imagine what it would be like to stand on top of The Dome (with the least crowd possible) and take in the beautiful skyline of Florence. Take a look below to see how it appears from the top.

View of the Bell Tower from The Dome

NOTE: If a museum is supposed to close at 6, be there latest by 5 to be the last group to enter. Like any other monument of the entire world, the best time to go to The Dome is in the morning. “The Earlier, The Better”. THIS MUSEUM IS CLOSED ON FIRST TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH.

Dress Code

The dress code to be followed is very much like the one in Vatican City. Proper attire is one of the most important things to be kept in mind when visiting The Dome.

NO SKIRTS (Nothing above the knee)

NO BARE SHOULDERS

NO TANK / SPAGHETTI TOPS (Carry a scarf otherwise)

Click here to know how to visit all the 5 monuments of the complex in the best possible way without leaving any stone unturned.

Cheers to these amazing 2 days of your life!

Ti auguro il meglio!

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