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A wharf, a statue and the order of the elephant

My absolute favourite spot in Copenhagen was Nyhavn, the colourful wharf that is a flurry of activity. Lined with restaurants, outdoor cafes, hotels and shops, it was busy both day and night and was the perfect spot to people watch. We spent time in this section of the city every day of our visit and it was the canal port of our boat tour. Even Danish author Hans Christian Andersen made his home here. At the end of Nyhavn is the Royal Danish Playhouse, from which there are great views of the Royal Danish Oprah House across the river.

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Further along the waterfront, we came across the Copenhagen International Sand Sculpture Festival. The sculptures were great and hard to believe they were just held together with water.

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The most recognizable sculpture in Copenhagen though, is the Little Mermaid. The 1913 sculpture sits at the edge of the harbour, modeled after the prima ballerina Ellen Price and the sculptor’s wife, Eline Eriksen. Droves of tour buses and countless canal boats visit this site each day.

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Another treat was visiting Amalienborg Palace and Rosenborg Castle. Amalienborg Palace is the winter one of the Danish royal family and even though we didn’t get a glimpse of Queen Margrethe II, we did enjoy the grounds and witnessed the changing of the Royal Life Guards.

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Rosenborg is a 17th century renaissance castle that was used a summer residence until the 19th century. It currently houses a museum of the Danish royal regalia, including the crown jewels and memorabilia of the Order of the Elephant, the highest order of Denmark, dating back to the 16th century. It was amazing to see so many decorative elephants used throughout the castle.

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Our final stop in Copenhagen was to a bakery for danishes!!! A tasty treat before we headed back to the apartment. Sadly Andrew flew back to Brussels for work this morning but Alison and I are continuing our adventures this week in Berlin.

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Nothing is rotten in the state of Denmark

Our flight to Copenhagen on Friday was very early and since we couldn’t check into our apartment until 4:15pm, most of that day was spent in cafes and on park benches as we still had to carry our luggage. After a well needed nap in the flat, we found a grocery store and picked up supplies for supper and our breakfasts. The champagne was in celebration of my 10 year anniversary with Stewart, and even though we were not together, we had a Skype chat later that night and we will celebrate when I get home at the end of the month.

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We decided to go on a hop on hop off bus tour the next day. It took a little over an hour to make the complete loop and gave you a sense of the neighborhoods in this beautiful city. Afterwards we walked down Strøget, the longest pedestrian shopping street in Europe. It is a real mix of high end stores, mid range and North American stores along with cafes, fast food outlets and souvenir shops. We went into sephora in Illum and had a great lunch at the Royal Cafe.

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The Royal Cafe is in a courtyard tucked away just off of Strøget and where they serve smushies, small Danish open faced sandwiches. Everything is served on porcelain from Royal Copenhagen, which has its own shop next door. I bought a blue and white tea cup as a souvenir.

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We walked through Christianshavn, which is very reminiscent of Amsterdam. We stopped at the Church of our Saviour to see the tower and then headed on into Vesterbro, along H. C. Andersen Blvd.

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Supper that night was amazing. On the recommendation of one of Andrew’s friends we got reservations at Nam Nam, the Singapore eatery opened by Danish celebrity chef Claus Meyer, who also co-owns Noma, voted the best restaurant in the world.

It’s only been open for 6 weeks and it is a foodie dream. Prices are very reasonable and they encourage you to share the dishes. We had pepper crayfish, shrimp spring rolls and flying cheese, followed by beef rendang, free range pork BBQ and onion rack of lamb. The drinks were so good too, a mango mixed drink followed by the best mojito ever made.

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As you can see we’re having a great time in Copenhagen. Next post will feature our boat tour and my favourite area, Nyhavn.

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