Copenhagen is a truly magical city, and one of my favorite places that we visited (although Cameron says I have good taste since it is also one of the more expensive cities that we visited). After a long train ride from Berlin, we settled into our last AirBnb in the Christianshavn neighborhood, a short walk over a nearby bridge to the city center. On our street sat the famous Church of Our Savior with a brilliant twisting edifice that we climbed - over 400 steps to the top (not for the the faint of heart - very tight quarters and a thin rail between you and a steep descent). After visiting the top of the church and catching some amazing views, we made our way into the sanctuary and listened to some live music from the magnificent organ. This little excursion came shortly after we had visited the free town of Christiania, a commune within the city limits of Copenhagen that plays by its own rules. Cameron told me I needed a bit more common sense when strolling into places like Christiania, for when a gentleman in front of me dropped a package, I stooped to pick it up, and he quickly snatched it from me. I guess I accidentally picked up his drugs!
One of the highlights of Copenhagen was the fantastical Tivoli Gardens. It is said that Walt Disney himself modeled Disneyland around Tivoli, and this comes as no surprise. The food options were fantastic, the rides themed and magical, and the gardens with twinkle light were exquisite. We even got to witness the ballet La Sylphide by the Tivoli company at the Peacock Stage. The water show at the end of the evening was a perfect nightcap to a wonderful day! Other fun excursions included a boat tour of the canals and Nyhaven (including a peek at the Little Mermaid statue), a trip to the Botanic Gardens, a tour around the Christiansborg Palace, and a day trip to Malmo, Sweden. The architecture in both Denmark and Sweden was amazingly modern, and I enjoyed touring the Danish Architecture Center's exhibits while Cameron worked. Also, to get a taste of the local life, we rented bikes (fully equipped with Ipads and GPS) to explore Norrebro and also caught the latest Mission Impossible at the larger than life IMax theater on the water. The subways were also really cool, as the front end of the train was a huge pane of glass that made you feel like you were on a slowed down version of Space Mountain!
Denmark, as of late, has become known for its Nordic cuisine (made popular by the #1 restaurant in the world, Noma, in Copenhagen). While expensive, almost everywhere we ate was delicious. A few of the highlights included Torvehallerne, an upscale food hall/farmers market that had everything you could imagine (we went there several times just to eat Skyre and Porridge!). Another awesome spot was the Copenhagen Street Food site on the water, which had every kind of food truck you could imagine inside of a humongous hall. We also were quickly addicted to the Asian cuisine, particularly the panang curry at a Thai joint called Green Mango. We had it all, from sushi to the classic Danish open faced sandwich called smorrebrod. Overall, we couldn't have picked a better spot to end a vacation by self-professed foodies!