9 | Copenhagen
Our early nights are meaning we're waking up early too. I was waiting at the windows for sunrise this morning, but at 7.30am there still wasn't much to show for it. Late starts for the sun in Demark, and cloudy days, I'm left with little chance of seeing a good sunrise from our room!
We headed in to the city with a little map starred with things we planned on visiting today. Google maps and smart phones, 2 things I'm most thankful for in this world! Our first stop was almost by accident, suddenly we had walked to Nyhaven - Copenhagen's most famous canal (hand dug!) and lined with candy coloured buildings. Every bit as beautiful as it's meant to be, and the sun peeked his head out for a moment, long enough to get some cheery photos.
Continuing along the road we could hear music approaching, sounding a lot like a marching band. The first time we visited the US we managed to find ourselves in the middle of a parade for Martin Luther King day, and laughed at the coincidence of it happening again. It was a marching band, a royal one at that, and we followed them down to Amalienborg Palace (the winter home for the Danish royal family) for the changing of the guard. So fancy! So serious!
Danish design is the only rival to Swedish design in our furniture loving hearts (although we're incredibly biased towards IKEA) and I literally squealed with delight when we found Hay. One of those places I've long been bookmarking from blogs and design websites of beautiful pieces I'd love to one day own. The store was even more amazing in person, and we left with a list a mile long we'd like in our dream house. I have an annoying habit of dreaming things into fruition, something Josh has picked up on after a few years and now references with a swirling motion and a 'tick tick tick'. He claims he can hear the cogs working as I try to justify why we need all of those lovely well designed pieces, and how much it would cost to ship things home to Australia. I've got one more day of working on it...
Rosenborg Castle was a quick stop in, a weird money bleeding experience where you were charged an extra fee on top of admission if you wanted to take photos. From the looks of Denmark's Crown Jewels they really don't need our extra 20 dkr! It was the first time I've seen a royal crown, and was incredibly impressed with the detail in them. Aside from the expected rubies and sapphires there were tiny cherubs made from pearl that adorned the base. Amazing craftsmanship, I was slack jawed for a good minute or two trying to comprehend it's manufacture! The castle itself wasn't as impressive though, seems no one does royalty and opulence quite like the French!
Tonight we visited a friend of a friend's restaurant in the city, an Argentinian place that was expensive and delicious and home to the best dessert I've ever had. Chocolate fondant with vanilla bean gelato and some sort of biscuit crumb with chocolate popping candy. I had completely forgotten about European street food though, and earlier found ourselves lured in by the sweet sugary smell of waffles on the road. Impressed at the novelty of a waffle on a stick, we were chowing down on a chocolate treat at 11am. It's holidays, we're allowed, right?