The Little Mermaid

March 21, 2012 § 13 Comments

The little mermaid perching by the water. Copenhagen, Denmark. Dec 28, 2011.

I don’t quite understand the logic behind sending a replica of a statue to be displayed at the World Expo in Shanghai, nor the reasoning for all those people who flocked to see this statue in a pavilion with not much else to see…. However, when you’re a tourist in Copenhagen why would you pass it? So for the sake of saying: “I’ve seen the mermaid in Denmark”, I walked up the Amaliegade, through a park and have a glimpse of this quiet beauty. « Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t stand too close to the guards

March 16, 2012 § 8 Comments

Visitors gathered at the Amalienborg Slotsplads to see the change of guards in Copenhagen. Dec 28, 2011.

There are so many options for seeing cathedrals and palaces, but not a whole lot to see the changing of royal guards marching down the street with furry hats and guns. Everyday, new shift’s guards would march from the Rosenborg, cross the town and arrived at Amalienborg around noon. It seems that the marching pattern changes depends on whether the royalties are at the palace. If they are, the ceremony seems to be more elaborate and with music. Unfortunately, the day I visited, there wasn’t any music. However the bear skin hat gear and dark blue uniforms was still a great sight.

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Amalienborg is a small palace

March 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

One of the palaces at Amalienborg. I think it's looking to the one of South-east side. Copenhagen, Dec 28, 2011.

The Amalienborg is a very unique European palace, in terms of size and accessibility. Traveling around Europe, I thought all royal palaces would be grand and massive, covering a huge ground with gardens that gives the royalties more privacy. However, there they are, four small mansions standing elegantly right next to the streets and all other people’s home. I was quite surprised to get so close to a palace that was still in use by the crowns. I didn’t think that the royal family could live with such level of privacy. It almost feel like as if I was standing just outside the Queen’s living room.

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I love the food in Copenhagen

March 10, 2012 § 8 Comments

Just love how they put the zucchini on top like a sculpture. Nyhavn, Copenhagen. Dec 26, 2011.

The above picture is exactly the reason I put Copenhagen into my trip: Food. You just gotta love the Danish chefs who care and realized the traditional Danish cuisine needed a face lift. The result is eating fresh and delicious food. When I was researching online, I saw lots of smorrebrod with shrimps, fish roe, salmon and zucchini. I pretty much glued my face to my screen, drooling. So I thought, Copenhagen was an expensive city, let me put it as my last destination, and spend whatever I got left in my wallet and spend it on food, guilt free.

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Silver Lions at the Rosenborg

March 9, 2012 § 6 Comments

Gorgeous day out, looking at the Rosenborg Slot from the garden, Copenhagen. Dec 27, 2011.

It was kind of interesting that Copenhagen wasn’t a huge city, but they just kept on building castles there. Rosenborg, Christianborg and Amalienborg…How many castles do you need in the Indre By? Out of all three, I thought Rosenborg was the prettiest completed with a garden. It has a very linear structure with a Dutch renaissance flair. Right, the castle’s exterior, especially at the top, did remind me of the canal houses in Amsterdam. « Read the rest of this entry »

I found some yellow houses

March 6, 2012 § 6 Comments

This is pretty much how I used to draw a house as a kid.. Nyboder, Copenhagen. Dec 26, 2011.

As I was wandering around Copenhagen mindlessly, I was dead sure that I was walking towards the Norreport neighborhood. The I saw something rather curious: rows and rows uniformed yellow houses that covered a few blocks in an infinite repetitions. There were so many of them.The paints on the exterior was not a common shade of yellow, and it looked a bit worn out, so I guess they weren’t built in recent years. Judging by the inefficient use of space (lots of space in between each building), the houses must be built when the town wasn’t too crowded. However they didn’t have the details of the baroque or victorian style, and they certainly didn’t look medieval. I walked in between these yellow building while guessing about what they were. « Read the rest of this entry »

Pretty items around a deserted Copenhagen

March 5, 2012 § Leave a comment

A deserted street in Copenhagen. Dec 26, 2011.

Arriving Copenhagen on the morning after Christmas, I knew nothing much would be opened around town. But I thought that was fine, as I’d love to take it slow and just walk around this Danish town after a long bus ride. Thankfully, the hotel let us checked in early at 6:30am and we were even able to enjoy the breakfast. After a quick nap, I set out for a walk along the Stroget and nearby. It was cold and calm, not much people were on the street, and most of them were tourists. Even all the stores were closed, there were still so much interesting items to see.

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