Friday, September 22, 2017

Copenhagen: 48 hour guide

So I am going to write this by the hour. Obviously when you arrive and leave and when you can check into your hotel with be totally dependent on your trip but here is roughly what I did and how I would recommend doing it.

0:00-1:00 Check into your hotel and get settled in a little bit

1:00 Go to a bike rental place and rent bikes. If you aren't going to rent bikes I would recommend the hop on hop off tours.

1:30-2:30 Go find something to eat. My second hour in Copenhagen was around lunch time but yours will probably differ. I would recommend eating at the Gasoline Grill and ordering the Butter Burger for at least one of your meals while in Copenhagen.

2:30-4:00 Go visit the Little Mermaid Statue and the surrounding areas like Kastellet. If you want a good photo of the statue or with the statue your going to need to wait a bit as there are always a lot of people around.

4:00-5:00 Bike to some of the cute little street and then end up at the Round Tower.

5:00-6:00 Climb the round tower. Now you can definitely do the Rounder Tower in less than an hour but it was nice to be able to enjoy it at a leisurely pace and get to just sit and enjoy the view of Copenhagen rooftops.

6:00-7:00 To go Illum shopping center and get the elevator to the rooftop and grab a quick snack while enjoying the view of the square down below.

7:00 - 9:00 Walk along the street Stroget and shop a little bit. There is a Disney Store, Lego, Zara, H&M plus many more.

9:00-13:00- Go to Tivoli Garens Amusement Park. I recommend going in the evening because the lines are not long at all. I went from 7pm until closing which was 11pm.

13:00- 21:00 Get some sleep

21:00-22:00 Go eat breakfast at a cute little cafe filled with cinnamon rolls like the Skt. Peters Bakery or even a place like the Donut Shop.

22:00:22:30 Bike or take the metro to the Norrebro neighborhood.

22:30-23:30 Walk around Superkilen park and take fun photos, bike, or skateboard in the colorful park.

23:30-24:00 Go mural hunting.

24:00-25:30 Bike or take the metro a little farther north to Grundvigs Church.

25:30-26:30 Explore Grundvigs Church. The interior is beautiful and there are usually not very many people because it is a outside of the many city area.

26:30-27:30 Bike or walk along the river area that divides the Indre By district from the north part of Copenhagen. You can also rent a swan paddle boat and paddle around.

27:30-28:00 Explore the area near Palads theater and maybe grab a quick snack inside the Axelborg building. 

28:00-29:00 Head over to Christianhavn district either on foot or bike and check out the beautiful canal lined houses over there. So colorful! Also stop by Circle Bridge to see a fun designed pedestrian bridge. 

29:00-30:00 Go back to Nyhavn Canal to souvenir shop and also grab an amazing waffle on a stick from Gelato Rajissimo. I loved the chocolate with nuts. 

30:00- 32:00 Visit some of the other walkable areas. See the oldest street in Copenhagen: Magstræde, the city hall square, Hans Christian Anderson Statue, and the beautiful colorful square Gråbrødretorv.

32:00-33:00 Eat dinner at a fun little Mexican place called Barburrito. They have really good tacos. I had the chicken! Amazing. 

33:00- 40:00 Sleep

40:00- 41:00 Go explore and see the architecture of the Royal Library. 

41:00-43:00 Design museum Denmark. 

43:00- 44:00 Pack up and head to the train station to make it to the airport. 

44:00-45:00 Stop at the Lagkagehuset bakery in the airport for one that danish cinnamon roll. 

45:00- 48:00 Check in to flight, go through security, wait. 

Quick references

Illum rooftop restaurants
Gasoline Grill-Butter Burger
Barburrito-Chicken tacos
Gelato Rajissimo- Waffle on a stick 
The Donut Shop
Skt. Peters Bakery-cinnamon rolls

Copenhagen Downtown Hostel

Rent a bike
Swan paddle boat on river

Norrebro neighborhood
-Superliken Park
Rundetarrn (Round Tower)
-go to the top for the view
Tivoli Gardens Amusement Park
Danish Design Museum 

The Little Mermaid statue
Nyvan Canal
Christianhavn Canal
Circle Bridge
Palads Theater
Axelborg building (for staircase and architecture)
Royal Library

Street street

This was just what I would recommend doing. I am not much of a museum person so if you are then I would suggesting adding those to the itinerary and maybe cut back on the mural hunting ;) This is just a rough outline of what I did and what I ate if you are interested. I loved Copenhagen! This was my first solo trip and I felt very safe. 
love, Carlee

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Capri, Italy- Disposable Camera Photos

I got these photos back a couple of weeks ago. They are from when my mom, brother, Clark and I went boating around the island of Capri when they were here in June. I found a kodak underwater disposable camera here in Italy and I bought it thinking of this occasion. I loved the way the photos turned out. I didn't know where to get the photos developed here in Italy so I sent the camera home with my mom and she got them developed at Walgreens (my place of choice in the states.) 

After getting the photos back I realized I only actually took like 5 underwater photos. I loved the way the underwater ones look and next time I will take more. Since that was the whole point of the camera haha. Anyways, hope everyone is having a great day. 
love, Carlee

Monday, September 18, 2017

All The Light We Cannot See: Anthony Doerr

This is the first book I have read in a long time, like since June. One of my former teachers actually
recommended it when I told her that we were going to France in October. The book is set in Paris and Saint Malo, France during WWII. It is a rather long book more than 500 pages but it was definitely one that you wanted to keep reading.

The novel switches between two stories that end up weaving together. One of a orphan boy that joins the Nazi military forces in WWII and the other of a blind girl living in Paris with her farther during WWII. I won't go into too much detail as not to spoil anything but I really liked this book and I felt like I learned more history about WWII as well. You might classify it as historical fiction since some of it was real but the main story line was fiction.

I learned about the invasion of Paris, one of the schools that trained the Nazi military boys from a young age that was also a very selective school, and mostly about the allied forces attack on Saint Malo. I have actually added Saint Malo as a place to visit when we go to France in October.

I would rate this book 5/5. Definitely would recommend to others.

Quotes I liked from the book:

There are no such things as curses. There is luck, maybe, bad or good. A slight inclination of each day toward success of failure. But no curses. 

The locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in ranks. - Old Testament Proverb

Some things are simply more rare than others, and that's why there are locks. 

You know the greatest lessons of history? It's that history is whatever the visitors say it is. Whoever wins, that's who decides the history. 

You will become like a waterfall, a volley of bullets- you will all surge in the same direction at the same pace toward the same cause. You will forgo comforts; you will live by duty alone. You will eat country and breathe nation. 

My father said "You dont have to stay. I'd like you to stay, but you dont have to. You probably have things to do. You can go off with your friends if you want to." 'He kept saying that. I left. I went down the strips and into the street. I had nowhere to go. Nobody to see. I didn't have any friends in that town. I had ridden trains all goddamn day to see him. But I left just like that. 

They move about with only themselves in mind. Name me someone who does not. 

He worries that to concentrate on [the memories] too long is to rise wearing them out. 

love, Carlee