Saturday, 10 December 2016

Wonderful Copenhagen

A couple weeks back, my bestie Olivia and I took a little flight over to Denmark to the gorgeous city of Copenhagen. It's been somewhere that I've always wanted to visit, especially since watching Richard Ayoade and Noel Fielding parade about on Travel Man (aka the best show on TV). So, we adopted the roles of Richard and Noel (I was Noel because of my outrageous choice of coat and Olivia was Richard because of her vintage suitcase) and explored the city. 

Luckily, it wasn't as cold as I thought it was going to be, and the chilly weather made it feel all the more Christmassy. The first thing we noticed about Copenhagen was just how empty it was. I mean, I'm not sure if we visited out of tourist season or something but there was just nobody about! It felt almost eerie, like one of those video games where everyone vanishes and you have to figure out where they've gone. 

But there was something quite pleasant about it. It was like a nicer version of London. The streets were scattered with joggers and there were bicycles on every corner. It definitely felt like a different way of living. 

So, I feel like I should talk about this coat because it's actually THE BEST THING EVER. As soon as I saw it in the shop I knew I had to have it, partly because it's the warmest thing ever and partly because it makes me feel like a combo of Chanel Oberlin and Lotso Huggin' Bear. I definitely felt like a travelling princess bear thing walking around the city. 

Coat - Lipsy | Rucksack - Radley London | Jeans - Jack Wills | Shoes - New Look (similar here)

Of course I also brought along my trusty backpack which was the perfect size for our little trip. 

We decided to walk over to Nyhavn, the famous canal flanked by rows of colourful houses. It was just as beautiful in real life as it looked in all the Instagram photos I had seen. The river bank had also been done up for Christmas, with little huts serving hot chocolate with Bailey's and fresh nutella crepes (which I may have picked up on our journey). 

Of course I couldn't resist twinning with the pink house! When can I move in? 

Both me and Olivia are obsessed with Wes Anderson movies, and there were so many moments on the trip where we felt like our lives were being directed by him. Pastel colours, romantic buildings and crazy coats. It was all rather perfect. 

We continued our stroll down the bank before deciding on spending the evening getting lost. We headed out in the centre of town, which was a bit like the Danish Oxford Street and explored the shops. It wasn't long before we stumbled upon a huge Christmas market, although I couldn't for the life of me tell you where it was. 

After regaining some form of direction, we found ourselves back at Nyhavn where we popped into a cosy looking pub to get warm. We ordered two hot chocolates which arrived just the way hot chocolates should be served; equal parts cream and chocolate. They tasted absolute delicious and we spent the evening chatting the night away. 

It wasn't long before the clock struck 8 (yes, we are actual grannies) and we decided to take the walk back to the hotel. The streets were positively dead. We thought it seemed empty during the day, but by night there wasn't a sole around, apart from the guards at the gates of the Amalienborg Palace who trotted about in the darkness. 

To get to our hotel, we had to walk past the Little Mermaid statue, which we had visited earlier in the day when she had been surrounded by tourists. But now, she was alone, lit only by a single spotlight.

And so we sat. It was an odd, magical moment, and as we looked up we saw that the Super Moon had risen in the sky. It was honestly the largest, most red moon I'd ever seen. We could hardly believe that we had the Mermaid all to ourselves. During the day, we found her quite underwhelming, but at night we could see how beautiful she really was. The Little Mermaid is one of my all time favourite stories, and everything about this moment was incredible. 

I can't explain how lucky I felt in that moment. I was sitting next to one of the most famous landmarks in the world, with my best friend and we were totally alone in a beautiful country. What even!? We took our time and chatted a bit more before saying our goodbyes. 

We headed to sleep, anticipating what was to happen on our second day in wonderful Copenhagen. 


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