This day was jampacked full of stuff to do. I flip-flopped with just doing one picture for each thing, but then was like, nope! This is my online scrapbook, so I will use all the pictures.
We started day 2 with a trip to The Little Mermaid statue. I remember this so much from living in Denmark, but was a little underwhelmed when seeing it this time. However, if it’s your first time there, you should definitely stop by and at least get a picture.
Next stop and within walking distance was Frederiks Kirke, a beautiful old Evangelical Lutheran Church. The dome is adorned with the names and pictures of Saints, and houses a giant beautiful organ. This place is beautifully quiet, and well worth the 15 minute wait until it opened to tourists.
While killing time, we dipped into a quiet little café, where we had chocolate drinks and lattes. It was a little chilly that day, so it was nice to drink something warm while we waiting on the Changing of the Guard. We also stopped at Café Petersborg, which is known for their frikadeller (meatballs). I got just the small lunch smorrebrod option. Smorrebrod is an open-faced sandwich that the Danes are known for – most places serve them with rye bread, but we were luckily able to get the white bread at this café. The butter on this bread you guys was probably the best butter I’ve ever had. It was heavenly.
We headed to Amelienborg Palace (where the Danish queen resides) for the changing of the guards. Don’t mess with these guys – you get anywhere close to the palace or to them, they are bound to yell at you. At exactly noon, they “change shifts,” and it’s really interesting to watch. They do periodically change posts, so if you can’t catch the main event, you can still catch them doing a ceremony.
After that, in the pouring rain, we headed to Rosenborg Castle, where all the Danish crown jewels are housed. Those three lions in the top middle photo surround the casket of a monarch while lying in state, and off to the right is a baptismal font that every royal child has been baptized in. My favorite part was seeing all the crowns, and that massive emerald necklace.
Toward the end of the afternoon, we moved back into Copenhagen to the Round Tower. Which is exactly as it sounds. A round tower. Hardly any steps, it’s mostly brick paved all the way to the top, so it’s super easy to walk up, and gives you the prettiest views of Copenhagen.
Later that evening, we headed to Carlsberg Brewery. We had bought the guided tour, but since most of it was outdoors, and it was raining like crazy, we just opted to do the self-guided tour and help ourselves to our beverages at the end. They also have the largest collection of beer bottles in the whole world. B and I got to try two new beers that are hard to find in the States.
The evening, it was just me, my sister and B hanging out for the night. We went to Chai Wong, which had the most amazing Asian hybrid food we’d ever had. And my sister got a drink that had passion fruit in it that was amazing. Then we went to a local bar – tried Gammel dansk shots (do not do this to yourself) – and some Ga-Jol shots. B and my sister liked the Ga-Jol, but I wasn’t a fan. It was twenty thousand times better than the gammel dansk though – again, don’t do it to yourself. We ended the night talking politics with some ex-pat Americans and some Danes. Shocker, I know, but they’re not giant fans of the Donald. It was interesting getting to ask them questions about their work week and family life. We stayed out way way too late, but it was really fun getting a taste of Denmark from actual locals.
Day 2 done! It was a full, but fun day! Only one more day left in our trip – and I hope to get that recap up soon.