When I get an opportunity to catch up with my colleagues in Copenhagen, I jump at the chance. It’s great getting to work side by side and also to enjoy a change of scenery, especially in June, when the weather in Copenhagen is at its finest.
I started out working- here is an example of work:
Once the work was done, it was time to play. For me, play means walk around and look at things, typically buildings. I started out with churches. Copenhagen actually has a lot of unique churches- they are easy to find but most of them are only open at certain hours- it’s not like Italy where you can pretty much explore a church at any time you want.
St. Alban’s Church is often referred to simply as the English Church, and is located nearby the Kastellet on Churchhillparken. It is idyllic, and the nearby park is a great place to go for a walk or a run.
The Church of St. Alexander Nevsky in Copenhagen was established back in Tsarist times. Danish Royalty and the Russian Royal House have been closely connected in the past, as Tsar Nicholas II’s mother, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, was a Danish princess. To learn more, click here: Russian Orthodox Church
Next up is the Marble Church, Frederikskirke. It is nearby (a short walk) from Amalienborg Palace, and just lovely from the outside. As it was extremely early in the morning when I was there, I couldn’t go in. You can pay a fee to climb to the top of the dome, which sounds really fun. Next time.
After church sightseeing, walking around Amalienborg Palace acomplished two things:
- I got to take pictures of this soldier and the adorable heart-shaped cutout in his guard station.
- The same guard chastised me for getting too close to the previously-mentioned palace. Oops.
I also walked around the Kastellet to visit Den Lille Havfrue- the Little Mermaid. For those with a love of fairy tales, this is of course a must-see. It was early in the morning and the little mermaid and I had a nice visit with just the two of us. If you haven’t read the original story, you should. Here’s the version I recommend, with paintings done by my favorite illustrator, Charles Santore: The Little Mermaid
Next up was Nyhavn. Nyhavn is a 17th-century waterfront, and probably one of the best-known images of Copenhagen. It earns its reputation with charm and history. No. 9, Nyhavn, is the oldest house in the area and dates back to 1681. Many of the other buildings have housed prominent artists, one of them being Hans Christian Andersen, the writer of The Little Mermaid, mentioned above. To get more information on the most famous houses, check out this link: Nyhavn
The last few pictures are just pretty morning light + archways and architecture.
And following the Vienna post- some more love locks, this time in Nyhavn. Love is love is love.