The next morning we went on a little trip to Denmark and Sweden with a brief pitstop in Ireland. It was a bit different than we expected, but as much fun as we'd hoped!
We arrived on Sunday evening and had a stroll around the Latin Quarter where our flat was. We liked it immediately. Monday was our big sightseeing day, where we toured most of the city. Unfortunately, towards the end of the day my camera died, and we had both forgotten our European adapters. So the rest of our trip was documented via phone cameras... enjoy the quality photos while you can!
|Copenhagen Central train station|
|One of my first impressions of Copenhagen--BIKES EVERYWHERE!|
|Balancing barefoot like a boss|
|Christiansborg Slot--one of the many royal palaces in Copenhagen--|
and the first place we popped a squat to people watch for a bit.
|This is what I imagined the historic Danish buildings to look like. |
However, this is the only one that looked like that. haha
|The Little Mermaid statue... just as underwhelming as I'd heard. |
She won Spen over pretty easily though. ;)
|The old Stock Exchange building. #fancy|
|Marmorkirken [The Marble Church]|
An absolutely stunning building and a great place to ponder in silence
|Von Frue Kirche [Church of Our Lady]|
This stunning church was much more plain than I'd expected. The only decor was the statues of
Christ and each of his disciples (by Bertel Thorvaldsen, mid-19th C). Just as it should be. I loved it!
The LDS church uses the Christus a lot, so this was a sort of mini-pilgrimage for our trip--to visit The Original. In Situ. However, I hadn't realised how prominently each of the Apostles would feature as well, and I was really touched by that. I took pictures of each of them because I want to do some research on why they are each sculpted with the object(s) chosen. A few of them are obvious, but I don't know most of them and I feel like I should. They were and are incredibly important men who influenced the Church and the world then, now and throughout eternity. So here's to them.
'Come Unto Me'
He's ever calling, pleading and encouraging each of us to draw closer to Him.
|Copenhagen, Denmark LDS Temple|
|Hair in face. Typical.|
The castle has been a museum of Denmark and its monarchs since the 18th C.
|Secret passage way! |
We're both convinced that any house worth living in must have one of these.
|The Danish monarchy has something called the Chivalric Order of the Elephant, so we saw lots of elephant pendants and motifs everywhere. Naturally we both started really wanting one.|
One of the other favourite highlights for us was this strawberry tart from a Danish patisserie, Lagkagehuset. Heaven. We finished the big one we bought before either of us even thought to take a picture. haha So when we saw the same patisserie in the airport on our way home, Spen managed to buy us a couple mini ones to take back with us.
|Looking a little worse for wear by the time we ate them in Dublin, but still just as delicious as the first time! |
Seriously, it's a must try if you're ever in Copenhagen and you like delicious food.