Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Culture, Denmark, Travel

Rundetaarn, Copenhagen

The round tower (Rundetaarn) is a modest structure tucked away smack dab in the middle of town. It’s a great vantage point to admire the charms of the city from above, and definitely a ‘must do’ activity if you are visiting Copenhagen even just for a day, thanks to its proximity to the centre and the relatively little time it takes to climb up this stair-less tower (it’s a spacious, stepless, winding spiral upwards). For a capital city, there is relatively few ‘high rise’ buildings in Copenhagen so you get plenty of unobstructed views far and wide from this tower.

I just love the iconic burnt orange and mint coloured roofs against the familiar silhouettes of city landmarks, with smatterings of construction in between, and some more modern structures in the background like CopenHill (the artificial ski slope you see below – I will post about this place soon!)

Thought this shot was a nice one to end the post on – it’s the beautiful Marmorkirken peeking out!
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Culture, Germany, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 6: Hamburg, Germany

On the final full day of our roadtrip we headed to Hamburg as our last stopover. We were pretty tired by this point and arrived rather late in the day, so didn’t do as much exploring as the previous days. I did manage to capture a couple of photos in the centre though ๐Ÿ™‚

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Germany, Travel

Euro-trip Day 5: Heidelberg (Part 2)

If you missed Part 1 of my Heidelberg recap, check it out on my previous post ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, for some golden hour shots of Heidelberg…

…Yeah, not much of a need for words here, photographs are enough of a sight to behold in a city like this. What a lovely, mountainous place. I would love to bring my parents here to visit!

Finally – my next entry will be re-capping the final leg of the Eurotrip. So please do follow my journey all the way to Hamburg, which will be the feature for my next blog post ๐Ÿ™‚

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Culture, Germany, Travel

Euro-trip Day 5: Heidelberg (Part 1)

On Day 5 of our Eurotrip, we crossed back over to Germany for a stopover in Heidelberg. The weather conditions were so bad on the drive there that we ended up 1-2 extra hours on the road than anticipated – it rained so heavily that we could barely see the road through the windscreen wipers. Still, we managed to arrive sometime in the afternoon so we had some time to have a look around the area in daylight and even do some shopping in the city.

We parked all the way up the hill and made our way down, starting with some stunning views from Schloss Heidelberg…

We then made our way down to the old city centre. I checked out the cathedral, university, and the little shops lining the long pedestrian shopping street…

As you can see, these photos aren’t very well-lit thanks to the moody weather, but in part 2 of my Heidelberg recap I’ll share with you some stunning golden hour shots from when the sun peeked out!

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Copenhagen, Culture, Expat life, Sunday Museum

DAC (Danish Architecture Center), Copenhagen

Okay, here’s a little break from my roadtrip re-caps – I’m back with a Sunday Museum post! Although, I may be cheating a little bit here because DAC is not a typical museum and I didn’t actually pay for the entry to go inside. But if the freely accessible parts of the place are anything to go by, I think it would be a good place to visit with family/kids because there’s a lot of tactile stuff, like a big slide, outdoor play area, and fun colours around the place.

It is an architecture center after all, so I hope you enjoy my ‘architectural’ shots of this place ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s also located very centrally around some of the nicest areas to walk around in the city, in my opinion.

Have a great Sunday, and see you next week for another re-cap of my Eurotrip ๐Ÿ™‚

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 4: Dijon, France (Part 1)

Though it was sad saying goodbye to Bordeaux after a brief but unforgettable love affair with the place (haha), Dijon was a lovely surprise. It’s again another one of those places where its reputation precedes the actual experience. When people think Dijon, they just tend to think ‘Dijon mustard’. It’s a small city with a lot to offer. The old town, a designated UNESCO world heritage site, is a clean and pedestrianized area full of Renaissance-style houses and distinctive architecture with geometric glazed mosaic roofs characteristic of the Burgundy region. We enjoyed strolling around the picturesque old city. I took plenty of photos here – I may have to separate this re-cap into two posts.

Stay tuned for more pictures from this charming city in my next re-cap post ๐Ÿ™‚

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 3: Bordeaux (Part 2!)

If you missed Part 1 of my Bordeaux re-cap, have a look here ๐Ÿ™‚

I absolutely love the featured photo for this entry. It was just a quick, random snap on my walk around town. But when I was looking through my travel photos this one stood out to me somehow, and I felt that it brought me back to the feeling of being in Bordeaux and just taking in the life and sights of the place. The image captures the every-day, the banal: running one’s hands through one’s hair, attending to customers. Yet it also captures the meaningful too: a moment of contemplation, chatty vibes with friends, a candid smile, a distracted look of annoyance. Bordeaux was definitely the perfect place to people-watch because of the mild climate and the myriad outdoor cafes, restaurants, and bars dotted around the centre.

There were plenty of young people hanging out by the harbour with their boom boxes, families playing in the Miroir d’eau (the Water Mirror – a shallow reflective pool!), skaters and rollerbladers gliding past.

The two photos below, of the little girl on the scooter, have got to be some of my favourite shots from this trip! Just look at how carefree, how free-spirited, how youthful summers can be – it makes me nostalgic for my own childhood.

I could honestly have spent the entire summer here, and that’s saying something considering how much I love being “at home” in Copenhagen! I don’t think I’ve felt like I could live in another city besides Copenhagen until I visited Bordeaux, but I could definitely give it a go if I had the chance ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean, just look at how stunning this city is:

The golden hour photos I took in this city were really something of a vibe too. They look like movie stills to me – walking around the place made me feel like I was in some indie French film.

Yes, you could definitely say I’m really romanticizing this place, like a typical tourist in France ๐Ÿ˜‰ Can you blame me, though? It’s a pity we got to spend only a couple of hours here really. Our hotel for the night was outside the city. But as you’ve seen in this two-part recap, it was a lovely few hours, and we certainly made the most of it. My partner and I will be back here in the near enough future, I’m sure!

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 3: Bordeaux (Part 1)

This travel re-cap will be in two parts, because I just have so many shots I want to share with you from Bordeaux! I fell in love with the city as soon as we got into town. I also immediately got the feeling that it would be somewhere enjoyable to live. There’s just something about it – it’s got all the zest, elegance, and artsy charm comparable to a city like Paris, but nowhere near as touristy, busy, or dirty as France’s capital. It’s sunnier and more relaxed here. It was a perfect day for a good few scoops of ice cream, as you will see.

If Paris is overrated, Bordeaux is the opposite – I hardly hear about people visiting Bordeaux, nor talk about it except in the context of wine, wine, wine. I think this place is totally underrated as a city break – definitely worth a visit! I’ll let you be the judge, but I dare you not to fall in love with the place too… ๐Ÿ™‚

Keep your eyes peeled for the next travel re-cap, because there are even more incredible photos I will share with you from this wonderful city. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Culture, France, Travel

Euro-roadtrip Day 2: Orlรฉans, France

We crossed over the to the French border from Germany on our second day with no issues. Our next stopover was Orlรฉans, in France. Mask laws were more or less the same in France as they were in Germany (masks in shops, public transport, etc.) but in general mask-wearing was more common in France, and the level of new infections increased quite dramatically in the days we were in France, so I think by the time we left a new rule had been implemented that asked everybody to observe mask-wearing in public spaces in general.

Orlรฉans is not necessarily the most well kept place overall, but the centre had a lively vibe – there were lots of people out to eat, drink, and be merry on the cobbled streets.

The difference in our hotel breakfast really indicated to us that we were in France…madeleines, croissants, pain au chocolats awaited us when we left in the morning ๐Ÿ˜‰

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