Copenhagen

Copenhagen Adventures

One of the perks of flying abroad for a wedding is sneaking in a few excursions before heading home. At first we were overwhelmed with choosing our next destination, but the more we talked about visiting Copenhagen it became clear this had to be our next stop. I was eager to stroll down Nyhavn and gaze up at the multi-colored buildings, eat my fill in pastries, and soak in the local hygge culture. Therefore, while it was hard to say our farewells to family in Scotland, we were excited to arrive in Copenhagen and begin our next adventure.

Copenhagen Adventures

After freshening up in our hotel, the first item on our agenda was to take the train into the city center and visit Nyhavn. The moment we turned the corner and the canal came into view my jaw dropped! I couldn’t believe my surroundings were real. It all looked like it was right out of a dream! Once I composed myself we boarded a little canal boat for an early morning tour of the city. After we winded through the waterways of the city we hurried over to Amalienborg Palace to catch the changing of the guard.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

By this time Ian and I were famished and food was the number one priority. Luckily, little hot dog vendors are dotted across the city and it was easy to find a stall to grab lunch. I was told we had to try the roasted dog with “all the toppings” so that’s exactly what we did. Now that we avoided a hangery situation, we decided to walk along the waterfront on the way to the Little Mermaid statue. The statue is a big tourist attraction so it was flooded with people. I didn’t have the drive to fit through the crowd to snag a photo – but Ian didn’t mind!

Copenhagen Adventures

Little Mermaid? Check! Next on the agenda was heading into town to get a beautiful view of the city. I heard you could go up the tower at Christiansborg Palace for free and that was an opportunity I didn’t want to pass up! A short bus ride later we were standing outside the palace and made our way up the tower. The view didn’t disappoint and we even stumbled across a charming garden on our way out.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Following our stroll in the garden we went in search of pastries. I heard great things about Holms Bageri so we made our way over there. Little did I know, the bakery is in the middle of the famous pedestrian shopping district on Strøget Street. Therefore, I had no other choice but follow Ian into the Lego store after we enjoyed our pastry. 

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

One might think that was enough sight-seeing for day one, but we knew our time was limited in the city! So instead of heading back to the hotel to rest our feet we continued on to visit Tivoli Gardens, the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. I’m not a huge fan of rides, but Tivoli drew me in with it’s charming gardens and buildings. The second we walked through the gates I was greeted with the Peacock Theater which was hosting a ballet performance. Down a twinkle light covered path sat the stunning Hotel Nimb and I was instantly in awe. We could have spent hours soaking in the beauty of this park, but after a ride on the Rutschebanen rollercoaster we were ready to get a good night’s sleep.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Our last day in Copenhagen started bright and early. We wanted to beat the crowds and walk to the top of the Rundetaarn for another gorgeous view of the city. Being close to Rosenborg Palace we decided to wander around the King’s Garden before grabbing lunch at the Torvehallerne food market.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Next on our list was to take the train over to Carlsberg brewery for a tour. Ian found the history of the brewery fascinating and enjoyed trying the local brews in the beer garden while I was more excited about the stable of horses on the property. Following the brewery tour we wandered over to Vestre Cemetery to take in the sprawling grounds and tree-covered lanes.

Copenhagen Adventures

Copenhagen Adventures

Our time in Copenhagen was coming to an end and we couldn’t think of a better place to spend the evening than Nyhavn. It was bittersweet as we left this view behind and headed back to the hotel to pack. As we walked back to the train station I kept turning around to get one last glimpse of all the beautiful buildings, but eventually I had to leave it all behind as we prepared for the last leg of our journey – Paris!

Copenhagen Adventures

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A Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

There are pros and cons of having family live abroad. While you have a beautiful destination to visit, you often miss out on family gatherings. In the three years since our last trip to Scotland we’ve missed countless holidays and a beautiful wedding. Therefore, when another wedding landed on a week we were free we knew we had to be in attendance.

Scottish Wedding

Our stay in Scotland was brief, but we were able to pack a lot in! We began our stay in Edinburgh and embarked on a road trip to the wedding festivities in Crieff. Along the way we made stops at the Kelpies, Falkirk Wheel, and the battle grounds of Bannockburn.

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

While the Scottish countryside is breathtaking, my favorite part about our stay was being surrounded by so many of Ian’s relatives. Weddings have a special way of brining all of your loved ones together and I was thankful to meet everyone. The wedding also offered opportunities to get in touch with Scottish traditions as we learned ceilidh dances, listened to bagpipers, and ate haggis balls.

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Scottish Wedding

Before we knew it we were packing up our bags. My Dad always said it’s best to leave when you are having fun, but a part of me wished we could have extended our stay a few more days. Alas, a new adventure was calling us and we had to make our way to the airport to fly to our next destination – Copenhagen!

New York City

New York City Travel Guide

A few months ago my sister and I talked about booking a trip to New York City, just the two of us. Since we live 100 miles apart, we thought this trip would be the perfect chance to sneak in some quality time. Often, crazy ideas like this get talked about then forgotten, so when we landed in NYC we both looked at each other with excitement – we did it! We made this dream trip a reality!

When we checked the forecast in NYC we realized the weather was not on our side. It showed thunderstorms and rain for the majority of our time in the city. Luckily, the skies cleared enough on our first day to wander around Central Park, grab hot dogs from street vendors, and listen to musicians play along the path.

New York City Travel Guide

(Skyline views)

New York City Travel Guide

(Finding magical backdrops around every corner)

New York City Travel Guide

We concluded our time in Central Park by walking to the Met to rest our feet and watch a sea of taxis drive by. Once we felt more energized, we grabbed Milk ice cream and made our way to Times Square to dodge all the costumed characters and soak in the famous advertisement displays. By this point the rain had started again so we were thankful we brought our umbrellas!

New York City Travel Guide

(Resting our feet outside on the Met steps)

New York City Travel Guide

(Watching all the taxis drive by)

New York City Travel Guide

Day two started and ended with rain. Most of our itinerary involved being outdoors so we accepted the fact that we were going to get wet and headed out with our umbrellas. We made stops at the Flatiron Building and Battery Park before the cold got to us and we retreated to find warmth. After dinner it looked like the rain had stopped so we boarded a double decker tour bus to see the city lights. As fate would have it, 15 minutes into the tour it began to pour down with rain. Robyn and I could barely see any of the sights as we barreled down the street on top of the bus, rain whipping at our faces and rendering our flimsy ponchos useless. While we were soaked to the bone by the end of the tour we couldn’t help but laugh at our unfortunate situation.

New York City Travel Guide

(Wandering around the Flatiron district)

New York City Travel Guide

We couldn’t believe our eyes when we woke up on Monday to sunshine! Yes, sunshine! It felt glorious to go outside without an umbrella. We packed in a morning of walking the Highline, browsing the food stalls at Chelsea Market, and soaking in the skyline views at Top of the Rock. After a leisurely lunch seated outside the Rockefeller building we walked to the Ed Sullivan Theater to stand in line to see The Late Show. Being patient and waiting in line for two hours paid off because we made the cut and were able to be audience members for the show.

New York City Travel Guide

(Taking in the beautiful views that surround the Highline)

New York City Travel Guide

(Faced two of my fears, elevators and heights, to see this view)

New York City Travel Guide

Our last day in the city started without incident. We took a ferry ride over to Dumbo to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and take in Manhattan’s skyline. Our next stop was Washington Square Park. As we walked to the park I checked my email and realized our flight home had been canceled. I called Ian in a panic and operation crisis control was initiated. We all frantically looked into alternative flights, but the severe thunderstorm headed our way meant our only option was to fly out the next day.

New York City Travel Guide

(Views of Manhattan from Dumbo)

New York City Travel Guide

Once we booked our new flight and hotel room, Robyn and I took a deep breath and tried to enjoy the rest of our day. We went back to Washington Square Park, ate dinner at Joe’s Pizza and took pictures at the famous Friend’s apartment building.

New York City Travel Guide

(Washington Square Park)

New York City Travel Guide

(Beautiful homes in Greenwich Village)

New York City Travel Guide

(Outside the Friend’s apartment building)

While this was a short trip to NYC, we were able to make countless memories together. I felt like I needed to keep pinching myself to realize our dream of taking a sister trip had come true. If you have ever thought about taking a trip – this is your motivation. Make it happen! I promise you won’t regret it.