I won't lie. As I sit here writing about Copenhagen, I find myself wishing I had taken more pictures. As the trip has progressed, picture taking has become progressively more of a chore than a pleasure, but that always seems to be the way. Copenhagen was one of the oldest cities we've been in, and it had a really nice feel to it. The internet warned that it was an expensive place, and they were not wrong. Even so, it had a good feel to it. Fall was just starting to come in, and Copenhagen had a really good fall feel to it. The air had the right smell, the tress were a mix of green and orange, and the airport had a Starbucks so you can bet I enjoyed some Pumpkin Spice.
We stayed in a hotel that had rooms built like they were on a cruise ship, which was a bit weird but nice at the same time. I don't mind small rooms when they're made to be that way. Though the entire bathroom being a shower thing is something I won't ever be used to.
The main thing we did in Copenhagen was visit the Tivoli, which was built in 1843, making it the world's second oldest amusement park. It was the inspiration for Disney Land, which after being there I can absolutely see. Since I know you're curious, the oldest amusement park is Dyrehavsbakken, and it too is in Denmark. It was built in 1583, which is just a fun thing to imagine. Medieval knights on rollar coasters.
Tivoli was really pretty. We didn't go on any rides, but I really liked how the rides were built into the park. The roller coasters ran directly over the paths you walked on, making the whole thing feel very connected and interwoven. There were also several peacocks roaming around, which according to the architecture they were the mascots of the gardens.
Down one of the tree-lined paths was a cluster of ponds swarming with ducks and massive koi. We realized quickly they were there, waiting for passersby to purchase a handful of chow. We did so, and a frenzy ensued.
Copenhagen is also home to the Little Mermaid statue, which is a lifesize statue just off the coast. You wouldn't know it was near the shoreline given the sea of Asian tourists I had to swim through to get a picture.
All told, Copenhagen had a really nice feel to it. Honestly, it was the first place we've been that had the feel I was expecting the rest of Europe to of captured. There was a nice blend of the old and the new, the grand and the simple. Disney Land took notes from the Trivoli, maybe the rest of Europe should take notes from Copenhagen.