Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oslo, Norway | Part III

Here it is, the final part of my 10-day journey through Scandinavia with my mom!

Det Kongelige Slott
Joe and the juice, mmmm
@Nasjonalgalleriet 

Akershus Fortress
Frozen Yogurt @Deli de Luca

After a 5 and a half hour train journey we arrived in Oslo. We dropped of our luggage at the hotel, and right away went to walk around Oslo. We walked to the palace, which was under construction, so the photos aren't too pretty with lots of trucks parked infront of it, haha! Then we walked to the harbour, everything looked very new and so expensive...! The day was already nearly over, we just went to Joe and the juice, which we also had seen in Copenhagen already, and had a delicious smoothie there! 
The next day we started off by going to the National Gallery of Norway, where they have lots of pieces by Munch. This museum I did enjoy going to, yes, surprisingly I can enjoy museums, as long as I don't have to stay there for hours and hours... :) Après we went to the Akershus Fortress / Castle, where you could go inside and see all sorts of treasury. You can see the fort on one of the photos above, taken from the local ferry.
Afterwards we went to the harbour again. My mom really wanted to do a small boat trip, but since all the tours for tourists were rather long and expensive, we decided to go on the local ferry. It took us to a peninsula, where we then walked around a bit. On this peninsula there mostly are massive and beautiful houses from the residents.
A few hours left of our day in Oslo, we had seen most of the touristic places already, and so we decided to quickly have a look in two shops in which I had been dying to go in to since we had arrived in Scandinavia, BikBok and Gina Tricot. Despite not being able to buy much, I did find a top in Gina Tricot and a pair of pants in BikBok, happy meee! :)))

Just before heading back to our hotel we went to Deli de Luca, where we enjoyed some frozen yogurt, my mom had never tried it before, but she sure did love it!
When the sun was setting and we were just sitting in our hotel room, my mom was still very eager to go for another boat trip. So we went back to the harbour once more and hopped on the local ferry, which went to the peninsula again. This time we didn't even get off, just to and fro! I didn't particulary find it very special, but my mom sure did and I am glad. :)

The next morning we took a train back to Copenhagen, where we stayed one more night, and then took our final train back to Almelo. And our journey came to an end. I had a really nice time in the three capital cities, and I am sure I will go back there multiple times! I hope you all are having a nice holiday as well! xo

Apologies for some photos not being very sharp, I brought my camera with me, but I only used my iPhone, I find it much easier and faster ... :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Stockholm, Sweden | Part II

Hi there! So here is part II, Stockholm!

My mom and I took a direct train from Copenhagen to Stockholm, which departed at 8am, and we would arrive in Stockholm at 2pm, supposedly. The 2pm turned into 6pm... Somewhere in the middle of Sweden we had to stop for 3 hours, because a train in front of us wasn't functioning anymore, and it took them a while to move it. It was quite a shame that we arrived that late, because we only had 1.5 days in Stockholm, and that turned into only 1...! 
We got up quite early the next day, because wanted to see and do as much as possible in the one day we had in Stockholm. We started with going to the Old Town. This is - believe it or not - the oldest part of Stockholm, where also the palace is sited. I found the Old Town definitely the most beautiful part of Stockholm. I loved all the little streets there, it was really cosy and the atmosphere was very nice. :)
Afterwards we went to Djurgårdsslätten, with (yes again!) a hop on hop off boat. There we went to a parc called Skansen, where there are lots of small houses which are made in an old Swedish style. The whole parc is full of typical Scandinavian things, there even is a zoo, but they only have animals which you can find in Scandinavia, such as bears, wolves and reindeer. After walking around for a while, we decided to go back to the mainland, and when we were about to hop on the boat back, my mom realised she had lost her wallet. Panic, panic, panic. We went back to Skansen, asked a bunch of employees whether they had found something, but nothing. We walked past the places where we had been, but no wallet nowhere... Then after deactivating the visa card, we went back to the harbour, and of course, someone had found it there. Relieved we got the wallet back, with everything still in it. We should have looked around the harbour first, before running straight back to Skansen... 
After this little incidence, we lost quite a lot of time and so we decided to just calm down a bit and go back to the hotel a bit earlier. Just before heading back we quickly strolled into one of many H&Ms. Since it's Swedish, we had to at least go inside one. (And it was the biggest H&M I had ever been in, woah, it was massive!)

We didn't have the best of luck during our stay in Sweden, but despite everything, I did really enjoy exploring Stockholm! Next week the final part will be up, so stay tuned! xo

 View from train, so beautiful!
The Parlement
Old Town
Sveriges Kungahus
Changing of the guards
Bakery at Skansen, it smelled divine inside! No words to describe it, we just had to buy something there!
Bears at Skansen
@Hard Rock Café

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Copenhagen, Denmark | Part I

Hi there! Last Thursday my mom and I arrived back in Almelo, after our ten-day journey through Scandinavia. On Friday we went to Luxembourg again, together with Celina, a friend of mine who lives in Haaksbergen. We stayed in Luxembourg for three full days and now I'm back in Almelo again, and I have the time to tell you all about my journey through Scandinavia. I will split it into three posts. First one, this one, is about Copenhagen, Denmark. The second post, which will be up in a few days, will be about Stockholm, Sweden, and finally, the third post will be about Oslo, Norway. We only visited the capital cities, since we had just 10 days to travel. I really enjoyed exploring the three cities, but on the other hand I think it's a shame we didn't see a lot of the beautiful countryside, such as the enormous lakes in Sweden or the fjords in Norway. But I am certain that one day I will go back there to explore the rest of the countries.

Nyhavn

Amalienborg
Crown at Rosenborg
 
Den Lille Havfrue
Iced coffee at Café Norden, sooo delicious!

Tuesday night, my mom and I took a night train from Eindhoven to Copenhagen. I had never been in a night train before (or maybe once, when I was about 3 years old, but I have no memory of that) so it was quite an interesting experience. I must say that despite having to sleep on a not all too comforatable, small bed, I quite enjoyed it. It's probably not something for everyone, but I love travelling and so sure, why not?
We arrived in Copenhagen at 11am, headed straight to our hotel, dropped of our bags, quickly refreshed ourselves and immediately started to walk around the city. The first day of our journey, this day, the weather was definitely the best, sunny, but not too hot. Being the tourists that we are, we bought a hop on hop off bus ticket (... yep) and hopped on the bus. We visited the Amalienborg palace, Nyhavn and walked through lots of nice streets. 
The second day, we went to the national gallery of Denmark, Statens Museum. I am not exactly one of those who can walk around museums for hours and hours, but there are some paintings and sculptures which I think are really beautiful and I enjoy looking at them. In Statens Museum they also had a department with modern art. I knew I didn't like modern art, but seriously, I just don't understand it. Those pieces of "art" just confuse me. They say you should see how you feel when you look at certain pieces, some feel sad, some angry, or happy, lonely, scared, amused,... but they just leave me confused. I am definitely one of those who just doesn't understand modern art.
After visiting the museum we went to Rosenborg castle, where they present a lot of treasury like crowns, thrones, silverware, etc. Then we walked past the famous Den Lille Havfrue (The Little Mermaid), and also the Amalienborg palace again.
In the afternoon we went for a short boat trip, a canal tour. The boat showed us the main attractions again, but this time we saw them from sea :).

That is pretty much all the sightseeing we did in Copenhagen. We also went to some really nice cafés and restaurants, and ofcourse we walked through Strøget, the shopping street, as well. (Although the stores are amazing there, I did not do a lot of shopping, since we had small suitcases and couldn't carry a lot extra.)

Thursday morning we took a train to Stockholm, and in my next post you will read all about it :) 
There is so much I could tell you, I could write pages and pages about my all my journeys, but I try to keep it short... See you in a few days! xo