Small captured moments from our journey to three Scandinavian capital cities: Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo– which all had some of the most highly rated coffee shops worldwide. Coffee notes are for another post in itself, so here are pictures of the remaining adventures here!
Copenhagen was something special. Once we got out of the metro and started walking towards our hostel in Old Town, we could feel it. The air was crisp and fresh, the buildings old and beautiful, the streets calm and spacious—definitely a breath of fresh air after the craziness of London. And after learning a little bit more about the history and culture enriching the city, I knew I wouldn’t be able to see all the museums and palaces I had wanted in my short time here. After all, our priority is still coffee shops, and I am left with a deep longing for a few extra days here. There were so many beautiful places we saw thus far, (I know I already want to go back to Isle of Skye and experience more of Scotland). But Copenhagen… I really want more of you!
Leaving for Copenhagen at 3:50 to wait for a bus that arrived at 5… traveling isn’t always glam and fun—at least not when you’re on a budget =P Still an experience!
So glad we stayed in Old Town… sunny, beautiful and colorful streets, full of bikes and friendly people… a lovely, laid-back atmosphere to be a part of.
View from The Tower, Christiansborg Palace
Walking around The “Lakes”
Copenhagen Botanical Gardens
I loved Copenhagen. Out of all our visited cities so far, I want to go back to tour the palaces and museums and enjoy hours in the beautiful parks!
Mmm they really like hot dogs here… gotta try one!
By the time we got to Stockholm, we really needed to do our laundry! It also rained a bit, so it forced us to finally relax a little and not pack out our schedules. We checked out a couple shops, but really just wandered around old town, Gamla Stan.
Gamla Stan, Stockholm
Enjoying the rain….
…and not so much as we walk to the train station.
It was a beautiful train ride from Stockholm to Oslo… it’s funny how I’m often, if not more, captivated by the ride to destinations than even some certain cities themselves! The diversity and richness of these landscapes are beautiful. Here we passed green meadows surrounded by tall pines… wood fences harboring cattle and horses… hidden, glistening lakes encoved by endless tall, towering trees… little towns on the edge of the water—their colorful red buildings against rolling, bright green grass… I just love such countrysides engulfed in nature.
At this point, I was a bit cityed-out so I found myself spending our time in Olso in coffee shops and gardens! Oslo was the most surprising of the Scandinavian capitals. It’s quite new, so there aren’t as many old buildings and architecture. At one point, the city was made out of wood and destroyed in a fire, and they had to rebuild everything. So Oslo has a big-city feel, with a busy tourist area and then a lot of eclectic areas, quite international too. Thus, if you come to Norway for the fjords and famous mountain scenery—don’t go to Oslo.
Oslo Botanical Gardens
All I wanted to do today was bask in the sun, and that’s what we did! As we sat down near this little pond, we met a whole family of ducks! It was such a cute surprise… it’s the little things, and often the little things for me are in the form of nature and creation =]
Delicious taco truck – 4 Gringos- in the main square. Food is SUPER expensive here in Oslo, this meal was $13…
Breakfast time: Creperie Marie – bacon, blueberries and syrup! Delicious, but $12! We had ramen and fruit most of our stay… =P