Monday, 18 February 2008

tredive-femte fødselsdag i københavn

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a few weeks ago, s asked me what i wanted for my birthday. on a whim, i said "let's go somewhere...like edinburgh?" the next thing i knew, i had an email from him saying:


"...we're definitely going away for your birthday. Plan to be at Heathrow for a 18.00 flight on the Friday."


oooh, exciting! it turns out that he is very good at keeping secrets, and it was not until the day before we left that i had any clues about our destination, other than that i would need a passport.


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photo taken on s's iphone at heathrow before departure


he wrapped his old scandinavian guidebook as a valentine's/birthday gift, and told me we were going somewhere "in there." he provided a few more clues: the weather would be colder than london, but only by a few degrees. there probably would not be snow. i should be ok in normal shoes; no need for heavy boots. by my powers of deduction, and some help from google, i ruled out oslo, stockholm and helsinki based on the weather alone. and sure enough, when i got to heathrow terminal 3, the only 18.15 flight was bound for...


...copenhagen!


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outside the rådhuset/city hall


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inside the rundetårn/round tower


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den lille havfrue/the little mermaid


copenhagen is a lovely city. it feels a bit like amsterdam with the water and boats, but the streets are wider and more spread out. the buildings have a more european feel to them than the ones in reykjavik did.


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boats on nyhavn quayside


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christiansborg and slotsholmen, the seat of the danish parliament


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view of the rooftops. the bridge to malmö, sweden, is just visible on the horizon.


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changing of the guard at amalienborg slot/royal palace


we spent most of the weekend wandering around copenhagen, finding new streets and gazing longingly at all the pretty danish design. as usual, the weekend was over far too quick. one more destination to add to the list of places to visit again!


thank you, s, for taking me away!


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5 comments:

Stephen Darlington said...

I'm not so sure about the "good at keeping secrets" bit. You have no idea how hard it was not saying anything! I so wanted to tell you...

brandarling said...

mamasita says:

as for me, i'm so glad it happened. i'm absolutely entranced by the romantic aspects of it all, especially the secret. s—you did GOOD! b—happy birthday yet again!

i love you both, mamasita

Jenny said...

Branwyn, what a nice story, and what a great trip!!!

NYCityChic said...

What fun!!! It's so great to read about it all, and keep up with what's happening with you. Sounds like you and Stephen are doing great!!! (except for the "Achoo" posting. Hope you are feeling better!
xoxo,
DeAnne

sara said...

how fun! what a great way to spend the b-day!