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Sightseeing in Copenhagen

Today we had an early start – video chatting with our families, enjoying coffee on our balcony, and Ryan running out for some 1.5% milk. Our noses couldn’t help but stop us for some fresh pastries, which we devoured overlooking the lakes on our way to the Botanical Garden.

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Botanical Gardens

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After exploring the gardens we hopped over to the CPH Food Hall, an outdoor/indoor food and market vendor area, for some Danish hot dogs and beer!

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We walked along the popular Frederiksborggade, lined with beautiful buildings, with tourists and other strollers eyeing many shops and restaurants. We happened upon the Round Tower and happily paid the entry fee of 25 DKK (~4 USD) per person. We made our way up the spiraling stone walkway and out onto a 360 degree viewing platform with breathtaking views of Copenhagen rooftops and spires. The 114 foot tower houses Europe’s oldest functioning observatory where astronomers studied the stars and planets after it was constructed in 1642.

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It was a beautiful day for walking the city – sunny and 70 degrees.

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We passed through Christiansborg Palace, which is the seat of the Danish Parliament, the Prime Minister’s office and the Supreme Court, making it the only building in the world to hold all three of a country’s branches of government.

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We took a peek at the entrance to Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in the world.

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We made our way back through the populated shopping district to the famous brightly colored buildings overlooking the canal.

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Before heading to a nearby park and Rosenborg Castle we grabbed some sandwiches to eat on the grass with the locals and catch some sun.

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