Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

No sovereign nation has used the same flag as long as Denmark! It is saCopenhagen Canal Tour Bridgeid that the image for their national flag descended from the heavens as a sign from God during a battle against Estonia in 1219, lead by King Waldemar II. Denmark defeated the Estonians and from that point forward the flag design has remained unaltered. Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is a city packed with national landmarks, historic buildings and modern architecture, all within walking distance of each other.

The Little Mermaid CopenhagenWe took a canal tour, and I must say, seeing all the major sites from the water truly gives you a different perspective. The tour left Nyhavn, an old commercial port pictured in the featured image. The oldest house on this strip is dated back to 1681. It also took us down to Langelinje Pier where The Little Mermaid sits. The sculpture was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale. We also boated by Christiana, the freetown of Copenhagen where the boats on the water looked like they were built by residents of the area. Apparently most of the buildings throughout the area were built by the residents there, which make it a cool spot to check out architecturally. The space was originally the military barracks in Bådmandsgade. If you do plan on visiting this area please read this link for safety reasons as some of the locals are not so friendly towards outsiders.

The royal family was home on the date we visited as the flag could be seen The Queens House Copenhagenfrom the water on top of her house. This area is well worth checking out by foot as the buildings are placed around an octagonal palace yard. Directly across from the Queen’s house the new opera house can be seen. It sits right on the water and was a gift for the Queen. This modern building is incredible from the water as is The Black Diamond, the Royal Library of Denmark. The Black Diamond also sits close to the water with granite tiles from Zambia reflecting the light from the water causing it to sparkle. When it is not sparkling it looks like an iPod dock.

After the canal tour we walked through Strøget, one of the longest pedestrian shopping streets in all of Europe. At the end of the street is City Hall and Tivoli. Tivoli is another old amusement park in Denmark with live music every day. We did not go in as we experienced the oldest amusement park in Denmark (Dyrehavsbakken), just outside of the city which is free to enter.

Piccadilly Circus

Shopping Oxford St., Carnaby St. & Piccadilly Circus

No matter what your budget you can find a perfect place to shop in London to match it. Recently we found some stores that would match our budget as a student and freelancer in the top shopping destination in London. Oxford St., Carnaby St.  & Piccadilly Circus is where you need to go!

Our first stop was to Topshop on Oxford Street. This location had thousands (not an exaggeration) of different items in it spread over 4 floors. One extremely noticeable difference between fashion in London compared to Toronto is that anything goes on the streets here. There are no rules of fashion and you wouldn’t stand out in a crowd if you chose to wear the most bizarre pattern combination you could think of.

Also on Oxford Street was Primark. This store made me happy because I don’t think I saw one thing over £20 including their boots and jackets! They had everything you would want in a high-end fashion store then plus some with an affordable house and home section. David & I made our first London home purchase here of some face cloths, a fitted sheet, pillow cases and a flat sheet all for the grand total of £18. This is our store to shop in!

Once we walked most of Oxford Street we went down to Piccadilly Circus (pictured in the featured image of the post). We could tell immediately why this is such a popular meeting spot. David PurkissThe theatres are all close by as well as shopping and a bunch of restaurants. David found a small music shop down one of the roundabout streets with an insane amount of acoustic guitars. Down in the basement though was a room just for him with a bunch of bass guitars. Although it’s not quite in our budget to purchase an instrument he was very happy we found this store. Some brands are the same as back home but most were unfamiliar. I’m sure we will be back here.

After hanging around Piccadilly Circus for a bit we went to check out the famous Carnaby Street. This street is lined with unique boutiques. My favourite boutique was Irregular Choice (image right). Irregular ChoiceThe shop had beautifully designed shoes unlike any I have ever seen before. I could have easily spent the entire day staring at them however the longer we stayed in the store the more I wanted a pair of my own. The best thing about London shoes are the heels. They are at a perfect height of 1-2 inches making it easy to walk for longer periods of time. Love it!

Another great store we checked out on Carnaby Street was Johnny Cupcakes. The interior of the store is all set up like a bakery and they sell printed t-shirts with a cupcake on them. This is the only London location however there are a few others is the US as well as their headquarters. Johnny Cupcakes is a perfect example of how to tell your brand story in a compelling way to your audience.