My mom always told my siblings that travel is important to broaden one’s horizons. Which is why whenever possible, she drags us on a family trip to elsewhere. This year, we got to spend Christmas together in Norway. I’m based in Istanbul, my parents and sister Ellie is based in Norway while Michelle and Michael are based in Manila. Needless to say, I was really really really looking forward to this trip. Spending Christmas break with them was even better because my parents wanted to take us for a quick gallivanting around Copenhagen, Denmark.
Naturally, first thing to see is the famous statue of The Little Mermaid. I’m a big die-hard Disney kid, so I get excited over anything Disney. Denmark is the home of Hans Christian Andersen (the writer who has penned a lot of fairy tales, including Little Mermaid), which was why a statue of his beloved character was put up. I didn’t expect it to be such a simple monument. It was literally a simple statue of a little mermaid by the bay. The place was crowded with tourists waiting to get their turn to take a picture beside Ariel. Some people think this is an overrated tourist spot, but personally, as is with everything, I believe it’s the meaning you put behind things that give its significance. I’m a Disney/fantasy/fairy tale lover, so seeing this mermaid statue really made me happy. :)
We spent a lot of time just walking around the city. Winter was coming so it was really cold! Mich and Mikey were especially freezing cause they’re used to the hell-hot weather of the Philippines. But all the buildings were so pretty and picturesque that I didn’t mind the walk around Copenhagen.
We didn’t take a walking tour so we didn’t get to know the history behind every nook and cranny of Copenhagen… But simply walking around more than made up for it. As is with every European city, everything is so pretty. There was a place by the river that had a lot of chill eating spots. I mention this because I was so surprised that one of them was a Hong Kong strip bar. It literally said “Hong Kong”. :)))) A strip bar in the middle of nowhere. :)) I’m not sharing the photo here though. haha.
At night, we went to the main street. Please don’t judge me, I forgot the name hahaha. From our hotel, we were making our way to Tivoli, so we were able to see interesting things along the way.
Tivol Gardens (or just Tivoli) is a well-known amusement park and pleasure garden in Copenhagen, Denmark. Opened in August 15, 1843, it is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the world. This park actually inspired Walt Disney to give Disneyland the same atmosphere treatment that Tivoli has… “happy and unbuttoned air of relaxed fun”.
The Tivoli Gardens constantly change and grow as its designers are inspired by a multitude of inspiration. A lot of what’s inside the park are fragments of Hans Christian Andersen’s world. Many structures and rides are inspired from his books. I was in awe inside Tivoli. I wish we saw it during the day time as well… But seeing it during the night made it even more magical because of all the lights and splendor. There was also a fireworks show at the end of the night.
To be honest, I couldn’t even see a recurring theme with the attractions I found inside Tivoli. Everything looked so random and topsy turvy, it was amazingly whimsical. It felt like being inside a fantasy world of sorts. Everything not really being connected to each other only made the place more charming and interesting.
Overall, it was a very quick trip.. Just a few days but being with family made it fun and memorable. I always love having my siblings around because I’m used to having them most of my life (hahaha), and it was really awesome to be with my parents as well. :D
Most memorable part of this trip? When my siblings and I were going around Tivoli (our parents left us there cause it was getting late and they wanted to rest)… There were so many funny moments that looking back on it still makes me smile. Especially when we were forcing our brother (who was afraid of heights) to ride the ferris wheel with us. At the last minute, he ditched. hahaha.
What about you guys? Do you enjoy traveling with your family or would you rather travel alone/with friends? What kind of experiences have you had traveling with your very own crazy crew? I would love to hear about yours! :)