Travelling is an amazing experience and something I believe everyone should do in their lives. This time around, we visited Paris, Germany, Denmark and London the week of the Brexit vote, which was a really unique way of seeing London. Both sides were out in force, passing out stickers and literature on their side of the vote. We even collected a couple newspapers before and after the vote as a memento of such a historical moment in world history. No matter what side you may agree with, it was definitely very cool to be in the UK and the EU during such world changing vote.
On a lighter note, we had a blast exploring London and the surrounding area. It was my boyfriend's first time in London, so I got to play tour guide! On our first night in town, I made it my mission to show him Big Ben all lit up. After meeting up with his family for dinner I told him we needed to make a pit stop. Jet lagged and completely turned around on the tube, he had no clue where we were heading. Getting off at the Westminster stop, we made it halfway up the stairs when my boyfriend froze mid-step and a huge smile spread across his face.
Parliament was a few feet ahead of us and he couldn't get his phone out fast enough to take pictures. We've been talking about visiting London together basically since we starting dating so it was a surreal moment. To top off the night, while we were taking pictures, the clock struck ten and Big Ben chimed in the hour. It was the perfect way to kick off our trip!
It's hard to pick a favorite moment while we were in the UK, but our trip to Stonehenge definitely makes the top of the list. Stonehenge is always beautiful and I've been before, but this time we got an extra special treat. Our tour was scheduled for the day after the summer solstice and when we arrived at the stones, there was a Celtic/Druid Ceremony taking place right in the middle of the standing circle!
Being from Los Angeles, my first thought was to look for the camera crew, but to my surprise the only cameras in the vicinity belonged to tourists like myself. We were all awestruck by the ceremony taking place and having the opportunity to be a part of something so unique. As a writer I knew I'd struck a gold mine and possibly the opening to a new book. See, this is the reason I love to travel so much! You get to see and experience the world in a way that you can't sitting behind a computer.
I could go on and on about our week in London but really I should move it along, I do have three more countries to talk about. The next being Denmark! First and foremost, what a beautiful country. When we landed, we weren't sure what to expect since we didn't speak the language, but we were able to get around and explore the city without any major hiccups. On our first full day, we made our way over to Rosenborg Castle and it was stunning. It was unlike any other castle I've ever seen before. Everything was wood and very dark, which I guess makes sense if you're trying to keep the heat in. Each room was decorated with art, historical artifacts and beautiful paintings.
The crown jewels and Ivory carvings were out of this world. Now, I've seen the crown jewels housed at the Tower of London but these definitely give the Queen a run for her money. The picture below doesn't do the crowns justice because they sparkled like a thousand diamonds! And the blue gem on the front stuck out about an inch from the crown! If you're in Copenhagen, I definitely recommend checking out the castle, it was a very rewarding and culturally enriching experience. Both my boyfriend and I were blown away by Denmark's history and can't wait to learn more.
With the educational part of our day done, we decided to walk through the city to The Little Mermaid! I know, I know, it's cliché, but I've always wanted to see her in real life. Ever since I was a little girl, The Little Mermaid has been my favorite Disney Movie. When I grew up and VHS went out of style, my mom went out and got me the DVD so I could still watch it from time to time, which I do! Now, it was a tourist nightmare and there were a ton of people all taking turns, hopping across rocks to get their picture. But it was totally worth it, if you're a fan of Hans Christian Anderson or The Little Mermaid. It was definitely a highlight for me and I'm so glad that I finally got to see her.