Hello, all! I’m back from my trip to Copenhagen, having had a wonderful time. It’s an absolutely beautiful city with a fantastically warm and friendly atmosphere. We also really lucked out with the weather, which was amazing. I highly recommend a visit here to anyone who may be planning a holiday of their own, and thought I’d share a few snaps of my favourite sights to hopefully give you a taste of what the Danish capital has to offer.
Nyhavn; one of the most vibrant, picturesque parts of town.
A fountain depicting the Norse goddess, Gefjon, and the neighbouring St. Alban’s Church.
Climbing Rundetaarn (The Round Tower), and a view over the city from the top.
Rosenborg Castle and grounds (left); and the Botanical Gardens (right).
Inside The Royal Reception Rooms at Christiansborg Palace.
Some more shots of the grandeur at Christiansborg Palace.
A few of my favourite pieces from a sand sculpture exhibition. Each piece depicts an endangered species.
Pictures don’t do justice to the scale of the sculptures, or the level of detail that went in to creating them.
Views enjoyed from a boat tour of the canal.
Tivoli; a vast entertainment area in the heart of the city that includes gardens, live performers, an amusement park, and lots of bars & restaurants.
Tivoli is a charming and bustling place that’s well worth a visit.
Perhaps Copenhagen’s most famous resident: The Little Mermaid; accompanied by a cute family of swans that were swimming by her when we visited.
Have you been to Copenhagen? What were your favourite sights?
I just wanted to give a quick heads up in case I’m a bit quiet on here for the next little while. Tomorrow, I’ll be leaving for a holiday in Copenhagen with one of my best friends, which I’m very much looking forward to. I’ll try and keep up to date with posts whilst I’m away, but will otherwise catch up once I’m back.
Hope you all have a great week!
I’m back from my trip to Barcelona, a holiday with one of my best friends that was full of beautiful sights and a lot of sunshine. Here are a few highlights from our time away.
A view across the city from Park Güell, a major work by the much beloved Gaudí.
Some more examples of the famous mosaic design style present throughout Park Güell.
Some of the area’s more natural sights.
Some exterior shots of the iconic La Sagrada Familia, Gaudí’s true passion project that’s so vast it remains under construction to this day, despite being one of the city’s most popular attractions.
A glimpse at La Sagrada Familia’s beautiful interior.
More of the city’s renowned architecture, found in and around the Gothic Quarter, including Barcelona Cathedral, pictured in the middle.
The very charming Parc de la Ciutadella.
A few random finds I particularly liked: the Arc de Triomf; a fountain that was just outside our hotel in the heart of the city; and a statue of a mammoth, because why the heck not?
The Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, which sits on top of Tibidabo Mountain right by a retro-style amusement park.
A few shots of the church’s interior.
A couple of different perspectives from high above the city; one taken from Park Güell and one from the top of Sagrat Cor.
Have you ever been to Barcelona? What were your favourite sights?
A while ago, I posted a bookish bucket list, talking about the bookshops around the world that I most wanted to try and visit at some point during my lifetime. It’s actually one of the most popular posts I’ve ever shared here on my blog, proving that I’m not the only bookworm with a healthy dose of wanderlust.
Thankfully, it took less time than expected for me to be able to tick one of the shops off my list when I tracked down Mál og Menning during my recent return to Reykjavik, Iceland.
It’s spread across several floors, has a huge collection of books – in both Icelandic and English – and even has its own onsite café. It lived up to all my bookish dreams and of course, I picked up a few good books whilst I was there.
Mál og Menning
Mál og Menning
Mál og Menning
Mál og Menning
Here’s hoping it won’t be too long before I can tick another shop off the list, and perhaps you can suggest a few of your own favourites that I can add to it.
I returned home from my second trip to Iceland a couple of days ago with some fantastic memories and a camera full of pictures, so I thought I’d share a few here on my blog, especially for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the immense beauty this wonderful country has to offer.
The small but charming Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with the Kirkjufell mountain in the background.
The contrast between gold and black sand beaches found in the Snæfellsnes peninsula, Western Iceland.
Walking inside a fissure, where a huge ravine has been created by tectonic plates pulling the earth apart.
Beautiful cliffs in the West.
Basalt columns, which are created when lava cools at extreme rates when it hits cold air on its way down a mountainside.
Strokkur, a geyser that erupts about 20m into the air every few minutes.
Gullfoss, a vast and striking waterfall that is understandably one of the country’s most visited sites.
Exploring a lava cave, 35m under the ground.
Skógafoss, a waterfall in the South of the country, close to the coast. Notice the person on the top right for an idea of scale.
The old harbour in downtown Reykjavik.
Tjörnin, a lake found in the heart of the capital city.
Þingvellir, a sprawling National Park and culturally significant site, where the country’s earliest parliament would gather.
Harpa, Iceland’s main concert hall and home of the country’s symphony orchestra and national opera. My favourite artist and local Icelander Björk is performing here less than a week after I left; how cruel the universe can be sometimes.
Various imposing mountains which form the backdrop to much of the country.
Hallgrímskirkja, and the view over Reykjavik from the top.
The Northern Lights even came out to play! This was quite the tick on my bucket list.
See you soon, Iceland!
Just a very quick update today to let you know that things may be a little quiet from me for the next week or so, as I’ll be away on holiday from tomorrow. After fulfilling my long time ambition of visiting Iceland last year and loving it so much, I couldn’t resist going back to explore some more. I’ll keep somewhat up-to-date on people’s posts whist I’m there if I can, but will otherwise try and catch up once I’m home.
I hope you all have a nice week!
As a bookworm, the lure of a good bookshop is something I am powerless to resist. There are a few in particular that have really caught my attention; ones that I am especially keen to try and visit at some point in my lifetime.
Persephone – London
Persephone is an independent publishing house and bookshop that carries beautifully produced forgotten classics, mostly by female authors, that are made onsite. I have a few of their books but have yet to visit their physical store. In a visit to London, a stop here would be at the top of my to do list.
Mál og Menning – Reykjavik
Mal og Menning
Icelanders are pretty obsessed with literature – yet another reason why I love the country so much. In fact, they have more bookshops per capita than anywhere else in the world, translate more books per capita than anywhere else, and used to have a blanket ban on TV broadcasts every Thursday to ensure people still had time to set aside for reading. I visited a few small bookshops during my visit to Reykjavik last year but hope to visit Mál og Menning when I return in October. It has multiple floors, carries both Icelandic and English books, and even has a café which has been decorated by local artists.
Shakespeare and Company – Paris
Shakespeare and Company
Shakespeare and Co. has a very interesting past that’s worth looking into if you have the time. It has since cemented its place within France’s literary scene and has welcomed many famous authors through its doors over the years. With a higgledy-piggledy layout and books stacked everywhere, people will tell you it’s easy to while away a day here and that sounds pretty good to me.
Foyles – London
Foyles’ huge London based flagship store once held the record for being the largest in terms of shelf space and number of books displayed. Its eccentric past and business practices made it something of a local legend, fast becoming a tourist attraction in its own right. Having been thoroughly modernised since, it still draws in huge numbers of visitors from far and wide, only now for the impressive selection of books more than the spectacle of its management.
What bookshops would you recommend I add to my list? Are there any you really hope to visit?