Wanderlust

Copenhagen Street Food

For a complete cultural food experience in Denmark, head over to Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food. From the outside, it looks like an abandoned warehouse, but inside it is food truck heaven with cuisines from all over the world! Since living in Copenhagen, we have gone several times in warmer and cooler weather; and while both are great there is a very large outdoor seating area on the canal with exquisite views of the the Royal Residences, Royal Library, and the Opera House that is best enjoyed in warm sunshine! These outdoor areas can also be utilized during colder temperatures, but definitely stay near the heat lamps! There is also plenty of seating indoors as well. The photo above is taken from the outdoor seating area at Papirøen Street Food–how beautiful?!

Once inside, you’ll snake around all the different rows of food trucks until you find one you like! To name a few, there is Mexican, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Brazilian, American, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Danish, and even vegetarian options! The prices range from 80-120DKK. In addition to food, there are trucks serving coffee, cocktails, beers on tap, and desserts!

Our personal favorites include the Brazilian churrasco and the Chinese crispy duck, and of course- Oreo Cheesecake!

Also, it’s a popular place to go during happy hour, with a live DJ and music pumping through the whole building. It’s definitely a locals place to go, but shouldn’t be missed by tourists visiting Copenhagen!

 

 

 

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What to do at Buckingham Palace

Going inside and taking the guided tour is obvious, but there are other things you can do on the grounds of the Buckingham Palace, see photos and captions below for some insiders tips!

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Us in front of the caption for an obligatory couples’ shot 😉 Notice the flag is flying high, which means the resident is home (aka the Queen!)

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Another photo from the front of the palace

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No photos are allowed inside, but once you exit you will see The Garden Cafe. Take a moment, have a tea and cake and relax overlooking the perfectly manicured grounds.

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Once you leave The Garden Cafe, don’t exit the grounds, walk around the gardens on a self-guided tour and take in the beauty of the palace and its surroundings.

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The exit

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And, before you leave, take a moment and buy a single serving of Windsor Castle ice cream. Have a seat on a bench and enjoy, whats the hurry when your surrounded by such beautiful nature?!

How to Score a Cheap Tuscan Wine Tour-On a Whim!

Everyone knows when you go to Tuscany, you drink wine and lots of it! Read below to find out how to get the best wine tasting, straight from the locals! Follow our lead and you’ll experience the best one, guaranteed 😉

Usually, wine tours and tastings are booked in advance and can range anywhere from €40 to €150 per person, depending on the included services. We, however, decided to take the impromptu route and book one the day-of, while hoping for the best. We thought it would be cool to check out the vineyard that produces the wine we were planning to serve at our wedding, so we called up a Frescobaldi vineyard nearby, Castello di Nipozzano.

We got incredibly lucky! We were told that on Saturday they don’t have tours, but we were more than welcome to stop by the shop and purchase and/or taste any open bottles they might have available! So, we hopped in our rental car and drove 20 minutes to the winery and were blown away with what happened next.

We walked in and were shocked to find the store COMPLETELY EMPTY! I mean, it was a Saturday after all so we thought it would be packed! We introduced ourselves and were told to sit down; next thing we know we were served with wine glasses, then the bottles started coming!

Over the next 2 hours, we chatted with our “guide” and tasted 9 different wines, from the cheapest to most expensive and learned all about the production and differences of the wines. It had turned into a full-on tasting (she even apologized for not having any hors-d’oeuvres available, which we of course were not expecting!)

We ended up leaving with 4 bottles for the remainder of our trip, and even sent 6 bottles back to America!! It was still daylight, so once we left, we walked off the buzz and explored the grounds which is home to a castle as well. It was a perfect evening and was SO much more than we ever thought we would experience!

Moral of the story, Italians love their wine and are proud to share it, so even something as simple as picking out wine from the shop turns into an experience where you are shown the delicious wines. The best part- it cost us $0, if you don’t include the wine we purchased!!!! 😉

OH, and we also found our wedding wine 🙂 Prego!

Be sure to check out the gallery below…And if you’re looking for other things to do in Italy, read this info about Rome.

A Roman Must-See: The Colosseum & The Forum in Photos

Italy. Wow. Where to begin? Well, we can start with Rome… it’s full of things to do and see, but at the top must be the Roman Forum and Colosseum. For obvious historical reasons, but also because of the beauty and grandeur these sites exhibit. It costs €24 (approx. $27.60 for us when we visited!) and you get admission to both places. Not to mention, they are beside one another so the convenience is amazing! Check out the below pics, then just pick which one you want to tour first 😉

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A Fjord Paradise

I’m usually a sucker for warm climates [meaning the closer to the Equator the better], palm trees, tropical alcoholic drinks, sunglasses and a bottle of SPF. But, I must say Norway threw me for a loop! We expected to see glaciers, pretty cool considering we’d never seen glaciers before, and of course fjords. But, we weren’t prepared for what we found when we landed in Kaupanger.

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Kaupanger is a relentlessly tiny town in Middle-of-No-Where, Norway. It’s population is mostly of families who have lived there for generations and it’s main “claim to fame” is the ferry that stops by on its way to the larger nearby town of Sogndal. Very different than what we’re used to, we had practically only seen this in movies. IMG_3359

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Intrigued, we stayed at a charming little home (read: boathouse) located right ON the water in the tiny town of Kaupanger (pictured below)….IMG_5595 IMG_3322

The home offered the most perfect view of the fjord and came complete with a balcony ON the water where we could sit and gaze off in the distance while eating our post-dinner ice cream 🙂 We are such romantics ❤

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By the end of the few days we were there, I was already pining to go back, it’s actually still an inner battle I’m still fighting…WHO AM I for wanting to go back to this cold, mountainous, fjord region…and WHY?!?! Then I look at the pictures, and oh yeah….that’s why 😉

London in Photos

Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.

-Samuel Johnson


Photos of our recent trip to London, my new love ❤

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Icetrolls: Norway

When we were booking our trips around Europe, Norway originally wasn’t one of them. However, we watched an episode of Rick Steves’ Europe featuring Norway and we instantly fell in love. We began our research on attractions and stumbled across Icetroll, a company that offers many different glacier hiking, kayaking, rafting, etc. tours. We knew we HAD to do this. So, we booked the Icetroll tour that featured kayaking and glacier hiking. Hands down, best adventure we’ve ever had.

View of Norwegian countryside on way to Icetroll

View of Norwegian countryside on way to Icetroll

With glaciers diminishing more and more each day, we knew this would be such an exceptional experience, something that people of the future may not get to experience.

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Carlos leading the way

We arrived at our meeting point at 10:00 and met our tour guide, Carlos, and our group of 2 other couples (one from Poland and one from Arizona). We began our hike to the lake, then we kayaked over to the glacier. Once at the glacier we hiked to the ice and learned how to lace our crampons (the spike glacier shoes) and off we went. Overall we hiked for about 6 hours, then we kayaked back to our starting point. We got back around 16:00.

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The tour offered many amazing views and a fun experience that I am not sure we will ever be able to recreate. The entire tour cost about $230, and was arguably the best couple hundred dollars we have ever spent!

If you are on the western side of Norway, this is definitely something you should get around to doing. You will be exhausted after the trip, but very rewarding!!! Find more info at http://www.icetroll.com 🙂

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Our New Home – Copenhagen, Denmark

It has been exactly 2 weeks since we landed in our new home of Copenhagen, Denmark (wow! time flies..) While we have spent this time adjusting to our new way of life, we have had some amazing adventures already.

Our first few days we spent exploring the city center and getting acclimated. The weather wasn’t too bad for a Copenhagen standard (a little misty and rainy at times) so we made the most of it and set out exploring! Among the many attractions, places, and things we have done so far here in Copenhagen I have listed 3 below, but the list could go on!

1) Christianborg Slot – a must-see, Slot is the Danish term for Castle. This is the home of the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches of the Danish government. This is the only place in the world where you can find all three branches of government housed under the same roof!

You may ask, why should i see it? Well, that’s because you can take a free climb to the top, and see a beautiful 360 city-scape of Copenhagen. If you look in the first photo below, you can see the gold spheres at the top of the peak, right under that is where you can view the city. The tour is unguided and you do not need tickets.

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2) City Canal Tours – Copenhagen is a major port city, so by taking a canal tour you can view all of the main attractions, for around 20USD! The tour is about 45 minutes long and each attraction is explained to you along with a mini history lesson.

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3) The Little Mermaid Statue – another top attraction, she is known to be “The most photographed woman in all of Denmark” 🙂

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