Venezia Island Hopping

Today was an exhausting day of island hopping in Venice; but I would not trade it for any other Venetian activity. We started of visiting St. Mark’s Square and waiting in line to enter St. Mark’s Basilica. It was worth the wait. The entire ceiling of the church was covered by golden mosaics. It was so beautiful that, unless you make a point to look for it, you’ll totally miss the understated tomb of St. Mark (yes, Mark from the Gospel of Mark in the Bible). I know I did. And I nearly left the basilica without seeing it, if not for my husband’s presence of mind. We asked one of the guards, and he pointed us to where we already have been!

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Gondolas

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Entrance to St. Mark’s Square

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Façade of St. Mark’s Basilica

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Golden frescos inside St. Mark’s Basilica

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Tomb of St. Mark

After St. Mark’s Square, we took the vaporetto to Murano, had a panini and toast, and then walked around town to look for a interesting Murano glass creations that we could bring back to Copenhagen with us. And find them, we did. Beautiful glass creations that I’m saving for when I finally have my own place to decorate.

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Murano!!! 🙂

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My lunch: toast!

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Taking a gelato break on the island of Murano

From Murano, we took another vaporetto to Burano, the island famous for its laces. But the laces are not the only thing that’s interesting about the island. Burano is the most picturesque Venetian island I have ever been to. The colored houses are amazing. I could stay at them, standing on the slides of the canal, and never get tired.

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The colorful houses is a dead give away that you are on Burano

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Color blocking on Burano :p

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More colorful houses!

Now, back at our apartment. We’re making ourselves spaghetti with a sauce we bought from Conrad. We’re matching it with Chardonnay from Cantine Azienda Agricole. It comes highly recommended by us.

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Back on island of Cannaregio, where we’re staying for the night 🙂

Indeed, my legs are aching, and I feel I’m about to have cramps. But I wouldn’t trade this day for any other Venetian day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

April 04, 2017 | Venice, Italy

From Hven

I wrote in an earlier post that I was going to Hven (see here). Well, I’ve been there. Just arrived actually. Sweaty, tired and extremely satisfied. So… before my short term memory gets replaced by “things of importance”, let me write about my experience. Ahora mismo.

There are many ways to get to Hven from Copenhagen. Google maps recommend traveling up to Helsingor, crossing to Helsingborg, traveling down to Landskronna and then taking the ferry to Hven. An easier alternative – which is what my department and I did – is to take M/S Jeppe from Havnegade 39. M/S Jeppe leaves Copenhagen at 9:15 am every day in the summer and sails back back from Hven to Copenhagen at 4:30 pm. They serve breakfast going to Hven and Danish pastries coming back. Since one-way travel time is around an hour and 30 minutes, that leaves 5  hours of galavanting.

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M/S Jeppe at Havnegade 39

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Abroad M/S Jeppe to Hven, and having brunch

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Limestone cliffs, as seen during our approach of Hven

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Bäckviken

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Boats docked at Bäckviken

Upon arriving at Hven, we walked up a hill to claim our yellow bicycles. The yellow bicycles that Hven is famous for is the cheapest among the available bikes. It costs 90 SKK and only has 1 gear. There are, of course, other types of bikes available (click here for more info on bikes in Hven and their corresponding prices); but since we were in Hven, why not. To be perfectly honest though, it was a pain biking with just one gear and my pride suffered a blow each time I pushed my bike uphill.

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Yellow bicycles for rent

We biked from the bike rental place to the Tycho Brahe Museum. There, we had an hour long guided tour on the life and works of Tycho Brahe, followed by a champagne on the lawn right beside Stjerneborg. Lunch was less than a 10-minute bike ride away, at the Spirit of Wine. We had a buffet lunch with a salad bar, herring, pork and a bottle of local lager. After lunch, we took our bicycles and rode it along the island’s coast. Unfortunately, I have no pictures of that, but I have for everything else. I guess, on that last leg on the island, we had too much fun to stop for photos.

I really, really wanted to take photos of the fields and the scenic views we saw while biking. But time did not permit. Neither did taking advantage of the downhill speed to make the uphill easier.

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Tycho Brahe’s measuring instruments

Bottomline, Hven was an amazing experience. If you haven’t been there, I would most definitely recommend it for a day trip. The island is very small. Some colleagues of mine were able to bike around the island in less than 2 hours. I would definitely love to visit Hven again. Maybe, next time, for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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The port at Kyrkbacken

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Gorgeous views at Kyrkbacken

August 26, 2016 | Copenhagen, Denmark