We originally planned to begin day three in Nashville with a drive all the way to Southern Tennessee/Northern Alabama to hike the Walls of Jericho trail. It’s a tough hike rewarded with beautiful waterfalls, but with Wesley’s ankle, we decided to take it easy for the day.
So, instead, we visited Belle Meade Plantation, which was built by John Harding in 1820 on his family’s farmland. The property initially encompassed 250 acres and a single log cabin. Ultimately, Belle Meade grew to 5,400 acres, anchored by a Greek Revival-style mansion, and included a deer park, train station and rock quarry.
Harding also capitalized on slave labor to run his farm and eventually became one of the largest slaveholders in Nashville.
When you think of Copenhagen, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the iconic Little Mermaid statue. The sculpture created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913 honors Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer who authored the classic Little Mermaid fairy tale.
As everyone who has visited it has found, the sculpture is much smaller and less remarkable in person than it seems on our Instagram feeds. But it was still well worth a visit – at the very least to capture that classic Copenhagen photo op!
To get to the statue on Langelinje Pier, we first walked through Kastellet – or “the citadel” in English – which defended Copenhagen harbor against Swedish, English and German attacks following its construction in 1626. Today, the well-preserved star-shaped fortress still serves as an active military area, but much of it has been converted into a beautiful green space and public park that locals take advantage of for running, biking and general recreation.
The grounds also feature a picturesque church, windmill and military buildings that are still in use today.
We were so impressed with how well-maintained and lush the grounds were. If only we had our running shoes with us – it’s truly the most picturesque spot for a jog.
Our second day in Copenhagen was a whirlwind. We walked EVERYWHERE and literally circled the entire Downtown Copenhagen (Indre By) area – from our Airbnb in Frederiksberg to Norreport to Nyhavn to Amalienborg Palace to Kastellet and The Little Mermaid – ending our tour of the city with a stop at Rosenborg Castle and the King’s Gardens.
What was intended to be a drive-by speed walk through the garden on our way to dinner (which was another 30-minute walk away, across from Christiansborg Palace) transformed into a leisurely stroll through the beautifully manicured rose gardens and lawns. It was the perfect way to end our day, reflecting on our action-packed adventures in peace and nature.
After four action-packed days in Stockholm, we hit the next destination on our tour of Scandinavia: Copenhagen. It was a quick flight over to Denmark’s capital, and once we dropped off our luggage at our Airbnb in Frederiksberg, we were ready to explore the city’s beautiful canals, cobblestone streets and historic architecture.
While the city is home to Noma (where we weren’t able to snag a reservation), it doesn’t exclusively cater to elaborate tasting menus and foraged ingredients. You can find incredibly delicious, multicultural and experimental food at every price range.
Case in point: Copenhagen Street Food, the city’s first and only genuine street food market. Within the maze-like halls of the market, you can find everything from sushi to tacos to Brazilian grilled meats to falafel to organic Danish hot dogs – all sustainably and locally sourced.
When we travel, our favorite thing to do is wander around a new city and find hidden spots off the beaten path. Don’t get us wrong, we generally go into a trip with a meticulously planned itinerary outlining all of the restaurant reservations we’ve made and top spots that we want to hit.
But we do make a point to take our time getting to each destination, preferring to walk across the city and see all of the sites along the way, rather than zipping by in a taxi or an underground train.
On our recent trip to Stockholm, we walked the 2.5 miles to Hornstulls Marknad on the western side of Sodermalm from our Airbnb on the southeastern side of the island. Along the way, we stumbled across Tantolunden and the beautiful Tanto Allotment Gardens nestled in the hills overlooking the park.
While this may not be a “hidden” spot, it still felt magical discovering the quaint, colorful cottages and wild gardens bursting with plant life that we had never read about before in any Stockholm travel guide.
As we mentioned in our last post, the green island of Djurgarden outside of Stockholm’s city center is home to 22 museums. One of the largest and most popular is Skansen – the world’s first open-air museum. Founded in 1891, Skansen showcases five centuries of Swedish history, bringing to life Sweden’s traditional rural culture through historic homes, farms, gardens and even a zoo!