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Not Your Average Jane is a blog set up to give you ideas on not your average places to see, things to do, drink and eat all over the world. 

WANDERING AROUND COPENHAGEN

WANDERING AROUND COPENHAGEN

Some friends and I from work decided to visit one of our lovely  interns, living in Copenhagen, for a long weekend. We had a fantastic time with lots of laughter over the couple of days that we were there, with our “local guide” introducing us to some of the more off-grid experiences. One of my favourite moments was wandering around the Botanical Gardens. It was great to get out of the cold and do an activity that wasn't drinking or eating (not that I have anything against doing either of those things)! One of the best things about the gardens is that they are free, which is pretty amazing considering it covers an area of 25 acres and holds plants in 27 glasshouses. The most significant glasshouse being the Palm House dating from 1874. With its cast iron stairs leading up to a narrow passage way that leads you around the top providing a different perspective over the plants. Unfortunately, when we were there the Cactus houses were closed, so I had a look through some of my photos that I had taken when visiting a few years previously, as I enjoyed exploring these as much as the main Palm House. If you can drop by at night, the glasshouses are illuminated and look just magical.

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It was great to get out of the cold and do an activity that wasn't drinking or eating (not that I have anything against doing either of those things)! One of the best things about the gardens is that they are free, which is pretty amazing considering it covers an area of 25 acres and holds plants in 27 glasshouses. The most significant glasshouse being the Palm House dating from 1874. With its cast iron stairs leading up to a narrow passage way that leads you around the top providing a different perspective over the plants. Unfortunately, when we were there the Cactus houses were closed, so I had a look through some of my photos that I had taken when visiting a few years previously, as I enjoyed exploring these as much as the main Palm House. If you can drop by at night, the glasshouses are illuminated and look just magical.

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Unfortunately, when we were there the Cactus houses were closed, so I had a look through some of my photos that I had taken when visiting a few years previously, as I enjoyed exploring these as much as the main Palm House. If you can drop by at night, the glasshouses are illuminated and look just magical.

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If you can drop by at night, the glasshouses are illuminated and look just magical.

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After our visit to the wonderful botanical gardens, we went for a sightseeing walk around Copenhagen. Our first stop was Nyhaven; one of the most iconic and most photographed spots in the city. With it’s quaint cobbled streets and array of colourfully painted 17th and early 18th century town houses, you can see why this harbour is a popular tourist attraction. We were surprised to see the canal completely frozen over and as you can see from the photographs, there were beautiful patterns created by the movement of the water as it turned into ice. A little walk on from here we ended up at the Freetown; Christiania. In 1971 a group of hippies broke into the former military base that had sat abandoned for many years and began squatting. Now this hippy neighbourhood is home to approximately 1,000 residents and covers 84 acres of land. The community has its own rules and regulations, totally independent of the Danish government. It is most famous for its Green Light District, where you can buy and sell marijuana openly. Entering this area of the district you are warned to put your cameras away. When I visited a few years ago the people selling drugs were hidden in camouflage stalls with balaclavas on, which was quite intimidating, so I was surprised to see this time around the identities of the sellers clearly on show. It was absolutely freezing so we took shelter in one of the cafes for a drink and sat by the fire for a while to warm up. We wandered around the Freetown for a while afterwards, looking at and taking photographs of all the colourful graffiti. I really enjoyed visiting here as it is just so different to the rest of Copenhagen and to be honest anywhere else I have ever been; excluding Ruigoord in The Netherlands.

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We were surprised to see the canal completely frozen over and as you can see from the photographs, there were beautiful patterns created by the movement of the water as it turned into ice.

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A little walk on from here we ended up at the Freetown; Christiania. In 1971 a group of hippies broke into the former military base that had sat abandoned for many years and began squatting. Now this hippy neighbourhood is home to approximately 1,000 residents and covers 84 acres of land. The community has its own rules and regulations, totally independent of the Danish government. It is most famous for its Green Light District, where you can buy and sell marijuana openly. Entering this area of the district you are warned to put your cameras away. When I visited a few years ago the people selling drugs were hidden in camouflage stalls with balaclavas on, which was quite intimidating, so I was surprised to see this time around the identities of the sellers clearly on show. It was absolutely freezing so we took shelter in one of the cafes for a drink and sat by the fire for a while to warm up. We wandered around the Freetown for a while afterwards, looking at and taking photographs of all the colourful graffiti. I really enjoyed visiting here as it is just so different to the rest of Copenhagen and to be honest anywhere else I have ever been; excluding Ruigoord in The Netherlands.

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PALACES OF MARRAKECH

PALACES OF MARRAKECH

DISCOVERING BUDAPEST

DISCOVERING BUDAPEST