Tivoli

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Copenhagen is a magical city.  One place that makes it particularly amazing is Tivoli! It's the second-oldest amusement park in the entire world.  (The oldest one is also in Denmark!) Tivoli is full of rides, cafés, shops, and concert venues.  I first read about it in Lois Lowry's book, Number the Stars. I love it when I can actually visit the places I've read about it books!

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Brooke and I spent our first few hours in Denmark walking through Strøget, a pedestrian mall in Copenhagen that leads to Tivoli. When we finally made it to Tivoli, we were so excited! In the distance, we could see a swing ride rising high above the park. (You can see it faintly on the left in this picture.)  Screams of laughter echoed through the park. We had made it!

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Tivoli is full of beautiful fountains.  Even though it was a hot day, it felt cool because of the sounds of running water throughout the park.  It was so nice to be spending a day at the end of summer in such a beautiful place!

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At Tivoli, it seemed like every kid had a giant balloon!  Brooke found the balloon seller- the stall was so cute! There was a basket, like on a hot air balloon, with big, beautiful balloons tethered to it. It reminded us of the house in the movie Up! How could not climb into the basket for a photo?

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The balloons were huge! There were cartoon characters, animals, and fun shapes.  Brooke and I both wanted one, but our parents reminded us that our next stop wasn't very balloon-friendly.  We reluctantly left the balloon stall and resumed our walk through the park.

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One of the best parts of traveling is food! Brooke and I both wanted to try all the desserts.  We loved all the prettily-painted signs, flowers, and Danish flags.  Tivoli is such a fun place to be! We ended up getting gelato! I had pistachio. Yum!

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Brooke and I were really excited to find the Hyggehjulet! Hygge is the Scandinavia concept of warmth and coziness- the Hyggehjulet is a wheel of fortune game where you can win chocolate! The two of us, especially Brooke, LOVE chocolate! I tried a mocha bar. Delicious!

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Once we were full of chocolate, we decided to go on a little horse ride. The horse was painted so nicely and there was room for us both. Hurrah!  The ride reminded me of a much more elegant version of the little dinosaur rides outside the laundromat in our neighborhood!

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It wouldn't be an amusement park day without over-indulging in sweets!  A Danish favorite is salty, strong licorice. At first, I really, really did not care for the taste. But as I ate the rest of my portion, I realized it was pretty good.  I'm glad I tried something new.

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Tivoli has concert venues in addition to rides, balloons, and lots of candy. We didn't have time to see a performance, but I was tickled to see that the evening's performance was by the New York City Ballet! Brooke and I came all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, only to find a piece of home in the middle of Tivoli. Cool!

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Tivoli is definitely a magical place that's worth seeing if you're in Denmark! Brooke and I were pretty tired after wandering through the park for a few hours, so we decided to head back to our hotel and rest for the next day's adventure.  I'm so glad we got to see Tivoli; it was amazing!

Have you ever been to an amusement park? What was your favorite part?

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  1. My favorite part is not going on the rollercoasters.

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