Julia Barretto just turned 26 on March 10, and instead of throwing a big bash like she often does, the actress opted for some peace and quiet in the stunning country of Denmark.
Julia celebrated her special day by walking past the colorful houses and historical landmarks in Copenhagen and devouring some local food with her beau Gerald Anderson. The actress shared a glimpse of her birthday celebration, which doubled as a romantic getaway, on Instagram today, March 11.
She captioned her post, "26!!! A simple and quiet celebration in one of the most beautiful cities… so grateful for this life. Thank you everyone for sending your love."
Among the tourist spots Julia and Gerald visited is the Nyhavn harbor, which is dubbed as Copenhagen's most iconic site for its colorful townhouses standing at the water's edge. The harbor was built in the 1670s and has seen many iterations over time, except for the oldest house in the canal (number 9) which remains unaltered since it was constructed in 1681.
In addition to the Instagrammable houses, the port also has wooden ships, modern boats, and waterfront restaurants that altogether offer tourists a feel of the city's rich history.
Copenhagen is also known for its vast selection of Reinassance castles that served as home to Danish royal families. Among the most famous ones is Rosenborg Castle, which Julia and Gerald checked out during their trip.
The picture-postcard castle was built by King Christian IV and finished construction in 1633. It features high towers, red brick walls, and well-preserved interiors. It is also home to royal treasures, including the Danish Crown Jewels formerly owned by Christian VIII's queen, Caroline Amalie.
Entrance to the palace costs DKK 130 (P1,025) for adults, while children are free of charge. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
Another tourist site featured in Julia's post is the Christiansborg Palace, which both has a palace and a government building. It houses the Danish Parliament, the Danish Prime Minister's Office, and the Supreme Court of Denmark.
The site offers tourists a walk through the history of Danish monarchs in its lavish royal reception rooms, chapel, kitchens, and stables, as well as the overlooking view from its towers.
Entrance is free for kids below 18, while adults would have to pay DKK 160 (P1,260). It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday.
Apart from history junkies, Copenhagen caters to shopaholics through its shopping district called Strøget. One of Europe's longest pedestrian streets, Strøget covers the streets Frederiksberggade, Nygade, and Vimmelskaftet, as well as public squares Nytorv, Gammerltorv, and Amagertorv.
This highly frequented stretch spans 1.1 kilometers and bustles with designer boutiques, including Prada, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Mulberry, in addition to less upscale shops like H&M, Zara, and Vero Moda.
Strøget has more to offer beyond shopping, as it also has a vast selection of restaurants and is located near other tourist attractions like the Stork Fountain in Amagertorv Square and the Copenhagen Cathedral, and many more.
Three days prior to Julia's birthday, she and Gerald celebrated the actor's birthday in Paris where they visited tourist sites like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Louvre Museum, among others.