Monday, September 26, 2011

Copenhagen






Last week I was in Copenhagen, Denmark on a two day conference with three colleagues of mine. I thought I would share some of my pictures with you. I instantly liked Copenhagen a lot. It is a pretty city surrounded by lots of water and it has some real cool architecture. Danes are very good both when it comes to design and to making delicious rye bread.

We had a great stay at the SAS Radisson blu hotel located in the very city center. We had views over the main central station as well as the Tivoli area. The hotel has a very cool interior design all made by Arne Jacobsen. In the foyer area you can sit and relax in one of the famous egg or swan chairs.


When we were there the bicycle world championships was also taking place so they had closed off some areas of the city center.

Suddenly I caught a glimpse of "The Swede" I hope he did really well. In full action I caught a shot of the back of Mr. Portugal here followed closely by his team car.

The famous Danish sweet breads with chocolate.




Something else that seemed popular in Copenhagen was crepes. You could easily buy them as you walked a long at all kinds of places both small stalls as well as simple food wagons. They smelled divine as you walked by. This woman was making one here as I stopped and watched her for a moment.



The conference was taking place at the Danish Architecture Center. We were able to walk there from our hotel passing "Stroget" the famous walking street and main shopping area. It was a nice walk of about half an hour.



The Danish Architecture Center was a cool place. The meeting took place in their museum and book store. Beautiful large Le Klint lamps were hanging from the ceiling. A funny coincidence was that I happened to be contacted by a woman from the Danish Architecture Center just about a week before I was travelling here. She had found some of my pictures from Hammarby Sjöstad where we live and wanted to know if she could have my permission to use them for their Green Growth Leaders Conference in the middle of October taking place in Copenhagen. So I sent the picture to her and hopefully they will appear here later on. I had taken some picture on how recycling is done in the area where I live. Kind of a cool coincidence.


Copenhagen is full of cool and modern architecture but they have also kept many of the old beautiful buildings. I loved the mix of old and modern that you see here. We were taken on a river boat tour along the canals in the evening together with a Danish architect that served as our guide telling us about the buildings as we passed them.





In contrast to the very ultra modern buildings you then have these old charming houses that also are very colorful. It almost reminds me a little bit of Amsterdam in a way.




Some of the bridges we passed under where very low so you had to make sure you were sitting down on the boat or you would have gotten knocked off. Copenhagen is also a true biking city. Even if there are many people biking in Stockholm there are so many more here in Denmark.


The boat took us right up to the restaurant where we were having dinner.


After dinner it was very nice to finally reach our hotel and get a good nights sleep.The three of us girls shared the family room together.


The view from our room at 7 am sharp displayed by the large clock on the Central Station.
Unfortunately we did not have time to visit the very cool Sky bar at the top of our hotel but we still took the elevator up there just before we were checking out. The Sky bar was not open but we were allowed in to take a look at the view. I can imagine it must be very cool to sit up here having dinner or a drink admiring the view over the entire city at night.

Something I never would have dared to try is this carousel with swings at a great altitude over the city. I am scared of heights and I do get dizzy easily so this is not something for me.

I much rather preferred the visit we made at Starbucks at the airport.


Then we flew home getting a beautiful sunset.

11 comments:

Lotta said...

Wonderful wonderful Copenhagen!
Dina bilder fångar på pricken köpenhamnskänslan. Har såå många minnen från denna vackra stad. Tips är att hyra bil eller ta tåget fr CPH till Karen Blixens hem i Rungstedtlund, dit hon återvände efter 17 år i Afrika och där hon skrev alla sina böcker. En favorit!

http://www.karen-blixen.dk/

och såklart alltid lika inspirerande Louisiana
http://www.louisiana.dk/dk

Kramar!!

Katarina said...

Köpenhamn är en härlig stad att komma till, visst känns det som man åkt långt bort?

Kul att få se dina fina bilder!

Annika said...

Kph är verkligen fint. Det var så länge sen jag var där!
Jag sliter bara flygplatsen ett par gånger om året.
Underbara bilder. Du har verkligen fångat stämningen!!
Kram!!
Gillar ert hotellrum. COOLA lampor!!

Desiree said...

Lotta, tack för tipsen. Karen Blixens ställe skulle jag gärna besöka. Louisiana har vi besökt en gång men åker väldigt gärna dit igen. Vi har vänner som bor i Lund och har faktiskt pratat om att åka med dem till Köpenhamn en helg och då skulle man kunna ta båda dessa ställen kanske.
Kram!

Katarina, jag håller med dig om att det kändes som man kommit mycket längre bort än vad vi rest. En härlig stad som sagt som jag gillade med en gång.
Kramis!

Annika,jag förstår att det ofta inte blir mer än flygplatsen för din del. Men du får kanske ta en weekend här någon gång fram.
Kram!

Saltistjejen said...

Jag gillar verkligen Köpenhamn!!! Var där en del när vi bodde i Sverige och besökte M´s familj i Skåne. Det var nästan alltid så att vi tog en dag i Köpenhamn då också om vi var nere lite längre i Skåne än bara över en helg. Köpenhamn känns mer "Europeiskt" än Stockholm på ngt vis. Mer exotiskt. Och lite mer "avslappnat" också. Det enda jobbiga är att jag verkligen inte kan förstå danska alls! Haha!
KUL med dina bilder också! :-)
Kram!

Desiree said...

Saltis, ha ha ler stort åt det sista du skrev om att du inte fattar ett dugg danska. Jag gör det inte heller. För mig är det verkligen English please som gäller. Men jag tycker precis som du att Köpenhamn känns mer kontinentalt och väldigt annorlunda från Stockholm. Det känns öppnare på något sätt och mer Europeiskt som du säger.
Kramar!

Linnéa i Colorado said...

Mamma, bror och mormor ska till Köptenhamn nästa vecka så jag skickar dem ditt inlägg. De kommer att uppskatta lite tips!

charlotta said...

Jag älskar verkligen CPH! Vi var där och bodde faktiskt i en av sviterna på Radisson-hotellet när vi förlovade oss (formgivningsnörd som man är...) Vi älskade det.

Hoppas att du får en alldeles ljuvlig helg!

online pharmacy said...

We stayed in Copenhagen for two nights. The hotel was 5 minutes walk from the train station and under 10 minutes walk to the main shopping street. this was an awesome trip..

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