Walking in wintery København

Strolling is my favourite mode of discovering the new and the familiar. From an efficiency point of view it is not the best choice, from the Danish point of view it is quite crazy, considering I prefer stomping on my feet more than I do on pedalling my bike.

Here are a few impressions from our Sunday stroll around the lakes. The blue of the water was truly mesmerizing. It was so lovely to feel the sun on your face and see its rays dance on the water.

Duckies on a nice hygge stroll on Copenhagen lakes

Dronning Louises Bro – The favourite hangout of Copenhageners

Blishøne 1: I am small, but I am determined!

Duck: I am deep in thought!

Blishøne 2: I am beautiful, ain’t I?

Winter reflections

Like a graceful ballerina

Hanging out

Winter shapes and reflections

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan

Winter on the beach in Denmark

Copenhagen has been my home for a few years now, but for some reason I have only discovered the urban beach of Amager Strandpark and the stunning public sea bath of Kastrup Søbad only a few days ago. Perhaps because I was usually away when the summer sun was shining brightly in Denmark over the years, or perhaps because you get this idea in your head that Amager is sooo far away when you live in the inner city, or perhaps because as extremely embarrassing as it is, to confess I don’t know how to swim…yet! There is no excuse for this.

As it usually goes in fairy tales, once upon a time, on a cold winter day in the start of the new year to be precise, I woke up in the morning feeling the playful rays of the sun on my face. Right then and there I decided that today would be the day when I would finally visit this much-hyped about city beach. Of course, having an appointment on that same day with a friend that lives just a stone’s throw away from the beach was very conducive as well.

As we spent a few hours walking along the coast and towards the sunset, I was in complete awe of the surrounding prettiness.

Kastrup søbad – everything in Denmark just needs to be postcard-perfect, even a public sea bath

In harmony with nature

Øresundsbroen melting with the sea in the horizon

Øresundsbroen melting with the sea in the horizon

My first reaction: I am on Bornholm – piercing dark blue water, clear sky getting pinky in the glowing sun, whitish sand and tranquility. That is the image that is greeting you when you direct your gaze towards the sea. Yet when you turn your head, you see the Amager Strand ‘skyscrapers’ in the horizon. Then you realise this is not quite the paradise of Bornholm, but it comes very close.

The ugly duckling

The ugly duckling gliding gracefully

A swan family. Careful not to get too close, they are rather fast in turning from graceful birds to angry warriors

In motion

Soaking in the view

My winter sunbather :)

Family hygge

Stunning sky over a stunning piece of architecture. Now I just need to learn how to swim.

Giant stones on the hill by the beach

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan

Autumn in the city…

It was spring last time I planned to write something here. The first flowers had just been popping their pretty heads out of the earth, and the nature was in a vivacious state of revival that made you smile with every step you took. Somehow time slipped away, and I never made that spring post.

Now some six months later, it is autumn knocking on our door. It is a season that never fails to put me in a nostalgic state of mind. I love the vibrant burst of colours, despite the approaching cold and rainy days.

I have been away on a study exchange for the good part of the year, and have now returned to my Danish home to find the city turning into a colour canvas.

Autumn touches a Copenhagen playground

The chillin’ mood of Kongens Have that is usually packed in the summer with crowds young and old (and annoying bottle-collectors) has now been transformed into a romantic hideaway.

The perfect autumn scene

One of my favourite places, Dyrehaven, a deer park north of Copenhagen

One of my favourite places, Dyrehaven, a deer park north of Copenhagen

Forest fairies in Dyrehaven

Forest fairies in Dyrehaven

Autumn reflections

Autumn reflections

Even the awe-inducing lady high atop Glyptoteket is ready for the season.

Photos © Ani Movsisyan

LEGO Architect for a day

I have a confession to make: we are officially obsessed with LEGO. An innocent mini-figure collecting has turned into addictive brick shopping. The recent LEGO movie didn’t help matters much, on the contrary it has generated an even more rigorous wave of addiction. The movie is awesome by the way, so if you share the LEGO love, make sure to check it out.

Let the fun begin! LEGO architects in action

To further fuel our addiction, on Saturday we joined the big army of kids at a LEGO workshop held at the Danish Architecture Center. The room was packed with tens of over-excited kids and their even more eager parents. You never grow out of LEGO age, and that is the secret formula.

The mission was one: to build a city of the future. A pretty exciting task, especially if you let kids run their imagination loose.

City of the Future

There was everything from Burj Al Khalifa replicas to futuristic houses to dinosaurs and windmills.

Apparently someone dreamt that dinos will be resurrected in the future.

We have decided to build a city hall, an open elevated building to conserve space and open the ground floor for people of the city to enjoy. The idea was to incorporate many glass elements into the building design, however the little architects seemed to be very fond of glass as a building material. So it was a very scarce material to get our hands on.

Voila! Here is our City Hall of the future proudly presented by LEGO architect Andreas :)

A proud moment!

Fun times! Cheers to all the LEGO enthusiasts out there :)

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan

 

Halloween in Tivoli

In the heart of Copenhagen there is one very special place, where the fairies live and beautiful fairy tales are born. If your mind is going the H.C. Andersen direction, you are not too far off. The famous author probably would have been a frequent visitor here.

The special place is Tivoli of course! Since 1843 it has become a world of amusement, beautiful gardens, concerts and gourmet dining. The Danes certainly know how to have a good time. It is a world of magic, fun and beauty. The park has a face for every season, so make sure to get an annual card on your first visit, as this is a world you will want to return to.

Summer – for one the weather is perfect, so you can spend the entire day strolling in the park. Tivoli is all dressed up in pretty flowers, quite nice rock concerts are organized every Friday (Fredags Rock) and there is loads of kids and families roaming around.

Autumn – After a short break in September, the gardens open up for Halloween.

Winter – Christmas is the prettiest season in Tivoli, the beautiful Christmas decorations, hygge atmosphere, the smell of glögg and æbleskiver will make you forget the freezing cold.

Now Halloween is in full swing until the end of October. So if you like pumpkins and fun times hurry before the park closes off till December.

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Before the white Christmas comes there is still time to enjoy the “scary” Halloween. To the relief of some, myself included, and to the disappointment of many I would suppose, there is not much scary lurking in the dark corners of the park. What you will see though are thousands of pumpkin decorations literally everywhere. Such a pretty sight!

Here is a little peek into Halloween in Tivoli this year. Enjoy :)

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Step in through the entrance facing the Central Station. You will arrive right in the start of the main Halloween alley.

The uhyggeligt Halloween Alley

The uhyggelige Halloween Alley

Flying horses

Flying horses

Halloween hygge

Halloween hygge

The Hallo-wheel

The Hallo-wheel

Even the carousel has gotten an autumnal flair :)

Even the carousel has gotten an autumnal flair :)

A cute little ghost house

A cute little ghost house

The ghost house dressed in pink

The ghost house dressed in pink

Welcome to the China town - this part of the gardens has kept its Oriental look and feel and was not "corrupted" by strange Western Halloween values

Welcome to the China town – this part of the gardens has kept its Oriental look and feel and was not “corrupted” by strange Western Halloween values

For the love birds - rent a boat and cruise around the small pond in the cosy lighting.

For the love birds – rent a boat and cruise around the small pond in the cosy lighting.

One of the prettiest sights in Tivoli

One of the prettiest sights in Tivoli

Even the luxury hotel Nimb has put on a pumpkin charm

Even the luxury hotel Nimb has put on a pumpkin charm

Boooaaaah it was nice seeing you :)

Boooaaaah it was nice seeing you :)

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan