Colours of autumn in Landbohøjskolens Have

Weekend strolls in Copenhagen in this magical autumn time have become a fast tradition. Today we ended up in a small, beloved spot – Landbohøjskolens Have. The place is magical no matter the season. And now it is all dressed up in a colourful autumn gown looking dashingly beautiful.

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Red curtain made of dreams

Yellow curtain made of dreams

Yellow curtain made of dreams

Iberian lyng

Iberian lyng

Splash of autumn magic

Splash of autumn magic

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Patterns of nature

Patterns of nature

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Photos © Ani Movsisyan

Colours of autumn in Frederiksberg Garden

Another magical autumn day out and about in Copenhagen. This time the colours of autumn captured in Frederiksberg Have.

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Colours of autumn in Botanical Garden

Copenhagen. Botanical Garden. October. Rainy-sunny-rainy-sunny-rainy day.

Reflections

Reflections

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Nature frames nature

Nature frames nature

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Photos © Ani Movsisyan

In a Danish countryside straight out of a H.C. Andersen fairytale

Welcome to a Danish fairytale!

Welcome to the Danish home of Cinderella!

It is a crisp, autumn day. One of those when the cold cuts the air like a sword, yet the sun dazzles you with its endless charm. The summer ended far too soon this year and even though we have just said goodbye to September only a few days ago, the temperatures have taken a quick drop to single digits. The weather gods behave like they are in a stock exchange playing random games with the seasons.

It is not a Windows desktop background, just a typical countryside scene from a Danish countryside

It is not a Windows desktop background, just a typical scene from a Danish countryside

Oh but the sun, that glorious fireball of joy, it is shining so beautifully today spreading its soft rays in the sky deep blue like the ocean waters. Perfect for a little road trip down south into the charming Danish countryside.

Days like this makes you fall in love with Denmark all over again

Days like this makes you fall in love with Denmark all over again

Gisselfeld Kloster says the destination on our GPS. It wasn’t even on the agenda for the day, yet it turned out to be the absolute highlight of the trip. The road leading to it is straight out of a Danish countryside dream – rolling farm fields, wind turbines, deep forests and chirping birds. Now take it all and throw in a splash of autumn colours accentuated in the sunset glow and you have got yourself a beautiful postcard.

Colours of autumn

Colours of autumn

DO01055476Tucked away in the south of Sjælland, an hour drive away from København, Gisselfeld castle is fortunately not on the major tourist radar at least not for now. Reaching there as the sun was about to set, we got the entire castle grounds to ourselves. I read somewhere that H.C. Andersen got his inspiration for the Ugly Duckling fairytale while a guest in the castle grounds. Who can blame him?

This path is made up of dreams  <3

This path is made up of dreams. It makes you want to put on your princess gown and run down the path towards your prince charming 

A small unassuming wooden gate guards the treasure that lies inside. Carefully opening the tiny gate you walk straight into a fairytale. Deserted castle grounds, surrounded by immaculate gardens, moats clear as mirrors, sun touching the surfaces softly, casting a golden glow on everything it touches, swans gliding gracefully on the tranquil waters, and not a single soul in sight, but one lonely fisherman navigating the lake in his small boat.

Gisselfeld Kloster

Gisselfeld Kloster – straight out of a fairytale

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Can this scene get any more romantic? Pinch me – this is not a dream.

I see you, pretty ball of joy

I see you, pretty ball of joy

Feel like the Cinderella carriage will roll onto the cobblestones any minute now

It feels like the Cinderella carriage will roll onto the cobblestones any minute now

This window though - can it get any dreamier

This window though – can it get any dreamier

The Ugly Duckling navigating the castle grounds

The Ugly Duckling navigating the castle grounds

Every single piece in this castle is a dream

Every single element in this castle makes you feel like you have stepped right into a fairytale

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Take my hand and walk into the fairytale.

Take my hand and walk into the fairytale <3

Photos © Ani Movsisyan & Andreas Eriksen

A recipe for a beautiful day in Copenhagen

Pretty roses glowing with drops of rain

Having a ladybug land on my hand, meeting white deer first time ever!, walking towards a double rainbow under a pouring rain and smiling sun. All in one day. Copenhagen – my beautiful home, you are full of prettiness 💕

After quite an intensely busy week, I desperately needed some unwinding time that didn’t involve sitting in front  of a computer and working on items from long to do lists. Instead it needed to be full of long walks in a good company and my trusty Leica to capture beautiful moments on the lens. It seemed that the weather gods joined the cause to cheer me up by clearing the thick grey skies over Copenhagen, whooshing away the howling winds and sending some beautiful autumn sun.

After some impromptu planning with an Indian colleague of mine, Rashika, we decided to start our Saturday bright and early with a lovely breakfast at a Vesterbro favourite – Mad og Kaffe. To get to enjoy a delicious breakfast at this place without having to wait in long, winding queues, you practically have to appear there when the doors open at 08:30 sharp. That is exactly what we did.

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Tummies full and smiling, we headed towards Klampenborg for a day in the nature and beautiful autumn walks in Dyrehaven deer park.

First things first though. Pre-walk coffee and dessert to sweeten up the walk. Rashika got her first taste of traditional Danish pastry – hindbærsnitter (rasperry slices) at Cranks & Coffee. If you are a bike lover, you will appreciate this hyggelig hangout place by Klampenborg station.

If you are a bike lover, you will appreciate this cute little hangout place by Klampenborg station

If you are a bike lover, you will appreciate this hyggelig hangout place by Klampenborg station

Breakfast check, coffee check, hindbærsnitter check. Let the walk begin.

House dreams

Prettiest townhouses making you feel for a moment that you are in London

Lavender dreams - you never fail to put a smile on my face

Lavender dreams – you never fail to put a smile on my face

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Rashika enjoying the Danish nature on her way to Dyrehaven

Rashika enjoying the Danish nature on her way to Dyrehaven

Dyrehaven

Dyrehaven

Idyllic corner in pretty light

Idyllic corner in pretty light

Leaves, leaves, leaves

Leaves, leaves, leaves

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After 2 hours of walking in Dyrehaven, we finally spotted the first deer!

After 2 hours of walking in Dyrehaven, we finally spotted the first deer!

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Suddenly an entire flock of deer appeared with a few white deer, which I have never ever seen before.

Suddenly an entire flock of deer appeared with a few white deer, which I have never ever seen before.

Double rainbow shot up the sky after an hour long rain just as we were headed back to  the city

Double rainbow shot up the sky after an hour long rain just as we were headed back to the city

Photos © Ani Movsisyan

Seeking refuge in what makes me happy

September has not been an easy month – emotionally draining actually. I am not a diary person, never been and now is not the time either to pour my heart out. It would be nice to just escape it all… emotions, people, work, problems… I do believe in the magic of Christmas though, and Christmas is right around the corner. Maybe Santa with the help of red-nosed reindeers will spread some snow powder, stop the time from making crazy turns and make things happy again.

Until then I will hang on to that magic thought and seek refuge in one thing that never fails to put a smile on my face – strolling around with a camera in my hand and taking pictures of the beautiful that surrounds us in the place we call home yet goes so easily unnoticed as we rush through life.

Strolling around, taking pictures and listening to heart-warming melodies is exactly what I did in the weekend – walking around my neighbourhood in pretty København and trying to capture little bit of its beauty…

This shy beauty reminded me so much of autumn itself - a canvas painted with subtle burst of colours

This shy beauty reminded me so much of autumn itself – a canvas painted with subtle burst of colours

On a stroll in my hood - the iconic facades of Vesterbro

On a stroll in my hood – the iconic facades of Vesterbro

A new addition to Vesterbro - Axel Towers. Has some pretty cool angles.

A new addition to Vesterbro – Axel Towers. Has some pretty cool angles.

One of my favourite sights in the city - Københavns Rådhus from a new angle now that the green wall of the metro construction finally came down...

One of my favourite sights in the city – Københavns Rådhus from a new angle now that the green wall of the metro construction finally came down…

Colourful facades to bring some joy to the dark and gloomy sky

Colourful facades to bring some joy to the dark and gloomy sky

These two lovely ladies sitting comfortably on a rickshaw ala Denmark probably had quite a fun ride

These two lovely ladies sitting comfortably on a rickshaw ala Denmark probably had quite a fun ride

Dramatic sky hangs over Christiansborg - Danish Parliament

Dramatic sky hangs over Christiansborg – Danish Parliament

The bell tower of Rådhus - City Hall of København

The bell tower of Rådhus – City Hall of København

Lurblæserne - lur blowers announcing the start of autumn

Lurblæserne – lur blowers announcing the start of autumn

A postcard from København <3

A postcard from København <3

Photos © Ani Movsisyan