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 ūüíē

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 РMad 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 Рhindbærsnitter (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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Eremitageslottet

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

Paris… Paris…

Last week was quite amazing. I was selected to participate in Boston Consulting Group’s Traction Europe workshop for top engineering students across Europe and Middle East. Quite a memorable experience! On top of that I got to spend the weekend in a French chateau, and that is something truly magical.

But fear not, my thoughts will focus strictly on the magical day I got to spend in Paris, and not turn into my humble rumbling of how cool and proud I felt to be there :) That I will rather leave for my memory book.

Paris… a city that never ceases to amaze me and make me fall in love with it every time I step onto its grandeur and glamour. Since I was little, Paris was one of my dream destinations. That princess dream turned real a few years ago, and since then I am in love.

In connection with the BCG event, I had an extra day to spend in Paris and for that I have made a special program. I arrived late in the evening to find this magical sight bienvenue-ing me. I mean who can resist its charm? Certainly, not me!

Bienvenue French style

Bienvenue French style

Next morning I directed my steps to Montmartre. The day was a grey one, yet even that greyness was giving a certain charm to the city. That inspired me to take some black & white photo motives.

Back to Montmartre. It is one of my most favourite districts in Paris. I love ascending its charming cobblestone streets, which usually leave me short of breath and awed by its beauty. I love the sheer white, imposing grandeur of Sacre Coeur Basilica. I love the view opening upon Paris from its platform. I love the narrow streets and the artistic feel.

A Montmartre scenery

A Montmartre scenery

 

Sacre Coeur - a sight that impresses me over and over again.

Sacre Coeur – a sight that impresses me over and over again.

Next up was a visit to my other darling – the area around Louvre and Palais Royal. I have mixed feelings about Louvre. Its hugeness and art is of enormous value, however visiting the museum is not one of the most pleasant experiences. I paid it a visit during my first time in Paris, and oh my couldn’t wait to get away from the hoards of tourists. Poor Mona Lisa… if only you could experience even for a split of a second all the commotion and insane crowds you draw to your tiny framed masterpiece. I think you would have been petrified… This time my visit to Louvre was only limited to a photography session of the pyramids, as I smiled and passed the 100+ queue waiting in the drizzling rain to get inside. They had no idea about the secret entrance to the greatest museum of all. I was surely not going to disclose my cherished secret.

Louvre Pyramid

Palais Royal is a place I return to every time I am in the city. In its courtyard there is a beautiful park and a very special black & white art installation – Colonnes de Buren. I remember the first time Andreas and I discovered this place. We kept jumping from column to column and organizing running contests. Talk about releasing the inner child in us… :)

Colonnes de Buren - a place, where I return to childhood

Colonnes de Buren – a place, where I return to childhood

Here at Palais Royal was where the pouring rain finally got me. Despite my itching feet to explore more, walking in that downpour wasn’t really a viable option, so I took refuge in Galeries Lafayette & Printemps – yep the coveted shopping paradise. I did not leave the glittering department stores with my credit card maxed out. Unbelievable as it may sound I mostly spent my time standing on the shopping meccas’ top floor and admiring the view. The view over the city from Printemps is so pretty.

Terrace on top of Printemps department store

Terrace on top of Printemps department store

Finally it was time to get to the sight, which makes my heart beat every time. Tour de Eiffel… looking at it from all possible angles, different areas of the city, longing for its pretty face day and night, I am truly addicted. On this trip, I was in no hurry to walk away from it, so I spent a good couple of hours slowly taking in the view.

Trocadéro - view to my beauty

Trocadéro Рview to my beauty

Tour de Eiffel - I am addicted to this view!

Tour de Eiffel – I am addicted to this view!

Tour de Eiffel from Pont Alexandre III

Tour de Eiffel from Pont Alexandre III

This was my day in Paris, not with all of the juicy details though. I did manage a visit to a very interesting and unique museum РMusée du quai Branly, highly recommended, and an evening stroll on Champs Elysees, which was decorated with Christmas stalls on both sides.

Au revoir Paris et √† bient√īt!

Photos © 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

Autumn in Copenhagen – Colours of the Botanical Garden

Saturday was a vivid example of Danish autumn weather. The morning started with heavy rain, followed by patches of blue sky and weak sun rays trying to break their way through the clouds. Alas, the grey sky won over, the city got another burst of rain shower, soon after followed by larger and stronger blue sky attempts… And so on for 3-4 trial and error sessions until closer to the 15:00 the sun won over and pushed away the evil grey :) Hurra!!!

Yes, that is how unpredictable the weather up north can be. For us the sun loving residents of Denmark coming from the warmer countries of the South, the weather is a topic of perpetual complaint, and this summer gave plenty of reasons for discontent. If you ask the Danes:

“Det er ikke noget, der hedder d√•rligt vejr, kun upassende p√•kl√¶dning.” (There is no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate outfit.)

Gotta love the Danish sense of pragmatism. But like it or not, we need to adapt to the surroundings we live in and acquire some necessary attributes of that famous påklædning, namely

– Gummist√łvler – rubber boots

– Regnjakke – rain jacket

– Regnbukser – rain pants

This is one of the first tips I give to anyone, who just moved to Denmark. Make sure your rain outfit is ready and weather-tight as soon as possible.

Despite the little weather games of the day, a team of curious students, was out on a mission to find the autumn colours in the beautiful Botanical Garden. It is a perfect season to visit the parks in and around Copenhagen. I have already written about Frederiksberg Have, romantics’ corner, next on the agenda we are thinking of Dyrehaven – the Deer Park.

Our team of the day comes from all corners of the world. Please welcome a Chinese, a Spaniard, a Dane and an Armenian :)

It was a fun fun day, enjoy the photos and feel the autumn spirit!

The explorers :)

Andreas is totally fascinated by a very poisonous plant. He is studying Engineering Management at DTU

Hongyi is from southern China. She is studying at KU and loves nature

Nacho is from Madrid. He is studying Chemical Engineering at DTU

Red berries

Autumn leaves

Raindrops

The pomegranate is Armenia's national fruit so I never miss the occasion to admire it :)

Purple beauty

Snow White

In the middle section of the greenhouse right under the round roof you will find this beautiful staircase leading to the roof, where you get a bird’s eye view over the tropical forest – the staircase is fairly hidden so keep your eyes open :)

Puts me straight in the Christmas mood :)

Idyllic scenery

Autumn magic

Autumn contrasts

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan