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

Tisvilde Hegn – where the forest meets the beach

Zealand is so much more than its pretty capital, K√łbenhavn. It is castles, cliffs, small and picturesque towns… It is also vast forests that suddenly open up into wild waters of sea. This latter kind of landscape is what I associate with Denmark most. Forests-turn-beaches!

If we didn’t live in the era of Google Maps and well maps in general, I imagine the surprise we would experience when under our feet the mushy soil of forests transforms into sand of Danish beaches… when the pine trees disappear into sand dunes… when the green forest veil is lifted up and blown away by the undulating waves of the sea. This scenery amazes me every single time.

Tisvilde Hegn, nested on the northwestern shores of Zealand, is one such place. Well it is actually more, to the perfect forest & beach union it also adds a touch of history, with fortress ruins and lost villages.

Asserbo Slotsruin

Asserbo Slotsruin – here once stood a fortress and a monastery, in the 1100s. Some 600 years later it surrendered to the mighty sands blowing from the beach.

Into the deep, deep forest

Forest elves holding a meeting

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Stillness of nature

Love in the forest – our Lithuanian friends, Karolis & Aiste

Believe it or not here once stood a small village with rich and not-so houses. But there came the sands again and took control. Pity for the owners, true, but on the other hand, the beautiful forest now stands intact.

Feels like a Game of Throne’s scene, but thankfully it isn’t, otherwise the flocks of fans would have already attacked this peaceful forest. It is a typical viking grave site.

At the end of this mushy forest path a surprise awaits…

… the wild waters of Kattegat! It was crazy windy, incredibly beautiful and peacefully deserted.

Embracing the wildness!

Feel the power!

Looks like we are searching for something…

The sea is bathing.

 

Harmony

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Sunset on the beach – looks very idyllic, what it doesn’t show is that we were quite close to being blown away by the frosty winds of the sea.

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & Ani Movsisyan

Walking in wintery K√łbenhavn

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

Blish√łne 1: I am small, but I am determined!

Duck: I am deep in thought!

Blish√łne 2: I am beautiful, ain’t I?

Winter reflections

Like a graceful ballerina

Hanging out

Winter shapes and reflections

Photos © Andreas Eriksen & 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