Showing posts with label visiting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label visiting. Show all posts

07 July 2014

A guilty crush

There is a new swan on the lake, the latest addition to the pedal boat fleet at Kaffesalonen. Before developing an opinion on them, I went to take their picture. First impression was good, as they resemble my favorite bird...
 Swan fleet

...and are shameless flirts:

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Hello!

But after a few days, I noticed that the real swans were huddling in the lake corners, suggesting they were not amused. However, in the most recent development, they seem less apprehensive when the fleet is not in motion. It is my hope that they will eventually get used to the steroid version of themselves.

New swan on the lake

On the upside, the swan boats are to tall to enter the other lake, under the bridge, leaving our birds some refuge. Again, I wonder if anyone is looking out for the interest of nature here, or if urban wildlife is just left to fend for itself? And if we keep pushing, will they eventually leave? Mixed emotions on this one, oh.

 

28 June 2014

Cykelslangen

It’s a big day in Copenhagen, with the opening of “Cykelslangen” the missing link connecting the harbour bridge and the evil highway by Fisketorvet. For years cyclists have struggled with their bikes up and down steep stairs, or taken ridiculous detours to get to the bike-bridge, but finally it is here. The smooth, curvy, orange ride in the sky, named after the inner tubing in our wheel. Slange is the same word we use for snake, so my best guess is that foreigners will refer to it as the Bikesnake (or maybe the Snakebridge?). It looks like one too, wriggling its way through glass and steel, liberating us from all the obstacles underneath. Almost like riding the back of a mythical creature. Oh, can you tell I’m in love?

Cykelslangen bike bridge

I sneaked in before the grand opening today, to get some clean shots.

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Nothing begs for bending quite like rules, eh?

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Leading right up to the dream ride (ahead) over the water, connecting Vesterbro with Islands Brygge.

Of course some people only do as they are told. Here's one still pushing her bike up the stairs on the slide, because the sign says the connecting bike bridge are not officially open. Never mind it is only a day away. 

Cykelslangen bike bridge

This only confirms that progress is not made by those who don't push the boundaries. They have the rulebreakers to thank for that. You are welcome, lady.

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

Cykelslangen bike bridge

It makes you want to scream: what took you so long? And then you want to hug it and ride over it back and forth and back and forth like a lovestruck fool. Trust me.


Links:
Cykelslangen on DAC (architectural details)
Cykelslangen on Google maps: here.



UPDATE:
I made a small video of the ride today, just for you:

 

I think I may have stressed out the little boy in blue. Sorry, little guy.



11 June 2014

Hot and cool

Random snapshots of summer in Copenhagen, is the best I can do at the moment. At least I got you flowers. There is a street running parallel to the lakes, Wesselsgade, lined with rose bushes. They are almost at the end of their bloom, and the air on that stretch is intoxicating, an unmissable part of the day.

Yellow roses

Rosebush

Scent pic

Trying hard to capture the scent for you, climbing into the flower. Is it working?

Outdoors is where it's at. If you don’t have a balcony, get creative. 







Fortunately, the EU election was not as poster heavy as usual, but we are still left with this:

Overdue EU election posters

A poor reflection of the party SF (this guys posters are still all over the place). Can we trust them with anything important, if they can't even manage to clean up after themselves? Would you? The strips with the homemade ID-tags were all properly removed, by the way. In case you were wondering.

Rantzausgade, Copenhagen.

Snapshot from Rantzausgade (on map)... something is brewing in this street. The inhabitants are pushing to make it safer for cyclists, and it is alive with cosy stores. Diverse and inviting, Nørrebro at its best.

Legs

Stay cool, Rantzausgade! 


24 January 2014

Arne Jacobsen Royal Hotel

For the past couple of years I have found myself circling the Arne Jacobsen Royal Hotel like a lovesick teenager. Catching it in tinted water mirrors and all dressed in fog:




The sight below from the roof of Axelborg made it clear: we needed to get properly introduced.






The Royal Hotel designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1960, is a landmark, preserved and protected from major alterations. The same was not the case for the interior, in the eighties deemed worthless, and the iconic furniture sold off for 100 dkr a piece. Today a single drop chair in leather will easily cost you 120.000 dkr, if you can find one. Fortunately, someone had the great idea to preserve one room, left just the way it looked when it was first designed. Room 606, the Arne Jacobsen Suite, with the famous chairs all covered in a muted greenish upholstery, inspired by the copper roofs of Copenhagen. The people of Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, as it is called today, were kind enough to give me a quick tour, and I caught as much goodness for you, as I could on the run.

All the classics are represented, including "Dråben" (the Drop) that I was told may be looking at a re-launch. There was not enough time to get the perfect shot, and the master deserve no less. Maybe another time..


Arne Jacobsen was a big fan of muted colors, and used textured layers in the curtains, to create the perfect light. From room 606 you have a clear view of both the Tivoli gardens and here, to the right, Grand Central Station. If you listen closely, you can hear my heart racing. Oh.


1. Painting of the Royal Hotel, room 606. 2. Signed: A/S Kampsax, Arne Jacobsen. 3. Lobby, iron spiral staircase, railing detail. 4. Railing detail that draws your hand in. 5. “Royal wall of fame”, a selection of the most famous guests, naming among others The Beatles, Dalai Lama, Louis Armstrong and... 6. Nelson Mandela. 7. Arne Jacobsen's favorite flower, the orchid. 8. 606 detail: dark wenge wood. 9. Lobby spiral stairs detail. I swear: everything in this place feels good to the touch.


Once upon a key.

Since the eighties the world have come around to appreciate the design of Arne Jacobsen, and the iconic interior have returned to the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. I felt right at home. Not just because it is a five-star hotel (haha), but there is a really good vibe, almost like coming home. The good feeling may be explained by the fact that the hotel have staff going back 35 years, and that the place is run by a man not only born in the hotel, but also named after it: Roy Al. Here he is dressed up as a bell boy with parents and crew of the Apollo 12:


My "Royal guide", the woman with all the good keys, told me she was the one who came across the Lego edition of the hotel, built by a man who remembered his father taking him up on the roof in the 1970s.


In other words, not an experience you are likely to forget.


Ever.


26 October 2013

Ørstedsparken

Of all the parks in Copenhagen, Ørstedsparken is the wildest. Hilly and diverse both in vegetation and clientele, embracing everyone from dog walkers and families to famously so, gay men in the after hours. It has crooks, wilderness and statues, lots of benches, a lake, a romantic bridge and a cafe. And it is one of the few parks where you are allowed to barbecue.

I don’t go there nearly often enough, and during my last visit, a few things really struck me: we have so little wilderness in Copenhagen. For some reason the city planners are obsessed with neatness, keeping things at an even height, and manageable. Grass is better than trees, and asphalt is better than grass. The other thing that hit me, was that I had completely forgotten what healthy trees are really supposed to look like. Look at our beautiful friends:

Ørstedsparken
 
Ørstedsparken

Ørstedsparken

Ørstedsparken

Ørstedsparken

Ørstedsparken

Part of the attraction is the location. Right around the corner from the busiest train station in Copenhagen, Nørreport (the one with the floating green roofs).

Ørstedsparken

The surrounding real estate may be high end, but Ørstedsparken is for everyone. 

Ørstedsparken

Ørstedsparken

Ørstedsparken

You get that I like trees, don't you? Ha. If you don't, you may want to look the other way for what comes next. Or not, actually...

05 December 2012

After dark

This may be speaking too soon, but it seems like the darkness is not bothering me as much as expected. Maybe it is because I am no longer stuck doing something that sucks the energy out of me. That helps. Or maybe it is because Copenhagen is somehow still aglow after dark. For instance, the Museum of Copenhagen have placed their travelling show "Væggen" (the wall) an interactive monster screen, on the bridge corner, setting the night on fire.

Væggen
 
Væggen

Touch the screen to look up specific locations, and navigate in Copenhagen history. Pretty cool idea.

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They are blocking my old friends the statue of the Young People Sitting, and I am surprised how much I miss my daily greeting ritual. But I am trying to be an adult about it (how am I doing so far?). The wall is built inside a huge container, and right now the door is stuck.

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Word is they are working on it, and they are probably pretty desperate to have it fixed. Poor guys.

But when all else fails, we will always have this:

Goodnight

Our very own Vegas, the Irma strip.  Sometimes I love this city so much it hurts.


09 August 2012

The lollipop mansion

As a general rule, if I have nothing nice to say about a subject, I will not bring it up (which is coincidentally why you have not been updated on the long-awaited new food market "Torvehallerne"). Multiplex cinema Palads with its 17 screens, looking like a giant lollipop, belongs in that unmentionable category. When I pass it, I always make an effort to block it out. But, ignoring it has obviously not made it go away. And, somehow I have resigned myself to the fact that it is a part of Copenhagen.

Palads movie theatre

The backside with an evil sky. You can almost smell the popcorn..

Dots on Copenhagen multiplex cinema Palads

It has looked this way since 1989 when it was decorated by Danish painter Poul Gernes.

Dots in a row

As someone who love color, why is it so hard for me to appreciate this place?

If you are visiting Copenhagen, and are looking for a quality movie theater, try Empire Bio on Nørrebro or Imperial with the giant screen, right behind Palads (the only dubbed movies you will find in Denmark, are the children's). With Palads.. I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in this case you can make an exception. If you know what I mean?

25 July 2012

The staycation

It sort of dawned on me the other day that having a good summer is essential to getting through the coming eight months in the dungeon. Going somewhere exotic is not an option for me at the moment, and living in Copenhagen you can't count on the weather to help you out. So I have declared this time, as in the next couple of weeks, a staycation. I am a tourist in my own city, with some obvious benefits. It is about doing something different and using all means necessary to evoke the summer time feeling.

By some miracle the last couple of days have been like real summer, hot and sunny with blue skies and a nice breeze. Today for the first time in years, I went to the city beach, the spacious Amager strand (de lazy luxe version: take your bike on the metro out, and ride it home), and tomorrow I will try out another city beach. It is almost like being in a different country.

And I finally caught up with the international Copenhagen Sand Sculpture Festival on Ofelia Beach, on the harbour side by the Royal Playhouse. Something I have been meaning to do ever since they created it back in May. Being my first sand sculpture experience, I didn't know what to expect, but that was part of the attraction. It did not disappoint:

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My absolute favorite, I still can't get it out of my mind. Solo sculpture by Pavel Mylnikov (Russia).

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And the modernistic creature, turning up his sandy nose.

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Solo sculpture by Lena Tempich (Germany).

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It really appeals to me how he is mirrored by the "real life" in the background. I wish he didn't have to go.

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Copenhagen in sand, with a compilation of all our most famous towers. I am geeking out about the fact that you get the dome of the Marble Church in both versions on the same picture. The sculpture is a collaborative effort by Johannes Weckl (Germany) and Majken Schultz, Frederikke Lange, Mette Mai Langer, Maiken Thorsen, Gorm Maar Hansen, Sidse Kordt, Marie Berh and Martin Tulinius (Denmark).

Ah, I wish I could show you everything. Anyway, I can't leave you without a sample of the prehistoric animals:

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I am so into him...

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...and he is so on to you.

If you are visiting or having a staycation in Copenhagen of your own, the sand festival have just been extended to September 1st 2012.

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