Copenhagen is the land of...
-The most massive baby carriages I've ever seen (many parked in front of cafes with sleeping children inside!)
-Chic urban dwellers on handsome bikes
-One-piece zip-up snow suits worn by EVERY child you see
-Ridiculous amounts of well designed signage, branding, and home goods.
-Delicious open-faced sandwiches that are works of art with all their garnishes
-Very fashionable, minimalist style (think subdued colored clothing with pops of color). My friend nailed it: Copenhagen feels more New York than New York :)
-Stylish tennis shoes
-Hans Christian Andersen (The Princess & the Pea, Thumblina, The Little Match Girl, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling!)
-Licorice sold in bulk bins in every store
-Amazing architecture, old and new
-Bakeries that give a whole new meaning to Danish pastries
-Noticeably kind/happy/family friendly people
-Very chic eyeglasses, especially fun to see on older, fashionable women
Today, a scrap book from the days spent in one of my new favorite cities...
The absolute highlight for me was visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It's an indoor/outdoor museum overlooking the sea.
The children's wing was a dream for any child.
I loved seeing this mom and her daughters - all three sketching at the Jorn & Pollock exhibit.
There is a fabulous museum restaurant with a gorgeous view, a cozy fireplace (swoon!), and beautiful food.
Danny looved sampling Danish pastries in Copenhagen. Holm's Bager was a favorite. I got gluten free meringue cookies (ho hum).
I grew up seeing this Christus statue at a few Mormon temples, so it was special to see the original in person. What I didn't know was the sculptor created equally impressive statues of all twelve apostles, all of which are in the beautiful Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady).
Danny loooves Legos and had to stop into a store in the Lego homeland. (I once got him the Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water Lego set for Valentine's Day and he couldn't have been more delighted. :)
Another MAJOR highlight was speaking to this amazing group of people at the event we were invited to. We really had an incredible experience that night and we're so thankful for the opportunity to connect with people there.
My favorite licorice (Lakrids), can be found all over Denmark. It actually originated on Bornholm, where Danny's ancestors are from. And, lucky me - it's gluten free. I went with #2 Salty. One piece goes a long way. :)
We visited Frederiksberg Palace to scout out the Kofoed family coat of arms as well as the beautiful Carl Bloch paintings of the life and ministry of Christ.
We didn't find the exact coat of arms we were looking for, but this one was close enough. It turns out the one we wanted to see was tucked away in an area we couldn't access on Sunday.
When we arrived at the Carl Bloch paintings in what was the prayer room of the King, the man who had helped Danny find the coat of arms with some family names also began to explain to us the various paintings, starting with the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary, to the resurrection of Christ. Little did he know we were familiar with them all, as this artist's works are the most commonly used depictions of the life of Christ in our church. It was beautiful to see in person what we'd seen in books so many times over the years.
A little art-in-the-making outside the entrance of Design Museum Danmark...
Honestly, this post could go on forever, that's how much we loved Copenhagen!