Copenhagen Beginnings

Las Chicas arrive in Copenhagen and spend the first few days exploring neighborhoods, biking, walking and enjoying the summer city where the sun rarely sets.  We take a GPS “design” bike tour, visit the Royal Palace, make our way to the curious land of Christiania and enjoy the wide range of design, architecture, Danish culture, canals, flowers and more.

The “design tour” was not exactly what we expected. It included stops to a cafe/record store, a gelato shop and an unusual lamp refurbishing business.

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But the weather is lovely and it’s great to be on bikes. Copenhagen is ranked the most bike-friendly city in the world. En route to our next design location we can see why. We traverse awesome bridges,

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discover interesting architectural features…

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… street art,

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…visit the Royals,

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… and other unexpected discoveries.

Below, a sign hanging in the free city of Christiania.

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Christiania was founded by a group of homeless people and young activists who took over abandoned military barracks in the early 1970s. This area continues to operate independent of Copenhagen today. In recent years, pressure has begun mounting to develop the area and real estate prices are soaring.

And the tour continues, interspersed with breaks to watch Wimbledon, afternoon naps and lots of good food.

Every day we explore outside:

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Lavender in the park

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Frog at the base of the Stork Fountain

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Cycling along the lakes after dinner, so light at 9:30 pm!

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Plaza corner post with Marble Church in the distance

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Mary meets Marimekko

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Swans and their babies

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Fountain near the waterfront

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Copenhagen Opera House in the distance

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Orthodox Church

Inside:

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Koi pond inside NORR clothing store

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Illums  Bolighus design store couch

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Chandelier

 

Copenhagen welcomes and inspires.

© 2014 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved.

 

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