Copenhagen in a nutshell
I thought long and I thought hard about defining the essence of how I perceived Copenhagen, only to realize in the end that summarizing it's not difficult at all. Here it is.
These are pictures were shot on the same day, the first one — through telephoto lens — on the remote bank of the canal, and the other one on my side, and they're suggestive to me because they depict the two ends of Scandinavian — and especially Copenhagen — feeling.
The picture of Copenhagen Opera House reflects my sensation that the place is jammed with bold design, landmark architecture and advanced technology.
This is the country of Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen, of Arne Jacobsen (have a look at his chairs) and Georg Jensen (damn, I irreversibly fell in love with his Koppel Chronograph), of BoConcept, LEGO and, of course, the country of Stimorol, Carlsberg and Tuborg.
There is Illums Bolighus on Amagertorv 10, a four story temple of design houseware, a Danish design crash-course almost as comprehensive as Kunstindustrimuseet and certainly a commercial smash hit.
Speaking of Kunstindustrimuseet (Danish Museum of Art and Design), this is a place so special it deserves a post of its own.
On the other hand, the city manages to remain human, sweet and cozy. No tube, no traffic jams, in a no-hassle metropolitan environment with a population only slightly over the 1 million mark. People are riding their bikes everywhere, but everything is within walking distance in the central area if you are a determined walker. Many places look like holiday resorts, with tiny restaurants and small terraces one next to another, with colorful people and laid-back atmosphere.
There is Tivoli Gardens amusement park, with friendly butterflies and people screaming upside-down and there is Amagertorv, one of Europe's most attractive shopping strips, a sweet, sweet poison for your bank account.
God, I love this place!