Thursday, February 20, 2014

A small taste of Scandinavia

I had a small taste of  Scandinavia the other day. My sister and I, accompanied by our two teenage daughters, set off on a little adventure to Copenhagen for a few days.
It's always lovely to get away and explore somewhere new.
And of course try the local tipple. In this case gløgg 
Hot spicy mulled wine with raisins and chopped almonds at the bottom of the glass.... yes, it was delicious. From now on, I think I will be lacing my own winter mulled wine with raisins and almonds too.
I'm not really a city loving person, but a few days here and there, seeing the sights I'm okay with. Especially if the sights are mermaids.
Whenever I am in a city, I always find myself looking for nature. Too many buildings, concrete, cars and noise, give me withdrawal symptoms. I always manage to find what I'm craving though, even if it is only made of stone. 
I did find some real too.
Pigeons and pretty yellow aconites in the park.
We made a special journey to walk past Copenhagen zoo, so that I could leave my postcards on the railings. A rest in peace message for Marius.
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I believe the Danish television programme 'The Bridge' is rather popular? I haven't watched it myself, as I'm not a big fan of crime drama, but my sister is a huge fan, so on our last day we crossed the bridge and visited Sweden.
I loved the timber framed houses and thought this valentine window was pretty. 
And this dog. :)
I left with a beautiful postcard illustrated by Lars Klinting
and a strong desire to return. 
Scandinavia, especially Sweden ... I will be back.

26 comments:

  1. I like all the beauty you found, the sculptures especially.

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    1. There is always beauty to find if we take the time to look. :)

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  2. It looks like you had a wonderful visit. Thank you for leaving the postcard in memory of Marius.

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    1. You are welcome. It was something I felt I had to do.

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  3. I like Denmark! I've spent a week in Odense - HCAndersen's native town.I learnt a lot about his life and visited some of the favourite places where he lived or that he loved to stay at. By the way, I'm just directing his "Thumbelina" in the Drama theatre...:)
    I only passed through Copenhagen , that's why thank you for this virtual walk along its streets - you've discovered wonderful views! Lovely photos from Sweden, too!

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    1. It seems HCA lived in many places when he moved to Copenhagen. We were trying to find a specific house, but there were various places. He obviously liked to move about. :) Sweden had a lovely feeling about it... Hope the Thumbelina is a success !

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  4. My son works for the scottish theatre company Dogstar.They have done a couple of tours in sweden and denmark and I know my son really loves both countries and the attitude to life.He is due to drive to Umeo in sweden soon.He does say however that crossing The Bridge is boring.

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    1. Yes the bridge was a little boring to cross. We were on a train so couldn't see a lot. ;)

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  5. Oh do go back.Stockholm is very beautiful as is much of the the Scandinavian region. I have to say that you should aim for the archipelago in Summer, As well as a trip to Helsinki, city of my heart.

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    1. Charlotte I definitely want to return, so hopefully will within the next few years. Thanks for your recomendations :)

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  6. Oh be still my beating heart, I would love to visit and your photographs have increased that wish - your eye sees the beauty in the city centre

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    1. Hope you get to visit soon Hawthorn!

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  7. Loved the sound of that mulled wine and the image of the boy with the giant geese is fab! I love fairytales - especially Swedish ones - I am off to Finland in August - my first trip to Scandinavia:) Love your hare art and the falling snowflakes on this blog.

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    1. Ooh how exciting. Finland! Wonderful! Would also love to go there.
      So glad that you like my hares and the snow. I suppose I really ought to take the snow flakes off now as its Spring...

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  8. A beautiful visit indeed. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome Sandra, glad that you enjoyed.

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  9. What beautiful buildings, looks like you had a super time :)

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    1. They are very beautiful aren't they! And thank you. :)

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  10. Looks like you had a great trip. I visited both Stockholm and Copenhagen last september during my interrail trip. Both cities are beautiful and full with history. Let me know if you visit Finland someday and I can be your guide :) I love that postcard with Nils Holgersson :)

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    1. How wonderful Niina. Ooh thank you! If I get to Finland anytime soon I will keep your offer in mind. x

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  11. Lovely! Besides the little mermaid (!) I think the fish over the door captured my heart. So charming. Glad you had a nice little trip. :)

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    1. Thank you. Ms S. We were hoping to go into the lovely fish house building to eat some lunch, but it was closed. It looked very old and pretty inside from the window. Maybe next time...

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  12. Beautiful pictures! The postcard with the "Tomte" (who is the Swedish house elf) and the geese is an illustration of the fabulous story written by Selma Lagerlof, you would love it, it's called "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils". If you ever decide to go to a Norwegian city, I wouldn't recommend Oslo, best to go to Bergen.

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    1. Thank you Kundry for letting me know this. I just love all the Scandinavian illustrations/tales of elves etc. Thanks for your recommendations. When I visit Norway I will keep that in mind. :)

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  13. we two went to scandinavia last august...and we too will be back...we are fans of the bridge etc ...but always wanted to go north!!

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    1. I have always been attracted to North too. Maybe it's because I'm winter born? I still haven't watched the Bridge though...

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