Had a great break in Copenhagen, despite the weather!
After crossing the road from the Central Station, the entrance to Tivoli immediately draws you in. The amusement park was built in 1843 and so it’s interesting to see some of the old attractions and rides as well as the new ones. Horrendously busy though. Huge queues for all the rides. Not the biggest fan of fairs so happy to find a quieter spot and sketch the pretty boats and passers by.
Cycling is definitely the best way to travel. Highlights include stopping off and enjoying the view at the Playhouse by the harbour. The Norrebro area of Copenhagen has a more creative and student feel to it with some great shops and cafes. Personal favourites include Karmelleriet, a caramel workshop with a chatty owner and the ceramic studio/ shop of Inge Vincent ( www.vincents.dk/). In the Vesterbrogade there’s the Designer Zoo (www.dzoo.dk/in_english.html) which has some fantastic contemporary design. There are a number of retro shops selling lamps and furniture from the 50’s and 60’s. Notably Arne Jacobsen and Poul Henningsen whose designs are also celebrated at the Design museum. Poul Henningsens lights can often be seen overhead in many of the shops and museums. Stunning!
It rained continuously for 5 days and so much time was spent stopping off and drying out at coffee shops. Spent a fortune on coffee! Note: drinking in Copenhagen is very expensive ( approx £6 for a beer and £5 for a latte). Here are a few of my sketches done at the Cafe Paludan (http://paludan-cafe.dk/ ). Returned here a number of times. The cafe is part library although not much reading was done, mainly sketching and talking. Loved people watching. Young men with beards all the rage here and some very good looking people.
Another recommendation is The Royal Cafe. (www.theroyalcafe.dk/#) in the centre of town does tasty and beautiful ‘Smushi’.
Some great galleries too. As well as the Design Museums, I visited Louisiana Gallery of Modern Art which is a 30 mins train journey from Copenhagen. The gallery overlooks the sea which makes it’s location as memorable as the paintings and sculpture. The Henry Moore and Calder sculptures look amazing in this setting. Currently showing a great exhibition of David Hockney’s ipad drawings. Visited The National Gallery of Denmark too with an exhibition of wood cuts from the 16th century to the present day. Right up my street! I really like the work of Tal R a contemporay danish artist whose work was exhibited alongside his carved woodblocks.
Thanks to Jane at Bold and Noble for the mention on her great website and blog. (Dated 13th July)
Every trip to Amsterdam involves drinking coffee or beer (or both). Café De Jaren is one of my favourite cafes. It’s open plan, bright and brilliant for people watching, reading, drinking and eating cake. One day I will draw a cake with coffee but unfortunately the cake is always demolished before I can put pen to paper.
Time for another trip to Amsterdam. I started out in the Jordaan area of Amsterdam and spotted a poffertjes stall in the market. I couldn’t pass without sampling these yummy, tiny, dutch pancakes covered in icing sugar.
Next stop – Amsterdam public library. This is europes largest public library and opened in 2007. It’s fantastically modern and bright. I’ve never seen so many magazines and newspapers on display from around the world. You could easily spend all day here surfing the internet, browsing the books, mags and music. Can even stay for lunch and dinner and look out at the amazing view from the top of the building. I only stopped off for a couple of hours and did a few quick sketches. Love the lighting. Will definitely return.
Lunch was followed by window shopping and more coffee!