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copenhagen IV - louisiana museum of modern art and HAY

28 May 2014

Have you heard of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art? It's a beautiful art gallery about 40 minutes travel time from Copenhagen.



It has a beautiful sculpture garden, dominated by this Henry Moore sculpture, overlooking the sea.

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The Louisiana has the best gallery shop I've ever seen. I could have bought everything in sight, but common sense prevailed.

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Back in Copenhagen I visited the University of Copenhagen Botanical Gardens.

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It was lovely seeing all the flowers in bloom and the sun shining.

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I found time to climb the round tower and visit the adjoining Trinitatis Church, where I was treated to an impromptu piano recital.

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There was no time to rest though because I had few final photos to take of HAY. HAY furniture is available in Sydney but I think a stand alone store would do very well. HAY has 2 locations in downtown Copenhagen and I visited both of them.

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I'm looking for a new light fitting for my flat and this George Nelson light might just be the go.

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I just loved the staircase in HAY House and the views of Copenhagen from HAY House were just amazing.

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Some of the goodies I found in the store. I did leave with 2 tiny little items, I could easily stash away in my luggage.

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Cool Copenhagen.

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I'll leave you with some iconic images of Copenhagen.



Those were my final images of Copenhagen. I've been in the UK for close to a week now and it's rained just about every day so photo opportunities have been few and far between. 
I'm planning to take my black and white film camera out with me today as I think film will best capture the moody tones of London.

Bye for now,

Jillian
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copenhagen III - palaces

Sorry about the absence for a few days but I was having trouble getting access to my images. It's now all sorted and be prepared for a deluge.

My Copenhagen apartment was close to a number of palaces so I visited three of them - the Amalienborg Palace, the Christiansborg Palace, the Rosenborg Palace and another historic area, the Kastellet.

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The Christiansborg Palace contained some very grand reception rooms but I was most taken with the Royal stables and the beautiful white horses housed within.

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The Rosenborg Palace is located in the Kings Garden and it's a beautiful doll's house of a building.

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It's filled with treasures and the treasury housed in the dungeon is just spectacular.

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The Amalienborg Palace was just 5 minutes walk from my flat, so it was one of the last places I visited before leaving Copenhagen.



I visited the museum but was most taken with the exterior.

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I was on the bus heading towards the station when I spied a windmill. I did some research and discovered it was part of the Kastellet, a star shaped fortress.

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The Kastellet was a complete surprise to me.



I arrived really early and found the place was alive with joggers and dog walkers.


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Another jewel in Copenhagen's crown.

If I get the time, I'll be back tomorrow with some more photos from Copenhagen.

See you all again soon,

Jillian
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Copenhagen - part II

23 May 2014

For the second part of my trip to Copenhagen I thought I'd take you to Assistens CemeteryI've always had a thing about cemeteries. They're often peaceful places, lush with greenery and the headstones have such interesting inscriptions.

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I spied these beautiful lilacs.

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The cemetery is the resting place of Hans Christian Andersen and Soren Kierkegaard. 



It's just a short bus ride from these markets. The produce was gorgeous but I admit I came here quite often for the pastries.

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Here are some of those flowers I warned you I'd been photographing. There seems to be a beautiful flower shop around every corner of the city.

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I couldn't help myself.



Some cute places in Fredericksberg.


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Like Granola and the one room Central Hotel and Cafe and this lovely flower shop I found next to Granola.

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I'll leave you with this dash of street colour.

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I still have so many more photos to share with you because Copenhagen is such a photogenic city. So stay tuned!

Bye for now,

Jillian
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copenhagen part I

21 May 2014

Hi every-one,

greetings from Copenhagen. I've been here a few days already and tomorrow I'll be leaving for Scotland. Time is flying past way too quickly. The weather was a bit dreary the first full day I was here, so it slowed down the photo taking quite a bit.

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I'm staying in an apartment on Sankt Paul's Gade, not far away from the main shopping area. The apartment features many Danish Design classics mixed in with some IKEA. It's an historic area with the Amalienborg Palace just a stones throw away.

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The Marble Church is just around the corner, close enough for me to hear the church bells ringing.

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The interior is very spare with a beautiful ceiling.



Simple columns

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Some church graffiti

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And just a short distance away is the buzzing Nyhavn.

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I've gone a bit mad taking flower photos and did a quick shopshoot in Hay one day, so there are plenty more images to come.

See you all in another day or two,

Jillian
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amsterdam - part III

17 May 2014

It's not quite summer here in Amsterdam but the weather has been getting warmer each day. Amsterdam is a lovely place when it's sunny and there are pops of colour all over the city with hydrangeas, tulips and rhododendrons in bloom and loads of pretty flower boxes.

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I visited the Begijnhof a few times. It's a lovely peaceful oasis in the middle of the city just behind the Amsterdam Museum.

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It's a popular place for tourists to visit, which apparently riles some of the residents.

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It's a ladies only enclave.

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I had a morning free before my conference so I walked over to the Museum Willet-Holthuysen.



I read that the gardens were a highlight so as soon as I arrived I made a beeline out the back.

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The garden is laid out in a very formal French style. It's the tail end of tulip season here and most in the garden were overblown but I still went a bit crazy photographing them. Here's a single image for you.



Cafes seem to be very popular in Amsterdam and as soon as the sun comes out, people sit outdoors. 

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Living in Australia, I've spent most of my life trying to avoid the sun so this seems quite weird to me.

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I'll leave you with one last image that best represents Amsterdam to me.

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Next time I post will be from Copenhagen. I'm really looking forward to my time there.

Enjoy your weekend.

Jillian
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amsterdam - part II

16 May 2014

Hi every-one,

well the jetlag is settling and I've been able to prepare some images. There are quite a few so I'll divide them across a few posts.

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The first few images are from the area around the old church where the church sits cheek by jowl with sex workers. I guess that's Amsterdam.

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I love the old cobble stones and the bikes, which are everywhere.

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On my first afternoon in Amsterdam, I visited Rembrandt's House.



My jet lag was at it's worst but I did enjoy the etching demonstration. I did an etching course once and let's just say I'm a better photographer than I am an artist.

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The following day keeping with the Rembrandt theme, I visited the Rijksmuseum along with every other visitor to Amsterdam it would seem.

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The museum is set in beautiful gardens.


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Rembrandt's famous, Night Watch.



The tranquil library.


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Some of the gallery spaces.


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From there I wandered all over the city, ending in the Jordaan where I photographed these flowers and these wonky old shops.

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It's time for me to make a move so I'll finish here. Tomorrow I'm off to Copenhagen but I'll be back with some more images from Amsterdam before I fly out.

So until then

Jillian
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