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Sunday in Copenhagen

BY Lisa Lindblad

March 29, 2015

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Sunday started out rainy and gray and then, as we made our way to Torvehallerne, the two covered markets that sell everything from flowers and cheese to artisanal breads and smorrebrode, the sun shone through.  This is a city that truly comes alive in the sun, for the orange and yellow painted building facades pop in the light, as if Copenhagen suddenly hits its mark and moves into the spotlight.  The market is fun – one of the best, in fact – for the loveliness of the produce and for the pleasure families take in the delicious breakfast foods.  And then, as the light rain began again, we hopped an Uber car with Ahmed and headed out of the city to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.

Located on the water 40 minutes outside of Copenhagen, Louisiana is the foremost contemporary art museum in Denmark

Located on the water 40 minutes outside of Copenhagen, Louisiana is the foremost contemporary art museum in Denmark

Louisiana is wonderful, for its permanent exhibit of garden sculpture, for the marvelous Giacomettis, for the view looking out on the Nordic waters streaked with sun and reaching to a low horizon.

Calder never looked so well

Calder never looked so well

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Installation of Jeff Wall photography

Installation of Jeff Wall photography

We returned with our Uber to town and stopped off to have a look at the much publicized new boutique Hotel SP34 (not terribly impressed) and then ducked in to FIAT once more for lunch (Italian lunch was appealing after all of our Nordic restaurant experimentation).  One of my favorite shops offered the perfect opportunity for a photo befitting bicycle crazy Copenhagen

Copenhagen selfie

Copenhagen selfie

 

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It's a very appealing place, Copenhagen.  I envy the design, the quality of life (even if taxes range between 40-60%), the high degree of emotional IQ, the attention to the children, to health, to the environment.  A couple of years ago a magazine appeared in Brooklyn, NY, called KINFOLK (see blog posting on it) which enchanted me - mostly for its visuals but also for the message which celebrated slow living, sharing of life's pleasures, simplicity, quality, soul.  In my hotel room at Hotel d'Angleterre I came across a twin of Kinfolk called OAK [caption id="attachment_4543" align="aligncenter" width="350"]Kinfolk's twin? 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The Nordic Touch