The Copenhagen Opera House is currently closed to visitors, but it stands as an impressive feat of architecture just across from Nyhavn. It looks great across the water, but it’s even more impressive up close. Again I am amazed by how many buildings there are to “sight see” around Copenhagen without so much as stepping indoors. I hope you enjoy these sunset shots at Operaen.
Wow, is it New Years eve already? Did 2020 really just come and go like that? So much has happened this year – I moved to Denmark after almost 10 years in the UK, started a job that I love, and found a one-in-a-lifetime kind of partner. I am eternally grateful for the fortune and privilege that has led me to where I am now after all the blood, sweat, and tears, and the faith I put in myself to get through the challenges. I don’t take any of the positive changes that have happened in my life for granted! I will always remember and be thankful for 2020. I’ve learned and grown so much.
Also, this month my blog had the highest number of views ever, I guess you all really enjoyed by Christmas-themed posts, I’m glad! 🙂
Now you’ll have to forgive me for the quality of these photos, as I have no tripod and they are all hand-held pictures. They’re really not the best photos. But I thought these reflective, sparkly night shots were a good note to end the wild year of 2020…They were taken in Islands Brygge, which is a hugely popular area for outdoor swimming (especially in the summer, of course) close to Glyptoteket and Tivoli. Out of all the public places I’ve been over summer, this area was probably the most crowded (hello Corona). When it’s a little colder and quieter like it is nowadays, it is a wonderful place to have a quiet walk, admire the lights, and collect your thoughts in the evening.
Hope you are all safe and well, and happy New Years eve!
Tomorrow, a partial lockdown begins in Copenhagen, with restaurants, entertainment venues, schools, and workplaces going totally digital. It’s a sad day in the city, but we have been extremely fortunate to have a full autumn without a lockdown! And the city looks beautiful as ever, so lockdown walks are going to be lovely. So, what better way to kick off the Christmas-themed posts than with a dazzling array of Christmas-lights pictures at the beautiful Nyhavn?! It’s been a full half year since I shared photos from this lovely area, which in non-corona times would be absolutely teeming with tourists. This year the area is emptier than usual (but still quite a lot of pedestrians), and the Christmas market was of course cancelled…but it’s still looking lovely with all the decorations that have been put up. Have a look below 🙂
One of the things I like most about Copenhagen is how walkable some of the modern, residential harbour areas are. I’ve never been in a city where it feels like you have a lot to “see” even when all you’re doing is walking past a bunch of apartments by the water.
As you will see from the pictures, there is an explanation for this – the buildings happen to be very interesting and fun to look at from an architectural standpoint. It’s also fun just to walk around, point to a bunch of apartments that look worthy of moving into, and do a bit of imaginary ‘apartment-shopping’ in your head 🙂 Enjoy!
Nordhavn is an area with an up-and-coming vibe and is situated on the harbour next to Østerbro, a.k.a the ‘fancy’ and family-friendly part of town.
You’ll see below that Nordhavn has some seriously cool building and recreational space design/architecture, and lots of new residential development in the works. There is plenty of space for outdoor swimming and cute cafes around the apartment blocks. I just enjoyed walking around the area and taking in the sights.
This post is going to be even more image-heavy than usual…consider yourself warned!
Christianshavn is a part of the city centre (Indre By) in Copenhagen, but on its own island the other side of the canals. It’s got a more bohemian vibe compared to the rest of town, though plenty of colourful houses as is characteristic of Copenhagen 🙂 It’s definitely a picturesque and walkable neighbourhood, and a perfect place to stop by for a drink by the water or cruise through the canal. It’s also very close to the notorious Christiania, the self-governing commune within the city which has become a tourist attraction in its own right.
The impressive church you see in the photos below with the helix tower is the Church of Our Saviour. I’d love to climb the spires but the place was closed due to the coronavirus. There are so many places I can’t wait to visit here over the next couple of years!
I have some not-so-good news. My trusty old Canon Rebel T3i (a rather old model of Canon’s entry-level DSLR, which all the photos on my blog are taken with, excepting a few phone snaps) has broken down after all these years, thanks to…the rain. Such is Danish summer. It was just the other day that I went out for a walk around this exact area, it hadn’t rained all day, and I took some photos of dramatic rain clouds. On my cycle back home, however, it suddenly started pouring down. It was less like rain and more like a flood of waterfall from the heavens, I’ve never experienced such intense rainfall in my life. Of course the rain then subsided just in time for me to step back home sniffling and absolutely soaked head-to-toe. Unfortunately my camera somehow got wet inside my backpack (which I covered with my umbrella) and it has just stopped working since. Thankfully my lens and memory card seems fine so I will at least be able to share some of my rainy/cloudy shots with you at some point. I’m not too sad about the camera, though this is now unfortunately my second camera which has broken, because I am definitely on the market for a camera upgrade 🙂 I’m honestly torn between getting another DSLR – I’ve owned and loved my trusty Canon DSLRs over 10+ years – and a more compact mirrorless camera. I am so indecisive about these kind of things. Any of you camera-lovers have any advice for an amateur like me?
Anyhow – you’ll have to make do with these dry golden-hour shots I took a couple weeks back by the Playhouse in town 🙂 I’ve got a backlog of many more wonderful scenes from Denmark to share with you in general, so there will be plenty more photos in the coming weeks.
These set of pictures in particular make me so happy. I mean, there’s an aesthetic overload going on here. The clean lines, the neat patterns, the angular structures, the glass, the golden hour reflections, the bright yellow water taxi, the cyclist’s bridge, the social spaces. It’s a memorable place and perfect for an evening stroll close to town. I am reminded yet again to try and get out a bit more and make the most of the late sunset hours when it’s sunny enough to be outside (maybe with a new camera next time)!
Hope you enjoyed these images 🙂
To those of you who have been reading my blog from the beginning (or my friends in Bristol, ha), you already know my favourite thing about living in Bristol, UK, was access to the lovely Harbourside. It’s where I’ve spent much of my time and taken many a walk to contemplate, have deep chats with friends, check out the CARGO eateries, and get sunburnt in the summers. By the way, Bristol recently made national headlines when the Colston statue was dumped in the harbour during the recent BLM protest – a huge moment given Bristol’s maritime history.
Anyway, it pleases me greatly that there’s plenty of that Harbourside living in Copenhagen. I’ve only just begun exploring around Islands Brygge/Sydhavnen. There’s a lot of hanging out and swimming in these areas, plenty of modern buildings, and pedestrian paths by the water are very clean and well-kept.
Have a lovely day 🙂
Yesterday evening I met up with a fellow photographer/hobbyist to take a couple of shots around town for golden hour. I can’t emphasise enough the fact that Copenhagen on a summer evening is definitely the place to be. The vibes are good: there’s food, there’s music, and the sun takes forever to set. I’ll leave you with some shots from the iconic Nyhavn harbour (which was relatively uncrowded thankfully – not so keen on the place when there’s big crowds)
Hope you enjoyed this photo-heavy post, have a great weekend 🙂