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In the streets of Copenhagen

One day wandering around Copenhagen and absorbing its multicolour architecture :)

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Fire in the sky

Typical Danish sunset where you can imagine the sky being on fire!

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Good morning!

Good morning with a healthy breakfast!

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Turn back time to Mikonos

Last summer I visited Santorini and Mikonos, 2 tiny yet incredibly touristic islands in Greece. Santorini’s majestic beauty is something I will not forget and for which I still have not posted because honestly I don’t know what to choose first!

Here however is a picture of a beach in Mikonos. Beaches in Mikonos were the classic turquoise water beach crowded with tons of tourists (Santorini had mostly deep water, but still good for snorkling).

I hope I can get you mentally to this sunny place and feel the sunlight touch your cheek :)

Quick capture of a beach in Mikonos in the morning, before it got incredibly crowded!

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Coffee of the week

I am sure it has been obvious by now that I love coffee and the weekend cannot finish unless I have enjoyed a cappuccino at a nice cafe. This week I visited a new cafe that opened in Copenhagen, really cozy and Swedish style, exactly as I like it. It really reminded me of the cafes in Stockholm where I go repeatedly! It was full of people when I went so I only managed to take one photo of a very cozy corner but promise I will come back with more! Please inform for more cozy places in Copenhagen and not only!

Coz corner at a new cafe in Nørreport area, called Coffee factory, I think. I actually believe there are 2 cafes with the same name close to each other. The new one is in the corner of Krystalgade and Fjoldstræde, right at the heart of the student territory. Looks cozy right?

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Summer night city

Summer is getting closer and I just can’t wait to go to Greece! Summer nights are perfect to walk around the city, any city, town or island, because people love to spend time out with friends. Streets are filled with voices until early in the morning and  it is just normal that you don’t want to go home.

Here I played a bit with some old photos from my walk in my small town called Alexandroupoli, located by the beach and perfect for summertime. I created 3 versions of the same photo, one with purple touch, one with blue touch and left the original as well unfiltered, just to compare.

Looking forward to summetime!

Sunset in Alexandroupoli where I chose to give a purple touch in the original picture.

Same picture with a blue touch.

Original picture.

Which one do you prefer and what would you change in a photo editing software?

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Fading away

 

Sunsets in Denmark have been one my favourite things. Especially around this time of the year, the sky starts turning into a million colours when it is sunset time. Wonderful!

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Morning walk

 

 

Spring is coming and I could not resist taking these photos! Sun is shining and nature starts blossoming! Happy spring days everyone! :)

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Happy wall for Metro construction

 

Happy and colourful wall. I would love to see more of those in the European cities, especially in my homecountry Greece.

Copenhagen is filled with construction works for the past years, mainly due to new metro stations coming up. The working areas are usually surrounded by tall green walls but this doesn’t mean that they necessarily have to be ugly. These walls are used for exhibition of art, meaning that they are either painted very often or are decorated artistically. For me it was a great idea to brighten up all the ugliness that these works have done to this beautiful city! What do you think? Here is just the central one in Kongens Nytorv which is called the happy wall! It consists of moving parts with different colours on each side, so you can form your own words or picture on the wall!

Here is the part where you can slide the moving parts and create your own art.

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How to make weekend brunch at home

Delicious pancakes with berries to power-start your day in the weekend!

For the last 2 years I have spent so many weekends having brunch at cafes. In reality I love to enjoy a brunch at different cafes on a saturday or sunday morning, but I love even more to make such delicious platters at home, exactly as I would like them to be.

For this reason, I dedicate this post to a very simple guide of how to make brunch at home. This is purely my boyfriend’s dish, or one of them actually, since he likes to try different variations every weekend. So, take a look and experiment!

What you need:

  • -recipe for pancakes: He likes the one here, but it is really up to you and youtube :)
  • -banana, raspberries, blackberries (or any berries you like)
  • -icing sugar
  •  -maple syrup

 

What to do:

  • Start with the pancakes. The recipe my boyfriend chose is a really simple one. When finished, place 4-5 pancakes in each platter.
  • Cut the banana and place on top of pancakes. Drop some berries according to your preference.
  • Pour maple syrup on to and sprinkle icing sugar to the whole platter as you see below.

You can literally make hundreds of variations, but here is just one idea. Serve with coffee, tea or juice. I find it a good idea for weekend brunch at home when alone or with friends! I hope you try this or let me know for better alternatives!

 

 

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To walk or to bike? Bicycle bridge in Cph

 

To walk or to bike?

While walking this weekend, I ran across the new built bicycle lane-bridge in Copenhagen. From a top view I think it looks sort of like a snake and once again I have to admit Danes/government/anyone responsible for this architectural attempt. Even though I am not sure it offers as much as it promises (it seemed quite short and of small significance), for sure it adds credit to the city for considering innovative ideas and trying projects that you hardly see in other European cities. Well done!

I chose to post this photo in #FlickrFriday for this week’s theme Dilemma! My dilemma being…to walk or to bike?

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White Sunday

 

One of the things I love in Denmark are the libraries. This is because 95% of them provide the best circumstances for a student or traveller to visit: they manage to combine study and entertainment in wonderfully designed interiors and usually offer as a social gathering place. The library I chose to spend some hours during the past month is the Kongelige Bibliotek or the Black Diamond, for which you can find more info on an earlier post.

When I have nothing specific to do and I just want to browse a bit on the computer, my first choice would be a cafe with wifi but that is not easy to find. Therefore my second alternative is libraries, where again I have other favourites, but this library offers quiet surroundings and a more vintage interior than the rest. Also, on a good day, the garden on the back side is great for a walk.

Enjoy the photos and let’s hope for better weather coming up!

Modern interior on the new side of the library.

The older side of the library where students use to gather and study.

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Walk in the park

As we start to get into spring (yes we are) and the first rays of sun are visible after months of darkness, I chose another picture that George  shot of me, while he paid me a visit in autumn. No edit, no filter, just a quick upload to say my goodbye to this cloudy winter! We were taking a walk in Rosenborg slot (Rosenborg Palace and Garden) in Copenhagen. By this time of the year, trees and leaves start turning yellowish red and it is a wonderful time to visit it. In springtime it is also lovely, green and crowded and many couples around the world choose it for their wedding photography. I would not recommend it in the wintertime, because, as all nature in winter, it is dark, empty and leaf-less. Rosenborg palace and treasury are one of my favourite palaces to visit in Copenhagen (together with Frederiksborg Palace, which has amazing surroundings). I hope you find some time to see it if you visit Copenhagen!

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Sunflower power

Overwhelmed and thankful at the same time

Looking at this photo drives me back to such good memories of my last summer in Greece…Back to when I was enjoying the sun and the sea open in front of my eyes..and back when I was begging George to go out for photoshoots in 40 degrees celcius. Lucky enough for me, I managed to drag him out in the fields where he shot some amazing images. I honestly can’t choose which one I like most but I will slowly start rolling them out to share what has been my screensavers for the past year :) :)

Here we were in the middle of Evros (Έβρος), north of Greece. On the way to Didimoteicho (Διδυμότειχο) there were several fields with sunflowers but the best one by far was the one located next to a small church called church of Ai Giorgi (Αη Γιώργης).

I hope you enjoy the picture as I did! You can give some credit to the photographer here, he will be very happy! :)

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Good morning! Happy weekend!

 

 

Small breakfast to prepare me for another cloudy day and how to handle it! Enjoy the weekend!

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Getaway to Malmo

Wonderful park close to the train station (Kungsparken). You can also find a windmill there.

Since the weather has decided to go against our will for walks and going out, we decided not to limit ourselves in 4 walls and not even in Copenhagen, so just for a change, Swedish Malmo is always a nice getaway. Small city but quite lively and charming. I am always surprised by how crowded it is, no matter the cold or warm weather. People love to go out, and you can clearly see their love to socialize and enjoy a long coffee over a nice talk (or liberating gossip, whatever…) with their friends. Living in Copenhagen, I sometimes miss this opportunity to just get lost in your friends’ company and stay for hours in a cafe talking with them, since it is more popular here to either get a coffee to go or have a quick one and rush out. Unless of course, I have not found the right place, I am ready to listen!

Take a look at our day in Malmo and how it was in pictures!

Window shopping and freezing. I guess I am seeing teapots here.

 

Quick stop at the Espresso house in the square Lilla Torg, I believe. Vintage buildings providing today’s coziness.

Design idea in the middle of the square Lilla Torg. Not sure what the artist wanted to indicate here, but maybe ‘feel like you are in your bedroom?’

Hot cup of chocolate with marshmallows, sandwich, muffin and cake completed this wonderful getaway.

A bit more strolling around in the streets of freezing Malmo and we are ready to get back to Denmark.

Night light falling upon us. Still in wintertime so night comes pretty early.

And off we go to the train, right after we take a look at another design concept. I have to admit that train stations in Sweden are surprisingly clean (compared to other countries) and look like small shopping centres and a place where you can easily stop to get a cup of coffee or relax.

Great idea to brighten up a cold cement train station: put up some slides or videos to entertain the poor travellers and spread some colour around. I love such kind of concepts. It reminds me of the construction work in Copenhagen for the metro: it has messed up the city so badly, but they decorate the walls around the contruction works so wonderfully that it actually makes a nice impression on you.

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Pre-valentine sunset

Beginning of this week I was terribly lucky and unlucky unfortunately: I was recovering from a painful dental operation and had to stay home but it happened to be the sunniest (and only sunny I may add) day of the month!

As  a Greek, I am missing the sunlight to my bones and I tend to cherish this sunlight for every minute it touches my skin (overdramatic but sadly true)! Hope you enjoy your valentine’s day but not only that!

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Getting colourful

Spring is coming! Not because of this wonderful sunsets but because I can lead myself to this outcome: the day is getting longer, the weather is getting better, I can finally see the sun at sunset and it is just so amazing to watch the sky change so many colours.

I can only imagine that the northern you get the better the sunset becomes, but I trust you can tell me if I am right! Take a look:

Unfiltered picture by iphone. Close to reality but of course wonderful to watch in real life!

Below is the previous day, slightly filtered with some vignetting but overall close to reality:

What do you think?

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Weekend in Amsterdam

I was lucky enough to visit Amsterdam in a very sunny day during this dull an cloudy winter, therefore needless to say it is in my heart. I spent only a weekend there and I got most of it, therefore I would totally recommend it for a short weekend trip. I landed there Friday night right after work and left late Sunday evening. If you have more time, definitely go at least Friday morning, because when I arrived at the hotel around 22:00 I realised transportation was only available until around 23:00. I stayed east of the airport, south of station Zuid.

Despite that, Amsterdam (like Stockholm) is the perfect city to be discovered on foot. I decided to go against the traditional recommendation of the canal tours and just walk. Freezingly cold but equally wonderful. The city is full of canals, bicycles and happy faces and is truly an international community.

During Saturday and half Sunday (Sunday evening was picking up luggage and heading to the airport, very time consuming and came as a surprise to me), I split the centre on the map and started walking randomly, trying not to repeat the same places but manage to see as much as possible from my small pocket guide.

This was my only preparation for this weekend trip: a pocket guide that I browsed shortly and off we go.

And the outcome is: this city is perfect choice for last minute unprepared trip!

Below is my weekend in pictures (previous posts herehere , here and here):

1. Bicycle culture in Amsterdam (similar in Copenhagen)

2. I amsterdam sign, very touristy but lively area

3. Transportation in Amsterdam is miniature

4. Golden hour

5. Discovering that the old city gates are turned into a fancy cafe

6. Absorbing the nostalgic vibe from walking in the canals

7. Loving the big tables in cafes

If I can recall, this was called Coffee factory and was all around the city.

8. By night

9. Observing alternative architecture (also here)

Canals were filled by houses fixed inside the canals. You can see my impression here.

10. Sunshine and powerwalk

11. Choosing one canal house gallery out of many

The number of museums and galleries has no limit. I just had to choose one and I enjoyed it. Here is Museum Van Loon here with a beautiful garden and well kept rooms.

12. Locking love on the bridges

13. Buying cheese and tulips in the street markets

14. Observing architecture

15. Free tour at a diamond shop

I admit I took it because it was free. But how often do you get to see real diamonds and how they are made in front of you?

If you are not able to distinguish real from fake, first is real, second is fake. The second picture is where we explained the basics of this ‘science’.

16. Rijksmuseum

My boyfriend took a short tour in the Rijksmuseum. If you do have some extra time and will to , I think it is worth it.

All in all, I think I managed to do quite a lot in a weekend. There is still a huge number of things I was not able to experience or see, like the so called brown cafes for example. It’s up to you to choose what would be the best from the vast variety of options this city offers! Hope you enjoyed reading!

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Living in a canal –> Idea: Travelling

While in Amsterdam, you can notice quite a few weird things. No, not the standard ones for which Amsterdam is so well known. You notice others, like small vehicles that look like miniature cars for example (see coming posts) and houses fixed in the canals. Yes, houses built inside the canals.  It took us some time to realize that the canals were full of small buildings that looked like houses and that people living in there seemed to enjoy it! In fact, I watched a documentary stating that they like to have their curtains open, because they have nothing to hide and they want to be ‘open’ to the others this way. Frankly, both me and my boyfriend were confused, because our brain could not decide if this was a good or bad idea! Anyhow, I leave this decision to the reader and I will just attach here how these houses looked like:

Most of the canals were occupied on both sides by these houses. Not sure if this was done due to lack of space, but it would make a good reason. Weirdly, they don’t look odd. I would say they look quite ok.

This is one house fixed in a canal. A staircase leads from the street down to the house. Most of them had a big living room and some sort of garden. Open curtains were the rule, so life in there was easy to observe :)

More from Amsterdam in Netherlands and looooots from the 2 greek islands Santorini and Mikonos, that I never had the chance to post, will come soon!

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