I read somewhere recently that the quality conscious foodies of the world have now collectively announced Copenhagen old news and are instead hopping on the boat to Bornholm located in the Baltic Sea. Though this might be overstating it, I sort of see why. The Danish island with its fields covered in poppies and corn flowers...
First off: I can't believe it's been four months since my last post! This blog has been neglected big time, and it's about time it's brought back to life (because I really like it here). The reason for my absence is the same old one.. I have been busy with work which is a pretty good situation to be in as a freelancer. But when work means writing and photographing for a living, doing the same on this blog for myself is often downsized.
Two weeks ago, I received an email from DSB (Danish railways) asking if I would be interested in taking the train to Hamburg to photograph the city for them. Discovering new cities and doing so with a camera around my neck is pretty much my favourite thing to do for work, so I jumped at the opportunity. Just a few days later I found myself on the Central Station boarding the train to Hamburg. I didn't really know much about Hamburg, but this elegant German city up north soft but steadily won me over day by day.
Honestly, I don't know if I'm ever going back to Dubai. I think, for me, it was probably a once in a lifetime experience. But that doesn't change the fact that Dubai is a spectacular place, one of a kind. It was overwhelming, mind-blowing, thought-provoking and definitely over the top — exactly how I had imagined it. And of course it was much more than that, because there are always two sides to every story, city and people.
A few months ago (yes — this blog post is long overdue), we took a road trip around Central Italy, driving through the three regions Umbria, Tuscany and Marche. I hadn't been to Italy since going to Rome with my high school class, and I had forgotten how much I that country — the light, the people, the language and the food, of course. Pasta, pizza and white bread are some of my favourite things (very politically correct nutrition, I know!) so I was pretty much in heaven.
I love Paris for many reasons. I love that the city is so picturesque and not just in the touristy parts of town. I love that the Parisians' English is still generally so bad it forces me to speak the French I've almost forgotten. I love that Paris has been the world's most fashionable destination for hundreds of years but still kept its charm...
Despite being a capital with an abundance of great design, finding a beautiful and affordable hotel to stay at is not necessarily that easy here in Copenhagen. Most of these come with a price tag or a location that is a bit too far out in case you're just in town for a few days and don't want to spend too much precious time on the subway. Which is why this relatively new Hotel SP34 is a great choice that I would recommend to anyone coming to Copenhagen.
A couple of months ago, I received an email asking if I wanted to go to Madeira for a weekend to shoot with a new Olympus camera and share some of the photos on Instagram. Beautiful weather, sandy beaches and Portuguese specialities during what feels like the longest Danish winter in a long time? Yes, please! However, just a couple of weeks before departure, our destination was changed...
Recently, I did a guide to the most beautiful design restaurants in town for Copenhagen Food and included Mielcke & Hurtigkarl, a heavy weight in the Copenhagen restaurant scene. When they asked if I wanted to come by one evening and taste the menu, I was excited to say the least. Praising reviews of this place are everywhere online as well as beautiful photos of the restaurant's interiors that the chefs had some talented Danish designers and artists help decorate.
I'm not sure if it's the beautiful forest lakes surrounded by red-painted houses, the fashionable Swedes or just that our neighbours always seem to be on the forefront of a lot of things, but Sweden has always fascinated me. Whether it's in politics, design, or food trends, the Swedes know what they're doing, and even though the political correctness is somewhat of a running joke here in Denmark, I often find it quite admirable.
There is something magical about botanical gardens, and this one in the center of Copenhagen is no exception. Ever since I went here on an overcast day this Spring to shoot it for an Instagram guide to Copenhagen for Guided by Cereal (some of you might recognize the first photo in this post), I have been meaning to go back and take some photos of the greenhouses from the inside.
Quite often, when I'm making lists of places I want to include in guides to Copenhagen for different types of medias, I go out of my way to mention only the very best. The best coffee, the most beautiful and trendy café, the restaurant serving the tastiest Nordic dishes. I try to imagine where I would be happy to go if I were a tourist visiting Copenhagen for the first time.
Back in Copenhagen. Back to real life, overpriced coffee, everyone looking beautiful and exactly the same, dark afternoons and freezing nights, quiet streets in the city center and a very low-key ambiance all over the city. No more wonderfully weird New Yorkers, no more exploring new neighborhoods, no more of that breathtaking skyline as a constant reminder of the many different lives in that huge city.
It's about time I add a splash of culture to this collection of my favorite places in NYC. The list is characterized by a distinct overload of restaurants and coffee shops (which makes sense because I am a foodie especially when traveling, and I often find that the best way to discover a city and its neighborhoods is by locating the best places to eat!).
Yesterday, I had the best pancakes of my life. I had to share them with three persons, but luckily, these three are the ones who know me best in this world, so I got to eat the majority of them without anyone feeling cheated. Phew! They were Lemon Ricotta pancakes served with blueberry jam at The Fat Radish, and they were soft, not too doughy and so tasty.
After nearly three months in this amazing city with too many Shake Shack burgers, too many Five Leaves pancakes and too many cocktails, I am almost fed up (almost!). This is why a dinner at this fairly new Japanese restaurant a few weeks back did me very good, so good that after a delicious serving of ramen one night, we had to come back a few days after to get a taste of the Japanese breakfast.
To be honest, I went to Glasserie because of the pretty walls. Then I had dinner, and now I think it might be one of my favorite restaurants in NYC so far. Those chefs with Mediterranean backgrounds sure know what they're doing!
You know that feeling when you wake up on a Monday morning and could almost cry because the weekend just ended? That's me today and I really have no reason to complain because I'm in NYC and life's pretty great. But still, our weekend at the Spruceton Inn was amazing and...
The best part about following so many cool New Yorkers on Instagram is that I always know where to go whenever I have some free time and want to take pictures. Thus, because of Eva, Kessara, Tamara and Lily (all of whom I've had the chance to meet several times in real life here in the city - isn't that great, all because of Instagram!), The Apartment on The Line had been my list for a while.
This beautiful place has now become one of our New York favorites. It might be because of the charming backyard, the tasty food, the perfect location in Fort Greene just a nice walk from our place or the always friendly staff. Either way, we keep coming back and if you ever find yourself in this big city, you should swing by too.
Look at this place! All white and minimalistic. Right down my alley! AP Café is located i Bushwick, Brooklyn and it has got to be one of the most beautiful cafés in NYC. The wooden table tops, Eames chairs, concrete floors and high ceilings make for a great atmosphere and you'll even find two waterfalls both indoor and outdoor.
I'm in NYC! Finally, after having dreamed about staying in the city for more than just a vacation's time for so long, we're here (my boyfriend and I, that is) for three months. I am very much looking forward to getting to know this city a little better and sharing some of my favorite places here on Farandclose.com (and on my Instagram of course).
Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting the island of Aeroe ('Ærø' in our weird language), one of the small islands of The South Funen Archipelago. Spending most of summer in Denmark, I am being completely unbiased when stating that this country is in fact one of the best places in the world to spend these warm months.
Before going to, Ærø I had done a bit of research on what to see whilst on the island. This place was definitely the one I was looking most forward to visiting and luckily, it didn't disappoint whatsoever!
In Central Copenhagen you will find this ceramics shop, that I have only recently discovered - but I'm glad I did, because I will definitely be coming back here next time I am in search of some beautiful ceramic pieces.
Atelier September has got to be one of the most beautiful cafés in Copenhagen - and also, perhaps the most instagrammed one. But look at those marble surfaces, big windows and that vintage counter - who can blame us instagammers for going a little crazy in there?
The Glypthoteque in Copenhagen is one of the most peaceful places in town and well worth a visit whether you are into sculpture collections or not. This beautiful 19th century building holds an Ancient Mediterranean collection on the first floor, where the majority of these photos are from.
It is no secret that I am quite a big fan of this place, and anyone who is following along on Instagram will have seen a bunch of photos from Restaurant Höst. But just look at it - can you blame me? The restaurant in Central Copenhagen recently won the award for the best designed restaurant in the world, so I guess I am not the only one smitten with it's interior design.
One sunny Monday, I got up early and rode my bike out to the Bispebjerg-area of Copenhagen. This neighbourhood does not have that many sights or attractions, but one place keeps me coming back: Grundtvig's Church on top of the small hill, Bispebjerg Bakke.
The Barn is a popular Berlin coffee institution. The combined coffeshop/roastery at Schönhauser Allee is a beautiful open room with a great atmosphere. Gipfeltreffen in Kreuzberg is a cozy little café that serves delicious breakfast and brunch. If it wasn't because I had a bunch of places on my list, we would have come here again...