Thursday, June 30, 2011

Into the harbour

The former industrial harbour of Copenhagen has changed tremendously since the 1980's. Today it is a major cruise destination and, as a result, the cruise facilities are being developed and expanded. Every year close to 300,000 visitors to the city do so by means of cruise ships.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

City of spires

A city of spires, Copenhagen is known for its horizontal skyline and this view shows it beautifully. The baroque spire of Church of Our Saviour with its spiralling and narrowing external stairs, the Christiansborg Palace, the City Hall and the former Church of St. Nikolaj and the Marble Church can be seen from here. The more modern highrise developments which now dot outlying areas are changing this view.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cruise ships in Langelinie cruise terminal

As one enters the harbour area the ferry turns it nose 180 degrees in order to park at the terminal. When this happens one can see the cruise ships lined up at the Langelinie cruise terminal. Most ships that visit Copenhagen during a cruise are berthed here, just north of the famous Little Mermaid.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Danish flag with sun

The Danish flag proudly waves on the DFDS ferry. DFDS A/S, an abbreviation of Det Forenede Dampskibs-Selskab (literally The United Steamship Company, is a Danish shipping company. It was formed in 1866 and has its head office in Copenhagen. It is one of the world's largest ferry operators and has interests all over the world.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Flags on bridge of ferry

Sailing from Oslo on the DFDS ferry service affords the visitor to Copenhagen an unique opportunity to see sights of Copenhagen from a vantage point not usually accesible. The ferry's viewing deck is approximately 25 meters above the water and coming in from the north in mid-May on a clear day allows for spectacular views of the city's harbour area. Here are the flags on the bridge of the ferry: the Danish, Norwegian and DFDS company flag.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Presentation of a Guest

Ricco Scheepers is a South African who has lived in worked in the Nordics since 2008.  This cultural nomad moved to Copenhagen in 2009 and is an avid photographer and chronicler of Denmark, its people and idiosyncrasies.  He has been writing about this for two years now and has completed page four of his upcoming bestseller.
He will be giving his unique view of Denmark in particular and Copenhagen in particular while also blogging about his travels through Europe.
His philosophy is that one needs to record everyday life in order to capture it for future generations.  He also thinks future generations won’t give a hoot about it and make the same mistakes we are making.
Ten things you need to know about Ricco
1.     He thinks Bruce Springsteen is a god, Elvis Presley was the only King, dachshunds are great companions, Terry Pratchett writes better fantasy than most and Claudia Schiffer is pretty good looking.
2.    In ancient times cats were worshipped by his ancestors.  He believes this has been genetically encoded into felines and therefor abhors ancestor worship.
3.    His hero is Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and humanitarian.
4.    He is useless with anything pertaining to administration, taxes, banking and putting back toilet seats.
5.    He is a keen motoring enthusiast and has helped build a racing car and owned various Land Rovers. He hasn’t crashed much.
6.    He loves to travel.
7.    He gets clammy palms and sweat profusely when in camera shops.  His bank manager does likewise when he finds out about said visits.
8.    He writes in English and so spells “colour” with a “u”.
9.    His name means richness in Italian but his mother didn’t know this when he was named.
10.    He holds very strong views about people having very strong views.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Last of Walk This Way and a Handover

 The last of my posts from Walk This Way in Køge is this one of a painting on a container.

From tomorrow I leave the blogger quill to a guest blogger for the next few weeks, both to get a new view of Copenhagen and to have some time off from the daily writing. The guest blogger is a photographic buddy of mine, Ricco Scheepers, who'll give his perspective on photography and Copenhagen.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Not only is there a sniper on the main street of Køge, but overhead pink helicopters lurch together with the swallows.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Picture on the Wall

Another picture on the wall at the Walk This Way exhibition in Køge.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Big Red Mother Bird

The big red mother bird here is like the last few day's posts also a part of the Walk This Way exhibition in Køge.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Pink Lifeboat

As part of the Pink Army at the Walk This Way exhibition in Køge this pink lifeboat is placed at the harbour. And you can even climb into it.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Painting on the Wall

Another item of the Walk This Way exhibition in Køge is this painting on a otherwise very anonymous wall.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Bridge All Dressed Up

The Walk This Way exhibition in Køge features some rather unique artworks as this bridge that has been dressed up with cloth in different colours and designs.

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Big Portrait

The Walk This Way street art exhibition in Køge is more than the Pink Army. Here a big portrait has been put on the wall of one of the industrial buildings in the harbour area.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Small Soldiers

The Pink Army mentioned yesterday comes in many forms and sizes in the exhibition Walk This Way in Køge. Here it's a really small one in the sand.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A Pink Sniper

When walking down one of the main streets in Køge south of Copenhagen, you might notice something that is out of place, like this pink sniper looking down the street from a roof. He is a member of the Pink Army, a street art installation that is part of the exhibition Walk This Way in Køge. Walk This Way is organized by KØS - the museum for art in public spaces and will run through summer. The next few days I'll show you some more photos from this event.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Golden Orbs

The Caritas Well on Gammeltorv in Copenhagen is the oldest of the fountains in Copenhagen. It's from 1608 and ordered by King Christian IV. On certain days, like the Queen's birthday, golden orbs made by copper coated with 24 carat gold is put in the fountain. To hinder theft a discreet guard is placed there as well.

Monday, June 13, 2011

A Big Golf Club?

Outside the DR's HQ in Ørestad in Copenhagen this steel sculpture resides, drawing quite a lot of curious people to it. The steel egg with an 18 meter high antenna is made by the German art group Inges Idee and is called Reciever. DR (Denmark's Radio) is the Danish public radio and television network.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

In the Shadow of the Opera

Another view from the Copenhagen Opera towards the Marble Church and Amalienborg. When building the Opera, traffic considerations was not a main priority, so to get here can be tricky. Driving here by car will take you on a huge detour and ordinary buses is not much easier. The water buses is actually the easiest way to get here and a nice way to see the harbour as well. Walking and cycling bridges are being planned so it'll be easier to get here in the future. Even so there'll only be crowds here during performances.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A Ship Builder

One of the main naval officers during the construction of the gun boats in the Gun Boat War mentioned yesterday was Vice-Admiral Andreas Schifter (1779 - 1852). A First Lieutenant and Lieutenant Commander during the war, he built gun boats in Norway, Holstein and Copenhagen in the first year, before he was commissioned to the ship of the line Pultusk, a commisioned not to his liking. After a travel around Europe, he came back to Holmen as ship master and more or less stayed there for the rest of his career.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gun Boat Sheds

On the former naval base of Holmen in Copenhagen, rows of gun boat sheds line the island of  Frederiksholm. These where used for storing the canon boats used during the so-called Gun Boat War, 1807 - 1814 between Denmark-Norway and the UK. The use of gun boats on the Danish side was a necessity after the English had stolen the fleet after the bombardment of Copenhagen in 1807. Today the protected sheds are being converted into offices for mainly IT companies and architects.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A View from the Opera

For many Copenhagers and visitors alike the Copenhagen Opera is an eyesore, though I find it if not actually beautiful then at least bearable and certainly nicer than quite a few other buildings in the city. The view from the Opera towards Frederiksstaden on the other hand most people would appreciate. In this view you can see the Marble Church and the Queens palace Amalienborg.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A New Fountain

In front of yesterday's building, Krystallen in Copenhagen, a new fountain has been made. As it's a bit difficult to see the fountain when it's not in use, I imagine one should avoid crossing the square in case someone suddenly decides to turn it on.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Crystal

New buildings are emerging all the time in Copenhagen these years. This one is Krystallen (The Crystal) on Kalvebod Brygge, the old wharf area that has been transformed into a row of office buildings and hotels. With its quirky angles and glass façades it really resemble a crystal. The building is used by Nykredit, a Danish mortgage firm.

Monday, June 6, 2011


At Kronborg Castle in Helsingør there's ample opportunities for a great shot with a lot of colours. This one is of the gift shop there.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Miniature in Copper

At the entrance to Kronborg is a new addition, a miniature of the castle done in copper. It's a nice way to get the big picture of the castle.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

April 9th

I've shown photos from Kronborg Castle (the home of Hamlet) in Helsingør before, but as it's one of my favourite places to spend a few hours with the camera I go there regularly. This time it was on April 9th which is an anniversary in Denmark. On that day in 1940 the Germans occupied Denmark with relatively ease, and since then the flag has to go on half-mast until noon.

Friday, June 3, 2011

A New Bathtub in Nyhavn?

Yesterday I showed you a beautiful ship, the Juan Sebastian de Elcano, todays floating thing is IMHO not so nice to the eye. It's the Café Liva 2, a restaurant and theatre "ship" that has replaced an older version of this iron barge. Docked right in the middle of one of Copenhagen's best collections of old wooden ships, this one stands out like a sore thumb.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Visitors from the Sea

Even though the harbour areas of Copenhagen are being converted into residences and business areas Copenhagen is still a much sought harbour for a lot of ships. This one is the Spanish military training ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano that visited the city in April. Docked across from the Opera it looked really nice this early morning.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

And now for something completely different...

The last couple of months has not just been about spring, a lot of other motives went past my lens, so for the next few weeks I'll show you a bit of those photos. The photo of the day is a reflection in a rearview mirror on a scooter parked outside a building on Frederiksholms Kanal in Copenhagen. It shows two reliefs of the two sculptors H.V. Bissen and his son Wilhelm Bissen.