Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sunset in Gilleleje

Fisherman in the sunset, Gilleleje, Denmark

In search for a nice beach place were you can admire the sunset in the Sjælland? Gilleleje could be a very good choice. Located as the most northern point of the island, you just need to walk a little bit in the west on the rocky beach to have a great observation point.

Sunset in Gilleleje

The small city, with around 6 thousands inhabitants was a permanent residence for the fishermen (leje means the place were the fisherman come to fish) since 16th century. There are many other places ended in leje, dating from the settlement of the fishermen.
Gilleleje became quite prosperous, building a church, hiring a priest and attracting the attention of the vassal of Kronborg, who asked them to pay some taxes consisting in barrels of cod. At that period the number of citizens could be estimated to around 500. The fishermen had hard times because of the shifting sand that was burring their boats, nets and even houses. In 1873, a real harbour was built. Now, in a top of the largest comercial fishing harbours in Denmark, this Gilleleje harbour can be placed on the 5th position.
You can get to Gillelje by taking a private train from either Hillerød or Helsingør. Privatebane 940R connects Hillerød and Helsingør passing through Gilleleje.

For more information about this small beautiful place, you can visit the official website of the city:
www.gilleleje.dk

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Shopping time - Fisketorvet!


If you are tired of walking around, looking for the most known Copenhagen sighteeings, a shopping break in Fisketorvet Shopping Center can be very relaxing. Fisketorvet is the third largest shopping center in the whole Denmark. It is ideally located at Dybbølsbro Station (one train station away from Central station). It was inaugurated in 10th October 2000 ; it has a very good selection of shops (120 shops in total) , restaurants , cafes and a cinema with 10 halls. The name of the shopping center is coming from the old fish market that used to be located here between 1958 and 1999.

For informations about Fisketorvet, you can use the webiste of it: Fisketorvet

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Bellevue Beach - Klampenborg

Klampenborg is a fancy place of Copenhagen. Expensive beach houses, classic collection cars and a nice beach - Bellevue Beach. It has up to 500.000 visitors per year, not as much as the more famous Amager beach. If you live in the north of the city, or you want to mix some beach time with a walk in the forest ("The Deer Park" is also in this area) , than it is a perfect choice. The lifeguard tower, designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen is the watermark of this beach. The beach appeared in 1930, when Gentofte municipality decided to transform a piece of coast into a resort and Arne Jacobsen was in charge of designing everything : lifeguard tower, bath cabins and the other building in the surrounding area.

Copenhagen Opera


Is it an UFO bringing some green creatures on Earth?
No is Copenhagen Opera House (Operaen in Danish), one of the most modern opera houses in the world. And one of the most expensive ones, "eating" more than 500 million U.S. dollars during its constructions. The architect Henning Larsen was the one who designed the building, however, the magnate of shipping, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller had his own say on this. He advised to have a metal grid in front of the large glass surface placed in the exterior, due to the aging process of the glass. He insisted in making no compromise and spending as much as possible to achieve the best quality. And they did it. The impressive building has 14 floors, 5 of them being underground, 6 main stages and it totals 41,000 m². The foyer floor is made of Sicilian marble and the light is provided by three huge lamps.
The foundation that owned the building (A.P. Møller and Chastine Mc-Kinney Møller Foundation, having the name of one of the founders of Mærsk), donated the building to the Danish state, despite some political controversy, and now it is administered by the Royal Danish Theatre. The Opera House was opened on January 15, 2005 and it hosted the famous tenor Plácido Domingo, playing Sigmund in Wagner's Die Walküre in 2006. The Danish queen, Margrethe II attended both the opening ceremony and Domingo's show.

The Opera House is located on the island of Holmen in central Copenhagen, just opposite to the main castle Amalienborg on the other shore. It is aligned with both the center of Amelienborg palace complex and The Marble church. You can get there using either the harbour bus (havnebus) 901, 902 or 903 or regular bus 66 that connects Opera with the Central Station.
If you are a big fan of Opera show, you can find practical information on:
http://kglteater.dk/Forestillinger/Opera.aspx

Monday, April 25, 2011

Absalon


Absalon was a major figure in the history of Copenhagen (and Denmark in general). He was Bishop of Roskilde and Archbishop of Lund, a proeminent religious leader for the Christianity in the area. He reformed the Danish church using the model of Holy See( the episcopal jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in Rome), combining the ideals of Gregorian Reform with a strong monarchy. He founded churches and monasteries, built schoools and was a symbol of civilization and enlightment.
Absalon was given the control over Copenhagen by King Waldemar the Great. Copenhagen, at that age, was a small shelter for herring fishing and trading, called "Købmannehavn”(Merchants’ Town). Under Absalon reign, the city developed a lot, due to large income from herring trading, that was very appreciated by the Catholic Europe.
Absalon also built the first town fortress on the small island of Slotsholmen. The ruins of Absalons original castle were discovered in 1907 and can be seen now under the foundations of Christiansborg palace.
He was also a great warrior, proving his skills in the war againts the Wends (historical name of the West Slavs living in Germanic teritories). In 1168 he participated in the conquer of wendish fortress Arkona in Rügen. The defeated wends accepted Catholic religion and the Denmark suzeranity.
Absalon died on March 21, 1201, at the age of 73 years, at Sorø Abbey.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter


Romania, together with other Eastern European countries that share the same Orthodox religion, has the Easter tradition of painting eggs. The tradition says that Mary Magdalene brought some eggs to the tomb of Jesus to share them with other people. The eggs magically turned into red when she saw Jesus Christ rising from his tomb.
Since then, the Easter eggs are expecially dyed in red, representing the blood of Jesus; the shell of the eggs is a symbol of his tomb. Cracking the eggs symbolizes Jesus'ressurection.

This year, celebrating the Easter in Denmark for the first time, we had some hard time to find proper colorings for painting Easter eggs. We found a nice store in Frederiskberg shopping center called Panduro Hobby.(www.pandurohobby.dk).

Lets start

Who we are?
Carmen and Dragos Ioneanu, coming from Romania, living in Copenhagen Denmark.

We aim this blog to be a place for photographs, photographic insides, touristic information, historical facts about Copenhagen, places around it and from time to time about locations that are connected to Copenhagen only by the magic of photography. We like the beauty in various forms, we consider photography as a real way to express artistic feelings, so we enjoy experimenting different techniques. We hope you will find this blog an agreeable artistic exhibition and a collection of useful things and you will constantly visiting us!