Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, like most of the Nordic cities, is one of the happiest places in the world. In this city you can see people leaving a stroller with their child inside or outside a cafe while they are sipping hot tea. Even though there is more cycling culture and pedestrian travel than ever before, there is almost no corruption.

Ideal for a weekend in Denmark, Copenhagen can be the end or the beginning point of a Danish coast to coast excursion. You can visit the city and just walk around, mesmerized by the attractions and the history, or do what locals do and ride a bike, making sure you don’t actually end up in a traffic jam. The port area has great dining facilities; you can find street food stalls or before it was closed a five-star restaurants like the Noma.

The Tivoli Gardens
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These very famous gardens and amusement park were built in 1843. The Park has more than 20 attractions, like roller coasters, outdoor theatres, restaurants, gardens, and also a hall for concerts. If you have the opportunity to go at night it will be a remarkable experience to see the fantastic night lights and attend a concert in the middle of the park. Many movies have been made using the gardens as a backdrop and it has been visited by Hans Christian Andersen and Walt Disney, as well.

If you are thinking about a trip to Copenhagen during the winter, that’s a very good idea, especially during Christmas time. Copenhagen becomes even more special and magical at that time of year.

 
Christiansburg

Like most of the European capitals, the parliament building in the city is always an attraction for tourists. As an example, think about Westminster in London or the futuristic Norman Foster glass dome at the top of the Reichstag in Berlin.

Christiansburg Palace was the residence of the royal family until the 1794 fire, after which it became the parliament building.

Nyhavn
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Nyhavn is the ancient port of the city and is probably the most famous place in Copenhagen. It is in the center of the city and was a crucial part of the economy in the past and is a strategic colorful attraction for tourists today, even though, in the past, it was also considered as a dangerous area.

It’s a must-see attraction. Perfect for a Sunday lunch or a relaxing dinner, the street food market closes at 10 pm and it’s a great, inexpensive alternative for a typical meal or you can try some of the other cultural food stalls; there is something for everyone.

The Little Mermaid
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The iconic statue, The Little Mermaid, is a mandatory stop for everyone visiting Copenhagen. Probably one of the most common selfies in the world and for a lot of people also a huge disappointment, mostly because of the size of the statue and the over-crowded situation. The Little Mermaid became a famous attraction in Copenhagen because it was mentioned in one of Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales. The statue is located at the Langelinje port in the city.
Rundetårn (The Prince’s Mansion)
In practically all capital cities, there is, of course, a national museum. The Prince’s Mansion is the location of the National Museum of Denmark, an attraction you should not miss it if you want to discover more about the Danish culture and history. This is a fantastic place to better understand the history of this nation.

Some of the things you will see here includes a great collection of ancient remnants from Danish churches and some beautiful ceramics and old coins. There is also a section dedicated to Eskimo stories, as well as opportunities to learn about the populations from Asia, Africa, India, and Australia.

Statens Museum for Kunst
As the Prince’s Mansion was about the history of Denmark, the Statens Museum for Kunst is a collection of Danish works of art from the 1700s to contemporary art and is called the National Gallery of Denmark. It also contains other national exhibitions from all over the world. The museum is huge, so be sure you familiarize yourself with the gallery before starting your visit.
 
Rundetårn
The Rundetårn is the most famous tower in Copenhagen. It is 236 meters high and built in 1642 as an astronomical observatory. Inside it is empty but is not disappointing, as the spiral staircase and the view from the top over the city are worth every step you take during your visit.
Amalienborg
The Amalienborg Palace is the actual residence of the Danish Royal Family and has been since 1794. There are four different buildings, Queen Margherita II and her family live in the Palace of Christian IX, and the Palace of Christian VII is used for the official visits.
 
Strøget
Strøget is the shopping area of Copenhagen; you can’t miss it if you prefer a pair of new shoes instead of a souvenir. You can also find many shops, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants as well. Among all the northern capitals, Copenhagen is the fashion capital, so you are in the right place if you want to discover young emerging talent. 
Christiania
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It all began as a Hippie settlement in the seventies and now Christiania is a self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood of about 850 residents with no cars, only bikes and wild horses on the streets. They have their own currency and their economy is based on the business conducted in Pusher Street. It’s the most peculiar thing you will see in Copenhagen; it is one of a kind sightseeing; it’s original and different from all the things you have seen before your visit to Christiania; you’ll feel like you’re in another world.

Last but certainly not least, if you are a beer lover, Copenhagen gives you the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Carlsberg.

La Casa Encendida MADRID

I have to admit that this location is great, not as cool (I am sorry) than Matadero or Conde Duque which are my favourite cultural centres, but La Casa Encendida is also a good alternative.

The exhibition I’ve shoot is called «El curso natural de las cosas» which means the natural course of things.

More information here: La Casa Encendida

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matadero madrid

matadero madrid

Such a unique place, no matter if you go there because of an event, or just chilling, this is the real Madrilenian place to be.

Exhibition, theatre, cinema, food markets and many interesting activities for all the ages.

The Rio is a great reason too, the whole park on the river is great for chilling, skating or even biking.

I love it! Creativity is raising in all its corners :)

More information here: Matadero Madrid

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El Rastro was born in 1740. It is very popolar, on sunday mornings to go and walk around the stalls.

La Latina and Tirso de Molina undergrounds are always full of people direct to the market which is formed mostly by shops that open their doors showing their products on the streets.

Plaza the Cascorro is one of the central points even if you find modern shopping more than antiques. The very old part of the market is where all the tiny streets of La Latina are, there is not a precise route, you just need to get lost in the middle of the Rastro.

 

For the first time I went out with my very first professional camera on the afternoon of the the 25th of December, yes, Christmas!

The camera was my xmas gift to myself and Plaza Mayor with all the Christmas stalls, the baloons for the kids and the soap balls was the perfect place to start shooting.

The light was perfect and so different from one picture to another, slowly fading into dark.

[Nikon 1 J5 – 10 – 30 mm]

 

 

museo sorolla madrid

museo sorolla madrid

When I have to convince some of my friends to go and visit Museo Sorolla I always tell them it’s a sort of Villa Necchi, but where an artist lived, not an aristocrat.

I always loved to visit real places, see exactly where an artist was painting, and in Museo-Casa Sorolla you can see even the brushes of Joaquín Sorolla.

The garden is great even in December in I visited it. In spring it should be Amazing.

A very interesting discover was the «CINCO MUSEOS, OTRO MADRID». I have already visited Museo Sorolla and Museo del Romanticismo, which were really great, and maybe I enjoyed them even more that Reina Sofia, because I love to discover tiny gems.

Now apparently I still miss three more gems of this beautiful city:

  • Museo Lazaro Galdiano
  • Museo Cerralbo (update – I’ve been to Cerralbo and here the link of the article)
  • Museo National des Artes Decorativas.

These five museums are five different homes, very elegant buildings with unique collections.

More Information here: Museo Sorolla.

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When a luxury brand celebrates an anninversary with an exhibition the most common output is an exhibition in a museum with all sort of sketches and products designed and produced along the decades.

Well, Loewe with the project #PastPresentFuture at the Real Jardín Botanico, did something more.

I couldn’t miss this exhibition even if shows up for few weeks, but Madrid has been full of Casa Loewe prints since the begin of the summer. I went on the last day, luckyly, and I was so impressed.

The exhibition was divided into three rooms, one the central room was basically a very chic little shop, the second one on the left was the anniversary room with all the prints of the adv on the floor and on the wall, with a plexi library full of historic and iconic pieces of Loewe story.

The ideal place where to take inspiring pictures.

Then on the right comes the Steven Meisel flowers exhibition, giant and tiny pictures of flower composition shot by the genius fashion photographer.

And I was glad to discover this beautiful location too, I have never though of walking around botanical gardens in Madrid in December.

 

Worth a visit, the organ is probably the most impressive I’ve ever seen and all the white marble gives to Madrid cathedral an amazing light and atmosphere.

The Palacio Real is amazing of course, but the Almudena, just aside of it, is incredible.

Pictures don’t really show how impressive this church is. The lights from the mosaics shining on the white walls was so difficult to catch.

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