During a conversation in Denmark, I was introduced to the (highly Scandophile) concept of hygge - the uncanny ability of Danes to make any situation cosy. Aided by gløgg (mulled wine), meatballs and cardamom buns, this seems to be the recently talked-about superpower that Danes possess.
Leaving popular culture aside, its the ethereal light, the towns with unprounceable names, simplicity of form and function that did the magic for me in Denmark.
PS - Hygge has been listed as a “word of the year” by both the Collins and Oxford dictionaries in 2016 – alongside Brexit and Trumpism – in the lexicographers’ annual public-relations exercise :|
The magnificent Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen was seemingly built so that the people could go to amuse themselves and think less about politics.
The oldest operational amusement park is also what inspired Walt Disney to create for Disneyland.
Abandoned military camp converted to the social experiment commune. Dreadlocks, DIY homes - its a society within a society.
Photography isn't allowed inside the community. So my pictures are from the outside and of the one house at the entrance where the tours begin.
800+ years' worth of Danish architecture, Roskilde Domkirke is definitely the crème de la crème of Danish cathedrals. The royal mausoleum of the Danish Royal Family since 16th century, it houses 37 crypts of Danish kings and queens, some fantastic 15th century frescoes, ornate chapel gates and so on.
This UNESCO site is Scandinavia's first Gothic cathedral to be built of rock.