Our Copenhagen Scrapbook

Copenhagen is the land of…

-The most massive baby carriages I’ve ever seen (many parked in front of cafes with sleeping children inside!)

-Chic urban dwellers on handsome bikes

-One-piece zip-up snow suits worn by EVERY child you see

-Ridiculous amounts of well designed signage, branding, and home goods. 

-Delicious open-faced sandwiches that are works of art with all their garnishes

-Very fashionable, minimalist style (think subdued colored clothing with pops of color). My friend nailed it: Copenhagen feels more New York than New York 🙂

-Quiet/clean trains

-Stylish tennis shoes

-Hans Christian Andersen (The Princess & the Pea, Thumblina, The Little Match Girl, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling!)

-Licorice sold in bulk bins in every store

-Amazing architecture, old and new

-Bakeries that give a whole new meaning to Danish pastries
-Noticeably kind/happy/family friendly people

-Very chic eyeglasses, especially fun to see on older, fashionable women

Today, a scrap book from the days spent in one of my new favorite cities…

The absolute highlight for me was visiting the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. It’s an indoor/outdoor museum overlooking the sea. 
The children’s wing was a dream for any child.
I loved seeing this mom and her daughters – all three sketching at the Jorn & Pollock exhibit. 
There is a fabulous museum restaurant with a gorgeous view, a cozy fireplace (swoon!), and beautiful food.
Danny looved sampling Danish pastries in Copenhagen. Holm’s Bager was a favorite. I got gluten free meringue cookies (ho hum).

I finally saw those brightly colored buildings lined up along the canal. It was like I was in one of those travel brochures I poured over in my teens.


I grew up seeing this Christus statue at a few Mormon temples, so it was special to see the original in person.  What I didn’t know was the sculptor created equally impressive statues of all twelve apostles, all of which are in the beautiful Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady).

Danny loooves Legos and had to stop into a store in the Lego homeland. (I once got him the Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water Lego set for Valentine’s Day and he couldn’t have been more delighted. 🙂

Another MAJOR highlight was speaking to this amazing group of people at the event we were invited to. We really had an incredible experience that night and we’re so thankful for the opportunity to connect with people there.

My favorite licorice (Lakrids), can be found all over Denmark. It actually originated on Bornholm, where Danny’s ancestors are from. And, lucky me – it’s gluten free. I went with #2 Salty. One piece goes a long way. 🙂

We visited Frederiksberg Palace to scout out the Kofoed family coat of arms as well as the beautiful Carl Bloch paintings of the life and ministry of Christ.
We didn’t find the exact coat of arms we were looking for, but this one was close enough.  It turns out the one we wanted to see was tucked away in an area we couldn’t access on Sunday.


When we arrived at the Carl Bloch paintings in what was the prayer room of the King, the man who had helped Danny find the coat of arms with some family names also began to explain to us the various paintings, starting with the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary, to the resurrection of Christ.  Little did he know we were familiar with them all, as this artist’s works are the most commonly used depictions of the life of Christ in our church.  It was beautiful to see in person what we’d seen in books so many times over the years.  

A little art-in-the-making outside the entrance of Design Museum Danmark…
Honestly, this post could go on forever, that’s how much we loved Copenhagen! 

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  1. Stargirl March 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    I really wanted to hear about the Carl Bloch life of Christ paintings. I'm sad you didn't get to see them. We have 4 of them here in Utah. I can't describe how exquisite the paintings are. I spent a long time looking at them in the exhibit. I was also curious if they have a little note in the spot where the four are supposed to go. Ah well. 🙂

    • danny March 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      We actually did get to see them! We meant to show a picture, but they don't always photograph very well. I updated the post with some pictures and a small account of our experience.

      Because the pictures are contained in an alter room, it can be very difficult to see them because there is a giant altar blocking some of them. After I went, I visited the website that shows what the room would look like without the altar. You can see each painting in detail. If you have interest in seeing more, you can find it here – http://www.panoramas.dk/2010/carl-bloch.html

  2. Lisa Johnson March 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Did you happen to notice that the statue of Peter is holding keys? As in the KEYS of the priesthood? I used that in my lesson in my Laurel's class when we talked about priesthood keys.

    Also, I was laughing so hard at the little girl doing a karate kick behind you in the picture of you standing in the street. 🙂

  3. Elizabeth March 24, 2014 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Mara and Danny, I just discovered your blog and love it!! Your pictures are so beautiful, I wanted to ask what kind of camera(s) you use? Thank you!

    • danny March 24, 2014 at 4:20 pm - Reply

      I use a Nikon D7000. It has been dream! I'm glad you've enjoyed the blog 🙂

    • mara March 26, 2014 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      I should note, too, that many of these photos were just taken with our i-phones. I really, really want to learn more about photography and see if that can become a new little hobby of mine. We'll see. It's on my list to explore while in Ecuador.

    • Elizabeth March 27, 2014 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing!! I feel the same way about photography 🙂

  4. Theresa Stanley March 24, 2014 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    You guys are so cute! Incredible pictures,a Copenhagen is a magical city. I wish you the best in everything you do

  5. Sierra Ainge Charlesworth March 25, 2014 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Love these photos so much. I am so envious!! I have always wanted to go. Beautiful.

  6. Anonymous March 25, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    What a magical time that was! I'm only sorry you didn't get to see the exact coat of arms you wanted. Mara, were you able to eat the open-faced sandwiches? Was there a gluten-free bread available? Were there other options of licorice besides sweet and salty? I'm so curious. This post has made me bump Copenhagen up my travel list!

    • mara March 26, 2014 at 10:12 pm - Reply

      I was able to find some places w/ gluten free bread! It was actually delicious. Gluten free seemed to be rather common there (similar to New York). Several bakeries had a few GF options.

      And yes, there were SOOO many licorice options. Everything you could imagine. If you like licorice, you'd be in heaven there. The one I posted about had all kinds of varieties, as well. It's not cheap, but it does last a very long time. I still have my container I bought and it's not even half way gone.

    • Anonymous March 28, 2014 at 1:55 am - Reply

      That's great! I recently traveled in Vietnam with someone who has celiac disease and she was so pleasantly surprised because she could eat almost everything. Funny how in the West we use wheat so much but other places it's all rice or something else. She was truly excited that she didn't have to order special things or bring her own snacks but could just enjoy the food offered to everyone. It made me realize as well how wheat-centric we are in the West! I'm so intrigued by all these licorice varieties. Off to google! Thanks for sharing your adventures.

  7. Emily Frandsen March 26, 2014 at 2:01 am - Reply

    I'd love to visit Copenhagen! And I especially love the picture of Mara with the little girl doing a high kick in the background 🙂 That is the cutest little photo bomb ever!

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