Saturday, 6 August 2011

Copenhagen Walkabout - Oddities

Copenhagen Walkabout OdditiesI had a very prolific stay in Copenhagen, photographically speaking that is. Since I took so many shots, it is not very surprising that I ended up with a few photos that defy classification. There are some interesting stories behind some of these shots, however, so I thought I would put them all in a single post before I blog about some of my other Copenhagen Postcards.

I will start first explaining more about why these people are running.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


Why do you think hordes of people would be running about the city in the rain? If you said they were running in the Copenhagen Marathon, you would be wrong. They are actually running to this store,

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


where the staff call their number,

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


so they can order the world's best Danish pastry.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

The food was so good, I ate breakfast AND lunch there a two days in a row!

On many of my walkabouts I saw a lot of dogs. My dog Bobb would have been right at home. It seems the Danes have an affection for dogs and they take them everywhere. They take their dogs in shopping carts.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

They also take their dogs on their bicycles, two at a time.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


For the cat lovers out there, I came across this sculpture of a cat. This, by itself, is not out of the ordinary,

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

but when someone leaves a ball of yarn in front of a cat sculpture for it to play with, well, that is something I just have to shoot!

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


Not far from where I shot the cat and her yarn, was a church with some benches outside. If you look very closely, you will see that the ends of these benches are actually sculptures!

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

At another church, I saw a couple of things I have never seen inside a church before. The first was a clock.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

I am not sure why a congregation would have a clock installed. Doesn't that go against some sort of unwritten rule?

The second odd thing I saw were these pews next to the clock. They had benches on BOTH sides of the pew. Is that so they could prepare to sprint out of church when the service was over?

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


What's not odd is the Danish sense of style. Here is a fire escape stairway in one of the museums, with the wall painted to complement the wood tones and the colours in the artwork.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

Huh? Artwork in a fire escape? Only in Denmark!


While on a walkabout I got to see my first stork. Nothing odd in that, I guess, except I have never seen a stork before.

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


On another walkabout I came across a hotel that was built on a barge. It appeared to have only 8 rooms, which would almost put it in the "bed and breakfast" class of accommodation. Certainly the prices on their website seemed more in line with B&B prices than the price our hotel was charging!

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities


I will close my walkabout oddities post with this souvenir shot of a restaurant just around the corner from the hotel. What are the odds of visitors from Halifax coming across "The Original Halifax Restaurant" in a city of 1.2 million people?

Copenhagen Walkabout Oddities

Here are links to all of my posts from this visit:
Faces of Copenhagen
Copenhagen Postcards
Copenhagen Walkabout - Oddities
Postcards from the Bryghus
Postcards from Louisiana MoMA
A Game of Thrones
Postcards from the Glyptotek

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