For all the bicycle busyness of Denmark’s capital, we were impressed with the sense of calm evoked by the presence of so many parks and gardens. And water: lakes, canals, and fountains abound. From the exquisite King’s (Christian IV) Garden–also called Rosenborg Garden, dating from the early 1600’s–and Frederiksberg (King Frederik VI), to the simplest of areas for picnicking and sunbathing, green is everywhere. This photo is a view from Frederiksberg Palace toward the Garden.

View from Palace to Gardens

Icelandic sculptor Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir’s work (images of Enigma I and II and Memory below) graces an area where we’d simply pulled over our car to walk Carson. That’s when we discovered another bonus of touring Copenhagen: art surrounds, an interstitial part of the city and its life.

Park Sculpture Enigma I and II

Park Sculpture Moment

Even in death, an elegant and soothing peace exists. When I visited Assistens Cemetery (Denmark’s largest), students sunned themselves and chatted quietly on blankets nearby the simple gravesites of the known, Danish greats like writer Hans Christian Andersen and philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, and the unknown. An air of respect and dignity permeated the atmosphere.

Kierkegaard's Gravesite

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And although I already devoted a post to Tivoli Gardens, it’s hard not to include it here. Here’s wishing you a weekend filled with beauty!

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