Copenhagen Is One Stylish City! Part 2

I am a huge fan of the Danes and all the Nordic countries.  For years I have admired their sense of style.  I could easily move to almost any part of Europe especially one of the Nordic countries and not think twice.  Life is too short to think anything has to be permanent.  Maybe it is my wishful thinking.  The Danish aesthetic is one the main reasons I wanted to explore Copenhagen.  I did just that with one of my best gal pals, Donna (the one that makes me laugh like no other:)  We hit the streets blazing!

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Dreaming And Drooling!
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Best Department Store In Copenhagen, Illums Bolighus
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All Under One Roof, Paradise
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One After Another Of Well Crafted Pieces
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Time To Redecorate
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Everything!

Illums Bolighus is the first stop!   Every Danish designer and more under one roof will sweep you off your feet.  It is a place to escape and find inspiration.  Give yourself ample time to wander the floors.  There is so much to grab your attention.  Illums Bolighus is located in the heart of Copenhagen, delivering you a shopping experience that you will not forget!

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One Needs To Refuel
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There Is No Doubt That This Dapper Fellow Will Pour An Outstanding Coffee!
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Perfection!

Coffee Break:

The Coffee Collective has a vibe that will keep you hanging out.  The coffee is creamy, smooth, and served with a smile!  I love the warm moody tones of the space created through the use the dark wood, soft lighting, Nordic blue walls, and lit candles.  A perfect place to take a break!

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Night At The Museum

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The Background, The Flooring, and The Sculpture Are All Works Of Art And Design
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A Well Curated And Displayed Gift Shop
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Statue Of Beauty And Inspiration
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When There Is An Opportunity To See A Designer In A Different Form, You Must See!
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Human Installation
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Performance by Henrik Vibskov

Evening Activity:

The Ny Carlesberg Glyptotek is a highlight.  An absolute stunning art museum housing an impressive collection of ancient and modern art in a beautiful architectural building.  In the middle of the four winged museum is a Winter Garden that creates an oasis with overflowing tropical plants.  It is an unexpected gem.  On this particular evening was a special one night performance by Danish Designer, Henrik Vibskov.  “Please analyze, volumize, moisturize me” was a human installation that was part of Copenhagen’s Light Festival.  A spectacular performance that gave us the opportunity to wonder the museum.  It was a night at the museum indeed!

Drinks:

Vinbodegaen is a charming wine bar offering an extensive selection of wines by the glass listed on a chalk board.  It is a locals place to linger and sip in a traditional cafe setting.

Dinner:

Tight serves up local Danish cuisine in a wonderful old charming space with exposed stone walls, wooden beams, and candle lit tables. One might walk by this restaurant do to its casual entrance.  Lovely meal, lovely service, and word of advice, always carry a bit of the local currency so you can tip!

Experience Copenhagen

Copenhagen is seriously a cool city!  I am envious of those that have it easily accessible.  We hit the streets running and I can share with you that design in every sense just lives and breathes in this city!

Stay:

SKT. PETRI Hotel is centrally located and a five-minute walk from the metro.  It has a lovely lobby filled with natural light, green plants, and plenty of large lounge areas to sip a drink.  The restaurant looked nice but we didn’t try it due to all the options outside the hotel. Limited time means hit the streets and explore.  Walk out the revolving door and the city is awaiting.

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Green this season, I am digging it!
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Natural light fills the space
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Bedroom view
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City wheels

Caffeine:

Coffee is my thing.  You could say an addiction.  Democratic Coffee is a lovely spot to pop into anytime of day.  It is conveniently located next to SKT. PETRI.  Democratic Coffee serves one of the best almond croissants (damn good) in Copenhagen and pours a delicious, smooth roasted coffee.  It is located in the newly renovated Hovedbibliotek.

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One of many
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Best library cafe that I have been to
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Flat white + almond croissant = winning combination

Life:

Copenhagen is a playful city that draws you in immediately.  It has stunning architecture, cobbled streets, canals, colorful buildings, a royal castle, green space, and museums. Really what else could you ask for?!  The city is filled with the Scandinavian aesthetic that I love (and the reason Copenhagen has been on my list). So much to offer with culture, shops, restaurants, and city activities.  I did not even scratch the surface!

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Early day before the crowds, lovely! (check out the brick work )
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The Palace
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Candy colored background and bikes (I love peddling as being the main mode Of transportation)
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Color, Color, Color!
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Life in motion
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City Life
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This gentleman is picture perfect!
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Everything looks so natural
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If there is something blue, I will spot it

Lunch:

Paludan Bog & Cafe is a vibrant bookstore/cafe that has set the bar high for delivering a vibrant and cozy eatery serving from morning till late evening.  One will be hard press to walk right in and sit down but it is worth the short wait.  The restaurant offers tasty food and a lengthy beverage list.  The environment is welcoming and the prices are reasonable.  It is the perfect marriage of academia and a neighborhood hot spot in the heart of the city.

Drinks and Dinner:

Illum is one of Copenhagen’s best rooftop hot spots offering multiple restaurants, bars, and stunning views of the city.  Live music, a bottle of red wine and large basket of fries was how we girls enjoyed it!

Put This On Your Bucket List, Montana

A week in Montana just makes you desire more time and more exploring. Winter time is the only time that I have experienced this beautiful state but summer is now on my bucket list while driving an airstream.  Big Sky has a blue sky that is indescribable.  It has an ever-changing light that draws your attention back to the natural landscape that is truly majestic.  Mother Nature has been very kind to Montana.  Experiencing the magic from an elevation of 7,500 feet at the base to over 11,000 feet at the top of the mountain you are quickly made aware that one can not tackle this mountain at Big Sky in one week.  You feel small in comparison to the grandeur of the mountains and the wildlife that make it their home.  We did are best with the spring like temperatures and fresh pow pow that delivered.  Here are some highlights from a week of skiing in Big Sky!

We rented a home for the week through Big Sky Vacation Rentals.  A perfect solution for two families.  The house was fully equipped with all the amenities including an outdoor fireplace for s’mores, hot tub, and a foosball table for some tournaments.  Every morning started with a fresh coffee sipped over the first rays of sunlight awakening Lone Peak.

Skiing was the goal! 6 days straight of rising and taking hold of the day was achieved.  Bluebird days and some fresh powder to keep it fresh.  A week filled with fresh air, beautiful landscape, and family fun.

Big Sky has a fun and growing downtown center.  Everything one needs is a short drive from the ski area.  One can grocery shop at Hungry Moose, sip a coffee at Compass Cafe or Caliber Coffee, pizza at Ousel & Spur Pizza Co. or take in a movie at Lone Peak Cinema.  All your skiing requirements including rentals and gear can be taken care of at Grizzly Outfitters.  My favorite shop to buy souvenirs and other Montana inspired merchandise can be found at Montana Supply.  They have expanded into a new larger space shared with Compass Cafe.  What a nice concept (shopping and sipping coffee, perfect!).  Montana Supply is offering even more crafted accessories and clothing from local artists.  The space is industrial and rugged.  It complements the outdoor nature of the store.  It is one stop shopping offering stylish garments and accessories for men and woman.  The shop is so well curated that you want to make a lifestyle change and move to Montana!

One of the most surprising events that was happening in Big Sky’s town center on way out-of-town was the National Skijoring Event.  Skijoring is a winter sport that combines skiing and horseback riding.  A horse and rider pair up to pull a skier or snowboarder at a fast speed around a track with obstacles and jumps along their path.  A team can take home a purse of up to $2,000 and the champion takes home a belt buckle as a trophy.  This is a highly respected sport and professional athletes come from all over the country.   It is a spectacular event that draws crowds from all over Montana.  There was a special guest supporting the event, Miss Kayla Seaman, Northwest Montana Miss Rodeo Queen.  While I was snapping pictures of the event, my isostilo partner met Kayla.  Kayla is your all American sweetheart with a big smile and proudly wearing her NWMT Miss Rodeo hat.  She is equally sweet, smart, engaging and in a brief interaction a young woman who is a role model.  You can find Kayla on instagram or Facebook.  This event was the icing on the cake.

I can’t end the post without mentioning two other eating establishments to check out. The Horn & Cantle delivers an authentic inspired Montana menu in a beautiful ranch setting.  They also offer a saloon with live music and an outdoor wood burning fireplace for the full ranch effect. The other restaurant is the Gallatin River House Grill.  It is your down and dirty barbecue filled with large tables, a bar, arcade games, a stage for live music, and incredible view of the mountains.  The best in Montana!

Sneak Peek into Montreal

Montreal is a hip, cool, stylish city with a European flare. It is rich in history, trendy shops, galleries, museums, and a ridiculous food scene. Amazing little neighborhoods to wander through with hidden little gems along the way.

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Boucherie Grinder
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Outdoor terrace @ Vin Papillon
Olive et Gourmandeau

Neighborhoods to explore: Old Montreal, Griffintown, and Mile End

Eat: Foxy’s Joe Beef, Vin Papillon, Olive et Gourmandeau, Fairmount Bagel, (the list can go on!)

Stay: Hotel Nelligan, Hotel Gault, Hotel Germain, Westin

Check out: La Grande rou de Montreal, Labryinthe du Hangar 16 , Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rue Sherbrooke

Jean Paul Gaultier @ Musée des Beaux – Arts
La Grande Roue de Montreal
We all have been there!
Need I say more?!