As you know, I am interested in architecture, yes, but if you've spent any time reading my other blog, you also know that I am interested in crafts, sewing, etc., all of which can be inspired by things we would see over there. I get all that craftiness from my mother. In the past, she has done lots of projects like needlepoint (some of which she bought over in Scandinavia, when she and my father lived there for a year back in the '70's) as well as weaving a Rya Rug, which we will revisit when I get to talking about the Finnish part of the trip. Her main interest these days is weaving. She has a full-sized loom in her home and I have been the happy recipient of many scarves, dish towels, etc. that she has made over the past few years.
On July 9, my mother and I flew out of Boston over to Copenhagen, making a stop-over in Reykjavik. Over the 3 weeks following, we toured the city of Copenhagen, some small towns in southern Sweden, Stockholm, a few towns in Finland, and finally ended up in Helsinki. I got back to Chicago about a week ago and have been very busy with preparations for my architecture program (which starts in 3 days!) but it looks like I'm finally getting around to showing off a bit of what we were up to, out there in the Nordic countries.
|just one of many spires we looked up to|
|Our Savior's Church tower|
|Nyhavn, early Sunday morning, without any |
of the usual hustle and bustle.
|Future Architect Wicky, with matching elephant.|
|At the Design Museum: chairs designed by Hans J. Wegner,|
the siblings of the dining chairs I grew up with.
|a surprisingly topographical building model, at the|
Danish Architecture Center.
And with all of the bikes and primarily pedestrian streets in Copenhagen, I would definitely say that it is, indeed, a livable city. Mom and I had a great time there, and it was a very good starting point for our Scandinavian Tour.
If you would like to see more pictures from my trip, brace yourself! Click here to see pictures from the first half or so of our time in Copenhagen, and then click here to see the rest of Copenhagen, and some of Sweden, which will be discussed in my next post!