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2017, books, copenhagen, denmark, design, Summer, travels, Writing

Introducing The New 'Hidden Copenhagen' Website

All images taken from the new  www.the500hiddensecrets.com . Family portrait by  Alec Vanderboom.

All images taken from the new www.the500hiddensecrets.com. Family portrait by Alec Vanderboom.

Summer is Here.

And just in time for your summer travels, the good folks at Luster Books have introduced the official 'Hidden Copenhagen' website by Luster Books, part of their new www.the500hiddensecrets.com.

Along with preview sections from the book, the 'Hidden Copenhagen' page also features a 'Meet The Author' page as well as ways to buy the book online. Each book in the 'Hidden' series has it's own page, so you can get busy exploring Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Rome, and several others. 

**The third edition of The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen is OUT NOW!**

america, travels, The Americans, 2017, USA

The Mansion On The River | Charleston, South Carolina

"It was my father who called the city the Mansion on the River. He was talking about Charleston, South Carolina, and he was a native son, peacock proud of a town so pretty it makes your eyes ache with pleasure just to walk down its spellbinding, narrow streets. Charleston was my father's ministry, his hobbyhorse, his quiet obsession, and the great love of his life. His bloodstream lit up my own with a passion for the city that I've never lost nor ever will...

Because of its devotional, graceful attraction to food and gardens and architecture, Charleston stands for all the principles that make living well both a civic virtue and a standard. It is a rapturous, defining place to grow up. Everything I reveal to you now will be Charleston-shaped and Charleston-governed, and sometimes even Charleston-ruined. But it is my fault and not the city's that it came close to destroying me. Not everyone responds to beauty in the same way. Though Charleston can do much, it can't always improve on the strangeness of human behavior. But Charleston has a high tolerance for eccentricity and bemusement. There is a tastefulness in its gentility that comes from the knowledge that Charleston is a permanent dimple in the understated skyline, while the rest of us are only visitors."

Excerpted from South of Broad, by Pat Conroy, 2009, Doubleday books.

copenhagen, denmark, Interviews, scandinavia, travels, Writing

Hidden Copenhagen on The Snak Podcast

Not long ago, I was invited by the good people at The Snak podcast (a part of the Heartbeats.dk family of podcasts) to talk about the process of researching and writing The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen.

My sprawling conversation with The Snak's host James Clasper was a lot of fun and is, I think, a pretty good introduction to some of the things that make Copenhagen such a fascinating city (especially for us outsiders). Highlights of the podcast include discussions of local breweries, the New Nordic food scene, the thrill of biking as an adult, and, of course, swimming naked in The Baltic Sea in winter. 

You can listen to the podcast here.

A bit about The Snak podcast:

A BITE-SIZED PODCAST ABOUT SCANDINAVIA. JOIN LENA RUTKOWSKI AND JAMES CLASPER IN COPENHAGEN FOR A LIVELY CHAT ABOUT POP, POLITICS AND PEOPLE FROM DENMARK AND BEYOND. GOES WELL WITH WINE. OR GAMMEL DANSK.

More episodes of The Snak podcast here (English language).

Explore more Heartbeats Podcasts here (English and Danish language). 

bavaria, travels, alps

The Haunting Church of Ramsau, Bavaria

On our recent ramble through Bavaria, one of our most unexpected discoveries was the lovely, haunting, and lovingly kept church in Ramsau, Germany, near the Königssee. As we explored the town, it's streams, bridges, and this charming little church, we had the village almost entirely to ourselves - which made the church and churchyard that much more charming...and haunting. 

austria, travels, design

Zaha Hadid's Otherworldly Nordpark Railway Stations, Innsbruck

'Shell and Shadow' in the Alps over Innsbruck

We only spent one day in Innsbruck, Austria on our way between Salzburg and Munich. But the highlight of our day in Innsburck (besides the struedel) was our slow motion journey up the city's stunning Nordpark Railway, designed in 2007 by architect Zaha Hadid (1950 - 2016).

The Nordpark Railway begins in the city center and then climbs into the mountains, stopping a three stations along the way before arriving at Hungerburg Station. The Funicular stations are made of concrete and Alpine green, sculpted glass. Here's how Ms. Hadid described the inspiration for and design of the Nordpark Stations:

"Two contrasting elements “Shell & Shadow” generate each station’s spatial quality. A lightweight organic roof structure floats on top of a concrete plinth. The artificial landscape functions as a relief in which various movements and circulations are inscribed. Looking at the Roof Shell’s fluid shapes and soft contours, one might be reminded on natural phenomena such as glacier movements." 

You can learn more about the Nordpark Railway and about Zaha Hadid at the architect's website.

Nordpark Railway Station at Street Level by Zaha Hadid. Photo via  www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station at Street Level by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via  www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via  www.zaha-hadid.com

Nordpark Railway Station interior by Zaha Hadid. Photo via www.zaha-hadid.com

bavaria, travels, walkinthewoods

Into The Partnach Gorge, Germany

Down here its our time, its our time down here:

Our recent trek through Germany's celebrated Partnach Gorge was, by far, the most "Goonies-esque" experience we've had during our European travels.

What started as a ramble through a sunny Bavarian village became a walk through low-ceilinged caves, under waterfalls, and along narrow precipices (precipi?) - a journey that ultimately opens out into a wide-mouthed, snow-dotted Alpine valley. And, if that wasn't enough, another short walk up out of the gorge led us back into the sun and into the most picturesque mountain village imaginable (the last few photos below). 

This is the kind of place that truly makes you appreciate the diversity of nature, the power of water, and the importance of publicly-protected national parks. 

austria, bavaria, travels

Königssee, Bavaria

On a March day that couldn't decide whether it was winter or spring, we boarded a vintage pleasure boat and cruised the charming Königssee to the tiny town of St. Barthaloma. By day's end, it was one of our favorites in Bavaria: highly recommended (if only to hear the boat's captain stop mid-cruise to play his trumpet and let the music bounce off the canyon walls in synchronization).

copenhagen, denmark, travels, books

Announcing 'The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen'

I'm happy to announce the release of my newest book project, The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen to be released by LUSTER Books (Belgium) later this spring. The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. Read on for a little more about this upcoming book release...

About The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen (from the publisher):

  • An insider’s guide to Copenhagen and its best kept secrets,
  • An inspirational and practical guide to discovering Copenhagen’s finest and most interesting buildings, restaurants, shops, museums, galleries, neighbourhoods, gardens and cafes,
  • A new edition in Luster’s growing series of city guides,
  • Written by Austin Sailsbury, Photography by Tino van den Bergh.

"Where are the 5 best places in Copenhagen to experience New Nordic cuisine? What are the 5 best places to shop for Scandinavian furniture, fashion, and design? What is the city’s hippest new cocktail bar? Where can you find the best nature trails and waterfront walks? Where are the city’s small, independent cinemas? Which museums are best to visit on a rainy Danish day? What is Smørrebrød and where can I try it? What is Copenhagen’s best artisanal coffee?

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen reveals the answers to these (and many other) questions. Discover a diverse range of under-the-radar, yet outstanding addresses that will allow you to explore the best of the city away from the typical tourist crowds. An affectionate and informed guide to Copenhagen, written by a local.

This is a book for visitors who want to avoid the usual tourist spots and for residents who are keen to track down the city’s best-kept secrets."               

Book’s Contents: 

95 Places to Eat or Buy Good Food; 65 Places To Go For A Drink; 70 Places For Fashion and Design; 40 Places to Enjoy Culture; 75 Places to Discover The Real Copenhagen; 20 Things to do with Children; 20 Places to Sleep; 45 Weekend Activities; 30 Buildings To Admire; 15 People Who Made Modern Copenhagen; 30 Random Details and Helpful Hints.

Pre Order The 500 Hidden Secrets of Copenhagen at Amazon.com.

britain, france, travels

Sunny Guernsey Island

Part of The UK, but with flavors of la vie française, tiny Guernsey Island was a short but delightful stop on our journey through the British Isles this past summer. Sailboats, colorful bunting, and an overwhelming warmth from the locals was what stood out to us during our brief tour of this quirky little island. The snapshots below tell some of the story. For the rest of the background on the fascinating history of Guernsey, you'll need to dive into this charming WWII-era novel.

britain, travels, uk

Walking the Antrim Coast, Northern Ireland

Was it so extraordinarily beautiful because it was so unexpected? Or would we have been amazed even having had great expectations?

Either way, we had one of the most breathtaking walks of our lives this summer, as we trekked along the Antrim Coast in Northern Ireland. Just a short drive from Belfast, this place is a sensory crowd pleaser - overwhelming greens and dramatic cliffs, diving gulls and porpoise spotting, a rope bridge and an imposing sky. Days like this are the reason why we travel.

art, travels

Ferdinand Hodler // Swiss Symbolist (1853 - 1918)

Below are a selection of paintings by the Swiss Symbolist Ferdinand Hodler (1853 - 1918). I stumbled upon Hodler's diverse body of work this week and immediately fell in love with it - Hodler's paintings seem to me both raw and refined, realistic and surrealistic - at times, similar to the work of Walton Ford. Anyway, below is a sampling of Mr. Hodler's work. You can learn more about the artist at the official Musėe d'Orsay website.

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france, art, travels, essay

The View From Above // Henri Rivière Revisited

Since we began this little travel/adventure/creative journal back in the summer of 2012, our most popular blog post (by far) has been an entry called An Introduction to Henri Rivière (1864-1951) about one of our favorite artists, the elusive French painter and printmaker Henri Rivière. That same year, I wrote an essay about Rivière and his creative process for Kinfolk Magazine titled 'The View From Above.' For the first time (and thanks to the kind people at Kinfolk), you can read that essay in its entirely right here on allwayfarers.com. 

Click to Read The View From Above.

spain, travels

Barcelona Details

In Febraury of 2014, we escaped the cold winds of late winter here in Copenhagen and made our way to mysterious, delicious Barcelona. We instantly fell in love with that ancient, unpredictable, many storied city of Catalan pride and organic architecture - so much so that we're going back there later this month. But until we have more photos and stories to share, here are some outtakes from last years travels.