“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue”
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” is, of course, the traditional rhyme about what will bring luck to new brides but it is also an apt description and intro to the news from Denmark which, for this issue, covers subjects ranging from the 18th century up to June 2013.
Something New - “Most liveable city: Copenhagen”
The June 2013 issue of Monocle, the respected global affairs and lifestyle magazine, has accorded Copenhagen the title as the world’s most liveable city for the second time. “On the Move” cannot improve on Monocle’s citation: “World-conquering urban quality of life requires the trickiest of balancing acts between progress and preservation, stimulation and security, global and local. Perfection is unobtainable but Copenhagen is striking one of the best deals right now”. Amongst the magazine’s major criteria are – thriving cultural life, low criminality, political, religious and personal tolerance as well as top rate health and welfare systems.
Something Old - “Hotel d’Angleterre”
After almost two years of renovation – not to mention vast investments – Hotel d’Angleterre has now reopened. The hotel has been upgraded in every respect with focus on even higher quality, better service and greater comfort. The number of rooms has been reduced from 129 to 90, of which 60 are suites. The elegant conference and banquet facilities have been extensively refurbished and re-equipped. The “Amazing Space d’Angleterre” spa is arguably Copenhagen’s most luxurious wellness facility. If champagne is your passion, then the Balthazar Champagne Bar is the place and Restaurant Marchal (named after the innkeeper who founded the hostelry here in 1755) offers cuisine to tempt the most discriminating palate.
Something Borrowed - “Right out of history”
When you arrive at Copenhagen Airport, you can step right into history and, under billowing sails, enjoy a relaxed historic transfer right into the city centre. A very short ride – by veteran motor coach or a fleet of veteran cars, if you care - from the airport’s arrival terminal will drop you in Scanport, where the historic schooner, “Halmø” is tied up and waiting for you.
A trip from Scanport to the centre of Copenhagen is indeed an experience with a difference – no longer mere transportation from A to B but a wonderful beginning to a stay in Copenhagen. En route you will sail along the coast of the Sound and major sights en route include The Blue Planet – northern Europe’s largest and most modern aquarium – and the impressive 17½ km long Øresund Bridge that links Denmark to Sweden.
As you pass through Copenhagen harbour, highlights on shore will include the Little Mermaid (although you will probably need a binocular to see her!!), the Royal Palace, the Opera House and the Marble Church before you step ashore in wonderful Copenhagen. Docking within hailing distance of the Royal Palace, Amalienborg, there is just a short veteran ride to your hotel.
Obvious note: of course, the transfer can be reversed to provide the closing highlight of a stay in Copenhagen.
Something blue - “Is the love affair over?”
Copenhageners were dismayed a couple of months ago when the 2013 rankings of the world’s “50 Best” restaurants put noma in second place! However, the Danes are a positive people (viz. Monocle) and as they are wont to observe, “There is nothing in life that is so bad, that it is not good for something” so the immediate reaction was that it will now be much easier to get a table reservation!
Although the above news put a small dent in Danish pride, Copenhagen now has 13 restaurants that have a star rating in the Guide Michelin. The latest addition to the list is Restaurant Kadeau and of the thirteen, two restaurants – noma and Geranium – each have two stars.
And still on food (because, as we have pointed out in several earlier issues, it is important to Danes!), Claus Meyer who, along with René Redzepi, put noma at the top of the pile, replaced one first place with another – at the recent World Street Food Congress in Singapore, he won the National Critics Award for his roast pork sandwich!!
“...and a Silver Sixpence in her shoe”
Whether the final line of the rhyme is the philosophical or commercial content of the stanza can be debated. Certainly, one of Copenhagen’s most famous and intellectually gifted sons could feasibly have presented a compelling argument for either case – we will never know! However, the fact is that this year Copenhagen – and most of cultural Denmark – is celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, the world renowned philosopher often referred to as the spiritual father of existentialism.
Whether it is Kierkegaard’s thoughts on personal freedom and responsibility or Monocle’s assertion that living in Copenhagen is a pleasant existence that draws you to Copenhagen, First United can create events that contain the best ingredients.
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