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June 30th, 2010 #1
I'm going to Europe!
I'm getting a plane ticket to Denmark in September for my birthday. I'll only have a week and I only have 3k saved up. Any advice on places to go in that area. So far my plan is to make a trangle from Denmark to Berlin to Amsterdam, maybe hop a boat to London and back to Denmark.
I want my sketchbook to go all international on your asses! So if you guys know of any Awesome museums, hostels or great places to chill out and sketch along the way, or even any art supply stores where I can buy some fabled European materials. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
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Have fun, take lots of pictures! Draw them too
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Literally every Scandinavian/ Finnish / Swedish/ I have ever met were really cool, you'll have a great time.
Go north, eat Reindeer, get pissed on strangely flavoured cider, listen to really questionable music.
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Heart of Gold Hostel in Berlin simply Rocks... cheap beer and the bar is open till 4:00 a.m.
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wish u good luck, safe and fun trip!
I want my sketchbook to go all international on your asses!
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July 1st, 2010 #9
I recommend hostels, and possibly that couchsurfing.com. Stay with as many friends as you can to save on costs. Take a digital camera and a laptop to save all your photos - you'll hate it if your camera memory fills up and you can't save things to your hard drive.
Bring a large sketchbook and drawing supplies. Try and find any rocky beaches. Amsterdam and Copenhagen are beautiful port cities for drawings. Copenhagen has brightly colored buildings and boats. Amsterdam is all about bricks and canals.
Amsterdam has incredible museums - the Rijks museum has tons of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hassam, and others. There's the Van Gogh museum. Anne Frank's house.
Try to get to Paris. That's the artists' holy grail in Europe. They have hostels that are decent, and the museums and food..... Yeah, go there.
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If you ever run out of drawing materials you might want to visit a Boesner.
There are branches in Berlin and one in Denmark. I've only ever been to the ones in Austria but they should have whatever you need for sketching : )
Here a link to their site where you can see where the shops actually are
Sadly the site doesn't seem to translate to english.
I wish you a save trip and hope that we'll see a few nice sketches : )
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I once went to Berlin for about a weekend with the rest of the family. I thought it was great, and the city has far more to offer than I (and the rest of us) initially thought. I wish we stayed there for longer
Mauermuseum Checkpoint Charlie, a museum about the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie, the only gateway between East and West Berlin at that point.
Fernsehturm, a huge building with a rotating restaurant at the top, showing a 360 degree panorama of Berlin
Brandenburger Tor, the last remaining city gate of Berlin
Tiergarten Park, with in the middle the Berlin Victory Column
Botanischer Garten, the largest Botanical Garden in Europe.
As for Paris: My favourite part of the city is La Basilisque du Sacré Coeur. It's a church located on Montmartre, the highest point of the city, showing a nice overview of the rest of Paris (you can see the Eiffel Tower from there).
The Artist's Square is located on Montmartre as well, and it's practially around the corner of Sacre Coeur.
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July 2nd, 2010 #17
If you go to Sweden you should come to Gothenburg. Go to liseberg. And see an iceberg. Ok. Maybe no ice bergs... But uh. That's what I can think of that's fun to do here. There's also a Da Vinci/Michelangelo/Rafael exhibition going on right now until the middle of August. (Er... but now I read september. )
If you're feeling radical you could go to the north of Sweden, get stung by mosquitos and have a look at the midnight sun.
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if you're looking for cheap, go to Berlin, it's one of the cheapest capitals in Europe. I'm just back from there, and it's awesome. Don't just go to the sights. Walk around Kastanienallee, Kreuzberg, Penzlauer Berg, well anywhere actually. Go see the stricking Holocaust memorial by Peter Eisenman just next to Brandenburger Tor. Get on the S-bahn and jump around east and west Berlin to witness the chasm between the eastern and western architecture, and for heavens sake, NEVER stay in for a drink at the hostel, no matter how cosy it looks. Go out, beer is CHEEEAAAAAAP, and the bars are everywhere, and generally beautifull.
Eat at Kreuzburger, and go find the city's most famous Currywurst, Curry36 in Mehringdamm and don't get one, instead keep walking and get a Kebab from the canteen right up the street, it will definately blow your brains out your ears.
Oh, and, on a Sunday go to Mauerpark, there's an huge fleamarket with all kinds of weird cool stuff.
Paris is indeed the Mecca, and London always a must, but they could be the 2 most expensive places to visit in Europe. Amsterdam is worth a couple of days, unless you're stoned all the time.
Other places to consider are: Prague, its so cheap you won't believe it, and beautifull as well, so is Budapest, or all of the Balkans. Any way, wherever you go, I doubt there is a chance you won't have an amazing time.
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Allright I'm booking rooms at hostels soon. I am so damn excited!!!!
I decided that I want to stay in amsterdam for two nights and stay in Berlin for three nights. I have to thank Quike Garcia for recommending such a pimp hostel. I found a pretty cool hostel in amsterdam as well. It's smack dab in the middle of the action.
Thank you all for all of the great advice.
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I know it´s a bit late but if you are still going to Denmark, I have a few recommendations for you:
Statens Museum for Kunst (The National Art Museum): http://www.smk.dk/en/
Glyptoteket (has a large selection of plaster casts of classical greek and roman sculpture = ample opportunity to do some sketching): http://www.glyptoteket.dk/?frames=yes&language=en
Frederiksborg Castle (with the National Portrait Collection and awesome interiors): http://www.frederiksborgmuseet.dk/default.asp
Lousiana (museum of modern art): http://www.louisiana.dk/dk/Service+Menu+Right/English
Arken (even more modern art): http://www.arken.dk/content/us
Everything you want to know about cultural events, shopping, nightlife etc. in Copenhagen: http://www.aok.dk/english You will also find more museums here.
I guess The Freetown of Christiania is mandatory. There you will find some very alternative houses that people have built all by themselves, but the renowned "Pusher Street" is no more (the police tore it down on orders from the government): http://www.christiania.org/modules.p...e&navn=linkeng
Don't waste your time visiting The Little Mermaid. It is dull as hell and among one of the most overrated attractions.
If you go south from Copenhagen you will find Møns Klint. It is all white like the white cliffs of Dover: http://www.moensklint.dk/default.asp?sprog=uk&menuID=
I will see if I can think of more attractions. What are you interested in besides art and beer? :-)
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If you ever happen to come across London, make sure you visit the following:
- Bricklane Market [Vintage objects, clothing, cinema and art are in grand!]
- Camden Town Market [Vintage clothes, epic postcards and huge food variety!]
- Camden Town Area [If you fancy some alternative bars, or jazz venues, you'll love it there!]
- Soho [Life the tenancy of bisexual night-life, an abundant variety of cultures, and liqueurs!]
- South Bank & Elephant & Castle [Cinema at your feet, and HUGE libraries of art, as well as museums!]
And there's more to it, but these should occupy the lot of you already
Have fun and keep us all posted!
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It's a pity you won't land in the London. If you change your mind, these are some great tourist spots that will be nice and quiet in September:
The Tate Modern: One of the world's greatest modern art galleries, usually has a great display of traveling exhibits as well as a house exhibit of top drawer modern art. Highlights include work by Miro, Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock.
The Tate Britain: It's Tate Modern's little brother, celebrating British Imperial works of art.
The National Gallery: In my humble opinion, the greatest gallery on the face of the earth.
The Natural History Museum: It's good fun, interesting and you could fill a sketchbook in about twenty minutes in their.
As for Amsterdam, I pass through there occasionally too. The city has some really funny attractions, mostly capitalizing on the area's illicit reputation - but they're all worth a look.
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