Late Night Paddle Boarding

Each summer we enjoy the long, light evenings in Denmark. The girls went paddle boarding most nights around 11pm, when the sea was come and quiet. If you have not yet tried paddle boarding, do it, it's so much fun and a very good workout too.

Møns Klint

Møns Klint are a 6 km stretch of chalk cliffs along the eastern coast of the Danish island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. Some of the cliffs fall a sheer 120 m to the sea below. The area around Møns Klint consists of woodlands, pastures, ponds and steep hills, including Aborrebjerg which, with a height of 143 m, is one of the highest points in Denmark. The cliffs and adjacent park are now protected as a nature reserve. There are clearly marked paths for walkers, riders and cyclists. The path along the cliff tops leads to steps down to the shore in several locations.

Wonderful Wonderful Copenhagen

Coming to Copenhagen on vacation and also have a whole day together with Birgitte, my photo partner in Focusnomore, was like winning the lottery. I wanted to go to so many places but had to choose, which meant saying no to some of them. I decided to focus on the old house and the new architecture in Copenhagen. I could easily have made an entire blogpost with only photos of bikes. We Danes love our bikes, and every Dane have one.

The bottom right photo I feel like represent Copenhagens "Painted Ladies". The photo is from Gråbrødretorv in the center for Copenhagen.

Soft blueish tones in this foursome. Top left is a photo is of the iconic towers on Knippelsbro, which is the first bridge to connects Christianshavn with the rest of Copenhagen.

Nyhavn is the top left photo, one of the most photographed places in Copenhagen. H.C. Andersen lived in 3 different places in Nyhavn. Top right is one of the many Harbour Beaches along the canals in Copenhagen. On warm summer days they are packed with locals and turists cooling off and enjoying the weather.

Evening Swim

Every summer when we visit Denmark, one of our favorite things to do is our family evening swims. The light is so magical because of the long sommer evenings and the tempture of the water is warm and refreshing.

Iceland

If you like us only have 1.5 day's in Iceland, you want to spend them wisely. We started the day we arrived with a walk through Reykjavik. Our first stop was at The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church, where you can go to the top of the tower and get a 360 degree view of Reykjavik.  

One place you have to visit is Braud & Co the local bakery that bakes the best cinnamon buns I have ever had. You can't miss it, the front of the bakery is so colorful. You can also get a freshly baked roll with butter and cheese, also amazing. 

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is your best opportunity to get a good feel for the country. There is a saying about the weather: if you don't like the weather in Iceland, wait 10 minutes. And it's true, the weather changes all the time.

From Wikipedia:  The Golden Circle (IcelandicGullni hringurinn) is a popular tourist route in southern Iceland, covering about 300 kilometres (190 mi) looping from Reykjavík into the southern uplands of Iceland and back. It is the area that contains most tours and travel-related activities in Iceland. The name Golden Circle is a marketing term that has no roots in Icelandic history.[citation needed] The three primary stops on the route are the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. Though Geysir has been mostly dormant for many years, Strokkur continues to erupt every 5–10 minutes. Other stops include the Kerið volcanic crater, the town of HveragerðiSkálholt cathedral, and the Nesjavellir and Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plants.

 

Blue Lagoon

We ended our visit to Iceland in Blue Lagoon. This is what I would call a tourist trap, but fun to visit and very relaxing afterward. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F). The lagoon is a man-made lagoon which is fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi and is renewed every two days. A tip, don't get your hair wet in the Lagoon, the water will dry out your hair and leave it very dry for days. We had to buy h

Issy's Garden Project

My youngest has been wanting to improve the little area she has outside her bedroom, and turn it into a small garden. Today was the 2nd day of her summer holiday and her dad had some time to spare. All day I have been enjoying their collaborative work and seen the project take form. This is only vol. 1 of her garden project, next is a bench with pillows, which I think will be a collaboration with me. Can't wait to be part of her creativity.

A Taste Of Napa

This Saturday I had the opportunity to go to Napa for a small private event. We met at Oxbow Market in downtown Napa. Oxbow District of Napa has become the local gathering place for great food and wine in downtown Napa and throughout the Napa Valley. The goal is to create an atmosphere within the Oxbow Public Market to improve the local food culture through education, community outreach and support of local businesses and farms.

 

Gemstone Vineyard

From Oxbow, we drove to our first destination Gemstone Vineyard. The vineyard farm 20 micro-blocks within their 16-acre estate to optimize the uniqueness of their diverse soils and numerous clonal selections. When Thomas Rivers Brown joined Gemstone in 2007, he immediately understood that the estate could support three stylistically distinct expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon.

While sitting outside under the trees, having a very delicious lunch, we were fortunate to taste wines they only had very few left of. And I understand why. To be honest, I'm not a wine person, I don't know much about wine, I'm the kind of person you would not pick to choose the wine. Okay, now you know - but I could tell that these wines are not something you get every day. 

 

Sinegal Estate Winery

Sinegal Estate Winery is one of the oldest vineyards in Napa. It is historically know as The Inglewood Estate, with 30-acres with perfect soil, subtle microclimates and varied terrain.

The first vines was planted back in 1881, by Alton Williams, and 4 years later they harvested for the first time. 130 years later, Sinegal Estate will release its first wine. The Estate has a diverse selection of varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Masque, and Semilion.

The Estate is magnificent. It’s modern with a classic, warm European style. Everything is clean, from the design of the tasting room, the labels on the bottles, to the barrels. For me, and my self-diagnosed OCD, a true pleasure to the eye.

Beth welcomed us and showed us everything. How they sort the grapes, where the store the wine and for how long. The French oak barrels, and made sure we tasted a good selection of their wines. Sinegal produces 3000 cases a year. They mainly sell through their membership club, to a few restaurants, so not easy to get a hold of their wines. Again these wines were something more than every day wine.

Kantine

I was so lucky to get invited to the pre-opening of Kantine on 1906 Market St in San Francisco. Kantine specializes in simple, delicious, wholesome Scandinavian food. They make everything from scratch using whole grains, seasonal ingredients, and Scandinavian methods.

Kantine is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch six days a week (closed Mondays). We had the brunch menu, with chef Nicole Accettola’s signature sprouted rye bread, and many delicious toppings. This is definitely not our family's last visit to Kantine.

Steep Ravine Cabins

If you follow along on my blog, you have noticed that this is not the first post from Steep Ravine Cabins. I believe it's the 3rd. We love going here for many reasons. It's only 40 minutes drive from our house, you are transported back in time because of the very simple living, you are close to nature, and close as a family. All of these things are important to our family, but my guess is, it's true for every family.

Steep Ravine Cabins and Campground is so private and relaxing. There is not a bad location or spot, the views from all the sites are overwhelmingly beautiful. I love the windy drive down (or walk) to get down to the campground. This is one of my most favorite places to camp and while a bit more challenging to book, considering a weeknight stay is totally worth it!

Living Moments #1

I have started a new series on Instagram with the hashtag: livingmoments. I wanted to see how I could make everyday moments feel alive. Enjoy

Happy Birthday Grandpa!

To mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic designer’s birth, Georg Jensen has announced a year-long celebration in his honor. Happy Birthday, grandpa!

I just returned from a few days in Copenhagen, to celebrate my no longer living grandpa, Henning Koppel’s 100 birthday, and his timeless designs for the world famous silver house Georg Jensen. If he had been alive he would have been very proud. 

The day started out at Louisiana in northern Sealand, with the reveal of a new Koppel piece. I, unfortunately, can't show photos of it since it is still a secret for now. After the big reveal, there was a reception at my mother's house, with cake, music in the garden, and a place for the press to interview my mother and see where my grandpa had lived and worked.

Painted portrait

Yesterday I had my portrait painted by one of my nieces, Alberte Skronski. She is amazing at her craft, and  it was a really fun and new experience to try. And how many own a real oil painting of one self, makes me fell very majestic in a cool way. From start to end took 3 hours.

Childhood Color Palette

More photos from the historic Pierce Point Ranch in Point Reyes. This place is so beautiful and the color palette takes me back to my childhood summer vacation in the northern part of Jutland in Denmark.

Cypress Tree Tunnel

Just north of San Francisco, there's a row of giant Monterey cypress trees that forms a “tree tunnel”. Loved by Bay Area locals, it's a tucked away spot in the Point Reyes National Seashore for photographers to capture early morning sun rays, or for anyone to get some moments of solitude.

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Pierce Point Ranch

Established in 1858, the renovated Pierce Point Ranch is one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula and was one of the most successful dairy ranches of its time. It is representative of the agricultural heritage of this area. Birgitte and I had such a fun time walking around this historical place, shooting each other in fun situations, the buildings and of cause the breathtaking nature surrounding the Ranch.

Fun on Mount Tamalpais

The breathtaking panorama from Mount Tamalpais’s 2,571 foot (783 meters) peak includes the Farallon Islands 25 miles (40 km) out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. This is also one big playground, a web of trails for hiking, biking, picnic, running and more. On the weekends Mount Tamalpais comes alive with people from near and fare. As a photographer, this is paradise, with lots of opportunities to play. We went to try out Birgitte's new toy, dji Mavic Air a super cool drone, that takes awesome video and still photos from high above.

Muir Beach & Overlook

This quiet cove, beach, and lagoon tucked into the coastline 3 miles (5 km) west of Muir Woods is a favorite spot among locals. You can a little further towards Stinson, and turn left at Muir Beach Overlook which offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Marin coastline.

Tennessee Beach

Tennessee Valley is an amazing offshoot of the Marin Headlands, with hiking trails that suit the whole family. The Tennessee Valley Trail is mainly flat; it begins at the parking area and travels 1.7 miles to Tennessee Beach. I have been hiking and running this trail many times, but this time I went with my good friend Birgitte and her son. It was super hot that day, and we really looked forward to reaching the beach and some cooler temperatures. 

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Today I packed a lunch, water, and heading to Point Reyes Lighthouse, just me and my camera. I had some special photos in mind, and the weather was not cooperating the way I wanted. It was still an amazing and very beautiful day, but my photos turned out very different from my idea. Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent. Today there was no fog, no whales, the Lighthouse was closed, but still worth the 1.5-hour drive.

Weekend in Venice Beach

When your best friends have decided to end their 4 months traveling around Asia tour in LA, and asks if you would have time to come and hang out, there is only 1 answer: ABSOLUTELY. We headed out from Marin 12:30 pm with an ETA saying 6.5 hours, which everyone spent with diffrent activities.

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This was my frist time to Venice Beach, and I hope not the last. The amount of color in all aspects of life is incredible. It very quickly became obvious that Venice Beach is a place where it is all about being seen. If you can make people turn their head you have succeeded.

I will end this blog post with a sunset over Venice Beach, taken from the rooftop of our hotel.

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