On Friday we’re going to celebrate Midsummer in Denmark, also called Sankt Hans Aften on Danish. Sankt Hans Aften (St. John’s Eve) takes its name from John the Baptist, who according to Christian tradition was born six month before Jesus. With Christmas celebrated o9n December 24th in Denmark, that puts John’s birthday on June 24th. The tradition of celebrsting the eve of his birthday with bonfire dates back to the 1600s. The Danes bonfire a light to keep the spooky forces at bay. The Danes often meet with family and freinds to have dinner together. If the weather is good, then then proceed to a local bonfire venue. Here the bonfire with the witch on top is lit around 10pm. Beforehand, a bonfire speech is often made, at large events normally by a well-kown person. After the speech, the attendees sing Holger Drachmann’s ‘Midsommervise’ (Midsummer Song, 1885), which is the epitome of the light northern summer night and a National-Romantic idyllic view of the peasant culture.
Even though the summer solstice in on June 21th, Sankt Hans Aften is regarded as the actual Midsummer Eve and therefore the shortest night of the entire year.
This Sankt Hans Aften I’ve planned to serve a glas of cold Secco from the Somersby Orchard Selection together with nordic tapas fo my guests in my garden. Seco is a semi dry cider with tones of green apples and excotic fruits. It’s light and fresh. The nordic tapas consist cucumber rolls with salamon and cream of goat cheese served with feshly picked dill on the top and salted almonds.
A couple of weeks ago I did attend the annual design and interior evet 3 Days Of Design in Copenhagen. I’m sure that you’ve already seen some of the pictures that I’ve been sharing on both my Instagram account and my stories. During the 3 Days Of Design I finally got a chance to stay at Brøchner Hotels’s newly opened and renovated Hotel Danmark. I felt a warm welcoming and was so glad to reconize the same sweet staff that I know from my favorite SP34 which also belongs to Brøchner Hotel’s.
The stylish boutique hotel offers several different beyond beautiful rooms which makes it so exciting to see which room that you’re going to stay in every time that you’re staying at the hotel. The atmosphere is very warm and cozy even that the hotel has a quite minimalistic style. All the rooms is decorated with carefully chosen design interior, stylish solutions and extravagant features as you can see on the picture above left. The blankets and pillow are from the Danish brand Aiayu.
Image above left is from their gorgeous and cozy lobby where I loved to sit working and did enjoy their relaxing signature ‘Wine Hour’ from 5 – 6pm.
The with hallway inspired by the Danish Thorvaldsens Museum and it’s just stunning with the strong colours, beautiful tiles and changing light during the day (picture below left). I do always prefere to stay at design hotels in which I can identify with my own aesthetic and minimalistic style because it makes me feel very comfortable.
I just felt in love with their small charming and adorable backyard with view to the typical Danish archicture from the 19th century, plants climbing on the walls and colourful furnitures from the French brand Fermob. Such lovely experience and I just can’t wait to return to this aestheticly beautiful hote.
I was trying to look chic carring my new Samsonite Lite-shock spinner in Magstræde in Copenhagen while my boyfriend was shooting me and my suitcase. Lite-shock spinner is very light and a fabulous friend while I’m traveling around the world.