I have to admit, Europe gets my creativity flowing more than any other continent or region. That's why I like to make these "business trips" as soon and as often as possible. A lot of my work as a jewelry designer is creating trends for my collections, and in order to do that I have to travel and see what's going on outside Miami.
Last summer I was fortunate enough to go to Scandinavia, and if you read my past post on the subject you will now that my first stop was Norway. After visiting Oslo, I was off to yet another mecca of design, Copenhagen.
|Here I am with my mom, visiting the Royal Palace.|
|A lovely building that caught my attention.|
Even though it might seem a bit trite, of course every visit to CPH has to be capped off with a trip to the famous "Little Mermaid" statue. Like I said, its not terribly original, but it's definitely a must see.
After checking out CPH, I made my way to Visby, in Sweden, which was just divine. I love the city life, but I also appreciate the peace and rest one can get from the countryside. Visby is a medieval town in a small island so well preserved that it has garnered placement as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
|Visby. Check out our cruise ship on the horizon.|
After my short trip to Visby, I soldiered on to yet another Swedish destination: Stockholm. Here I visited WHAT ELSE? More fantastic palaces. Jewels have long been staples of royalty, so I love to get soaked (as much as a commoner like me is able to) in every aspect of "royal culture." I think that's why I love Europe so much. In countries where there is royalty, the ministries of culture make sure to always have collections on display, so most of the time, I make it a priority to visit all the museums that house these collections.
|Swedish topaz pieces from the royal collection.|
I hope you enjoyed this post on Scandinavia and much as I did putting together for you. It was a trip of a lifetime and a real inspiration for my work.