Monday, 12 November 2007

Travel: Copenhagen

Elaine and I are finally putting up our photos from our recent trip to Copenhagen, so I thought I'd take a minute to write a little bit about it. You can see our photos from Copenhagen and a bunch of new panoramas in our space on Flickr.

We stayed in Copenhagen for about a week. Our hotel was a very modest place called the Cab Inn Hotel, which was relatively inexpensive, but fit the bill well enough. On our first day (a Sunday), many of the museums were open, so we ventured out and saw the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, which has a great collection of sculpture. After that, we visited the ruins under Christiansborg Palace. We also visited the Museum of Erotica, which was reasonably entertaining. We finished up the day with a tour and a 3D IMAX movie at the Tycho Brahe Planetarium.

On the second day, we went to Den Hirschsprungske Samling, a small museum of Danish art from the 19th century. We also did a fair amount of shopping, including a visit to my favorite knife shop (Henkels).

On the third day, we went to the Carlsberg Brewery in the morning, and then met up with my Aunt Evalin and cousin Lauren. We went on a canal tour together in the afternoon, and then walked up to the Rund Tarne, where I managed to shoot a pretty ambitious panorama.

On the fourth day, we went to the Cathedral and Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. While we were at the cathedral, we were delighted to witness a crew carefully hauling a coffin out of a crypt for restoration, which was a fitting Halloween occurrence. While we were at the Viking Ship Museum, we got to dress up as Vikings and pose on a Viking ship, which was even better. We finished up the night by attending a live Jazz performance.

On the fifth day, we went to the Lousiana Art museum, the highlights of which were the Lucian Freud exhibit and the Islamic book illustrations. We then went to "Hamlet's Castle" in Helsingore. We finished up the day with a tour of Helsingborg, Sweden, where we had a nice dinner (fondue, yes it's Swiss, but it was good).

On the sixth and last full day, we met at Lauren's favorite bakery and sampled the local pastries. After that, we took the bus to the Assistens Kirkegaard, a large cemetary in Copenhagen. We saw Niels Bohr's grave as well as Hans Christian Andersen's grave, and took a number of photos of the scenery and statuary there. Before and after, we did a bit of shopping here and there, as Christmas is coming up. We had a final meal as a full group, and then said our goodbyes to Aunt Evalin and Lauren over coffee and very nice seasonal beer.

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