We have just recently returned from two weeks in Denmark, Norway, and England. We had never been to Scandinavia before, and WOW! Absolutely lovely. Today I thought I'd share some pictures from Copenhagen, where we started our trip.
We stayed at the Copenhagen Admiral Hotel, and thought it was great. It is in this huge building, which used to be a warehouse.
The first evening, we had dinner at Cap Horn. It was lovely and delicious.
After dinner, we walked around Nyhavn. Nyhavn is pronounced "New Houn" (like "hound" without the d) and means "New Harbor."
"New" is always relative. Nyhavn is from the seventeenth century. :)
The next morning, we had second breakfast at Cafe Europa 1989. It is located on the shopping street, Strøget, on Amagertorv (Copenhagen's central square), which Kierkegaard called "the hub of the universe". It faces Storkespringvandet (the Stork Fountain), so we had a really nice view while we ate. And it was yummy. :)
Some of Den Kongelige Livgarde (the Royal Guard) came marching by while we ate.
I have never seen a city with as many cyclists as there are in Copenhagen. I think there might be more bikes than cars. It was great.
After second breakfast, we took a canal tour from Nyhavn.
This is Operaen (the Copenhagen Opera House), the looks of which I do not care for. (I am sorry, Henning Larsen, architect.) It cost over 500 million dollars U.S. to build.
Amalienborg Palace was more to my liking. :)
And so was the neighborhood of Christianshavns and the swirly twirly Vor Frelser Kirke (The Church of our Savior).
There will be a better photo of it a bit later, without the power lines. :)
Back on Københavns Havn (which is a little redundant if you ask me), this is Den Sorte Diamant (The Black Diamond), which is the modern, waterfront part of the Royal Danish Library.
I rate it right up there with the Operaen (sorry, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, architects), but if you like granite, this is the building for you.
My spazzy camera angle would suggest it is sinking. I don't think it is.
Some of the beautiful bridges in Copenhagen are low, low, low.
One of my favorite buildings was Børsen, which is the old Copenhagen Stock Exchange.
Here's the Skuspilhuset (fun to say) which is the Royal Danish Playhouse. Again, perhaps not my favorite architecture. I do not have a blanket dislike of contemporary architecture, but it appears I dislike things built along the Copenhagen waterfront at the beginning of this century.
And back to Nyhavn for the end of the canal cruise.
After the cruise, we went and ate lunch at Restaurant Schonnemann, which specializes in traditional Danish open-faced sandwiches (smørrebrød) and has been selling herring, beer, and snaps (in Denmark, a snap is a shot of Aquavit taken during a meal) since 1877.
Bob got the herring; I did not. I had chicken salad which included smoked potatoes, bacon and fried carrot. It was delicious. I liked the Aquavit; Bob did not.
Jet lag hit us full force during lunch, but we pressed through it and went to Tivoli that first full day in Copenhagen, and I will share photos from that lovely bit in my next post. :)