Copenhagen, Day 2

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at Tivoli Gardens

I had to try Danish Pastries for breakfast this morning -- after all, I am in Denmark.  I must say I was not disappointed.  I had coffee and pastries at my hotel -- the pastries were long strips of flaky pastry loaded with cinnamon, vanilla custard and carmel frosting.  Absolutely delicious -- but probably hard on the calorie count.  Guess I will have to do a lot of walking today to make up for that!

It was raining and drizzly today and it ended up lasting most of the day.  We bundled up, grabbed our umbrellas and headed over to Tivoli Gardens.  Tivoli is a very famous landmark in Denmark, and was one of the places that Walt Disney studied when he was planning the original Disneyland in California.  The park was deserted due to weather, so we had our pick of rides.

Flowers at Tivoli
  The pricing was confusing, as we thought we had paid an entry fee that allowed us to ride the rides without additional costs, but we were wrong.  Since we had already paid $37.50 to get in, it seemed crazy to pay more to ride.  We only rode one extra -- the roller coaster called the Demon.  It was a lot of fun with several upside down loops.  Because it was cold and wet and most of the rides were closed, we did not stay long.  We spent a little time in the area looking at various statues and doing our standard schtick of trying to imitate what we saw.  I had the most fun with a gargoyle, and Scott and Paul did a good job with a statue of Hans Christian Andersen.

We decided to warm up and have some lunch.  We found a little deli that made great sandwiches and had a really great rhubarb tart with creme anglaise.

My tongue won't curl like the gargoyle!
  Yummy!

We flipped a coin on whether to go to the Carlsburg Beer Brewery or the State Museum, and the Museum won out.  We walked in the drizzle through a nice botanical garden to the museum, the Statens Museum for Kunst.  The museum is full of French, Dutch and Flemish paintings -- some Danish and a few Spanish.  I was surprised there were not more from Scandavian art.  The most interesting exhibit was a sculpture exhibit by the artist Jorgen Haugen Sorensen.  He's a Danish sculptor who was named the Sculptor of the year for 2007 here.  His work is very unusual -- lots of pigs, dogs, contorted human bodies.  The central piece was called "While We Wait" is of a large nude man dancing with death.  It was memorable and thought provoking.

Hans Christian Andersen and Scott
  Probably not for everyone!

Dinner tonight was really excellent.  We went to an eclectic place called Cafe Ketchup, known for interesting food pairings, a good wine list and what has been billed as the best cosmopolitan in Copenhagen.  We walked over to the restaurant in a down pour, and arrived soaking wet despite jackets and umbrellas!  We had a great waiter -- Jakob -- a Danish native from Jutland.  He had an impish sense of humor and was a lot of fun.  We followed a lot of his recommendations and had what I thought was the best meal of our trip.  I started with a cosmopolitan -- just to be sure that it was a great one, and it was!  I had scallops as my appetizer.

While We Wait, sculpture at Statens Museum for Kunst by Jorgen Haugen Sorensen
  One was fried with wasabi mayonnaise adn the other was steamed with a caviar dip.  Really nice with a dry white wine.  For my main, I had bouillabaise with half a lobster, a tiger shrimp tempura style, a redfish fillet and blue mussels.  It was so good!  He paired it with a nice pinot noir.  For dessert, I had creme brulee -- paired with a port.  Outstanding!  The kitchen was below us, just one floor down in an open area which could be viewed by the diners.  It was great fun to watch the chef prepare our courses to order.  The chef even came by to say hello.

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at Tivoli Gardens
at Tivoli Gardens
Flowers at Tivoli
Flowers at Tivoli
My tongue wont curl like the garg…
My tongue won't curl like the gar…
Hans Christian Andersen and Scott
Hans Christian Andersen and Scott
While We Wait, sculpture at Staten…
While We Wait, sculpture at State…
Tivoli Gardens
Tivoli Gardens
Sculture at Tivoli Gardens
Sculture at Tivoli Gardens
Say cheese!
Say cheese!
Paul and Hans
Paul and Hans
Chinese Pavilion at Tivoli Gardens
Chinese Pavilion at Tivoli Gardens
Scary Clown at Tivoli Gardens
Scary Clown at Tivoli Gardens
Synagogue
Synagogue
Statens Museum for Kunst (National…
Statens Museum for Kunst (Nationa…
Statue on grounds of Botanical Gar…
Statue on grounds of Botanical Ga…
Statue on grounds of Botanical Gar…
Statue on grounds of Botanical Ga…
Cool Bar in Cafe Ketchup
Cool Bar in Cafe Ketchup
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