Copenhagen, Day 2
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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.
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.
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.
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.