Sunday, July 28, 2013

How to ride a bike in Copenhagen.

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The wide bike lanes make it such a wonderful place to explore on bike. Just make sure you know what you are doing.  Just a few times around the block, so to speak, and you can be on your way to biking with confidence. The traffic of cars and other bikes know that you must move with out hesitation, using your hand signals to make sure everyone is aware of what you are going to do. Slower bikes stay right, and passing becomes easy.  So go and explore Copenhagen, it's a fun, beautiful, ride on bike.

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Copenhagen food!






All of these dishes have one thing in common, some sort of fish. Raw or cooked, lots of greens and they tasted wonderful. Yes, me the desert person tried pickled haring. It was fantastic, just a touch of fish flavor, but lots of vinegar fresh greens and herbs. Lots of dark brown bread, pickled vegetables, fresh ones, smoked salmon, and cheese.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Copenhagen the adventure continues.





Copenhagen is a true wonder of both architecture, art museums, and beautiful parks.  The top pic was at The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Here one finds famous Danish painters as well as the likes of Warhol, and Calder to name just a few. The middle picture is at one of the many parks in the city. The bottom picture is a vast collection of both South American, Mexican, and early Native North American pottery that was collected by a Danish man, and left to this museum after he passed on.  We walked from one stunning work of art to the other. The landscape with it's huge monumental Calder, Henry More and other works of art were presented on lush green lawns overlooking the sea. It was truly a site to take your breath away. The very top pic was the boat house that the king used at his palace in Frederiksborg. The castle was closed, so I went on a long, wide path with lush green trees on either side. As I came down to the lake, a small boat house was seen with a very beautiful lake and coffee house. I sat for a while, looking at the sparking reflection of the water. The boat, rocking gently on the small waves. It was truly a wonderful place to be, and I had the whole place to myself.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Copenhagen



Traveling around Copenhagen it is all about water. After a fantastic day with Niels, I was on my own with a bike.  Yes navigating the streets with so many other bikes was at first a challenge. I pushed off from the curb, looking in all directions, and just seemed to join the steady stream that flowed like a river of metal, rubber, and flesh. Sometimes I was good, but sometimes I had a few near misses. The cyclists could move, change direction, and even the cars seemed to know what they were going to do, it was amazing. All the  green parks in Copenhagen  run like a ribbon throughout the city, and you eventually end up at the water, or some amazing architectural wonder, like the "black diamond" above.  The famous Nyhavn is the shot above with me and Niels.  The wonderful colored buildings used to be the hangout of sailors and prostitutes and the raunchy side of town. It is now very commercial has expensive shops and too many tourists and bad tourist eating establishments. Even with this seemingly bad review, I would highly recommend a visit, it just feels very Copenhagen.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Copenhagen, the search for the Vikings is on!



After the long journey across the Atlantic, a brief stop in Amsterdam, I made it to Copenhagen.  Staying with good friends of my friend Niels in a very charming house a few miles from the city center. The second picture was when we went biking around the area, the water is an inlet that leads out to the Baltic Sea. The bottom picture is the new Opera house of Copenhagen, it opened 2006 and it is a true architectural gem!   Henning Larsen was the architect.  Biking was not something I was prepared for.  The cold wind, and sometime uphill was a shock to my system still in my jet-lag stupor!  As we peddled around the lush, beautiful, green area after about 10 minuets we came to the sea. Bikes were everywhere, young old and many with shorts as the temp was in the mid 60's.   Tonight another dinner with my wonderful hosts, tomorrow...who knows?  

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Berlin

Well it's time to go. I have enjoyed my adventure into the history, culture, food, and of course art of Berlin. I think this city has a draw of newness with it's modern architecture. The dinning until 10pm as the light is just starting to fade, is a wonderful change from my world. The amount and quality of art was astounding, I only made it to 6 museums and that is just scratching the surface!                     Dinning with richly dressed men and women below a grafffiti filled crumbling wall, next to an 1800's mansion is what made me smile. Here are some last glimpses of Berlin, a city with a rich past and sparkling, modern future.














Berlin the food post

Wondering around Berlin, one feels that a big city grew very fast. Entering each area with small shops and historic buildings, it feels like a small city until you reach one of the huge intersections. The food is from all around the world. I believe that middle Eastern food, with a choice from carts to full sit down establishments is the Indian food of Berlin. If you have ever been to London, all over is great tasting Indian food. As far as German I did the Wiener Schnitzel, the now mostly pork replacing veal, this I was happy about. But when I  tasted the Spatezle or home made noodles with cheese and chives, I was taken by its richness.The dish was fresh and the aroma of the cheese melting with the spatezle was even better as I tasted it. Soft, creamy and very german, this was at once a favorite I already started planning in my mind to make at home.


I sat down during the European Football (soccer) championship. Germany against Italy, and the place was packed, as was every other place I walked by.  Outside the flag of Germany was everywhere,  the people were excited, some with the German flag painted upon their faces.  Young and old joined me for dinner in front of the large tv screen. Outside on the sidewalk two tv's were set up, beer, wine and food was being devoured. This is where I had my Spatezle, and fell in love, with the food of course!