Sunday, July 12, 2009

Da 2 - Copenhagen

Pictures: all taken from the boat except the attempted break+in at Noma
- Two of Black Diamnd building, one showing reflection
- Opera and Playhouse
- One of our place from the boat (you might be able to see hose on side of canal)

Day 2
- Quotes of the day
- Exploring the hood
- Boat trip
- Dinner on the deck

The play's the thing,
Wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king.

We sat in an empty theater and we kissed,
I asked ya please to cross me off-a your list.
My head tells me it's time to make a change
But my heart is telling me I love ya but you're strange.

Weather very foreboding, tons of dark clouds seemingly very close. We decide to take a bike ride to explore the neighborhood, which again is mostly populated in the last ten years by converting old buildings and putting up new apartment/condo buildings. This is now considered one of the more fashionable neighborhoods and the prices around here reflect that.

Take a spin around the Opera House, quite spectacular and very good right on the water. Then off to look at a couple of possibilities for lunch, loop through Christianshavn (the hippy, drug addled part of town, and a couple of locals are doing their best drunken behavior modeling for passing cars and bikers), and then by Noma (closed for two weeks summer vacation), and back to the townhouse.

We see a lot more joggers and a lot less smokers here, and we think that in general the people look in better shape here. Could be the first two are related to the third?

The bike lanes here are even better than in Berlin: they have dedicated what would normally be the right hand driving lane (or parking lane) to bikes, and two low curbs, one from sidewalk and one from bike lane to the street level, make it easy for the bikers to navigate. Plus, there are even lights for the bikes at busy intersections to allow cars to make right turns without killing bikers. It must be working, we don’t see many wrapped wrists in this town.

We pick a spot for lunch and bike over. We get the special “buffet” which turns out to be a composed plate: meats, cheeses, great kartoffel mit horse radish, fresh yogurt, pearl barley salad (very good with kartoffel mixed in), and some form of local berries that are very tart and go really well with the yogurt. Dessert is similar to frozen carrot cake with small dollops of cream cheese topping along side. Two glasses of apple juice, $50.

Skies still threatening, so we decide to sit outside (yes, it’s nice right overhead) and read and rest our eyes. Successful at the latter, not so much the former. Around 4, we see it is gorgeous out, so back on the bikes and over to the center of town to take a boat tour (which DB had done last year when here on the cruise). Weather is perfect, blue skies, a bit of a breeze and a great view from the canals of what is a very Disneyesque town, even the scaffolding and construction sites look neat and tidy and freshly groomed.

Back for dinner on the deck, who knew! Herring, cheese, bread from best bakery in town, wine, melon. Head upstairs to post Day 1, and after one error-fraught posting attempt before dinner, after dinner works almost as well as Berlin.

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