Friday, June 27, 2014

Copenhagen, Denmark

Our flight from Bergen, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark, was scheduled for 8:10pm from Bergen airport. It's a fairly short flight, and we planned to land in Copenhagen at 9:30pm. However, our plane was delayed 15 minutes (not a big deal). We also called our Phoenix Copenhagen hotel to make sure that they held our room with our late arrival. To my great surprise, they told me that my booking was cancelled because Booking.com tried to charge my credit card - which was declined. I asked them to look into the problem. They said that they were all booked but would do their best.

After we landed in Copenhagen, we purchased metro tickets and rode to downtown's station from Lufthavn to Kongens Nytorv, which was the metro station nearest to our Phoenix Copenhagen hotel. I tried purchasing metro tickets using vending machines but they did not work with my Capital One Visa (it does not have a chip and pin) and it would not work with my Bank's ATM card. It would not take cash either - only coins. Luckily, we found a station manned by people who were able to sell me the tickets for cash.

The metro ride from the airport's Lufthavn to Kongens Nytorv was fairly short - about 15 minutes and we were soon out in the city. Copenhagen downtown immediately reminded me of Amsterdam, with large bike lanes everywhere and fairly flat surroundings. With the help of Google Maps, I oriented myself and went to our Phoenix Copenhagen hotel. Happily, our reservations were fine and we were given a room on the 3rd floor of our hotel.



From little that I saw of the city, I really liked the modern Copenhagen Airport - which looked a lot better than any airport in the US. I also liked all the cool design stores in the area of Copenhagen where our hotel is located. From the sound of revelers driving around, I could tell that it was a "party city". The revelers continued partying every day of our stay in Copenhagen!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

After getting up around 8:30am, we got dressed and went for breakfast. I found a nice bakery nearby on Yelp called Reinh van Hauen nearby and I wanted to try out pastries there. Inna ordered a traditional Danish pastry, Alex tried the focaccia bread pizza with pepperoni, and I had a pastry with coffee. The pastries were very good but not exceptional.



After breakfast, we took the long way to Tivoli Gardens. Our initial plan was to follow a one hour tour of Copenhagen by Richard Karpen. Richard was highly recommended by Rick Steves for his Hans Christian Andersen tours of Copenhagen. Although we arrived at 10:30am - the designated tour time - we missed Richard (I did not know what he looked like - I saw someone dressed colorfully with  a top hat but did not realize it was him). We tried to catch up to him, but were not able to find him.

We walked to the city hall, observing all of the beautiful weddings ongoing. Since it was just after 11:00am, we decided to go to the Tivoli Gardens, since the weather was fine - not raining and we were in the area. From observing the brides and grooms at the City Hall, Danish weddings seem a lot more modest than American weddings.



We purchased a three day Copenhagen card which entitled us to access to most museums and public transport for 72 hours. It worked well with Tivoli Gardens - one of the main attractions we planned to attend. However, the multi-day Copenhagen card is uneconomical unless it's used everyday. One is better off buying a 24 hour Copenhagen card just for days where a lot of expensive museums will be visited and a lot of travel is needed.



At first, we tried to get on a roller coaster, but it turned out that we had to buy additional tickets to do the actual ides (the Copenhagen card only covered the entrance fees). We paid 200 DKK per each adult for unlimited rides. I did not go on more than 4 rides, so it makes more sense to pay 25 DKK per individual ride ticket for some people (like me).

The first ride we tried was the Star Flyer. However, we were not allowed to take photos - though we had a great view of the surrounding Copenhagen (being 80 meters above ground!)



Alex, Inna, and I did a few more rides and then decided to get a few snacks.  I ordered a pancake with cream inside. It was delicious. Inna ordered a Marzipan cake and it was also very good.



After our snack, we took a tour through Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale land, while sitting in a moving treasure chest.



There were many famous fairy tales built up with animated dolls. Inn and I liked it, but Alex found it too boring.


However, he did enjoy the ride on the Demon rollercoaster with Inna. The Demon is located inside's Tivoli's small Chinatown.


Thankfully, the lines were not that long to wait for Alex's and Inna's ride.



Both Inna and Alex had a lot of fun on their ride! They did not ask to do it again!


Alex wanted to try his hands on the Temple Power ride, where one pulls oneself up with a rope. It was not too exciting for him.


The Tivoli Boys Guard marched through the park and entertained us with their music.  I was surprised by how young some of the members were (some looked younger than Alex). It was a regular marching band (like any U.S. High School would have). The band marches through Tivoli Gardens a few times and we encountered it on a few occasions.


Alex wanted to try some other rides and he found this really exciting airplane ride called Vertigo. The airplane rotates and spins in various directions.



Alex liked Vertigo so much, that he did it more than a couple of times!

After all the rides, we got hungry and decided to have lunch at Cafe Georg, nearby. Inna ordered a salmon sandwich, while I ordered an omelet with walnuts and goat cheese.



The walnut and goat cheese combination was unusual but worked well in the omelet. I really enjoyed it!


For dessert, we ordered fresh strawberry cake and it was delicious!


Nearby where we sat, a lot of young kids were floating on Dragon Boats. This was a ride for the younger kids, so Alex skipped it.


After our delicious lunch. we attended the 5:00pm fish feeding at Tivoli's Aquarium, where a small octopus was fed. Tivoli's aquarium is rather small - so for 25 DKK extra per person, one does not see a lot of variety of fish. I am not sure that the admission price is worth the access to the small aquarium and the fish feeding. If I had to do it again, I would skip it.


There was a cute place for kids that Inna wanted to explore. In addition to a playground for young ones, there were some obstacles for pre-teens. There were tons of kids here!

Alex tried to stay on the rolling log along with his Danish friends, but was not too successful:


After exploring the children's playground, we went inside a cute whale house, where Inna wanted to try local pancakes.


They were sold in a peculiar way, but were very enjoyable.



We saw two shows at the Pantomime Theater (the large open theater decorated with Chinese characters).  The first one focused on Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales and started at 7:00pm. The second performance started at 8:30pm. There is very little seating capacity in the theater, so if yo want to sit, you need to reserve your sit at least 30-45 minutes early. Both Inna and Alex liked these pantomime ballets.




We had dinner at Faergekroen Brewery overlooking the lake. I ordered the lamb, Inna ordered the pasta entree. The entree were very large - I expected much smaller for Denmark. The entrees were well   prepared but expensive (200 DKK each). I did not try the beer that's made on site, but saw lots of other restaurant patrons drinking it from large, tall glasses. Maybe next time I would try it, just to see how it compares to beers in Czech Republic and Germany.





After dinner, we stopped by Ben & Jerry Ice Cream Parlor to pick up a scoop of ice cream for Alex (Fish Food flavor) and then we went to see the 10:00pm concert, performed by Michael Caroe. He played a lot of standard American rhythm and blues songs, including hits by Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Ray Charles, Depeche Mode, Dolly Parton, and others.


It was an eclectic mix of popular American tunes. I liked the concert and I was surprised to see so many older people dancing. Michael Caroe had a little big band, with a nice horn section, including trombone, trumpets, saxophones. Overall, I liked the concert and wishes he played longer.



After the concert was over, Alex rode around the lot on the round stools (trying to entertain himself before the fireworks started).





The Tivoli app on the iPhone worked well, though Wifi reception is spotty at Tivoli. I was able to use the Tivoli app to find out the location and times of all the shows, as there are no booklets with times given out at the entrance. There is Wifi in Tivoli Gardens but the reception is spotty; it mostly works at the main entrance.

We missed the chance to see Tivoli's Illuminations, as Michael Caroe's concert continued from 10:00pm to 11:15pm (and the Illumination show started at 10:45pm).  We would like to come back to Tivoli in the evening to see this show.



Tivoli Gardens looks really beautiful at night, with all of the lamps turned on. It has a very different look at night from the daytime. In the evening, a lot more adults come to the gardens with more romantic intentions in mind. We saw a lot of couples in the evening kissing.


Tivoli's fireworks started at 11:45pm and they were some of the best fireworks I've seen anywhere. Afterwards, we took a taxi cab to our hotel, as we were too tired to walk to our hotel and were not completely sure about which bus to take home. The taxi ride cost about 120 DKK.

When we arrived at our Phoenix Hotel, the party in the nearby residence was still going strong and Inna had a difficult time going to sleep. At least the party was playing good, danceable music!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

After getting up around 8:30am, we decided to get breakfast. In our Phoenix Hotel, breakfast is 170 DKK per person - fairly expensive - so we decided to get breakfast on the way to the National Museum of Denmark. As it stared raining, we stopped at a nearby restaurant that was nearby Nyhavn (New Harbor).  It looked cozy and quite inviting, plus we saw lots of people already sitting there (thinking that his must be a good sign).


The restaurant Barock was having a special of 20 DKK for croissant and coffee. This was a mistake - the service there was extremely slow and the waitress was half asleep. I had repeatedly ask for the check in order to facilitate our exit. I would definitely avoid this restaurant in the future (if one is in a hurry).

We thought about doing a bike tour with Mike (www.bikecopenhagenwithmike.dk) - something we have done in Amsterdam last year - but after talking to Mike directly, we realized that Mike did not have appropriate bikes for Alex. In retrospect - it was a wise decision - as it started to rain heavily at 10:00am - the start of the bike tour (Rick Steves report that this tour starts at 10:30am - incorrectly again!) We decided to rent bikes and go exploring by ourselves and that was a wise decision. Mike charges 299 DKK per person with no discounts for kids. Paying 900 DKK to bike for three hours is rather high.



While we ate our breakfast, a strong downpour started, so we were lucky to be sitting under an umbrella. We walked on the way to the National Museum using Google Maps to help navigate. On the way there, we stopped briefly at the Christiansborg Palace - home of Denmark's parliament. We were not too impressed with the palace and decided to pass it by (taking a few photos on the way). 


Eventually, we entered into the National Museum. Since Alex was still hungry, we purchased a cake and some hot chocolate for him (He was in a bad mood too, probably because he was still hungry). There was a nice Children's museum inside and Alex played as a dressed Viking warrior - sword fighting and trying out armor. He found the real armor to be quite heavy and uncomfortable to wear. There were may objects for kids to experience the Viking age first hand and make it more fun.



The National Museum houses may ancient objects from Denmark's past. We explored multiple galleries filled with objects from Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and then Viking Age. There were some interesting skeletons preserved from the Stone Age exhibit that were interesting (I did not know that ancient people performed operations on the brain with rudimentary flint rock tools!) The museum turned out to be much larger than I anticipated and we realized quickly that we could spend many days there. We decided to finish the Viking age and go to our next destination (before we got too tired).


We wish we had a tour guide for this museum and it's so enormous that it requires someone pointing out the relevant and interesting objects.


The National Museum is free - so no Copenhagen card was necessary to enter. We found out that the NY Carlsbeg Glyptotek was also free on Sundays. If attending museums on Sunday's, one can save a lot of money in Copenhagen (you don't need to buy the Copenhagen card).

Inna wanted to go to the Danish Design Center, but when we finally found it - we saw that it was closed, although both Rick Steves and Triposo reported it open. The bottom line is that one cannot trust any guide for accuracy. From Yelp reviews, I also discovered that the Danish Design Center no longer shows any exhibits. 


Instead of the Danish Design Center, we walked to the NY Carlsberg Glyptotek. This is a wonderful museum by Carlserg (a beer magnate) that houses may exceptional Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Danish statues in addition to wonderful French paintings. The Glyptotek has free admissions on Sunday, so it was a bit crowded.


We really enjoyed the cafe in Glyptotek as well - the sandwiches were delicious. I ordered the Salmon sandwich (Laks Sandwich for 129 DKK) and Inna ordered the French Ham sandwich (Skinke sandwich for 110 DKK). Alex said that his Caesar salad was the best he's had anywhere - that's pretty good for a museum cafe! It is another one of the odd Copenhagen cafes, where one first waits to get a table, and then goes to the counter to order food (giving the table number to the waiter at the counter).



We liked the beautiful collection of art in Glyptotek. We could easily spend a few days here too. It's such a beautiful Danish building with a very cozy atmosphere. Since the Glyptotek closed at 5:00pm (not 4:00pm as Triposo suggested), we used the extra hour to explore the Danish painting collections and the more modern masters. There is a very beautifully reconstructed Greek temple inside the Glyptotek with many authentic Greek and Roman statues.


There was a sculpture of the world's oldest hippo - dated to about 3000 BC.


There was a surprising collection of French impressionist art. We could have spent a lot more time here! Unfortunately, it closed at 5:00pm, and we could have used a few more hours exploring all of the sculptures and paintings.



On the way back to our Phoenix Copenhagen Hotel, we stopped briefly at the Guinness Book of World Records exhibit, to compare ourselves to the World's Tallest Man.  He looked  twice as tall as Alex!


We were really tired when we came back to your Phoenix Hotel. We returned our umbrellas (which we used a lot in today's rain) and rested a bit. We found out that river cruises depart two blocks from our hotel and we decided to purchase tickets for the 7:00pm cruise (since the rain stopped and we were not sure that the weather would be more favorable the next day). The river cruise was not too expensive (75 DKK per person) and runs every twenty minutes.


The one hour boat cruise from Nyhavn was enjoyable. We enjoyed good weather on our short trip and saw a few memorable sights, including multiple Little Mermaid statues, the Black Diamond (library addition), many historical buildings and bridges, the very modern Copenhagen Opera house, the Royal Yacht, and many house boats.








We had fun watching the beautiful scenery float by, while the boat traversed canals. We could touch the ceiling and had to duck our heads under a few bridges.


Inna finally had some time to relax after non-stop walking the whole day.


After returning from the trip, we pondered where to go for dinner. We checked Yelp and asked our hotel staff for recommendations for a local restaurant. The hotel staff suggested a couple of places (though Rick Steves dismissed the whole set of riverfront restaurants as overpriced tourist traps).
Unfortunately, Rick Steves was right in this instance. The restaurant we finally settle on - "Cap Horn" - had mediocre quality dishes at high prices. I ordered a mackerel and it was prepared rather bland, Inna ordered a roebuck (freshly killed male deer) and thought that it was well prepared (but portions were small). Alex had pasta (chef specially made it for him, as it was not on the menu).




Although dinner at Cap Horn was expensive (520 DKK) and mediocre, our next door gelato palace was fantastic. The Rajissimo Gelateria (next to to Cap Horn) make their own waffles, cones, and ice cream. We tried multiple flavors, but I especially liked mango, pistachio, coconut, and chocolate. We liked the mango flavor so much, we ordered another cone.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Today, after morning breakfast at our nearby bakery (Reinh van Hauen), we boarded bus 1A and rode 6 stops to Tivoli Gardens where we wanted to try catching the 90 minute tour of Richard Karpen.


This time, we were successful, and we followed Richard's tour throughout Copenhagen. We really liked Richard's tours - he was very articulate and explained things very well. The 90 minute tour of Copenhagen cost 100 DKK or $20 USD per person.



Richard told us a lot of interesting facts about Danes and his life in Denmark. He has been here over 20 years, he used to be a professional musician, and now works as a tour guide. He came dressed as Hans Christian Anderson is a colorful purple suit and a top hat.


According to Richard, Danes value taking care of the weak, the sick, and the helpless. There is a core value of helping people in need and this is prevalent throughout Danish society. Denmark has free health care, give one year of paid leave to mothers, and provides automatic job re-training to people who lose their jobs. It is one of the countries that spends the most on job re-training. Although the major religion in Lutheran, fewer than 3% are practicing Christians. However, most Danes have their children baptized and confirmed anyway.

We saw very little pan handling and begging in Denmark (we saw much more in Estonia and Sweden).


Denmark has one of the more honest political systems and always rates as one of the most honest governments. A politician that cheats on taxes becomes unelectable. Every four years, Danes vote in an election with a high turnout (usually around 86%).


Taxes are very high in Denmark, somewhere over 50%, but most Danes agree to high taxes because of the social support that these taxes provide, including health care, job re-training, care for the elderly, homeless, mentally ill, and free college education. We saw very few homeless people during our stay in Copenhagen. Homeless people are provided shelter and a living stipend - Danes do not feel that in a rich country, anyone should be on the street.


Since the Danish Army is very small - only about 7,000 soldiers are needed each year - young men are chosen by lottery to serve in the armed forces (some volunteer to do so). Women can volunteer within the armed forced for any position. Denmark aligns itself closely to the United States, and its military served in Afghanistan and Iraq along with U.S.

The status of women in Danish Society is equal to men; 30 % of elected representatives in Parliament are women; women make up 60% of college graduates, Women get one year paid leave after giving birth (at 90% pay) and qualify for subsidies until the child is 18 years old.

Cars are very expensive in Denmark. When purchasing a car, one has to pay a 180% sales tax. Denmark has very high gas prices (9 USD / gallon) and very high car parking fees. Residents are encouraged to ride bicycles (with special bike lines in the city designated for their use) and public transportation (which is cheap and prevalent - buses run 24 hours per day). Most trains have accommodations for buses and strollers, so it's easy to take a bike on the train and explore other parts of Denmark.

As a seafaring nation, Denmark consists of the mainland 400 other islands. The largest shipping company - Maersk Line is based in Denmark and employs 25,000 people.

Danish kids start learning a new language in 5th grade (now English will actually start in 1st grade). Most kids also learn to speak Norwegian, Swedish, and German. English is so prevalent that 90% of Danes are fluent in it and many signs are in English throughout the city. Copenhagen is home to Europe's largest university with over 30,000 students.

Denmark always ranks as one of the happiest countries. Richard pointed out that it is not so much that Danes are happy, but that they have lowered expectation and are always surprised when Denmark comes out ahead. Danes do not expect Denmark to be number one in anything. Their lowered expectations means that they are rarely disappointed when things go poorly. They also believe that happiness does not come from more material wealth - but from more friends and more interactions with each other. Most Danes are members of their apartment or home owner's association, their church, their neighborhood. They grow to trust each other and depend on each other, so honesty is taken for granted and expected.

The biggest problems of concern to Danes right now are immigration (many incoming immigrants from Islamic countries do not integrate well into Danish society), taxes, alcohol abuse and smoking. Unemployment is fairly low at 5%. If one loses a job and cannot find one, the government will find a job for you - and you are required to take it (if one wants to receive support from the government) - or one is required to get re-trained.

After the tour ended, we stopped for lunch at an authentic Danish lunch restaurant recommended by Richard - Cafe Halvvejen. The cafe is mostly underground with limited space and it only serves lunch. However, there was space on the street and we ordered a few authentic Danish dishes which were really exceptional.

Inna had a traditional smorgasboard on rye bread.



I had the mini platter, which included herring, chicken salad, homemade meatballs, hard-boiled egg. It was truly exceptional.


Alex had the traditional Danish meatballs, which looked and tasted delicious.


These dishes were all very prepared and fairly priced (compared to other tourist oriented restaurants). We hope to eat there again one day.

After lunch, we stopped by the bakery that Richard recommended - Lagkagehuset - where we picked a few delicious pastries. I had the "Franske Horn". Alex tried the "Traestamme" - which both Inna and I liked but Alex did not because it contained rum. Inna tried the "Noddemazarin", which she also liked. This was definitely one of the best bakeries we have been to in Copenhagen and planned to stop by there again. Since Alex did not like the rum taste in the Traestamme, we let him pick out another selection - ""Flodebolle karamel". He really loved the ball of chocolate and caramel!





 In our travels, we found that Lagkagehuset bakeries had varied degrees of quality in different locations (the airport bakery was sub-par).

After dessert, we quickly ran to Richard's next tour of the Rosenborg Palace - a summer residence of Danish Kings. We enjoyed touring the palace with Richard as he explained the intricacies of Danish Royalty and showed us the beautiful jewels in the Treasury, including crowns, swords, necklaces, and all manner of royal objects.




After the treasury tour, we went to the castle, where we explored the Royal rooms where Danish Kings and Queens ate, slept, and received visitors. There were special holes in the floor so that a musical orchestra could be well heard by the king and pipes run through the castle so that he could communicate with servants in another part of the palace. I thought the palace was luxurious but not as extravagant as Versailles.


After the tour, we explored the near by Rosenberg gardens, where we found a children's playground. It was oriented more toward younger kids with sand to play in. Alex played there a little bit and then we took the metro to our hotel, where we rested a bit.




As we did not see a lot of Copenhagen, we decided to rent bikes in our hotel and ride around the city. As most bike rental shops close by 5:30pm, we had to rent expensive bikes from the hotel directly at 150 DKK each per day. Most rental shops do not stock smaller bicycles for kids, so one should call each shop directly, to check whether smaller frame bicycles are available for rental (most are only suitable for adults).




We first rode north on the bikes, to see the statue of the "Little Mermaid" up close. We ended up seeing a few other mermaid statues, and other statues of Bears, and other creatures.




As my camera's battery ran out, we decided to head back and swap batteries and then go to see the interesting neighborhood of Christiania. It's an unusual place where people live an alternative lifestyle. It was a fairly run-down section of Copenhagen where drug plants grew in the open and poor, artistic types called home. Taking photos in most of Christiania is not allowed due to the illegal activities that normally go there.




Riding bikes on Copenhagen streets was a bit challenging at times, with multiple stop lights for cars, bikes, pedestrians.

After we returned to our hotel, we returned the rented bikes, and took the bus to Tivoli Gardens, where we wanted to get dinner and catch the last show. We had dinner at the Nimb Brasserie. Inna ordered the Baked North Sea cod entree, and I had the Guinea fowl (like a chicken). Both entrees were well prepared but not extra-ordinary. Just as we were about to leave, a strong rain erupted from the sky and we decided to stay for dessert.



Inna ordered cake and two teas. The teas turned out to be very expensive - 45 DKK each! On the positive note, the rain stopped, and we used our time to take fantastic photos of Tivoli, right after rain has stopped. However, due to the rain we missed the one show we wanted to see - Illuminations. We hope to see it next time we return to Copenhagen.





Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In the morning, we decided to try eating breakfast at the local coffee chain - Baresso Coffee. It turned out a bit disappointing - the quality was the level of Starbucks, with pastries of lower quality. I purchased the yogurt which was acceptable, but Inna and Alex tried some of the pastries and were disappointed. We are not eating here again.

After breakfast, we took our bus 1A to Copenhagen's Central Train station, where we took the S-train to Hillerod, where we toured Frederiksborg Castle. Rick Stevens recommended taking a bus to the castle and we did this (instead of walking and arriving later).


The castle itself is large and surrounded by a large moat. We were some of the first people in the castle and it was fairly empty in the morning. When we first arrived, there were two ladies dressed in authentic periodic costume of the time and I took photos of Alex and Inna with them.


There was a beautiful chapel inside the castle. We could walk around it but not go inside. It was meant for the king of Denmark.


In the castle, we liked a lot of the furnishings and the art work and explored most of the rooms. We liked the Tycho Brahe astrolabe machine designed to forecast the location of all planets and constellations.


In general, the Castle is not as lavish as Versailles, but Inna still thought that it was quite richly decorated.





After touring the castle, we walked behind it to look at the beautiful gardens. The gardens were rather large and it took us a long time to cover them all.



We walked around the gardens. enjoying the beautifully manicured lawns, statues, and water fountains.




After spending a few hours in the castle, we decided to stop by at the nearby TI (tourist info ) office, to find the best place for lunch in Hillerod. Inna found a local Indian Restaurant - Saffron - and we ate lunch there.


Since the buffet was reasonably priced at 99 DKK per person (and looked good), we ordered two buffets for us and a Caesar salad for Alex. The buffet had three kinds of herring, some Indian curry, and Danish salads. The chicken salad was especially delicious, and the Indian food was better than what I have tried in San Jose.


Finishing lunch, we walked around Hillerod, surprised to see so many people walking about on a Tuesday afternoon. We walked to the train station and too the train to the next castle, Kronborg, located in Helsingor (little north).

The train ride to Helsingor took over 45 minutes from Hillerod and I fell asleep on part of the journey. From the Helsingor train station, we took a bus ( just 1 stop) to the Kronborg Castle.


The castle grounds were rather large and there were cannons mounted overlooking the strait (Sweden is right across the channel). The Kronborg castle in old times demanded payment for any ships crossing the strait.

Alex decided to climb a cannon to pose for photos. The cannon looked liked a nice replica. The original cannons were on the castle mount.




We did not go inside the Castle as we arrived late (just around 5:00pm) and that was too late for looking inside. In addition, Rick Steves recommended skipping the tour inside, as he though that there was nothing particularly interesting inside.




After walking all the way around Kronborg Castle and looking at the boats sailing the strait and the houses in Sweden (across the channel), we walked back to our train stop, for our final journey to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art.



It took us another 21 minutes to get to Humlebaek (where Louisiana is located) aboard another train. We had to walk another 10 minutes from the train station to the museum and Google maps did not indicate a way to take the bus, although we saw bus stops on the way.




The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art houses modern sculptures and paintings. We arrived there around 7:00pm. Since we were getting hungry, we decided to eat dinner there, in the cafe overlooking the strait. The cafe served a buffet and it was fairly delicious and reasonably priced (159 DKK per adult, 74 DKK for kids. The roast beef and salads were especially delicious and everyone, including Alex, got second helpings. At one point, a rainbow appeared and we took some photos of it. We really enjoyed our dinner there - more so that in restaurants in Copenhagen.


For a brief moment during dinner, a beautiful rainbow emerged. I ran to take some photos. Eventually, two separate rainbows appeared.



After dinner, we looked at all the wonderful sculptures in the outdoor garden. We were surprised by how extensive the grounds are. I thought the museum would be much smaller than it was. Around the lake, there are sculptures and a slide for kids. The vegetation was as lush as one would find in a jungle. It was really a beautiful place to relax and enjoy the views - especially, when the weather was nice.


Inna even got to try out the children's slide!


Finishing touring the outdoor sculptures, we explored the indoor collection. I am not a big fan of modern art but I found a few interesting pieces here to look at. The museum starts to lock down at 9:30pm on Tuesday's (half an hour before closing), so we were not able to see some of the outdoor statues.



We stayed until 10:00pm - until the museum closed (it closes at 10:00pm on Tuesday's). We walked back to the train stations and took two trains backs to Copenhagen (it took about an hour). It was a long, tiring day, but we covered a lot of sights.



When we came home around 11:15pm, the U.S. soccer team was still tied with Belgium 0 to 0 at the FIFA World Cup finals. We watched the game a bit, and then we went to bed, all exhausted from the long day. When I woke up and checked the score, I was disappointed to learn that U.S. lost to Belgium 2 to 1.