Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Copenhagen Culture

We spent our next day in Copenhagen soaking in the culture at museums and of course the world famous Tivoli. We started out walking past the Tivoli which had us pretty excited to visit later that night.
Our first real stop though was at the Ny Carlsberg Glypotek which is an art museum and happens to be free on Sundays, the day we were visiting! The building its self is beautiful and has a nice winter garden.
We spent quite a while walking through and looking at the Egyptian artifacts, Greek and Roman statues, and my favorite - the impressionists. Mom's favorite piece is even on display here, Degas sculptures!
Once we were thoroughly overwhelmed with everything we had saw, we left for sit for a lunch and think about everything we had seen. We stopped at a genuinely Scandinavian restaurant where we each ordered a smørbrød. Here's mine - a safe but satisfying radish, potato, and bacon. Yummy! 
Next we were off to the National Museum of Denmark which is always free. Hooray for free and fabulous things to do in the world's most expensive cities! Anyway, inside the museum we went through a lengthy exhibit taking us through Denmark's pre-history, middle ages, renaissance, and modern history. It was very interesting! One of my favorite things I saw were these instruments from the Iron Ages which are something like strange trumpets. 
Mom really liked the runestones which are so unique and so Scandinavian. 
We relaxed for a couple beers before heading to the Tivoli Gardens. At the Tivoli we walked through the beautiful gardens, played the traditional 5kamp, rode the roller coasters and watched the laser light show. 5kamp is a fun little competition where you play carnival games for silly prizes. I started out in the lead but Dale ended up winning, Mom was in the middle and I was the loser. Whack-a-mole is my game but it turns out I'm not so good at launching frogs into ponds. Oh well, you can't win them all! 
The park is also quite beautiful at night and we enjoyed all the lights and the laser show.
It was a very busy day with a lot to take in but it was also a lot of fun. It's amazing hoe close Copenhagen is to Stockholm and how entirely different the cities feel. The culture is so much more laid back and relaxed in Copenhagen which I really like, but with that comes some dirtiness. In the end, I'm still happy to call Stockholm my home.
Love Always,


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