Out and About: Copenhagen, Denmark

18 Sep

One of Francesco’s conferences brought us to Copenhagen, Denmark. I have been there once before, when I was young…with my parents and brother in our beloved motor home…ah, the memories! We landed early on a Friday morning and it only took us 20 minutes to get to our hotel. At 8:30am, jetlegged, tired, hungry and grumpy, we were told that our room would be ready at 2pm. So, we began walking. We walked up and down the Nyhavn Canal, to and from the famous Little Mermaid Statue, Amelienborg Slot, the Royal Residence, and just wondered through Copenhagen’s splendid little alleys, streets and gardens.

Of course, our guide became our best friends…we took it everywhere, read it while waiting for lunch or dinner.

It seemed fitting that our first dinner would be on the Canal, at Nyhavn 17 Cafe’ – the setting was pure entertainment: We sat on the outdoor patio, smack in the center of the bustling pedestrian street. It wasn’t warm by any means, but the Danish are so genius…for every table, they had a fleece blanket and better yet, a Carlsberg fleece blanket.

I made a promise to myself that I would try seafood dishes and I did. My first Copenhagen entree was fish cakes with boiled potatoes and asparagus. Delicious. Much better than crab cakes. Slam dunk on the first night. Booya!

Francesco, who doesn’t even want to consider seafood, went with a chicken sandwich with bacon and potatoes. Oh, and fries of course! Eating on the canal was the perfect people watching exercise. People from all over the world, walking, drinking beer, laughing. I could finally feel the European air filling up my lungs and for a moment I imagined myself living there.

Of course, when in Denmark eat what the Danish do best…Danishes! I found one of the most renowned, and best, bakeries in Denmark and I did a little damage…2 danishes, 1 chocolate croissant at Lagkagehuset. I mean, look at these beauties!

Here are some photos from out trip. Enjoy!

Guards at the Royal Residence.

Us at Tivoli.

Our lunch at Cafe Ultimo in the Tivoli gardens.

Copenhagen’s architecture was impressive. Amidst medieval alleys with classically built buildings, there are these ultramodern structures that highlight this city’s impeccable aesthetic. Case in point, the fantastic Opera House and Royal Theater.

This is the Opera House, whose biggest auditorium was apparently built in the shape of a heart to signify the love of music. Genius.

And this is the Royal Theater with adjoining sandy park (built for the Copenhagen Design Week).

4 Responses to “Out and About: Copenhagen, Denmark”

  1. Susan Berman September 18, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    You guys are obviously Italian–having pizza in Copenhagen!

    • theitalianfork September 19, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

      I know! We are so predictable! Unfortunately, the pizza wasn’t that great. That should teach us a lesson!

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