Wow, did I ever have a productive day! Sometimes I amaze myself, I must say. My mom just said the other day that she can’t believe how much stamina I have. And you know, I think she’s right! I don’t know where it comes from, but every day I get up and (except for a couple of REALLY tired days) I’m excited to get out and at ’em. I know, I know… it’s not like I’m at work or anything, but traveling is very different beast from vacationing. A holiday is where you sit by a pool and read a book. I like doing that, for about half a day then I’m bored and need to see something new. I’ve been trying to balance the GO GO GO with some holiday-like activities, but I’m afraid the scale is tipped in favour of the “Andrea GO” side than the “Andrea CHILL.” That’s why I made Greece my second to last stop before I come home (and it’ll only be Iceland for 4 days after that) so really, the R&R of Greece won’t have worn off by then.
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I had heard about this great art gallery called Louisiana from Katie and Jared’s friends when I was in Amsterdam and decided to check it out. It’s a museum of modern art, and the reason why it’s called Louisiana is that the owner of the property where the museum sits was married to 3 women, all called Louise. That’s a bit strange, but I digress. It’s about a half hour train ride outside of Copenhagen in a town called Humlebaek, then an easy 10 minute walk (with very clear signs) to get to the gallery. The museum is a mix of indoor and outdoor space, with some beautiful architecture and a park area that goes right down to the ocean. The outdoor space is a sculpture park with some works by some very famous modern artists.
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This one is by Henry Moore. They had quite a few by him on the grounds.
A gallery with a view!
This is by Joan Miro. What a dirty birdie…
The next two are by one of idols, Alexander Calder. I LOVE him!
I forgot to read who created this one, or should I say THESE ones!
Architecture is a big part of this museum, and they had a really interesting show on about space, city planning and how we dwell within these spaces.
This was so cool! It was a little room, surrounded by water and darkness and these lights that changed colour. It’s by a Japanese artist named Yayoi Kusama.
This was a treat. I’ve been a fan of British artist David Hockney for a long time now, but never seen his work in person before. How cool is it that I get to see works he’s created on ipads? Of course, this part of the exhibit was a “no photos allowed” zone.
Francis Bacon… I used to love his work when I was in art school and I had forgotten all about him until today… this piece was huge, maybe 8 -10 ft tall?
Sculpture by Alberto Giocometti.
Roy Lichtenstein! This is just a small part of a HUGE painting. 20 ft long and probably 12 ft tall. Incredible! A modern master…
Next I continued on the train to a town I had heard was nice called Helsingor. It WAS nice, but would have been nicer if I could have walked down the street without my umbrella and plastic poncho protecting me from the torrential rain pelting down. My pant leg bottoms and shoes were soaked through! I did stop at a bakery though to have a enjoy a Danish of all things! It wasn’t called a Danish in the display case, but I knew what it was… I was discussing with my friend Tanya tonight whether you can get the “Copenhagen” pastry here, or if it’s just a North American thing. I told her I’ve been looking but was too embarrassed to ask for it. So does anyone know, can you get a Copenhagen in Copenhagen? And if you can, is it called a Copenhagen? Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. (:
I have seriously considered buying some of these…
I was going to go to Tivoli Gardens tomorrow, but since the rain had stopped I thought I better seize my chance and go now. I walked around and soaked up the atmosphere, did some people watching and smelled all the delicious greasiness that is fair food. I was good, the only thing I ate was a Coldstone Creamery ice cream. I just couldn’t do another hot dog or burger, I couldn’t!
I went on the Worlds Oldest Roller Coaster and lived to tell about it. It was awesome!
I look kind of scared, don’t I?
These ducks were cracking me up! They walk stick straight quack quack quacking the whole time. All he needs is a sailor top with no pants and he’s Donald!