Copenhagen, Denmark Day 109

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!

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3 Responses to Copenhagen, Denmark Day 109

  1. Anonymous July 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm #

    Do not, I repeat do not buy the purple boots – your sisters will torment you for the rest of your life.
    Love Mom

  2. Anonymous July 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    ok it’s funny but they sell those rainboots in a variety of colours here in my hometown (Orillia, ON). They are expensive and I really like them. Can’t justify the price but…
    Ok so you have inspired people, by the way. My daughter is heading out for an adventure starting in the middle east and going to the orient. Told her about your blog when I first come on to it. So, yes, keep up the great work! I’m still loving keeping up with your travels. Thanks so much
    Beth

  3. Andrea July 31, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    @ Mom,I didn’t buy them, but only because I didn’t want to lug around that weight in Turkey and Greece!
    @Beth, that is so cool about your daughter! I hope she keeps a blog,I’d love to read about her adventures in that part of the world!

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