24.05.2013 - 30.05.2013 15 °C
Have just spent the last week in the delightful company of Scottie and Birgitte in Copenhagen. It was so relaxing to have a base again and we passed the time touring, eating and drinking. The Danes can drink ! We drove to Sweden just to cross the bridge as a homage to the Danish crime show of the same name feeling just a little hypocritical as we had teased Jen when she visited THAT bookshop in Nottinghill only days before. We had a coffee in Malmo, pretty town brightly coloured houses with lots of Swedish red rooves contrasting with the grey sky. We returned by ferry which was fun and had a Danish hot dog for Lew. Scottie showed us around Copenhagen on a bright sunny day and we wandered the pretty streets, no building higher than 3 storeys. We kicked back on a canal boat to see some of the sights from the water, such as the beautiful modern architecture of the Black Diamond library, the opera house and the play house. The little Mermaid, such an iconic figure of the stories from my childhood was sadly diminutive, a non event really. Highlight of the day was a typical Danish lunch in an old dark bar near the port. We had herring in three ways, meatballs and pork, all accompanied with rye bread and schnapps. Could get very used to the sharp and salty flavours as my tastebuds continue to diminish. My favourite experience of the week was a visit to Louisiana, an art gallery out of Copenhagen. We had a great day at this beautiful place with Birgitte. The gallery is situated in stunning landscaped gardens with pockets of woodlands, statues and vistas of the wild arctic sea. Within were a number of exhibitions, the most exciting by Tara Donovan where she used waste to shape stunning sculptures of nature. At night we laughed and ate delicious dinners and talked til we were blue in the face. A wonderful way to renew a friendship.