There's not much to do in Valby, so I headed to the city center and into the famed Tivoli, realized I was starving, and promptly sat down to eat. By the time I was done, the place was closing down, and the fireworks display (that I could hear but not see) was done. So all I'd done really is pay a 75 kroner entrance fee to eat inside Tivoli rather than out. The meal wasn't cheap either. Denmark isn't cheap.
Outside the DGI I saw a climbing wall and some little blond people
aged 7-10 climbing confidently. Very impressive.
Later that evening walked along Stroget, snapping random street performers (I also did a video, but haven't figured out how to rotate it yet ...) and ended had dinner at "Peder Oxe" based on Lonely Planet recommendation. Good food at the usual steep Danish prices: DKK 400+ for a salad bar, steak, cheese plate, and wine. The house wine comes in graduated bottles so you only pay for as much you drink. This is cunning as you invariable end up drinking the entire bottle.
I walked around Stroget a bit more and saw a slightly crazy-looking
guy sitting by the street, with a sign in Danish saying (I think) "I
am an idiot". Also he a large cardboard cutout guitar on which he was
playing air guitar while making strange noises with his mouth. I
thought about taking a photo but I didn't want to disturb the magical
Then there was a banquet at the Louisiana, 20 km out of Copenhagen, for which we were inefficiently herded into buses. I'm told there is an amazing modern art collection there. I wouldn't know, I was a bit under the weather and anyway there was mediocre wine to be drunk and food to be eaten. I managed to chat with a couple of people including a girl from Newcastle. Or was it Glasgow. Somewhere oop north for sure.
Then I went for a swim at DGI-Byen and a session at the hotel's sauna, and came
out feeling much better. Strolled along the waterside from Nyhavn towards
Kastellet in a snap-happy kind of mood.
And ended up at the famous Little Mermaid, which was a bit
underwhelming. So it's a greenish statue of a woman with a fish's
tail. Big deal.
I wended my way back towards Kongen Nytorv, where I was going to meet
Robert (one of Eric Jul's students) and his wife for brunch ...
... and very nice the brunch was too, at a place called Zeleste just off Kongens Nytorv. Then the three of us strolled around for a bit, and Ella pointed out to me Tycho Brahe's observatory on top of the Round Tower.
After brunch I walked around a bit more by myself. You can walk up to
the top of the round tower (for a fee, natch), so I did. There aren't
any stairs for most of the way, just a wide spiral path allegedly
built to accomodate a horse-drawn carriage, in which (or so I was
told) the Tsar of Russia ascended when visiting Copenhagne. We are not
told how he got down.
The big suprise of the day was running into Rune Jensen and his wife
and a friend of theirs. We walked and talked and eventually had a nice
dinner in the Latin Quarter. Rune claims this used to be the red light
district (he seemed to know). So I never got around to doing the canal
cruise on Saturday afternoon that I had planned.
This one I think is the new opera house.
and this is our friend the little mermaid, seen from the seaward side.
And dis ere is the Church of Our Saviour, built in the Olden Days to commemorate the victory of Christianity over the heathen aka taxi drivers. No idea what happened to the right-hand side of the tower in that last photo. Maybe some freak atmospheric effect, maybe a very strange lightning bolt, or perhaps just perhaps my camera sucks.