Sam and I are back in Austin after what feels like quite a while away (at least as measured in how abject and needy Dinah seemed by our arrival). I'll post a bit later about Christmas in New Jersey and New York (spoiler: we did not get tickets to Hamilton). Sandwiched in between our time on the East Coast, we took a short trip to Copenhagen. We were able to get some cheap flights, due to our usual strategy of going places at a time of year when no one else wants to. Copenhagen in winter is a bit light on daylight and chilly during the day, although really no worse than New York. While I got tired of the guide book constantly talking about how great it was to sit in the parks or cafe decks on a sunny day, overall, I'd say Scandinavia in the dead of winter has its own quiet charm.
|Nyhavn. Hans Christen Andersen lived in at least three of these houses.|
|The view from the top of the Round Tower. It used to be an observatory used by Tycho Brahe, but today it's only occasionally used by amateur astronomers.|
|Inside the ballroom of Christiansborg Palace. It's still used for parliamentary functions. Note the awesome tapestries and Stanley Kubrick-esque flooring. Also, a rare photo with Sam in it.|
|At the Louisana, there was a room where you could place polka dots anywhere you thought a colored polka dot was needed. It would have been very exciting to place the first one, probably.|
|The Louisiana is a wonderful museum in part because of its beautiful sculpture garden overlooking the ocean. We would have enjoyed it even more if it hadn't been quite so cold and windy by the seaside.|
Knowing that Copenhagen was a foodie city but otherwise having only heard of Noma (which closed permanently while we were there and thus we were unable to come close to getting a reservation), I'd done some research to find a nice splurge place. This particular restaurant follows the Noma methodology of using locally grown and foraged ingredients and redesigning traditional Danish food. Better still on Tuesdays they offered their 12-course tasting menu for the price of the 7-course one. That said, we still were talked into several wine choices that elevated the price from special occasion expensive to more-than-the-rent-of-my-first-apartment expensive, but I consider it worth it for the experience. The chefs would come out and serenely whisper a litany of ingredients that we would try to piece back together once we'd actually tried the dish. The only thing I know for sure that we ate is duck.
|One of the things in this picture is celery root. That's about the best I can do.|
|It looks like we're the only people here, but we were not. We stood clear of the main crowd after seeing an errant fireball head their way.|
|New Year's Day swans.|