|This postcard view of Nyhavn in Copenhagen hasn't really changed since my first visit in 1969|
In 1969 I couldn't afford to stay in hotels. If I couldn't find someone offering a place to sleep, I slept in the doorway of Carmen’s Rollers along the pedestrian mall . To earn money, I did drawings on the street which I sold under the banner ‘Primitive Canadian Art’. Every time I sold a drawing we would head off to an all you can eat smorgasbord buffet. If I couldn't sell, I stood outside restaurants and took bread rolls off outdoor tables before they were returned to the kitchen. I also ate a lot of tinned pilchards.
|A few of the Admiral Hotel taken from the water (unfortunately looking into the sun), and the lobby below. Many of the rooms also feature these heavy beams; which you have to remember when going to the toilet in the middle of the night.|
This time I didn’t have to sleep on the street. Although Copenhagen's hotels can be surprisingly expensive, after much investigation we decided to stay at the Admiral Hotel, which appealed to Sally and was recommended by a friend on Twitter. Located in a converted granary on the waterfront a few blocks from Nyhavn, it was a very good choice. If you stay at the Admiral Hotel, make sure you get a room overlooking the water. Other popular hotels include the Marriott and Radisson Blue properties, but I didn’t find their locations as attractive.
|Cruising around the city with a jazz group was a delightful way to see the city. But I needed to take another cruise in order to learn about the city and its sights.|
|I suggested to the tour boat operator that they should consider having an on-board toilet to avoid this from happening. It can't be the first time!|
|This is the most popular and effective way to get around the city while seeing the sights|
|We drove from Copenhagen to the Louisiana Art Museum and managed to arrive at 11 am, just as it was opening.|
|One of the many fascinating installations at Lousiana|
|I enjoyed standing in a room, surrounded by water, while a light show took place around me.|
|With its waterfront setting, Louisiana is a delightful place to spend a large part of the day.|
|I thought the striped dress and striped columns made for a good picture. I showed it to the lady, but all she could see was her stomach! In general, most Danes are in very good shape!|
We did enjoy a short visit to the Danish Design Museum where a BMW display featured a vehicle of the future; and traditional Danish furniture by Arne Jacobsen and others could be found.
We also had some enjoyable lunches at a herring buffet along Nyhavn, and at the modest but historic Slotskaelderen hos. However, at $26 for an open face sandwich, it's more than you would pay at Vancouver's best hotels.
|Now why don't we have more boats like this for rent in Vancouver. I know you can rent some boats at Granville Island, but let's open up more rental outlets. And build some more waterfront restaurants while we're at it!|
|Not a pretty sight. He looked even worse from the back!|
|A view of Bjarke Ingels' new power station that will serve as a ski jump. http://www.dezeen.com/2014/07/12/movie-interview-bjarke-ingels-big-amager-bakke-power-plant-ski-slope/|
|This building wasn't here when I first visited Copenhagen. It's across from these grand buildings that are being marred by the American operations like McDonalds and 7-Eleven that are moving in.|
|I'm not loving it. As far as I'm concerned McDonalds and 7-Eleven are detracting from my enjoyment of many once special European buildings and spaces!|
|A new park being constructed near the waterfront.|
|Copenhagen has one of Europe's most comprehensive pedestrian street systems. I often think of it when Vancouver merchants oppose the concept on the grounds it will not be good for business. Nonsense.|
|A new waterfront theatre (above) and Opera House (below)|
|One of many new cycling bridges|