Copenhagen Photo Diary – Part 2

Still a bit bleary eyed from my night out at the Tivoli, the next morning I headed with my family to Copenhagen’s National Museum. I’m not going to write about that here simply because this museum and Aarhus’ archaeology museum in Moesgaard deserve their own post so I can go into overdrive getting bizarrely excited about Danish Prehistoric and Viking artefacts.

Anyway having spent the whole morning in this museum and even then we only managed to see one and a half of the galleries, after lunch we crossed the road to the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, an art gallery funded by the family of cheap beer fame.

The gallery mainly consists of 19th century classical sculptures as well as examples of the Roman and Greek styles that influenced them. Whilst many of the sculptures were nothing much to write home about in my opinion, unless you’re a fan of naked heroes with random bits of fabric draped over their shoulders, the surroundings of the gallery itself make it an enjoyable place to visit. The central courtyard of the gallery is a picturesque palm house – until you spot the statue I “fondly” call “Babymageddon.” No words in my opinion fully encapsulate the awfulness.

DSC06062DSC06082DSC06147After this we set sail the high seas canals of Copenhagen for a boat tour which essentially shows you the whole of Copenhagen with the exception of the Rosenberg castle. You even get to see the Little Mermaid statue, which is incredibly underwhelming, little being the operative word. Personally it was more interesting seeing the military barracks surrounding a large Danish flag where cannons are fired every morning to honour the national flag. The guide in the boat also described Christianshavn, the area where we stayed as modelled on Amsterdam, however you feel the architects hadn’t actually seen the Dutch capital.

We spent most of the next day out of town but in the evening, my brother and I visited the aquarium, walking in on piranha feeding time. According to the fishkeeper (what do you call someone who works in an aquarium?) these creatures are incredibly misunderstood and only scavengers. Although having seen them scavenge I still won’t being going for a swim in piranha infested waters anytime soon. I’m also still confused about why the shop sold fishing rods – I thought aquariums liked their fish alive.

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Exterior of Copenhagen Aquarium, Den Bla Planet

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Copenhagen Photo Diary – Part 1

Headed out to Copenhagen for a week with my family, a welcome break after excavating pretty solidly since April. We started off our first full day in Denmark’s cosy capital by climbing the church near our home for the week; Vor Frelsers Kirke which with its amazing spiral tower copying St Ivo’s in Rome and which has some spectacular views over the city: DSC05130

After getting an idea of the lie of the land we headed towards the more central sites. Having wondered past the inter-twined dragon tails of the Borsen or national stock exchange, the old harbour with its rows of technicolour houses in Nyhavn and the monumental Marmorkirke, it was lunch-time by the time we’d reached the royal palace of the current queen and accidently coincided with the changing of the guards.

In the palace itself, the private rooms of many of the recent kings and queens of Denmark are recreated. Among one of my more niche hobbies is royal genealogy so it was fascinating being able to vaguely understand the personalities behind some of the royal individuals based on how the rooms where decorated, people who before where often little more than birth dates and death dates to me.DSC05153DSC05163DSC05174DSC05196

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