Thursday, March 4, 2010

Copenhagen, that's Danish for BRRRRRR!!!!!

"Let the Games Begin!"

Breakfast at Cronies

As Season III of my Euroball Experience is about to begin, there was only one last thing to do before leaving Camarillo, eat a Breakfast Burrito at Cronies. It should be noted that this has been the first place I've eaten upon returning from Europe the last two seasons as well.

My bride Laurie and I have done this before each season now, I'm not one to fly in the face of Tradition, so Cronies it was.

The Burrito was delicious!

The Staff Comped Us

Just another reason I love this place.

The First Leg

Some things have changed at British Air since last summer.

First, I was only allowed to check in one bag for free. I saved a a total of $24 by checking in on line but it still cost $96 for the extra bag's two flights.

I also ponied up an extra $45 to secure my preferred aisle seat in the last row for the entire journey.

On a bright note, British Air did NOT lose my luggage!

The ten hour flight was smooth and no one sat next to me in my two seat row!

Watched two entertaining movies, "Angels and Demons" and "Up in the Air", and actually slept a little.

The Final Leg

After a two hour layover in London's Heathrow Airport, it was on to Denmark.

Only a 90 minute hop this time on a half empty plane.

Copenhagen's Central Train Station
a.k.a. København H

A quick 12 minute ride from the airport, this is a very nice depot indeed.

Interesting Building

Across the street from København H, it was too cold and blustery to cross the street to investigate it further. I was on a mission to drag my bags to my temporary digs in the CABINN City before my nose was lost to frostbite.

The CABINN City was perfect for my needs . . . small, clean and well located near København H.

We're both thinking about
the snow on the ground.

Tivoli Gardens
re-opening April 15, 2010

This is Copenhagen's classic 20 acre amusement park opened in 1843, the first such park open to the general public in European history.

Why is Tivoli closed until mid-April?

Hard to tell from this picture but that little pond at the edge of Tivoli is frozen.

So am I.

The Rådhus

Copenhagen's City Hall is impressive, especially with a fountain featuring a bull goring another creature!

"We MUST protect the Rådhus!"

Winged rhino serpents?

Hans Christian Andersen

Copenhagen's favorite son, I can't really explain the "people" behind his statue.

Tradition has it that you sit on his well worn left knee topless and have your picture taken.

Not today.

The Strøget

If you want to shop, knosh and people watch in Copenhagen, then this is the place for you.

Did someone say knosh?

I had to try a crepe sandwich made with expertise by this non-English speaking chef. Fortunately the menu was in English, ONLY English.

It made for an interesting exchange.

His grilled chicken pancake with something called "carry" sauce was outstanding!

Closed but interesting

They even allow the Irish in Copenhagen.

NEVER floss with a skateboard

Habana, Cuba

Not sure why but this trendy shop in the University District displays about 15 pictures of vintage American cars in the Caribbean capital.

A Church Tower

As in every other part of Europe that I have visited, churches are a big part on the urban landscape.

An arcade off the Strøget

DetKongelige Teater

A very cool concert hall.

Night Time is Light Time

Are you looking at me?

Bicycles Everywhere!

According to Rick Steves, there is a 180% tax on all automobile purchases in Denmark, thus the incredible amount bicycles all over the city.

The vast majority of these bikes await their owners unlocked. Dare you to try that back home.

The Rådhus at Night

Thermometer says . . .

Why it's a balmy -3º Celsius, which equals 26º Fahrenheit. Thankfully, there was no wind so it made for tolerable walking conditions.

Note that the very tip top of this thermometer, the blue line, only goes to 30º C which translates to 86º F.

Still too cold to figure out what this building across from the Købenavn H is all about.

I finished the evening's promenade by returning to the train station and buying my Saturday Morning train ticket to Hässleholm. Friday, more sightseeing in Denmark's capital.

Oh, by the way, I love all of these awesome letters in the Danish and Swedish alphabets!


Michael Contreras said...

Häppy to see thät yoü and yoür lüggäge häve mäde it säfely äcroß the pond. Keep bundled üp!

George said...

Excellent use of your multi-cultural alphabet skills!

Kalle said...

Actually, it's not that bad. The swedish ä sounds much like the a in happy and that. The german ü and ß is not used in any scandinavian language though. As you might have noticed in Sweden and Finland we have Åå Ää and Öö, but in Norway and Denmark they have Åå Ææ Øø. They are pronounced the same though.

JTwice said...

Thank you for taking the time to honor my Danish ancestors with the correct usage of dots and strikeouts. I think it helps a keyboard keep the nostalgia of a fountain pen, with random ink blots.

Secondly, I'm happy that your breakfast at Cronies included a Corona for Laurie. That's my girl!!! Yes!

Third, you have now filled your church quota for the season... please refrain from shooting any more this year! Ha ha... IMPOSSIBLE!

Finally, I am still waiting for "the hand of god" in your photos... By year 3 I thought you'd have that technology! haha...

Stay thirsty my friend,