Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

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I remember this night vividly. It was the first night of our trip, and the whole vacation lay ahead. It felt just like the first day of summer vacation used to feel. Summer felt like endless days stretching on and on when I could do whatever I wanted to do.

Like with summer vacation, at the end, I was ready to get back to work. Though I will admit to wanting to plan another trip for December a few days after getting home! I had a lot of fun on this trip. My husband planned it all to be fun and comfortable. When I was single, living in San Francisco, whole years would go by when I rarely left my neighborhood. What a change from then to now. I think my husband has turned me into a traveler. We won’t be going anywhere in December, though, and I’m back to work.

Tivoli Gardens is fun. The theme park seems like a great place for kids but is also nice for grown-ups. We had a nice meal by the lake by Faergekroen Brewery, which was established in 1934.

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Here is the Frigate restaurant. We didn’t eat here, but we enjoyed looking at it across the lake from the deck of the brewery.

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They have a really low-tech nice way to keep you warm outside in the Copenhagen restaurants: They hand you a blanket.

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We rode this roller coaster (and lived to tell about it.)

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Our hotel room had a view of the fireworks over Tivoli Gardens.

Tivoli_Garden_3Thanks for looking at more travel photos. Time for me to get back to work! Have a great weekend.

 

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark

We took the train from Copenhagen to Humlebaek, which is 20 miles outside the city and worth the travel effort. The sculpture garden is stunning, the views of the ocean and Sweden amazing, the architecture modern and very Scandinavian. They had an incredible exhibit of Emile Nolde, who was a German Expressionist painter. We couldn’t take photos of the exhibit, unfortunately. Here is a link to one of his paintings. His early work included these subtle calm paintings of foggy landscapes that I loved, then explosions of colors in subjects like poppies and then Van Gogh-like swirly paintings of vibrant color and impasto painting strokes. If you owned any of these paintings, you’d never get anything done because you wouldn’t be able to stop staring at them. Then the first world war radically changed him. Then the second world war. I didn’t like these as much, except for a couple of them, a group in a theater and a group in a bar. A horse on a battle field was excellent, too, and reminded me of Picasso’s Guernica. Nolde did these weird caricature paintings too. But even the ones I didn’t like as much were powerful, emotional and full of energy. Nolde is incredible, and we had never heard of him!

The sculpture garden was wonderful as was the bit of the permanent collection on display during the Nolde special exhibit.

A mobile by Calder
A mobile by Calder
You can see Sweden
You can see Sweden
Oskar Schlemmer, Bronze Figure, 1921/23
Oskar Schlemmer, Bronze Figure, 1921/23
Jesus Rafael Soto, Virtual Purple Square, 1979
Jesus Rafael Soto, Virtual Purple Square, 1979

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Nia in the sculpture garden
Nia in the sculpture garden
Copenhagen, the gall in the sky in the background is in Tivoli Gardens
Copenhagen, the tall, narrow tower in the sky in the center background is in Tivoli Gardens