Sunday, April 13, 2008

Copenhagen


By the time we got out of Roskilde and back to Copenhagen, it was about 1 PM, so we strolled along the Stroget shopping district, taking in the sights and smells of central Copenhagen.
Copenhagen has many slender, unusual towers, such as this one atop the Palace Hotel.

We then wandered by the Rosenborg Slot, a fairy tale palace built by Christian IV in 1606-24 when it was outside the city walls.

Nearby was the Statens Museum for Kunst, where we wound up our day.

Viking Ship Museum, Roskilde, Denmark

Helga and I took the train from Malmo to Copenhagen, then changed to a surprisingly old suburban train to see the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde. The modern cement and glass museum, nicely sited on the shore, opened in 1969 to exhibit five Viking ships that were discovered in the Roskilde Fjord in 1962. The ships had been deliberately sunk in 1070 in order to protect Roskilde from attacks from the sea.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Malmo, Sweden


Two weeks ago, I visited my friend Helga. Arriving in Copenhagen, I boarded a swift, smooth and surprisingly roomy train at the airport, which began as a tunnel but then, surprisingly, rose to the surface at an artifical island where it continued as a long span to Malmo. This was my first visit to Scandanavia, which immediately impressed me as wealthy, civilized and tidy. While the weather was wintry, there was one restaurant just off the town square which insisted upon outdoor dining (thanks to gas heaters every five feet or so). I personally was taken with these 1960s stylized sculptures around a fountain in front of the courthouse.




We also enjoyed this whimsical parade.


While much of Malmo is relatively old and low-rise, the big surprise is the so-called Twisted Torso, a new residential tower along the shore, which seems to have been airlifted from Dubai.


This wooden windmill is in a small city park near this old, storied fort, now a multi-purpose museum.