Month: July 2017

Vacationing in Copenhagen (vi) – the open air museum

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Just north of Copenhagen is the Frilandsmuseets, or Danish Open Air Museum. It is one of the largest open air museum in the world with 50 buildings from Denmark, Sweden, Schleswig and the Faroe Islands. It’s easy to get to via the bus system. You can spend a whole day at the museum, there are a myriad of different buildings, some of which contain workshops like shoe makers, and woodworkers. There are also sheep, ponies, cattle, […]

Kayaking at the cottage

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A couple of years ago we bought kayaks, for doing some water sport in the summer. Normally we take them when we rent a cottage, and spend a few days just paddling about (nothing serious). We bought a pair of Santee 126 Sport kayaks, made by Hurricane. Made of UV-resistant, thermoformed plastic, they are *super* light kayaks, easily luggable by one person. 39 pounds in weight, and 12’6″ in length, they have a rear external […]

Boudin noir

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Call it what you like, Bourdin noir, black pudding, blood sausage… is always delicious. One of the oldest types of charcuterie it is commonly served with breakfast, or with sautéed potatoes or apples (as I ate it as a kid), blood sausage it always delicious. This one from Sanagan’s Meat Locker in Kensington Market, TO. Cut into ½” (10-12mm) slices, they are a chocolate brown colour, flecked with pieces of fat. When fried in a pan with […]

Vacationing in Copenhagen (v) – where to shop for food

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The grocery stores are *interesting* if you are use to shopping in stores with a large assortment of produce. We stayed in a less touristy part of town, and yet I didn’t see too many independent cheese, or fruit and vegetable stores. Were they hidden, I don’t know. I shopped for basics at two grocery stores fakta and døgnNetto– there are a bunch of others here. Some of these are open 7 days a week, so you […]

A good brush

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Not all brushes are created equal. Unbeknownst to me, I have been collecting brushes for years. Why? I have no clue. I seem to have a small collection of pastry brushes, from Sweden, Germany, Denmark? Other brushes too… for cleaning, and sweeping. Something about the old school nature of these items. In Copenhagen there is a small store which sells household products such as brushes. It is called Blindes Arbejde  and they are handmade by blind and […]

Vacationing in Copenhagen (iv) – what to eat?

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There are plenty of excellent things to eat in Copenhagen… it really depends what you want. It can be something as simple as hot dogs, or as refined as dining at award winning NOMA (currently closed but set to reopen at a new location sometime soon). Hot dogs you say? It seems they are the fast food of Denmark, and can be found everywhere – including the main city squares. One of the best places […]

Vacationing in Copenhagen (iii) – museums

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Copenhagen abounds with museums and galleries. There is the art gallery, the National Gallery of Denmark, and the Arken Museum of Modern Art. There is the wonderful National Museum of Denmark which is in Copenhagen and is associated with a series of  museums,  all over Denmark, including The Open air Museum, and The Frøslev Camp Museum (a WW2 POW camp). When we visited the National Museum, there was an excellent Viking exhibit which included a viking longship. […]

Vacationing in Copenhagen (ii) – things to see

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Copenhagen abounds in sights to see. Just walking around time is a great experience. Note that in the summer months there are a *lot* of tourists. Not surprising, its a popular city to visit. Below is a view from Amagertorv, described as “the most central square in central Copenhagen”, looking towards the Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center (in a converted church). This square is very popular. A great place to start is in the centre of […]

Vacationing in Copenhagen (i)

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In the summer of 2013, before we visited Iceland, we spent a week in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark (flying Icelandair). I don’t know what drew us towards this capital of European design. Likely it was seeing it on an episode of Waterfront Cities of the World, and hearing about it growing up from from my mother, who spent a year there as an au pair in the late 1950s. Denmark is somewhat of an enigma. Yes, […]