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LOOKING, MAKING, SLIDING, WALKING 08/14/2014

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Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

After quite a bit of back and forth around Copenhagen yesterday, we decided to dedicate today to one main activity – visiting Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The museum is about 30 minutes north of the city, perched dramatically overlooking the Øresund Sound.

Louisiana is a fantastic museum. And it’s an amazingly fantastic museum for children to join along. After spending a fair amount of time at the cavernous and very white MoMA in New York, I really appreciated the warmth of Louisiana and the building’s connection to the natural landscape. As Grace and I wandered through the galleries we decided to pay special attention to the color purple (there was lots of it!) and to the quality of a painting’s brushstrokes (we saw lots of wide brushstrokes with thick paint left on the canvas to dry).

But Grace’s absolute favorite part was the three floors of art activities for children – she could use watercolors, make multimedia collages, play with yellow Legos, paint with acrylic-style paints, and sculpt!!! Activities were set up to be child driven, but there were also inspirations from the current exhibits provided. She and I both loved it, and Grace practiced some of the wide brushstrokes with thick paint to create a seascape inspired by Emil Nolde’s seascapes. We also spent some time wandering around the sculpture gardens surrounding the museum and discovered a giant slide hidden among the birch trees. According to Grace, it was “awesome.”

We returned to Copenhagen on the train and walked, walked, walked all around the city, just to soak everything in on our final evening, picking up a little gift for Max along the way. We’ve missed him (and Carl too, of course!).

WHAT A DAY 08/13/2014

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Grace and I left the hotel at 9:30am. We returned at 9:30pm. Grace has the blisters to prove it!

First we headed to Copenhagen’s oldest bakery, Sankt Peders Bageri, to try one of Denmark’s well known spiraled cinnamon cakes — snegls (snails). On Wednesdays at Skt Peders they’re called onsdagssnegl (Wednesday snails). Whatever day, they’re delicious! Then we headed to Illum Bolighus so that I could move from drooling over Danish pastries to drooling over Danish furniture and housewares. On the way, we passed by the National Cathedral of Denmark, Vor Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady), and decided to stop and look inside. We both enjoyed the bright, peaceful spirit of the space.

After a brief emergency shoe purchase for Grace (Crocs aren’t great for all day walking), we were off to Tivoli Gardens, an amusement park and garden in the center of the city. It first opened in 1843, making it the second oldest amusement park in the world. I’m not a huge theme park fan, but I have to say, Tivoli is really enjoyable, with pretty little lakes and several open grassy areas to relax between rides. It doesn’t have the dirty, seedy feeling of smaller carnivals and it’s not as overwhelming and over-the-top as Disney resorts (or to be more accurate, my perception of Disney resorts). We bought all day unlimited passes and I let Grace call the shots. She even got me to go with her on the wooden roller coaster, which only reinforced my distaste for roller coasters. I have no clue how she actually enjoyed the ride; it left me sweating and nauseated and pledging never to go on one again.

On that mama meltdown note, we decided to take a break from Tivoli for a late lunch at Restaurant Paustian, a peaceful and delicious restaurant in the city’s northern docklands that serves traditional Danish cuisine. Grace has been exceptionally well-behaved, engaging, and mature on our trip, but when 4-year-olds are involved, I think lunch at slightly more refined restaurants is always a safer bet than dinner. After lunch we spent some time at the design shop Paustian, which shares the building. I love this shop! Not only is the building itself beautiful (and designed by Danish architect Jorn Utzon, who designed the Sydney Opera House), but I would be happy to own just about any piece of furniture sold there — timeless and gorgeous! Grace found a sheepskin rocking horse that kept her entertained while I snapped IPhone photos to file for inspiration when we settle back in New York.

Then it was back to Tivoli for an open air ballet performance, cotton candy, and more rides. We ended the evening with a boat ride on one of the lakes and a late night walk back to the hotel.

Really all I can say is: what a (fantastic!) day!!

 

HELLO, COPENHAGEN 08/12/2014

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays

Grace and I are taking a quick mama-daughter trip to Copenhagen. It’s a slightly belated (and totally awesome!) birthday gift from Carl, and I’m really looking forward to exploring a new city and spending some one-on-one time with my sweet little Goose. I’ve done little to no pre-planning, so I’m also trying to embrace a spontaneous approach (let’s see how that goes!).

After an early wake up and two very bumpy flights, we arrived safe and sound in the early afternoon. Luckily Danish public transportation is excellent and we were pleased to discover (very spontaneously — see above regarding my level of pre-planning) that our hotel is a quick walk from the main train station. I’m quite thankful for the free Copenhagen map app that I hastily downloaded before we left; it let me know I needed to buy a three-zone Metro ticket to get from the airport into the city. In fact, we’ve had quite a bit of luck all day — we caught the final bus tour of the day (yes, I almost neurotically love hop-on-hop-off city bus tours!); we managed to chase down said bus after it left us stranded by the mermaid statue (despite telling passengers there was time to get out and walk around a bit); and we happened upon a delicious outdoor cafe for a tapas-style smørrebrød (Danish open sandwich) dinner. Grace enjoyed an afternoon sausage snack from a pølsevogn (hot dog stand) and we both indulged in some after dinner Haribo snacking (in bed!). Good times all around!

(Also way too many parentheses and exclamations in this post!!!).