Friday, April 22, 2022

Copenhagen Day 3

Our main goal for Copenhagen day 3 was to take the train to Sweden for some genuine Swedish meatballs! On the walk from our hotel to the train station we stopped at The King's New Square, a "relatively" new square, built in 1907. Below is the Equestrian statue of Christian V which sits in the King's New Square.

On the way to the train station we also stopped by the City Hall Square to take a picture of Tivoli Gardens, a 19th century amusement park with antique roller coasters. We never did get a chance to visit inside as everytime we were in the area it was very busy. The square also contains a statue of Hans Christian Andersen but unfortunately the light wasn't very good to take a picture of that statue.

Taking a 40 minute train ride across The Sound which separates Denmark from Sweden, we arrived in Malmo! If you search for "best swedish meatballs in Sweden" you'll probably find this article in the search results: "The Best Swedish Meatballs and Where to Get them.". The article says three cities have the best Swedish meatballs, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. The recommendation for Malmo is to go to the Bullen restaurant, which is "known to serve the city’s tastiest k├Âttbullar," Swedish for meatballs. When we arrived at the restaurant a bit before it opened there was already a line of people waiting to get in, all of them locals. We felt lucky to get seated right away, especially since shortly after we arrived small tour groups began to show up.

The seating was rather tight and we ended up seated between two taciturn locals. It seems that Swedish people are a bit shy and need time to warm up to you. The linked article also mentions that it helps if you are drinking beer together. Luckily this restaurant also had some excellent beer which both I and the gentleman sitting next to us ordered. I broke the ice by asking which beer he might recommend. We actually ended up talking quite a bit with him. He told us how he lived nearby and came almost every day for lunch, usually getting the daily special. The daily special that day was roasted chicken which looked very tasty and was reasonably priced.

The waiter also instructed us on the proper way to eat Swedish meatballs. As you can see in the picture above the meal came with potatoes, toast and lingonberries, though the lingonberries are optional. All in all, we had very high expectations for the day and Bullen, and their other guests, exceeded those expectations!

Our Swedish Meatball craving satisfied, we took the train back to Copenhagen and walked to the Rundetaarn or Round Tower. This 17th century tower (round of course) has a spiral ramp to get to the top instead of stairs. This no doubt made it much easier to transport the telescope shown in the picture below to the top of the tower. The tower was built by King Christian IV in the early 1600's in memory of astronomer Tycho Brahe, who was one of the last major astronomers to perform his work before the invention of the telescope.

After the Round Tower we returned to Nyhavn (New Harbor) to take pictures of the colorful buildings that line Nyhavn. Click the picture below to see more pictures of Nyhavn, including a panoramic view of the harbor and its buildings.

At the end of Nyhavn is the Inderhavnsbroen, a bridge built just for pedestrians and bicycles, mostly bicycles. If you look closely at the pictures you'll see a lot of people sitting on the waters edge on the other side of the bridge enjoying the sunny weather. That area attracts a lot of young people on Friday afternoons and weekends when there is a food court with a variety of food and beers.

Click this link or one of the pictures above to see more pictures in the Copenhagen Day 3 photo album.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Copenhagen Day 2

April 21, 2022 - Copenhagen

Our first full day in Copenhagen and we were ready to go after a good night's sleep.

Our first stop was at the Church of Our Lady near Copenhagen University. For such a small walkable city Copenhagen has an amazing number of churches and castles.

Next we went to a scenic view of the Frederiksholms Kanal. You can also see one of the many tour boats which travel around Copenhagen. They're a very good way to see a lot of the city. They also have electric powered harbor buses which are used by commuters but can also be ridden by tourists to see the sights or easily get around the city.

Although we didn't tour the Christiansborg Palace today, I thought this picture of the bike racks full of bikes was very interesting. With 546 km of bicycle paths, bike bridges and even cycle superhighways Copenhagen is considered the most bike friendly capital in the world.

In the mornings when we had breakfast in the hotel we could look out over the large boulevard showing many commuters, most of them on bikes. Even parents taking young children to school or daycare were riding bikes with their kids in large wheeled carriers on the front of their bike. Many of the rest of the people took buses or walked leaving very few private cars visible on the road.

Among the famous people from Copenhagen was Soren Kierkegaard who lived from 1813 to 1855. He is considered by many to be the first existentialist philosopher.

The Nyhavn (New Harbor) houses are one of the iconic sights in Copenhagen. Tour boats can also be caught here as well on the Frederiksholms Kanal. We returned to Nyhavn many times and you can see even more pictures taken here including a panorama picture in the 2022-04-22 Copenhagen Day 2 photo album.

We were lucky enough to arrive at Frederik VIII's Palace just in time for the changing of the guard. The entire square is a very scenic area containing, in addition to Frederik VIII's Palace, the Amalienborg Palace Museum, Christian VII's Palace, Christian IX's Palace and Amalienborg, the Queen's winter residence.

Another scenic church is Frederik's Church with beautiful architecture and stained glass windows.

Frederik's Church is also surrounded by a number of statues, including this one of Danish King Canute IV.

Rosenborg Castle Gardens is the oldest and most visited park in central Copenhagen.

Click this link or one of the pictures above to see more pictures in the Copenhagen Day 2 photo album.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Copenhagen Day 1

We arrived in Copenhagen early afternoon after leaving San Francisco the previous afternoon. Needless to say we were exhausted having not really slept very well during the flight. Due to COVID they also didn't serve anything other than water on the flight. After checking into the hotel and taking a brief nap we headed out to get some dinner. The picture below was taken at almost 8pm as the sun was setting.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Spent an afternoon at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, just east of Mesa. Unfortunately I left my camera on the plane while running to catch a connection and had to use my smartphone for these photos. Click the link or the picture to see more photos.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Run or Dye 5k Run Photos

I didn't run in this, but it was but I was on my feet for over three hours taking over 900 pictures. Below is my favorite. Click on the picture or this link to see more of favorites...

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tokyo Japan

Last day to enjoy Tokyo. Started with Sushi at the Tsukiji Fish Market, then the Tokyo-Edo Museum, Sumo Wrestling (but it was closed on Saturday), Akihabara electronics district, Senso-ji, Tokyo's "biggest, oldest and most popular Buddhist temple" and ending the day back at the 45th floor observatory of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building for a night observation. Click the picture to see more...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Tokyo Japan

Took a looooong walk today starting from our hotel near Shinjuku station to Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, Meiji-Jingu temple, Yoyogi Park, ending up at the 45th floor observatory of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. Click the picture to see more...

Monday, June 3, 2013

Cruise Day 8 - Bepu Japan

Last stop, and one of the best. Visited the Mt. Takasaki Monkey Park and Jigoku Meguri ("Boiling Hells") hot springs. Click the picture to see more...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Arizona – Sedona

Finally made it to Sedona. Beautiful area. Click the picture to see more…

 Sedona Arizona

Arizona – Montezuma Castle

Stopped at Montezuma Castle National Monument during a drive from Phoenix to Sedona . Pleasantly surprised by the 1,000 year old pueblo ruins. Very interesting as well as very easy to get to. Well worth the stop if you're in the area. Click the picture to see more…

 Montezuma's Castle

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cruise 2 – Day 14 – At Sea

One last day at sea on the final leg of our trip to Long Beach. Not much to show but did get a few good sunrise shots. Click the picture to see more…

 Cruise 2

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cruise 2 – Day 13 – Cabo San Lucas

Was going to go scuba diving but the excursion was canceled – not enough people signed up for it. Went on a snorkeling trip to two different locations. Half the fun was the zodiac boat ride that was very bumpy but also very fast, passing all of the other boats and even jet skis on the way back. Unfortunately the visibility still wasn't very good. Click the picture to see more…

 Cruise 2