Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Winter slides

Your skates are rusty? So why not get closer to the ground?
Easy, start by reading your local paper. In it, you can find out where are the slopes closest to your home. For the Danish speaking, you can also visit AOK.

Then you have to choose your ride: old style wood, or modern aerodynamic plastic

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Discover our photo galleries

Discover the pictures of the blog on those themed albums:

Danish gastronomy: a strange journey among hot dogs, ice cream, beer and smørrebrød...

Bicycle: enter the country of the bicycle and its sometimes very personalized accessories...

Nature : The green danish landscapes, from cows to windmills...

Boats and coasts
: when you live on an island, the sea is never really far away....

Art and design : What would be life in Denmark without design?

Denmark at night: Danish nights are beautiful! Good thing, as during winter season, they are sooo long!

Cold wave: A nice white layer is spreading accross the country...


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Time for ice-skate?

In this period- as almost everywhere in Europe - it is freezing in Denmark ...
The Dares are happy: they can now go out and exercise in the cold: bike in the snow, sledge or even ice-skate on lakes!
Access to the various lakes is regulated: the city council performs depth measurements every day and if the ice is over a certain thickness, the lake can be "officially" opened to the public. Humm that's the theory, as can be seen here on Lake Castle in Hillerød, the skaters are enjoying themselves despite the interdiction sign. Oh là là these Danes, they respect absolutly nothing!

On today's program: ice skating (animal powered or not), hockey, sledding ...

In Copenhagen, the town maintains this page that shows which lakes are allowed (for pictures of Copenhagen lakes, you can check Aimache's page). Most cities (those with a lake of course) offer an equivalent page on their site.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Fish in a box

In a plastic box!
Yes, in Denmark you can get fish in individually sized boxes. I have been tempted by it, because it was a great offer (2 dkk a piece, 27 Euro cents!). So let's taste it, for the sake of the blog!

Finally, after some effort in decoration, it doesn't look so bad.

Well of course you should not serve it to Jamie Oliver, but it's rather ok. Many Danes have this kind of preparation in their lunch box .
But as any individual portion, a bad point for the environment with all this plastic packaging.

Friday, January 15, 2010

In Copenhagen harbour

In Copenhagen, you are always reminded you are very close to the water, even if it is only thanks to the sounds of the seagulls.
To visit the harbour, nothing easier! You just have to jump on a yellow bus boat (run all year long, even in the frozen winter). A boat line is going from the north (close to the Little Mermaid) to the south (close to the library). Most transportations passes (like a valid 10 rides card) are accepted!
Just imagine that some people use those everyday to go to work!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Copenhagen airport

Many airports around the world are spectacular pieces of architecture (we can of course discuss about Terminal 1 at Charles de Gaulle). Copenhagen is no exception to this rule, even if the airport is relatively small, some aspects of it are quite remarkable.
This applies to the deserted corridor at the end of the path "A". You can admire there a rather minimalist style characteristic of Scandinavia.

Asides from the architecture, you can also appreciate the large choice of shops: you can even buy your pickled herring in the large shopping mall before boarding the plane, in case you have a craving on board. You can also find the most famous Danish brands (Illum, LEGO, Royal Copenhagen ...).
The airport also has its own little mermaid so that you can avoid making a detour to the real. At least you realize immediately upon arrival that it is tiny!

Another practical aspect is that the airport has its own train station and also the Metro. This means that one can reach Copenhagen downtown within 20 minutes and above all, in a relative comfort. That is really a major contrast with Paris!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Fancy Tables 2

Other examples of past years Royal Copenhagen Fancy Tables, I especially liked the Japanese table (upside down ...)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Fancy tables

Among the Christmas traditions, there are also the inevitable "Christmas tables" of Royal Copenhagen, the famous china store.
In the store downtown, several tables made by designers displays the products of the brand. And it goes from the more traditional to the more conceptual. Most of them are probably not very practical to have an actual meal!
Here are some pictures of the tables of past years.

Yes, yes, they are cheese-graters lamps.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Christmas beer leftovers

I know we're in January, but we still have some to drink ... And then when it's good, you can drink it all year round *!

* with moderation of course ;-)

Monday, January 4, 2010

After party

Fireworks such as the ones we enjoyed on New Year Eve leave traces, plenty of them. In the morning (well everything is relative, let's say late afternoon) of the first of January, we were able to find many remains of the crazy night, even if some waste had already been evacuated by the local themselves.

The rest was quickly cleaned during the day so there was no more trace of the events the next day (although some people are still fired a few rockets during the weekend - probably leftovers). Hurry up, it's legal to shoot fireworks only until tomorrow.

Friday, January 1, 2010

No kidding!

Here when you say that people celebrate New Year with fireworks, it's really an understatement!
First you are overwhelmed with flyers, then shops appear everywhere in the city (even in ice-cream shop). Then the test runs starts. By law, you can start from December 1st, just to warm up for the big day. The week before New Year, it's every night.
So after such a long wait, the big night finally comes and ammunition are out quickly after dark (around 4). There is a net increase around 8, and of course a climax just after midnight (for 30 to 45mn). Then it lasts a little more quietly until 2 or 3 in the morning.

The advantage of living on the third floor overlooking a residential area: you can see fireworks at a 180 degrees angle!
I don't know if you can well see it in the pictures, but there is really a firework in every garden!

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