Archive | December, 2011

Lund, Sweden

28 Dec
Lund, Sweden

Lund is easy to reach from Copenhagen.  By taking the train, you can arrive in Lund, Sweden in less than an hour from Copenhagen.  First thing I did upon arriving to Lund is hit up the first H&M I saw, which is actually a Swedish company.  Overall, the clothes are generally the same but I did buy a token sweater just to say I did.  

After walking the town, checking out the stores, and having some Swedish beer we were off to look for a traditional Swedish dinner.  I refused to leave Sweden without having Swedish meatballs, which are served with delicious lingonberry jam.  I came to know Swedish meatballs from the Swedish store IKEA.  I highly recommend trying them if you have not already or try making them on your own with the Almost IKEA Meatball recipe.  Upon return to America I made this recipe and found that although they are not the same as the authentic Swedish meatballs, they are the next best thing.


Vienna at Christmas

26 Dec
Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria was Christmas wonderland during the holidays.  There are huge Christmas lights hanging across every street and a Christmas market at every corner.  Everyone shops, eats, drinks mulled wine, and listens to Christmas music at the markets.  We went to several markets including the famous Wiener Christkindlmarkt 2011 and the Christmas Market at Schönbrunn Summer Palace.

Vienna has many amazing arts galleries including the Belvedere Palace and the Albertina.  In addition, the Giant Ferris Wheel should not be missed.  It offers amazing views of the whole city, which is much larger than I expected.

The food in Vienna is awesome.  The true Viennese experience is achieved by stopping to have lunch or dinner in a traditional Viennese cafe.  Also, taking a break to order a coffee and a slice of the Original Sacher-Torte at the Hotel Sacher of Vienna is a must.

Copenhagen at Christmas

23 Dec
Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen at Christmas is a great time to see the city without all the tourists that summer brings.  The weather is cold, it can be rainy, and it stays dark until almost 10am, but there is still plenty to do.  Some of the highlights in Copenhagen are the Rosenborg CastleTivoli Amusement Park at Christmas, and Carlsberg Glyptoteket Museum where you can see both Rodin’s “The Thinker” and Degas’s “The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer.  We also rented a car to travel to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art which is well worth the trip.  You are able to see both the small towns, beaches, and country-side of Denmark as well as this great museum (with an amazing gift shop).

If food is what you are looking for, the traditional Danish meals may not suit your fancy.  The standard lunch item, called a  smörgåsbord consists of pickled herring and unidentifiable other types of pickled fish.  Even the Danish choose to eat more international food for the most part. 

However, the shopping is fantastic.  The main shopping street, Strøget, has many fun stores that are not found in the United States.  My favorite was Edith & Ella where I purchased an awesome tweed blazer.  And of course, no trip to Scandinavia is complete without purchasing a piece from the  Alvar Aalto Collection.