The Anonymous Widower

Unwelcoming Copenhagen!

My stay in Copenhagen was not the best.

I arrived in the city at six in the evening, to find the tourist office closed and all the hotels full. I eventually got a room in a rather poor hotel at a five star price. The Danes may be nice people, but some of them know how to rip off tourists.

The room was a fifteen minute walk from the station, so I decided to go there, get some food and then book my onward travel to Hamburg for the morning. I did have the train times, but I only had my tablet and felt that at the station there would be some of the excellent German ticket machines.

In the end, I got an excellent gluten-free meal at an Italian restaurant by the station, but by the time, I’d finished it was eight and the station was shut. There were no automatic machines, that sold tickets to Hamburg either.  Customer Service? Forget it!

So I went back to my grotty hotel room and went to bed.  There wasn’t even any reliable wi-fi, and there was nothing I could understand on the television.  In fact, I doubt that even a Dane could have understood it, as both the sound and the picture was excrutiating.

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Food | , , , | 1 Comment

Would I Go Back To Stockholm?

Most certainly! Yes! Although, I wouldn’t stay in the Stureplan Hotel again!

I’d probably try to get in Hotel Rival.  It looks like I can get a room at a reasonable price for a couple of weeks ahead.

The hotel also knows its gluten-free, as it appeared did most of Stockholm.

Perhaps next time I go, it’ll be a stop-over on the way to see the bears!

Everybody needs to go to Stockholm once, just to see the Vasa.

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Food, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

From Stockholm To Copenhagen By Train

I left Stockholm for Copenhagen late in the morning.

The journey should have taken just over five hours but the train was half-an-hour late into the Danish capital. A hotel manager I spoke to, said that the trains are always late.  But I couldn’t find any published statistics, like you see on British stations.

The Stockholm to Copenhagen line is not very spectacular, except for the amazing crossing between Malmo and Copenhagen on the double-deck Øresund Bridge.

The Øresund Line, which is the high-speed rail line between Malmo and Copenhagen, illustrates some of the problems of running trains between different countries. This section called Border Technicalities in the Wikipedia article on the line, illustrates the problem. The electrification, signalling and train running systems are all different.

At least England and Scotland have the same systems and we’re vaguely the same as the French, Belgians and Germans, with respect to high-speed rail.

But then Ireland, including the North, use a different gauge.

The Swedish high speed train, called the SJ 2000, that I used on the journey has the luxury of running on 19th Century lines between Stockholm and Malmo, that were built relatively straight.  But it is not particularly fast, going at speeds comparable with our Inter City 125s from London to the West Country. Our trains are thirty years older and diesel powered, but comparisons like this illustrate how good was the design of the Inter City 125s.

June 18, 2013 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | Leave a comment

Fotografiska

Fotografiska is Stockholm’s photographic museum. I like photography so I walked there from the station at Slussen. I must admit, I was drawn there by the adverts for a Helmut Newton exhibition all over the city.

Unfortunately, the city built a motorway, between the museum and the cliff face behind, so there are no buses.  One of the staff told me, that the city is redeveloping the area and hasn’t made up its mind about the transport in the area.

The various exhibits were fascinating, but the Helmut Newton exhibition also included some portraits of the famous, including a striking one of Margaret Thatcher, which is shown here. I also like this quote from Helmut Newton.

Nothing has been retouched, nothing electronically altered. I photographed what I saw.

It is a good rule for a photographer, that they shouldn’t break.

There was also a restaurant with views across the city on the top floor.  If I’d had more time, I’d have had lunch!

June 18, 2013 Posted by | World | , , , , , | Leave a comment