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Goldring Travel's 2015 Cultural & Culinary (formerly Food & Wine) Cruise - Seabourn Quest - Part II (Copenhagen & The First Day)



I arrived in Copenhagen, Denmark they day before the start of the 2015 Goldring Travel Culinary and Cultural (Food & Wine) Cruise on the Seabourn Quest.  I always look for a unique hotel in an interesting location to stay at.  So while I booked some of my guests into the SKT Petri, a lovely hotel with great friendly service and very comfortable rooms, I opted for the Axel Guldsmeden, a boutique, environmentally friendly, hotel located in the trendy former meatpacking district.  From the friendly service to the beautiful stone bathtub in the bedroom to the wonderful garden lounge, I enjoyed our brief time there.
Axel Goldsmeden Hotel, Copenhagen, DenmarkAfter checking in we headed over to Tivoli Gardens for a stroll, a bite to eat (pickled herring with a cauliflower salad and smoked eel with a light mustard dill sauce ? typical Danish cuisine) and a sampling of aquavit ? the very potent potato based, but herbal infused, Scandinavian liquor.  (I had to prepare for our aquavit tasting later during the cruise.)

 But the highlight for me was later that evening dining at Formel B, a Michelin starred, dining experience.  I had tried to get into Noma, having entered the lottery and waitlist months earlier, but to no avail.  I was not, however, disappointed.    Formel B, was an upscale, but casual, experience that impressed from the moment we were seated at a table highlighted by dozens of bottles of golden sauterne set in a stone wall. 
Each dish was beautiful, but I think the ?winner? was Danish beef jerky with white asparagus, parmesan, crispy malt and yoghurt; almost a play off a Turkish donner kebab.  It was like nothing I expected, but I will remember that melding of flavors with unexpected textures for a very long time!

The next morning we headed out to explore just a bit of Copenhagen.  I do have to say that overall I was a bit disappointed.  There are some beautiful buildings and interesting cultural moments, but between some rather ugly buildings and giant McDonalds signs, litter and the smell of urine in far too many places, I felt like I was back in Amsterdam in the early 1980?s before they got it together.  But all was not lost!
We strolled over to the train station, a very interesting building, and found a nice bakery where I indulged in a rye and chocolate pastry that was delicious.  

After walking through the Royal Palace stables, City Hall and the rest of the touristic areas (stumbling upon a very interesting exhibition The Lapidarium of the Kings at Christian IV's Brewhouse)

it was time to head to the Seabourn Quest.  A short taxi ride from the hotel brought us right to the pier.
It was my girlfriend?s first time on Seabourn, having spent the last 1.5 years and five cruises being told, when I compared the experiences of Cunard, Azamara, Windstar (sail and power) and Celebrity, ?But on Seabourn?? She said, ?Well let?s see if Seabourn is ...
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