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Odense Kommune

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  • Day541

    Auf den Spuren von Hans Christian

    August 25, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Odense, die drittgrößte Stadt Dänemarks, auf der Insel Fünen, war heute unser Ziel. Und hier wollten wir auf den Spuren eines Sohnes der Stadt wandern, den wohl jeder kennt bzw. seine Werke. Dänemarks bekanntesten Schriftsteller und Dichter. Mit seinen Märchen sind wir doch alle groß geworden.
    Däumelinchen - Das Feuerzeug - Des Kaisers neue Kleider - Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse - Die kleine Meerjungfrau - Die wilden Schwäne - Das häßliche Entlein - Die Schneekönigin.... sind so ziemlich die Bekanntesten Märchen von Hans Christian Andersen.
    In der Altstadt von Odense und im Munke Mose Park sind einige, vierzehn genau, Skulpturen verschiedener Künstler verteilt, die alle durch die Geschichten von Andersen inspiriert sind. Bei einigen braucht man eine Menge Phantasie und wir kannten auch nicht alle Märchen, die die Idee für die Skulpturen gaben.
    Online gibt es einen Stadtplan, der die Standorte aller Skulpturen zeigt (https://www.visitodense.de/sites/default/files/asp/visitodense/PDF/eventyrskulpturer_0.pdf).
    Den nahmen wir als Wegweiser durch die Stadt. Eine kleine Schnitzeljagd oder Geocaching durch einen wunderschönen Park und die Altstadt von Odense bei herrlichem Sommerwetter. Julia war hier die perfekte Führerin mit dem Plan in der Hand und ich fand es sehr angenehm, mal einfach nur zu folgen und den Park und die Stadt zu genießen. Danke dafür 😊.
    Wir haben alle Skulpturen gefunden, außer die Nummer 1, da sind wir dann etwas vom Weg abgekommen und der knurrende Magen hat uns Richtung Hafen, ins „Storms Pakhus“ geführt. Street Food Markt in Odense. Hier haben wir uns erstmal gestärkt. Der Plan war, sich noch das Hafenviertel anzusehen, was einen starken Kontrast zur Altstadt bildet, mit sehr moderner und großzügiger Architektur.
    Leider mussten wir schon den Heimweg antreten, da wir am Abend noch eine Verabredung mit Thüringer Bratwürsten und Julias Schwiegereltern in spe hatten. Der Grill musste befeuert werden.
    Ich werde ganz sicher noch mal einen Ausflug in diese Stadt machen. Gefallen hat mir vor allem dieser großzügige Park. Auf den Spuren von Hans Christian war unser Ausflug sehr kurzweilig und man merkt nicht, dass wir fast zehn Kilometer durch die Stadt gelaufen sind. Die übrigens auch ganz tolle Cafés und Restaurants zu bieten hat und tolle Geschäfte mit wunderschönen Dingen, die der Mensch eigentlich überhaupt nicht braucht (Dänisch bzw. nordisch Design).
    Fazit unseres Trips nach Odense - wir sollten mal wieder Märchen lesen 😊.
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  • Day1

    Berry gefällt was er sieht...

    February 22 in Denmark ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

    Dänemark ist schön... 😉🙃😎

  • Day23

    Hans Christian Andersen

    June 26, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    The Hotel Royal, Gothenburg offered a delicious breakfast, including several varieties of my favourite pickled herring - tasty. I made my way to the Stena ferry terminal to catch the 08.00 ferry to Frederikshavn in Denmark. The ferry was very busy and the ship well equipped with facilities including a discount store and duty free shops. I tried out a liberal spray of the Dolce and Gabbana eau de toilette spray, only to discover it was the ladies version. Well hello, honky tonk!

    It was a cooler, cloudy morning and the first time I’ve had to use my zipper, but the sun came out during the 3 hours 15 minute crossing to the top of Denmark. I caught the connecting 11.33 train to Odense. I couldn’t be in Denmark and not visit the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen could I? Again I was glad to have a place in 1st Class. The stewardess brought a flask of hot water and left it for us with a variety of coffee and teas (even green tea, Anne), and delicious violet flavoured chocolate marzipans. You don’t get that on ScotRail.

    In the warm evening sunshine I had a lovely walk around the old town and a delicious steak dinner with a large glass of Merlot. Denmark, like the rest of Scandinavia, is certainly not cheap. As I walked back to my hotel I spotted a sign saying ‘Pee not here’. How did they know I was about to?

    Odense really is Hans Christian Andersen town. With a dedicated museum, his birthplace and his childhood home all there to visit, I really enjoyed this charming town on the island of Funen, bang right in the middle of Denmark. It brought back happy memories of being in the show Hans Andersen with the Apollo Players at the King’s Theatre, Glasgow in 1987 - can you believe it was 31 years ago! John Sinclair was Hans, Jim French was Otto, Jane Macdonald (Waterfield) was Jenny Lind and I was Max Claus. My niece Jennifer appeared as one of the children singing Thumbelina. Happy days.

    The lady in the birthplace museum was delighted to hear I was from Scotland. She smiled and recalled how she had had a happy school camping trip there in the 1970s. ‘We stayed at the beautiful village of Luss’ she explained ‘and every day I would stare at the lake, but I never did see her. I never saw my Nessie.’ I hadn’t the heart to tell her that that would be hard as she was at Loch Lomond.

    Well time for the off again and continue my train travels down through Denmark and then via Hamburg, Germany to Cologne. It’s been nice, Odense - thanks for all those lovely reminders of these great fairy tales.
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  • Day821

    Odense and its Friluftsbad

    September 25, 2018 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The seasons are turning and the Friluftsbad (outdoor swimming pool) at Odense has come to the end of its season. We are calling its grassy car park home for the night and its closure means we are the only ones here. A train occasionally rattles along the adjacent line and a few cars come and go but otherwise we are undisturbed.

    We spent the earlier part of the day doing a walking tour of Odense, the main town on Funen. It is situated centrally on the island and we'd passed by several times, on the way to or back from Sweden. We thought of it as just a regular urban area on the way to somewhere else but The Lonely Planet had printed a map with a 1.5km route and a brief description of the highlights so we thought we'd give it a go.

    There were extensive roadworks as we drove in but Will found street parking with relative ease. Vicky was in charge of navigation today and led the way towards the start of the route. As we passed the waste to energy plant with its topless sunbathing workers we got the impression this wasn't an area high on the 'must see' list at the tourist board. We did however like the giraffe print on the plant's chimney. As we passed a tall sandstone brick wall, Will joked that Vicky was taking him past the prison, until we saw the 'Odense Aresthus' sign...

    Moving swiftly on we crossed the little river marking the beginning of the tourist trail. Colourful old terraced cottages lined cobbled lanes, one of which was the poorhouse school where Hans Christian Andersen studied. He was born in Odense in 1805 so naturally the town had made the most of this claim to fame.

    Next to draw our attention was Kramboden; a timber framed antique shop that also sold traditional items such as handwoven wicker baskets, to supplement the preloved goods. It was a little treasure trove, its shelves lined with wooden and tarnished metal curiosities and its ceiling strung with items to catch the eye, such as polished brass gas lamps.

    Cutting up an alley, the tour took us past a couple of discrete wooden doors, painted dark green with a small oval sign inviting you to 'Kig Ind' or 'Look Inside'. Will opened one tentatively because it felt like we were about to step inside someone's living room and in fact this feeling wasn't far off the mark. Within the two almshouses we found rooms furnished in the style of the 17th century. An uncomfortable looking bed, a cast iron stove and front room decorated with doilys and handmade net curtains.

    From here the streets opened up and we cut accross a square with Hans Christian Andersen inspired bronze statues. Do you see a theme emerging here...? Passing by Hans Christian Andersen's old house we cut accross the parkland grounds of Odense Slot; a monastery, turned palace, turned council offices. Despite its size, this large red earth building wasn't particularly striking.

    At this point we took a break from the tour and made a beeline for Café Kosmos, an organic vegan eatery. We'd been a bit put off vegan places when we visited one in northern Spain whose food was seriously lacking. Our faith was happily restored with a chilled out vibe, table games and a limited menu that focussed on burgers, wraps and salads. The Kosmos and Mex burgers we ordered with sauteed potatoes were flavourful and filling and we left happy.

    A muscular nude statue reclining in the town square was next on the itinerary. Let's just say we thought the stately town hall was far more deserving of our attention! Our final stop was the gothic Odense Cathedral, brick built and conservative on the outside, inside its nave was lined with graceful white pillars reaching up to arch together in the tall vaulted ceiling. It had a light, airy feel with a striking altar made of many sculpted golden figures.

    We rarely do official tours, often preferring to go where our whim takes us. However the Odense tour was compact and could be done at our own pace. For most of it there were footprints on the ground to show us the way and we enjoyed seeing sights we wouldn't otherwise have seen, not in the least the 17th century almshouses, hidden away up a side alley. The tour turned our initial opinion of Odense on its head, leaving us with the impression of a characterful town, full of history and quaint cottages.
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  • Day57

    Batterien sind wieder aufgetankt

    August 30, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Nach unserer kleinen Panne gestern, sind wir in Odense geblieben und hatten noch einen schönen Abend mit Niclas.

    Heute morgen sind wir direkt los um eine neue Autobatterie zu kaufen und diese gleich zu wechseln.

    Jetzt sind wir „hoffentlich“ wieder bereit für die nächsten Wochen und Monate 😍

  • Day4

    Spazieren im Park

    October 14, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Wir trafen auf Chloe, eine meiner Couchsurferinne, und verbrachten einen gemütlichen Kaffeeplausch mit ihr. Gleich danach spazierten wir durch einen wunderschön angelegten Park, schlenderten durch die Gässchen zurück zum Hotel und sitzen schon wieder im Zug Richtung Kopenhagen.

  • Day3

    Verwandtschaft

    July 21, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    In Odense angekommen besuchten wir als Erstes die Grossmutter von Andy. In Dänemark nennt man die Grossmutter Beste und so tat ich es dann auch.
    Wie es der Zufall wollte, waren Andy's Tante und sein Cousin ebenfalls auf Besuch.
    Nach einem schweisstreibenden Workout genossen wir eine leckeres Abendessen bei Beste.
    Und wie es sich in Dänemark gehört, gab es einen noch besseren Dessert.
    Mit einigen Runden Uno liessen wir den Abend ausklingen.
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  • Day4

    Morgendliches Ritual

    July 22, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    Beste geht jede morgen um 07:00 Uhr im Freibad in Odense schwimmen. Andy und ich begleiteten sie und durften mit ihr einige Längen schwimmen.
    Das Wasser war sehr kalt, trotzdem war es sehr schön und entspannend.

  • Day3

    Odense

    June 26, 2019 in Denmark ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Odense is the home town of Hans Christian Andersen, the author of all the famous fairy tales.
    I saw the H C Anderson museum 2 years ago, Steve wasn't interested so we explored the town on foot, had a beer on the street and enjoyed the weather.
    We're in a nice hotel.

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