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Odense Kommune

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  • Day821

    Odense and its Friluftsbad

    September 25 in Denmark

    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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  • Day23

    Hans Christian Andersen

    June 26 in Denmark

    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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  • Day37

    Roadtrip with Thor to Funen

    September 17, 2017 in Denmark

    Thor drives us to island of Funen
    To Odense- Hans Christian Anderson museum. This is a great museum even though we did have trouble finding it! Still.. we got a scenic tour of the city.
    Further east is Egeskov Castle. This is a great complex with castle, outbuildings, gardens, play areas and car and motorbike museums that the owners have collected.
    Tea at Aarhus Street Food
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  • Day33

    Odense

    August 12, 2017 in Denmark

    Lovely little town. Arrived from Hamburg last night.
    4 hour drive, boring scenery.
    Rain all day.
    We had a nice lunch in a little place called soup and bread. Owned by a Canadien, selling Thai food in Denmark.
    It is very small and very quiet. We stayed a little out of the center. You would certainly need a car.
    There are apple trees, plum trees and cherries growing everywhere.
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  • Day4

    Odense BK - Randers FC

    February 20, 2017 in Denmark

    Nachdem wir uns vor Ort rechtzeitig Karten geholt haben und noch fast 2 Stunden warten mussten, bis wir ins Stadion durften (warum machen die immer erst 1 Stunde vor Anpfiff auf? -.-).
    Das Spiel hieß Tabellenletzter gegen den Tabellenfünften. Doch Odense machte ein ziemlich gutes Spiel, Randers stand komplett neben dich.
    Die Heimseite legte einen guten Support hin!
    Das Spiel endete 3:0 für Odense.
    Nach dem Spiel noch kurz tanken und ab gehts Richtung Heimat! :-)
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