Posted by: Debra Kolkka | December 22, 2018

Hans Christian Andersen was here

While in Denmark we visited the charming town of Odense, where the writer of wonderful children’s stories, Hans Christian Andersen, was born in 1805.  He wrote 3381 works, mostly, but not all for children.

I remember reading The Little Matchgirl in primary school and later on The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea and many more.

His likeness and some whimsical characters are dotted around the town.

Odense

Odense

Here is his house, which is now a museum.

Odense

It was closed when we were there, but we enjoyed wandering through the surrounding streets lined with charming and well kept houses.

Come for a walk through Odense.

Odense

 

Odense

Odense

Odense

Odense

Odense

Odense

Several houses in this street had mirrors outside their windows to enable those inside to look up and down the street.

Odense

Linden trees were in bloom overhead.

Odense

There is an enormous brick church. Construction work in front meant we couldn’t stand back to get a good view of the front.

Odense

 

I might have to go back and read some of his stories again after seeing his delightful home town.


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  1. We were so surprised to see a statue of him in Bratislava of all places when we traveled there in September.

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  2. Lovely photos, as always. I love the pink hollyhocks and the linden trees.

    On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 2:38 PM Bagni di Lucca and Beyond wrote:

    > Debra Kolkka posted: “While in Denmark we visited the charming town of > Odense, where the writer of wonderful children’s stories, Hans Christian > Andersen, was born in 1805. He wrote 3381 works, mostly, but not all for > children. I remember reading The Little Matchgirl in pri” >

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    • It is a very pretty town. We enjoyed our time there.

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  3. Charming! Great to see the photos.

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  4. What a quaint, beautiful town.

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  5. A fairytale place. I also loved his stories, but “The little Matchgirl” made me cry every time I read it….

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  6. I loved Hans Christian Anderson’s stories, too. The Little Match Girl was the story that kept cropping up in my mind throughout the years. Anderson’s stories are timeless.

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  7. I loved his stories so much! They were so enchanted and a bit dark too.

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