My 5: Odense, Denmark.

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1 City overviewCity Panoramic, July 2002. In the summer of 2002 I threw some stuff into my backpack and scuttled off to Denmark for a few weeks. There was a girl involved of course. She lived in a tiny little village near Kalundborg, so I headed over armed with a miscalculated sense of boundless enthusiasm. And yet despite our romantic history, things didn’t work out and after just a few days I decided to hit the road and see the country.

2 Munke Mose GardensMunke Mose Gardens, July 2002. I found Odense’s prevailing vibe to be one of placidity. The entire place was clean, green and invitingly slow-paced, from its languid café culture and pretty churches, to thought-provoking sculptures and cheerful, bike riding locals. This pretty park, with its winding river and drooping willow trees, is well worth an hour of your time.  

3 Hans Christian Andersen'sHans Christian Andersen Museum, July 2002Much of the city’s tourist industry is unashamedly set around Hans Christian Andersen, Odense’s most celebrated son. As such, paying a visit to this museum, also the writer’s birthplace, is essential. Make your way through a series of creaky rooms and you pretty much get his life story, complimented by an extensive range of personal artifacts and diaries.

4 Egeskov SlotEgeskov Slot, July 2002. A thirty-minute bus ride from the city centre, this 16th century structure has been hailed as Europe’s best-preserved renaissance water castle. Shame about the idiot in the picture who thought it was cool to wear a football shirt in public. Oh, the folly of youth.

5 Egeskov SlotEgeskov Slot, July 2002. There’s a lot to see and do within the castle grounds, with a glorious network of gardens, an old smithy and a classic car and motorcycle exhibition. There’s also an art gallery and a kooky attraction called Titania’s Place, said to be the world’s most amazing doll’s house (!?).

For more on my adventures around Denmark, check out my Top 5 photo articles on Copenhagen and Roskilde

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