Monday, August 4, 2008

On the Road (II) in Norway and Denmark (July 9-11, 2008)

Quaint, colorful houses in the Old Town of Odense, where Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805

Families watch a production for children at the Hans Christian Andersen Hus in Odense. Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales are the second-most translated work in the world, following the Bible.

A half-timbered house in Odense; Odense is one of the country’s oldest settlementsSince the Reformation, all of Denmark's kings and many of its queens have been buried in Roskilde cathedral. The UNESCO listed cathedral was built during the 12th and 13th centuries in Romanesque (and later Gothic) style, on the site of Viking king Harald Bluetooth's 10th century wooden church.

Fredensborg Palace was built in Italian villa style by Frederik IV during the 1700s. Today, the palace serves as the royal couple’s spring and fall residence as well as the setting for various royal events.A canopy of roses in the Reserved Gardens of Fredensborg Palace. The Reserved Gardens, which are the royal family's private gardens, make up only a small part of the massive - and beautiful - palace gardens.

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