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A Stroll Through Copenhagen's Beautiful Assistens Cemetery - Little Observationist
On our last morning in Copenhagen, Jorge and I followed a long mustard-coloured wall to an open gate that marked one entrance to Assistens Cemetery. It had been raining all morning, so the pathways were shiny wet, droplets of water clinging to the grass. The scent of moist earth floated up from beneath our feet. Drips of rain hung from stone angel’s faces like tears. I was instantly in awe of this place and could easily have spent hours there. Lush and tranquil, I can see how it influenced Swedish Poet Karl August Nicander to write, “It is certainly one of the most beautiful graveyards in Europe. Leafy trees, dark paths, bright open flowery expanses, temples shaded by poplars, marble tombs overhung by weeping willows, and urns or crosses wrapped in swathes of roses, fragrance and bird song, all transform this place of death into a little paradise.” We started with the obvious – a hunt for one of the cemetery’s most famous residents – “the pioneer of the modern fairytale”, Hans Christian Andersen. His stories were some of my favourite while I was growing up: The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, and of course, The Ugly Duckling, …