From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:


Continuation of the Journey Around Europe
Getting Acquainted with Henrik Ibsen

1870: Continuation of the Journey Around Europe

1 January

Reads aloud for the hotel guests in Nice, where he has lodged at Pension Suisse since 30th November, on the ground floor of the lean-to building. This room was arranged after the first night, which he had to spend in a room on the 5th floor.

9 January

Reads aloud again at the hotel.

18 January

Jonas Collin jnr. arrives from Verona, via Genoa.

22 January

Reads aloud once more for the ladies at the hotel.

31 January

Departure from Nice. Via Cannes, Marseille, Arles, Lyon and Dijon to Paris.

8th - 24th February

In Paris. There is an outbreak of disturbances in the town, with wounded and some deaths. Jonas thinks that HCA has been to brothels, which he denies indignantly.

24 February

Off to Brussels.

27 February

On to Cologne.

3 March

To Hannover, where HCA sees in the newspaper 'Kölner-Zeitung' that Henrik Hertz died on 25th February. The journey continues on 4th March via Haarburg, Hamburg, from Altona to Fredericia. Here HCA is greeted by the Citizens Choral Society at Hotel Kronprins Frederik.

8 March

Arrival in Odense, where they stay at Larsens Hotel. On the 9th, HCA shows Jonas the cathedral and his childhood home. As usual when in Odense, he goes for a walk around Munke Mose (a park) with Bishop Engelstoft.

10 March

To Nyborg, then across The Great Belt from Slipshavn to Korsør. Jonas goes directly on to Copenhagen, while HCA remains in Korsør, as it is getting rather late in the evening.

1870: Getting Acquainted with Henrik Ibsen

11 March

Arrival in Copenhagen, where he moves in at Hotel d'Angleterre (no. 66).

13 March

Moves in to the apartment of Moritz Melchior at Højbro Plads. Whilst at the theatre on the same evening, HCA sees Henrik Ibsen's play De Unges Forbund (The Young People's League) :

"...was funny, but not, however, a comedy. I grew tired of all the talk, with little action"
(the diary).

HCA is, however, more positive about Ibsen's drama when he sees Kongsemnerne (The King Candidates) in January 1871. Of the money which he had brought with him on the journey around Europe, 658 rdl. remain and are deposited in the bank. Travelling with Jonas had not been problematic on this trip.

23 March

Dinner with Christian IX. On the next day he is invited to dine at the residence of the queen dowager.

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