Ebeltoft - how do you like them apples?
Ebeltoft, one of Denmark's oldest market towns, was thought to have been established as early as the 12th century and received its municipal status in 1301. Up until about 200 years ago it was primarily inhabited by seamen and artisans. Ebeltoft gets its name from æble, the Danish word for apple, a tribute to the many apple orchards surrounding the town. Every fall Ebeltoft hosts an apple festival. We enjoyed this little place so much that you may just find us there again come October.
The old part of the town is absolutely charming, with half-timbered houses and cobblestone streets. Many of the houses are painted in pretty blues and yellows.
Every year about 500 couples marry at det gamle rådhus - the old town hall, originally built in 1789. Since Ebeltoft is also well-known as a centre for glass art, each couple receives a green glass apple as a wedding present. Mr. M kindly treated me to my own lovely glass apple from the Ebeltoft Glass Museum but he has squirreled away and I'll have to wait until my birthday (only a month away - mark your calendars!) to show it to you!
the smallest town hall in the world
Boy11 was fascinated by the Mols Bolsjer, a family-run candy business where visitors are invited to watch boiled sweets in every imaginable flavour and colour being made on a daily basis. Yum. Sorry, they're all gone now.
Down by the beach we saw quite a few of these houses with traditional thatched roofs. There are over 7,000 summer houses in an around Ebeltoft and if you're lucky, you can get one like this.
So you think that was it? No, no, I'm not finished yet. More excitement tomorrow!