Monday, May 18, 2009

they don't call a danish a danish in Denmark

Once again, Denmark did not disappoint. This was our second time in Ebeltoft, a small market town in a sheltered bay on the Baltic Sea.

I don't want to repeat myself too much, so here are some links to my 2007 Ebeltoft posts.

mellow yellow - Danish edition

Ebeltoft - how do you like them apples?

water water everywhere

fish and ships, language learning on the sly, and any flavour you like as long as it's licorice

This was our humbe abode for two weeks, pretty standard for this area of Denmark.

Once again we rented from a company called DanCenter and were very pleased with their service. They offer holiday homes (most of them privately owned, I believe) in Scandinavia and several other European countries and their website is user friendly, letting you choose exactly the kind of accomodation you're looking for. This house, like many Danish holiday homes, came equipped with a pool, whirlpool and sauna. We enjoyed these optional features in 2007 and decided to get them again this time. Electricity is expensive in Denmark so we also brought our own (recycled and clean-burning!) sawdust briquettes to use in the wood buring stove. Nothing like a nice cozy fire at the beginning and end of each day.

At about nine o'clock every morning this guy and his lovely wife came by looking for snails and juicy vegetation on the lawn. Mrs. Mallard wasn't with him on the day I took this photo but they seemed to be a devoted couple.

The Danish word for duck is and, quite similar to the German Ente. But while Donald Duck is still Donald Duck in German, the Danes call Donald Anders And. Go figure.

It's a seven hour drive from Hannover to Ebeltoft so by the time we got there on Saturday afternoon we were pretty tired and didn't have much more in mind than unpacking our stuff, having a simple dinner and falling into bed.

But on Sunday we went shopping! Yes, that's right. You can shop on Sundays in Denmark. I don't know if it's a country-wide thing or if it's just because Ebeltoft is a touristy area, but all the supermarkets and many of the smaller shops are open on Sundays year-round.

We found the older part of the little town just as charming as last time with its bright colours and cobblestone streets.

Lots of ornaments and curliques...

...and lovely flower shops ready for spring.

See this bicycle?

I doubt that it's in use any more, but we saw quite a few people riding newer models with a crate on the front to haul stuff around. Our neighbour even hauled his kids around in his.

Cafes, museums, antique shops, Ebeltoft has it all...

...including some wonderful bakeries with a huge selection of gorgeous pastries. So you're coming over all peckish and feel in need of a little something. What do you say? If you ask, "Hvordan siger du 'danish pastry' på dansk?" - "How do you say danish pastry in Danish?", the Danes will tell you it's called wienerbrød - literally Viennese bread. That's because danish pastries were originally brought to Denmark by the Austrians, and we all know how well they do desserts.

We ate our way through some mighty fine treats - kanel snegle (cinnamon "snails" aka buns), Dagmartærte, and something called a wiener trekant - a huge, huge, huge pastry triangle with a vanilla cream filling and a dark chocolate glaze, just to name a few. Yum.

Walks on the beach burned off all those calories. More on that in my next post.

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At May 18, 2009 2:27 p.m., Anonymous Alison said...

Looks like a beautiful spot Christina!

At May 18, 2009 7:45 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

What beautiful photos. That town is incredibly beautiful!!!! Makes me want to go there for sure!

At May 19, 2009 4:07 a.m., Blogger Thimbleanna said...

Your pictures are gorgeous Christina. Funny, I was just talking to my Aunt today and she wants to go to Denmark -- our ancestors are from there. Thanks for sharing!

At May 19, 2009 5:26 a.m., Blogger Rositta said...

There is a huge similarity to the northern part of Germany, the Isle of Ruegen specifically. The style and colors of the houses are almost identical. Your photo's remind me of last year's trip...ciao

At May 21, 2009 6:29 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

I can see why you went back, Christina! It looks a bit like heaven on earth.

At May 25, 2009 1:59 p.m., Blogger mare ad mare said...

It's trips like that, which make me miss living in Germany.

At June 05, 2009 10:23 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Alison - Yes, it's really lovely.

Expat - More photos to come!

Thimbleanna - Both of you should go to the Denmark - it's just adorable.

Rositta - Yes, there's a lot of crossover as you travel north and east.

Ginnie - The thing we like most about it is it's so peaceful.

mare ad mare - The good thin about Germany is that it's so close to the rest of Europe. :-)

At October 31, 2009 9:12 p.m., Anonymous Las Vegas Hotel said...

Denmark didn't disappoint me either. Its a beautiful place with the right mixture of locality and modernisation. I got a good deal from LMT for 12 days which i will cherish for the rest of my life


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