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Esbjerg Kommune

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  • Day740

    Ribe Viking Centre

    July 6 in Denmark

    A few kilometres away from Ribe's motorhome park was Ribe Viking Centre. Now, museums don't usually draw us in, but this one seemed to be the Danish equivalent of The Black Country Museum or Beamish, so we thought we'd give it a go. Hopping on the tandem, we soon pulled into the bike park at this open air site.

    First on the route was Hviding Manor, a reconstruction of a 34m longhouse. Stepping into the dark, it took a while for our eyes to become accustomed but when they did we saw people in period dress, peeling and cutting veg for the pot, which hung ready over an open fire. The benches were lined with animal hides, and painted shields and tapestries hung from the walls. A whole village, including church, harbour, farm, blacksmith and market had been created and there were enough staff dressed as Vikings to allow your imagination to stretch to what life must have been like back then. Real food was used, real wool was spun and real metal was heated and shaped. With the summer holidays already underway in Denmark, the kids of employees had even been enlisted to dress up and put on a show, playing games with sticks, ropes and leather bags, not a mobile phone in sight!

    We ourselves were encouraged to sit and play the Viking equivalent of naughts and crosses, using a wooden board with draughts pieces made from pale and dark horn. Outside we were introduced to catching and throwing games. Everybody we spoke to knew English and the fact that so much of our experience was hands on meant we really enjoyed our time, losing ourselves in yesteryear! At 130kr (£16) each, the entrance fee was more than we were used to paying for attractions but it was most definitely worth it.

    You can watch a 3 minute video of our experiences here on the VnW Travels You Tube Channel: https://youtu.be/u6kzz9Dnl60
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  • Day739

    The historic town of Ribe

    July 5 in Denmark

    Poor Martha Motorhome is squashed in like a sardine in one of the 16 parking places provided for motorhomes by the historic town of Ribe. On the plus side, we get to stay 48 hours for free (services included) and are only a 5 minute walk away from 'Ribe centrum'.

    There are so many different nationalities here, over the two days we stayed there were; Germans, Swedes, Dutch, Italians, Spanish, Belgians, French, Czechs, Danish and Brits, a real melting pot! We came straight from exploring Rømø and were lucky to get a space, nipping in as a van pulled out. It was only once we'd turned the engine off and saw a motorhome driving away behind us that we realised we may have inadvertently jumped a queue- oops!

    Wandering towards the centre in the late afternoon, we found cobbled lanes, timber framed brick and richly coloured houses of red and yellow. Carved wood and painted detail adorned their window and door frames and roses climbes their walls. It was enchanting. Ribe's history has much to do with its current charm. It used to be the site of one of the royal residences, but when, in the 1500s a fire caused extensive damage, the royals relocated and things went downhill. Townsfolk didn't have the capital to repair or modernise their homes and many of them changed little. Ironically this lack of investment is the reason for Ribe's modern day prosperity. A preservation order now protects the historic core to which tens of thousands of tourists flock each year.

    As we walked, the streets seemed a little familiar, but we didn't think anything of it until we got to the bridge on the highstreet and within a second of each other, realised that we'd visited Ribe before! Back when we were teaching, we'd come to Denmark one summer holiday, we just hadn't realised we'd been to this exact place! There was even the same hotdog stall we'd eaten at all those years ago.

    The main thoroughfare was lined with high end cook and homeware shops, cafés, restaurants, jewellers and boutiques. After we'd found a bank, we had a browse through the shops and although there were some beautiful products, we managed to resist buying anything to weigh Martha Motorhome down. We'd thought we may have a drink or eat out that evening but by the time we got back to the van, Vicky at least, needed an early night.

    The following morning we cycled to the nearby Ribe Viking Centre (see seperate post), then after lunch in the van with Poppy, returned to the Olde Worlde charm of the town. Taking a different route we came accross Café K-aerlig; a vegan and veggie café. There weren't any other customers in there but the owner was very friendly. We chose a raw rasberry cake and a chocolate brownie. These were served with a nasturtium flower, bluberry coconut cream, dried coconut shavings, coolie, grapes and a couple of plums. They were both delicious and filling and to our surprise we found the raw cake was flavoured with peppermint oil- unusual but tasty!

    Ribe's central square has an airy feeling to it, despite the cathedral at its heart (the oldest in Denmark). This was free to enter so we went in and found an intruiging and mix of traditional and modern, with striking colourful mosaics and paintings. It's been ages since we've been up a tower and at 20kr a ticket to climb Ribe Cathedral's is well worth it. Well maintaned grey stone stairs spiralled upwards to a small museum, while the upper levels were reached by steep wooden steps. We passed the bells and the well oiled clock mechanism whose 6 ft long pendulum tick tocked back and forth, driving the exposed cogs and causing hammers to strike the bells at regular intervals. After 248 steps we emerged 52m above ground and were rewarded with an exhilarating blast of wind to accompany the far reaching panoramic view beyond Ribe's terractota roof tiles, to fields, forest and rivers that led to the coast. Wow!

    Before returning to the van we enquired at the tourist information office about something we'd read in the Lonely Planet; a guided tour by the town's nightwatchman. They were happy to tell us that it took place every day at 8pm and 10pm and was free, with no need to book! Deciding on the earlier slot, we went back for tea in the van with Poppy. Here Vicky learned that another letter had arrived from the hospital, cancelling her August appointment and allocating her another, 4 months from now in November! It was a mental blow but we decided to stick to what we'd planned in terms of travel, for now...

    The tour turned out to be just the thing to keep our minds off the delay and save us from moping. Our guide emerged from a local inn on the main square in full uniform. A lethal looking morning star in one hand and a candle guttering within the glass lantern he held in the other. He was a man that clearly enjoyed his job, playing the part very well, smiling humbly as the cameras snapped away. We set off as the clock tower struck 8pm and for the next 45 minutes the history of Ribe was revealed to us, first in Danish, then English. Although we could only understand a few words, we really enjoyed listening to the description in the home language, becoming more familiar with the Danish flow and emphasis, which is very similar to English. We especially enjoyed The Nightwatchman's song, that he sung verses of as he led us from place to place. Among other things we learned of the fires, floods and plagues that set the town back, as well as how the houses had been built to curve along the line of the street, making as much use of their allotted space as possible.

    If you ever get the chance, we would definitely recommend a visit to Ribe. We certainly enjoyed our stay!
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  • Day741

    Ho Bugt, Esbjerg

    July 7 in Denmark

    The wind is blustering strongly around the van, rocking us from side to side, but oh the view is worth it! Our overnight spot is an oval of cut grass, enclosed by low boulders. Beyond these the green stretches 10m before turning to pale yellow sand and the shallow rippling waters of Ho Bugt (Hay Bay). Flanked by a dark green, mixed woodland it is truly stunning.

    Upon leaving our previous stopover in Ribe, we dropped by a Netto where we were happily surprised by the vast range of økologisk (organic) products. Kvickly, a second supermarket, provided us with Optimal Balance Senior, a new type of dog food for Poppyto try, before we trekked over to the other side of the retail park to get to the pet shop we had found on Google Maps. Some years back we spent a summer in Denmark with Poppy and our old Smooth Collie Flynn. Between them they managed to find 144 ticks (for the mathematicians out there, this was indeed gross). Even Vicky found one on her stomach in the early stages of attachment. With Poppy's tick collar about to expire, it was a high priority to make sure she was protected. The assistant sold us a tag to attach to her collar that claims to work for two years- fingers crossed!

    Driving on and approaching the small port city of Esjberg, there was a wind turbine factory with arrays of colossal piece-together parts, laying ready for transport, in its huge yard. On the other side of town we stopped for lunch at an Esbjerg Strand car park, overlooked by the four, nine meter tall Mennesket ved Havet (Man Meets the Sea) sculptures. Designed by Danish sculptor Svend Wiig Hansen in 1995 to celebrate the city's centenary, the stark white men sit bolt upright, staring out to sea.

    We could have stayed here, but the sculptures were drawing quite a crowd and we craved a bit of peace and quiet, so carried on. Our route led us along 2km of gravel road that turned into a sandy track with overhanging trees. It didn't look promising but looks were, on this occasion deceiving, as a pull-off opened up into the amazing beach side car park!

    We took it easy that afternoon with Vicky editing photos and Will fishing at the nearby lake. After a luxuriously slow start the following morning, we wandered together around the lake, watching the shaggy brown Highland Cattle cooling themselves in the sparkling blue water and marvelling at how dry the open fields had become. It is cooler here than in much of europe but even still, the parched long grass rustled as the breeze blew through it.

    Back at the van, we were clearing away after a late lunch when there was a knock at the door. A friendly park ranger had come to check we weren't intending to light any fires, explaining that it was prohibited in Wadden Sea National Park because of the risk of wildfires. He also mentioned that we weren't allowed to sleep here overnight. Oops! We always make an effort to check on the wild camping regulations in different countries and keep an eye out for any prohibition signs. Nothing had made us think we weren't allowed to stay, but we guess the rules in the National Park are different and didn't want to abuse the facilities they had provided, so decided to move on.
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  • Day51

    Das Motorrad als Boot

    August 5 in Denmark

    Mit lokalen Leute findet man einfach die besten Orte. Danke Lise und Carsten für den grossartigen Tagesausflug! Das erste Ziel war die Insel Mandø, welche nur über eine Gezeitenstrasse einreichbar ist. Was für ein Erlebnis, auf einer Strasse zu fahren, welche zweimal täglich überschwemmt ist. Natürlich fuhren wir auf der Strasse als es Ebbe war.

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    With local people you just find the best places. Thank you Lise and Carsten for the great day trip! The first destination was the island of Mandø, which is only accessible via a tidal route. What an experience to drive on a road which is flooded twice a day. Of course we drove on the road when it was low tide.Read more

  • Day3

    Ribe ein herziges Städtchen

    August 26 in Denmark

    Ribe macht es den Besuchern leicht, so haben sie extra einen schönen grossen Parkplatz für Womos angelegt der erst noch gratis ist. In ca. 10 Minuten ist man in der Innenstadt die uns echt begeistert hat, so gibt es sehr schöne alte Häuser, tolle Läden und gemütliche Kaffees. Natürlich mussten wir noch einen Geocache suchen und ein schmunzeln mit Zuschauern war uns ebenfalls zugesichert.

  • Day13

    Schifffahrtsmuseum Esbjerg

    September 5 in Denmark

    Heute ging es ins Schifffahrtsmuseum in Esbjerg. 🐋Viele tolle Ausstellungen, bei denen es Spaß macht, sich alles anzuschauen. Wir waren bei der Robbenfütterung, konnten uns Walskelette genauer anschauen, spannende Fischergeschichten lesen, Bunker besichtigen und durch ein Aquarium laufen. 🐠🐙🦀🐡🐚 Karlotta hat mal wieder bei allem super mitgemacht. 👍

  • Day3

    Traktor Bus nach Mandø

    August 26 in Denmark

    Um 10 Uhr fuhr der Traktor auf die Insel, leider waren wir da noch nicht dabei. Eine halbe Stunde später kamen wir erst an und lasen, dass jetzt Ebbe war und der Traktor gerade abgefahren war. Schade dass wir ihn verpassten, aber so mussten wir auch nicht bis am Nachmittag warten, bis wir wieder mit dem Traktor zurückfahren konnten. So fuhren wir weiter und bekamen noch den Tipp von 2 Aargauern, das schöne Städtchen Ribe zu besichtigen.Read more

  • Day460

    Day 461: Wadden Sea

    May 21 in Denmark

    Today we went to the Wadden Sea, a large World Heritage site that covers much of the North Sea coastlines of Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. It's basically mud flats, but there are other areas as well like marshes, sand dunes, shoals and a bit of farmland too. Some interesting bird and animal life, though we didn't see a lot of it.

    Originally we planned to go to the nearby island of Fano on the ferry, but it was quite expensive. So we drove about an hour south to the island of Mando which proved to be a great idea. It was very quiet and not crowded, and we got a really good understanding of what the site was about.

    In the afternoon we headed further south to the next island, Romo, but this was much bigger and more touristy - it had a proper bridge from the mainland rather than six kilometres of dirt road leading across a mud flat with a "check the tides" warning at the start!

    Back to Esbjerg in the evening where we found cheap local pizza for dinner. Surprisingly, our last night in Denmark!
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  • Day5

    Ribe

    June 1, 2017 in Denmark

    Getreu den Empfehlungen für Zwischenstops in Dänemark auf dem Weg zur Fähre (Danke Dola!) erreichten wir Ribe am frühen Nachmittag.

    Bevor wir die top erhaltenen alten Bauten und noch bewohnten Gebäude bestaunten gönnten wir uns noch ein Picknick vor dem Städtchen.
    Danach liefen wir sämtliche Straßen des Ortes ab ehe wir uns der Nachwächter-Stadtführung anschlossen.
    (Dabei fiel uns ein, dass wir immer noch einen Gutschein für eine Münchner Führung der gleichen Art haben - seit Jahren 😡)

    Völlig erstaunt und auch ein wenig müde von den vielen interessanten Fakten fiel uns das Einschlafen dann nicht sonderlich schwer.
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