On Monday we traveled toward Denmark and stopped in Schleiswig and then the small town of Gelding, Germany.
Here we visited a church and also an interesting museum tracing the history of the Vikings who once lived there. We then drove on across the border (didn't even have to stop!) and stopped in Tonder, heading toward the east coast of Denmark.
Visit a church and do some shopping here and then drive to the town of Ribe, which we are told is the oldest town in Denmark. Huge, beamed buildings, leaning toward the street. It was an amazing site.
The church we visit has a bricked up "women's door", but we are happy that women are now allowed in the front door here! Here we become aware of the high cost of things in Denmark. After spending time in the town we search for a place to spend the night and find a little pension tucked away on a side street, run by a delightful woman, Karin. Karin is a walking encyclopedia of information about Ribe. Bob also picks up some stamps as well. Karin tells us we can pick up amber on the beaches near where we are going, but we have trouble finding access to the beach, so don't have any amber to bring home.
As we continue visiting in Ribe, we climb the tower of the church, shop a little and then head north to Esbjerg, Hvide Sande and Ringkobing. The coastal area of Hvide Sande reminds us a little of southern California beaches with lots of tourists, so we don't linger here. After spending the night along the way in Hornslet, we travel on toward Arhus. Arhus is a huge city and we decide to pass it by in favor of spending some time in Hamburg, Germany. We spend our last krona on gas and head across the border into Germany. After a few directional challenges we finally are able to park near the center of town. In the train station we are able to make reservations just outside of town, which gives us access to Hamburg via bus and train. We purchase the "Hamburg Card" which gives us free travel on buses and trams in town for 24 hours, plus discounts at the museums. The most powerful place we visit is yet another church (St. Nikolai) destroyed during WWII. The shell of the tower stands as a memorial to the 32,000 people who died here during 3 days of bombing. The statues say it all.
We take a lift to the top and spend some time on the grounds (see statues) and visiting a small underground museum. Visit some other museums and churches here.
There is so much to see and do. Head for home and stop in Magdeburg on the way, another place touched by the Reformation. Visit St. Bartholomew Church where we see our first statue dedicated to an African saint, St. Maurice. Lots of Otto the Great stuff here as well.
The trip was great and the scenery spectacular, but it is good to be back in our little town of Wittenberg!
What fun to take a vacation from your vacation!! Our week began on Sunday, June 17 with a concert celebrating the life of composer Paul Gerhardt. Barb got to sing in one of the two choirs, plus strings and brass....in the huge City Church in Wittenberg. It was a real thrill, one she will never forget!