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Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
Trip End Oct 15, 2008

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Flag of Denmark  , Jutland,
Friday, May 9, 2008

We started our Denmark encounter with a small town called Ribe.  This is one of the oldest town is Denmark and has a thriving Viking history.  It is one of those old European towns with lots of small cobble stone streets and half wood houses, so very nice.  We went to the tourist office and ask about a map and what we should do for the day.  It ended up that we were there for the tulip festival, not much going on in the way of tulips, but lots of music and fair type rides.  We also got told to visit the Viking centre.

After wandering around the town we heard some music and headed towards it.  It was coming from a little bar with a huge beer garden our back.  We got a beer each, gave them 10 Euros and got 3 Danish Kroner back (turns out 3DKK is not worth much), and stayed to watch the band.  It turns out you were meant to pay to get in, but when the guy handing out tickets started talking to Dave in Danish and he looked back very confused, he let us in for free! I am glad we didn't pay, the band was a high school one, and they weren't all that good! We stayed to finish our beers and left.

That night we headed back into town to see the fair and they music which was meant to be very good.  We didn't really see any music, and the fair wasn't all that interesting, being full of drunken teenagers.  We spotted two people in yellow shirts holding trombones, and Dave asked them where they were playing , he didn't speak much English, but said they were a 'big band, very good' so we followed them.

There was a tent set up with a bar and lots of tables and chairs.  There were a whole bunch of drunk military band people already there (good to see nothing changes) and we got a beer and settled in to watch the band.  They weren't to bad, played some good charts and the singer was excellent, so we had a good night.

We were hoping to head to the top of Jutland, but we are a little behind in schedule, so it had to be missed L, instead we went over to Funen.  Now I have been told that Denmark was very flat, there seems to be its share of hills, nothing big mind you, but they are certainly there! Money again was running low for the week, so we thought we would just drive for a while and find some where to park.  After having trouble with the petrol pump (you have to pay first then fill up, strange..)and running over an angry farmers corn field we ended up staying in a place called Svendborg.  A port town, where it was ok to park.  Now in Denmark you are meant to be able to park anywhere you like for the night, so long as you don't camp.  Everywhere we want to park there are signs saying that you can't!  It would be cheaper for them to just put up signs saying where you could park!

The lonely plant had told us of a nice castle and its gardens to go and visit.  It was called Egeskov castle, and sounded nice.  Well our lonely plant is a little out dated, it was only meant to be 75 DKK, and instead we had to pay 120 DKK (about 12 pounds) each!  It was very nice, a tree top walk, and a few different mazes, a castle and its mote, but for that much I wouldn't recommend it.

We are now in Skalskor on the island of Seeland, on our way to the island of Mon.  Hopefully we will get an internet café soon so I can post this!

Miles so far: 2699
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