An easy drive to Palm Beach

Trip Start Jun 14, 2009
Trip End Jul 14, 2009

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danhostel Frederikshavn, Denmark

Flag of Denmark  , Jutland,
Thursday, July 2, 2009

Our goal today is the northern tip of Denmark, a little port town called Frederikshavn.  The drive from Germany took us through mostly farmland and much less traffic, Only 5 million people live in Denmark. It was an easy drive and we arrived at our Hostel too early to check in so decided to check out the town and ended up finding Palm Beach, because they actually have palm trees growing there, who knew?  We settled in for a late lunch on the sand and dipped our toes in the straight between Denmark and Norway.  Surprisingly the water was warm, in fact warmer than the water in the Mediterannean. We decided to come back after dinner for a swim in the warm water and “long” sun, as they say around here. In this ocean little clear jellyfish surrounded us, they followed us from the south of France, but they won’t sting.

We then checked into our Hostel with our 4 bunk beds, picnic table outside our door and community kitchen. Filled mostly with families and older couples, it felt like a typical small town hostel.  We traipsed into town to look for a post office and grocery.  We bought food for the evening and next day.  I really don’t think Steve could survive in Denmark, the pastries are flat and of little variety and the fresh fruit and veggie selection is poor too, what do they eat here besides fish?  We cooked up a nice little dinner of pasta and salad, bread and the dwindling quantity of French butter. 

After dinner we used free city bikes located at the hostel to ride back to the beach to explore it some more.  Well, these bikes will never be stolen, they were the hardest bikes to pedal even in this fairly flat territory. Palm Beach had plenty of area to catch rays, sand volleyball courts, a marina filled with pleasure crafts, (Steve drooled over the sailing boats) and no surf on its’ shallow flats that we wading in. Rumor had it that at the end of the beach we could find the best ice cream around and lo and behold we did at a very popular seaside stand. Finally big scoops of ice cream!!  We road back to the hostel and  relaxed with a card game next to Inge and Jonna, who were from the part of Denmark that Hans Christian Andersen is from.  They were up in northern Denmark to go to the beach for 5 days.  They were enjoying a heated game of Yahtzee while we played cribbage.  We knew we needed to get to bed early, because we needed to catch our boat fairly early the next morning, but with the sun setting(?) for only a few hours it was difficult to go to bed. We keep getting surprised by how late it is.  Frederikshavn was a beautiful small town surprise.

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