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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Slipping over to Solvang

Today we made the 60 mile drive to Solvang.  This is a small Danish city that was founded in the early 1900s by three Danish farmers.  The city is built to look like a typical Danish settlement.  We had great weather with warm temperatures in the low 70s and clear, sunny skies.


One of the two large windmills in Solvang

All through the town, there are little houses mounted on the side of buildings or on the edge of roofs.  When you first see them, they look like bird houses.  But up close you can see that they are actually speaker enclosures.  Apparently the entire town has these speakers all wired together.


Speaker on the side of a store


Another speaker on the edge of a roof

In the spring, summer, and fall, the town is usually full of people with crowded streets.  Today we were lucky as the town was fairly empty and it was easy to get around.


A view down one of the main streets


A view up Copenhagen street.


The other large windmill in Solvang

Most shops and common areas have pretty flowers, even in the middle of winter.


One of the many flower beds in Solvang

One of the more interesting things I saw was an RV that was configured as a mobile Veterinary clinic.  We happened to come upon it as we walked up one of the streets.  They were just pulling out from making a “house call.”


The mobile Veterinary clinic “Vet’s Here.”

One of the more interesting buildings is one with a clock tower and three bells hanging on the outside.  Every 15 minutes, the clock chimes and on the hour, it plays a melody.


We then went to the small town of Santa Ynez which has a cowboy theme.  We just drove through the town as we had already done a walk that lasted an hour in Solvang.  So we just checked it out for a future visit.


Donna K said...

Solvang reminds me of Junction City here in Oregon. Thanks for the tour. If you are ever in our area in early August, you should take in the Scandinavian Festival in Junction City. Lots of fun.

SK Waller said...

Oh my gosh! My dad, Jack Waller, built, painted, and mounted each and every one of those little speaker houses back in the early 1960s. He also crawled through every attic above the main streets to wire them from where he worked at Bob's Appliances, which was located where the Vinhus now stands. Thanks for the memory. Wish I had one of those houses now that he's gone.