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Old October 16th, 2006, 12:57 PM   #1
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Mr D invades Solvang

Welcome to the wonderful themed town of Solvang!

Solvang is located in the Santa Ynez Valley in California.
It has a populaton of around 5.300 and was founded by Danish settlers in 1911

For years it remained a sleepy town surrounded by wineries and plantations until - in hope of spicing up the town - they converted it into a Danish themed town.. since then buisness have been booming and it have turned into the most visited city in the valley..

For Danes it's a "must see" when in California - most consider it a joke, but we still quite like it...

So far I've visited it on both my trips to California - and while it looks a lot more German then Danish, and the "Danish" food is basicly just normal US seafood served with potatoes and nordic herbs it's still one of the best ways to spend 3 hours, if nothing else then to enjoy the great weather and have a good laugh..

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Old October 16th, 2006, 02:17 PM   #2
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Well, it's a joke. I wonder if the residents feels it's the real thing.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 02:35 PM   #3
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I wonder if the residents feels it's the real thing.
They don't.... half the population is filthy rich ( the GDP for the city is $55.000+ ) people living in the huge houses in the typical american "suburb" part of the town, the rest are hispanic residents working for the upperclass... ( or atleast that's how it looks to me... )

It is however located on a mainroad and serves as an exelent place to stop and have dinner and a little fun for the people comming out of Santa Monica on their way to the wineyards...

Some do ofcause take it a bit more serius than others... but it's not fanatical or anything..

I saw a program where one of the residents ( with Danish ancestry ) explained it better than I can..

"it's not ment to look like Denmark.. it's ment to look like we remember it..."

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Old October 16th, 2006, 06:21 PM   #4
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HAHA...it makes me lough...!!!
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Old October 16th, 2006, 07:10 PM   #5
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I've been to Solvang so many times it's not even funny.

And yeah, just like you said it, it's a nice place to spend 3-4 hours of your time. I mean, you can't really expect a lot from a town with a population of less than 6,000. But it's really nice and the sorroundings are beautiful!
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Old October 16th, 2006, 11:09 PM   #6
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ha ha thats hilarious
i wonder
do they sell real danish øl in the bars?
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Old October 16th, 2006, 11:25 PM   #7
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ha ha thats hilarious
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do they sell real danish øl in the bars?
They do import it yes... but unfortunatly they also import other inferior European beers ( a mortal sin )
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Old October 16th, 2006, 11:44 PM   #8
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Which danish brands do they sell? - Only Carlsberg or what?
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Old October 17th, 2006, 12:56 AM   #9
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Which danish brands do they sell? - Only Carlsberg or what?
I'm not an expert, I've only been there for a couple of hours, but I saw both Carlsberg and Tuborg there... and would expect a lot more....
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( a mortal sin )
What's a mortal sin is that they, in a supposedly Danish town, write smårgaars instead of smørebrød.

Damn Swedes and their crappy imitations of our national dishes! ;P
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They do import it yes... but unfortunatly they also import other inferior European beers ( a mortal sin )
About beers, do they also drink warm (I mean between 12 - 18ºC) beer there? I had the worst beers of my life in the US haha, they don't get it too cold, it's horrible.
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Old October 21st, 2006, 05:58 PM   #12
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About beers, do they also drink warm (I mean between 12 - 18ºC) beer there? I had the worst beers of my life in the US haha, they don't get it too cold, it's horrible.
lol

What the US Americans call beer Europeans call stale water ( no pun intended )
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been to this place a couple of times. really lovely city
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Old February 25th, 2007, 05:31 AM   #14
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Time for some bonus pics....













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Old February 25th, 2007, 05:38 AM   #15
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Thats an awful lot of Tudor I see... is it that prevelant in Denmark?

My mother-in-law has been to Solvang (she's Danish).
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Old February 25th, 2007, 05:45 AM   #16
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Thats an awful lot of Tudor I see... is it that prevelant in Denmark?
It used to be... but as I wrote earlier the look of the houses is more German than Danish


Here's the real "old school" Denmark

( from a "old buildings museum" in Århus, Jutland )






http://www.bamjam.net/Scandinavia/Aarhus.html
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Old February 25th, 2007, 05:59 AM   #17
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Driven there in the morning (didnt really stop), the fog was thick, but with the fog it had that special aura that I can't idetify. A good aura, though :P
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Old February 25th, 2007, 02:25 PM   #18
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lol,very cool!!is there somewhere a town that looks typicall german?!
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Mr D, I agree that Solvang also have a great influence of german buildings. Then I saw your pictures from Århus and rememberd that the family had seen that place on one of our danish tours.
But it must be hard for Solvang to be that danish willage from the turn of the century.
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I would say Solvang looks typical german...
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