Tiny Houses in Denmark's Oldest City: Ribe
Hello from Denmark! We are on a whirlwind trip driving across the country, as we are trying to get to Copenhagen and all the way back down to Nuremberg in a few days. It can be done! I feel like I’m shooting as we’re moving. But I'm happier to have done this than not at all, so here we are. We woke up in Ribe, Denmark's oldest city and drove across the peninsula to Arhus where we are staying in a lovely Danish-style B&B.
My first impression of Denmark is tiny houses, bicycles and fastidious architectural design. I think I’m in love. To think that it’s next to Germany baffles me- southern Denmark was actually part of Germany in the past, but that is the beauty of Europe. Everything that is now, was something else before.
Spending the morning in Ribe gave us a chance to walk about Denmark's oldest town. It was a prime Viking trading center from about 700 AD and it's little cobblestone streets give a feeling as if it's been here for a while. We stayed in Ribe's oldest hotel, theDagmar, built in 1581, right in the center of town and facing country's oldest cathedral. Beautiful waterways and gardens on top of the immaculate rows of tiny post and beam houses. It was all so quaint I may as well have been a bull in a china shop.
There is something very fairy tale about this country- perhaps it really is a source of inspiration here, seeing its so easy to transform bicycling beauties into Thumbelina, and birds on the lake into ugly ducks. Tip our hat to Hans Christian Anderson, and be on our way...