We were up early today for a long drive north to Ribe in Denmark. All was going well until the Autobahn became a parking lot just as it had yesterday. Another car accident caused by driving too fast I imagine. We never found out as we decided to the leave the Autobahn and trust in the GPS power of our TomTom to navigate us through secondary roads to our destination. We were pleasantly surprised as our electronic navigator took us down extremely-tiny emerald green country lanes, via particularly cute little villages, and at one point had us drive onto a ferry to cross an unknown river, for free, amazing. Our off beat drive revealed to me that almost every roof in northern Germany is covered in photovoltaic cells and the land is bristling with giant wind turbines. Germany has to be making the most concerted effort to capture and utilize renewable energies than any other place on Earth. We arrived in the lovely old city of Ribe later than we’d originally planned, but that was okay as we weren’t in a rush. We were astounded at just how quaint this medieval town is. We climbed the bell tower of its piecemeal gothic church and were able to survey the tiny windy streets of Ribe; and the beautiful countryside surrounding it. We walked the river running through the town and discovered several ancient water gates controlling its flow. We visited the earthen remains of its 13th century castle built by the then King to extend his influence into the prosperous region. Finally we struggled to order our dinner from a helpful, but Danish only speaking waitress. Thank goodness for the universal communication powers of gesticulation. We tried to use Google translate, but it failed miserably to help us penetrate the convoluted depths of the Danish language.
April 26, 2014