Vacation on Samsø in Denmark 2009
Check out the pictures from our trip: 1
We had a splendid week on this lovely island. Michelle
wants to lure the family there — after all it's
covered wagons which has some pioneer feeling to it.
With a few added amenities: The modern propane fridge
worked really well, which is essential for the beer that goes
with the barbecue :-). Here comes Michelle's impressions.
I was looking for something special to do for Peter and my birthdays ...
and I found the best Airstream substitute ever ... mmmm hmmm we rented a
covered wagon with 2 horses for 1 week and slowly explored a special
island in Denmark called Samsø.
We set out on May 22 and took the ferry from Rostock (Germany) to
Denmark and spent Friday night on the mainland ... Saturday morning we
continued north and then west of Copenhagen and took the ferry to Samsø
where we arrived at the farm and met Steen who owns the horses and built
On Steen's Farm
Anyway we moved into our wagon and snuggled in for the
night. The next day he taught us all about the daily care of our horses
(Marabou and Zenta) and how to harness them and how to drive the wagon
with brakes and all. Oh what a JOY! I was loving it all ... the leather
and steel gear, the horse smells and the gorgeous Electrolux
refrigerator (runs on propane gas) which was chilling our champagne. His
horses are Norwegen Fjord horses and are very gentle and good natured.
They are tan colored with a mohawk like mane with a black center stripe.
Anyway on Sunday we were off to our first campsite and we were
traveling alone ... the other guests had either started the weekend
before or were coming at the end of the week. So just us, the horses, a
map and some food ... grin. Steen was always reachable by cell phone if we
ran into a big problem that we could not solve ourselves.
The first campsite was on the edge of a small fishing village called
Ballen. We detached our horses, brushed them, bathed them, cleaned their
hoofs, gave them carrots for all the good work and set them to pasture.
Then we explored the harbour. The fishermen were sitting around drinking
beer in the golden hour sunset light ... Robin played on the beach. We had
chilled champagne waiting for us so we headed back to our wagon and
watched the sunset, drank champagne, ate dinner and snuggled in.
Chilled Champagne :-)
The next day we did some grocery shopping and set out to our next site (Saelvig Bucht)
which was next to a long calm shallow beach. I had bought wonderful fish
at the fish market and we had smoked mackerel and fresh corn on the cob. Robin and peter made a wonderful sand castle with a path for
rolling rubber balls (Kugelbahn).
The next morning, oh drama, Zenta had
wiggled out of her halter and we had to find it in a huge overgrown
field and then catch her (ha ha she would just gallop away) and get it
back on her ... oh my ... we finally called Steen and he gave us a tip over
the phone. "Just catch Marabou and rig him up and then Zenta will come
because she does not want to be lonely" ... yup worked like a charm. We
were finally rigged up and ready to go to Ballebjerg (by Nordby). Later
that day ... I noticed a noise that sounded like my tap shoes ... Marabou
had a loose horseshoe ... it eventually fell off ... and he did get a new shoe ... Anyway
we stayed at this campsite for 2 nights to let the horses rest and we
explored the highest mountain on the island and then went into Nordby.
There we ate wonderful licorice icecream (looked like sheep's cheese with ashes)
and peter learned that tomorrow (his birthday) would be the soccer
finals (Barcelona vs Manchester) and he really really really wanted to
see it. So the next day we found the only TV in town at a café and
joined all the other soccer enthusiasts for a lovely evening. It just so
happped that this café had fantastic fancy food ... we ate braised lamb
with samoe potatoes and roasted root vegetables (carrots, pasternacks ...)
and drank deep red woody wine. For dessert we had rhubarb cake with the
entire café singing happy birthday to Peter. I was a lovely night! We
met such friendly relaxed people. Even the chef cook was with us
watching the game and cheering. For Robin they had a big basket of toys
which kept him busy puzzling and playing. There was even a sofa for
Robin to nap on.
On the Beach. Marble Track in the Foreground.
On May 28th, my birthday, Peter picked me some wildroses with some wheat
stocks and wild flowers and put them on the breakfast table. We had a
late and wonderfully sunny breakfast and then cleaned up and headed
toward Langor. Langor is a harbour with in a wild life refuge so we
could not sleep there but we did put our horses to pasture and explored
the town and had a spaghetti lunch (cooked by me in the wagon). We then
did the rest of our tour at dusk. It never really gets dark in Denmark
this time of year ... you really have some light until 11 PM. Almost every
night we made a wonderful campfire and it was very difficult to go to
bed before 2AM ... it was just all too nice. By the way Peter gave me 3
dance video DVDs for my birthday and I am soooooooo excited about seeing
Robin woke up early on Friday 29th and then when we were ready to walk
to the beach he fell fast asleep. So we had a quiet morning with each of
us reading books, napping and cleaning up a little. By the time Robin
was up from his nap the Anderson family arrived in their 3 wagons. All the
horses were put to pasture. We went to the beach ... had lots of fun and
came back ready to head to Besser for the night. NO GO! Zenta did not
want to leave the herd ... she was stubborn and then galloping and then
kicking. We called Steen (who was taking his wife out for her birthday
dinner) and he told us to just stay the night and he would come in the
morning to help us. We were soooooo happy to stay the night with the
Andersons. They gave us champagne and then Robin pancakes and carrot cake ... we grilled all of our meat and shared it with them. It was
a feast and a good good time. They come every year on this weekend with
the extended family ... grand parents, kids and their spouces and kids. It
was so fun and I was just wishing that the Maxfield Family was all here
doing this too! Maybe someday? Maybe for my 50th birthday?
Anyway Steen came the next morning and helped us get off to a good start
... because the horses were needed in the afternoon for a new family. We
returned to Besser and cleaned out our wagon and caught our ferry to the
mainland. On the way home we stopped to eat dinner in a larger town called
Vordingburg and checked out the grounds of a mideaval fort from 1300.
Very well done! Still every year anthropologist come for 8 weeks and dig
and report their findings to the locals. Anyway we stayed the night at the hotel in town
and continued to the cliffs of Mon the next day.
Ho ho when we arrived to the cliffs of Møn ... we had a lovely
The campground was not full
(even though it was a holiday weekend) and it was really wonderfully
wild and on cliffs with old growth trees. This was the oldest camp
ground in Denmark, started in the 1920's and is still
full of people who are off the beaten path ... a bit artsy ... a bit
kooky. One site had a tight rope tensioned between two trees and crates
of farmers market bio veggies and self made bread.
The next site had a huge Krupp game set up for play (although they were
at the beach). Other sites had macho men who made massive fires and then
went kayaking during the day. Another couple
stayed up all night sawing wood in perfect little logs and stacking them in
perfect stacks. One fishermann was telling me about one camper woman who
dances in the forest while singing opera. Sooooo you can
see that we fit right in with all of our quirks. There were only 30
camping groups allowed and no real sites ...
Cliffs below Castle Liselund
you just searched out a
place in the forest and set up camp. By the way camping
cost 5 Euros per night. We went to the cliffs for sunset and to the
rocky beach in the day. We really did not want to head back to Berlin
... we would have loved to camp there for a week!
On the way out we stopped at the lovely
and walked the grounds ...
it was like a small version of Sanssouci.
We finally got on the road to
home, took an extra small ferry just for fun
and then the big ferry to Rostock and arrived late late in Berlin. What
a lovely vacation ... I really like Denmark! People are great, yogurt is
yummmy and the light is special ... I am hooked on the nature!
On the ferry home
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