Located in the town of Solvang is the Mission Santa Yn?s. It's one of the 21 missions built in California from 1769 to 1836 by Spanish Franciscan priests. It also happens to be the first European settlement in the Santa Yn?s Valley. Surrounded by beautiful flowers, green fields and a superb view of the Santa Yn?s Valley, this mission is one that should not be missed.
En route from Los Angeles to San Francisco, we decided to stop by the quaint Danish town of SOLVANG.
This is a picture of Tivoli Square at its most magical. This place gets very crowded with tourists in the day and deserted by night. Our lovely hotel was just across the street from Tivoli Square.
Solvang is 1 part Brothers Grimm, 1 part Disneyland, no parts Copenhagen and 100% ridiculous. Supposedly, its founding by Danish settlers in 1911 explains the German village style architecture, but I'd date the plaster looking buildings with painted on "wood" panels to, say 1972 or something. This place is so bad, it's almost really awesome. Almost.
Me, to waiter at "Danish" restaurant (which served Kebab): "I'll have the Danish platter"
Waiter: "Sure, you want french fries with that?"
Me: "... Are they *Daaanniiishhh* -French fries?"
Waiter: "... Um, sure. If you want them to be."
Me: "Are you Danish?"
Obviously Hispanic waiter: "... Southern Danish."
It's more like a tourist trap - but you have to see it!
Windmills and colorful houses make a typical Danish village - from a Denmark 100 years ago! There are loads of cafes and bakeries catering for the busloads of visitors.
You can buy European food and drink and souvenirs, and geography isn't taken too seriously here, that's why you also find a restaurant called Alt-Heidelberg.
I didn't spend more than half an hour here, but it's worth the little detour.
Ostrich in Solvang, California
The peculiar looking animal welcomes visitors coming into this European-like village. He and his friends stick out their necks for you if you come up to the fence.
Made famous by the movie "Sideways", Solvang is a small California city known for its Danish heritage set in a major California wine growing region.
Here I am at the quaint town of SOLVANG. Check out Second Street and Hamlet Square for some lovely souvenirs...
One last glimpse - the town of SOLVANG... before proceeding to our next destination... SAN SIMEON.
Solvang is a quaint community with european style architecture, hi-lighted by a very nice windmill. Here, one can visit one of many shops and restaurants. Photo opportunities abound.
Admire the architecture. It is like stepping into the twilight zone, between American community and European architecture.