M and I don’t feel the need to sample the Danish pastry delights as we are so fabulously fed on the train and also we are due a late lunch at a vineyard. But many of our fellow train-travellers have found a spot to accommodate some traditional pastries. This little Scandinavian enclave, definitely with a touch of Dutch whimsy, is an attractive place. We don’t have too much time to explore unfortunately as the desire for someone who could make an emergency repair to sunglasses is rather urgent but at least I get to browse some sparkly stuff and I’ve already bagged a suitable blue and white china windmill shaped fridge magnet for the collection.
On returning I do a little further research to see if I can clear up the Danish/Dutch question. I learn that Solvang was established by Danish immigrants in 1911 and means ‘sunny field’ in Danish. I can find no mention of any Dutch influence so the clogs will just have to remain a mystery. But I do discover that this quaint town and the Santa Ynez valley was the backdrop for the Oscar winning wine soaked road-trip movie Sideways.
As we bade “adjø” to Solvang we are loaded on a small nimble coach to ascend the winding roads up into the mountains for our next adventure. It is lush country dotted with lakes and greenery.