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Monday, July 05, 2010


Since we came the US when our kids were small, we made the 4th of July a day to do some fun things. The news of this year declared San Diego the first in the state for people to go and celebrate Independence day, and Las Vegas (not in California!) second. We are happy that we managed to avoid the crowds! Well...not totally.

 The Gossip Bench

We went to a very picturesque town, about 3 1/2 hours away from us, called Solvang. The town has a Danish history. I have never been to Denmark myself, but Lego shows that the Danes are good in business

When we entered town we had trouble finding a parking place. I saw that the road in the distance was marked off, and I understood at once that it would be better to park outside town, 
because we just had come in time for ...the parade
With a small town where everybody knows everyone, it is kind of fun to watch people., and who knows who in the parade:)

There were basically four ways people on the parade came:

on horse
it was cute to see that there were people specifically designated 
and walking as part of the parade 
to scoop up the poop

in cars and wagons -this one got some cheers

on motor bike. 
The armed forces got a long applause, which did my heart good. 
Independence and freedom is a precious good

And on foot. Don't you love these giant tubas?

The coffee places and restaurants were so overloaded afterward that we decided to keep the pastries and dinner there for another time. 
Aaah. the perfect day, because I had the chance to shop! Another time I'll post some things about "going Danish!"

As you already noticed, I interrupted my travel log. Think I'm gonna post the rest in Aug. when  several family events are going to take place.



Eki said...

What fun celebrations they are! These photos remind me of the 4th of July celebrations I attended in the US.

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Hello my friend. I wish I had the guts and energy to go out and about on the 4th. I retreat to my little part of the world, my family room or den ;-)

It's scary out there, at least for me. I guess because I've been in law enforcement for almost 20 years, everything reminds me of a crime of opportunity.... kind of sad now that I type it.

But how blessed am I that I get to see butterflies in my neighbood each time I walk my dog, I don't have any window treatment on most of my windows so I'm either watching the sunrise, the sunset, the beautiful clouds, the stars and the moon from inside my home? And the icing on the cake, during the summer months, when there's a home game at the Maryland Blue crab's Stadium, I get to see the free fireworks from my bedroom window on Friday and Saturday nights!

I love and appreciate when you stop by my blog and I'm praying that we can meet some day!

Love China.

jeannette said...

Ooh, so you have been in the US -that explains your excellent English! Glad you enjoyed seeing it on the blog now:)

NitWit1 said...

I love the U.S. celebration of its birthday. This year we stayed home; I watched the fireworks in Washington, D.C. while my husband and dog when to local spot to watch our local fireworks display.

Enjoy your family events!

Stephanie V said...

I love parades. As you say, it's fun to see the folks you know dressed up (funny or not) and demonstrating their passion. It's also fun to be in a parade. Parade participants can be as silly as they wish - and it becomes socially acceptable. People even cheer you on.

Anonymous said...

Umm, I know probably nobody else cares, but ...
IKEA is not Danish! It was started in Sweden and is now owned by a Dutch holding company. The initials I, K, E, and A are from the first letters of the founder's first and last names (Inbgvar Kampard) the farm where he grew up (Elmtaryd) and the name of his home parish (Agunnryd). But don't take my word for it, check it out on Wikipedia.

EG Wow said...

Small town parades are fun for sure. Not because the parades are long, though, but more because of all the people there lining the streets. :)

jeannette said...

Don't know how your comment first disappeared, then jumped to first, and Eki's comment disappeared!

Yes, it's sad that you're staying home because of crime! Maybe time to change jobs? Or make one of your hobbies your job? Or take a vacation? Anyways, in short, hope you get another view of's too valuable to retreat and stay at home, friend! Yes, wouldn't it be great to meet!

Anonymous (Carol),
Oops, sorry - I KNEW that, but not about the Dutch holding co. -it doesn't surprise me though, since Ikea is very popular in Holl. (I am Dutch) - thanks for looking out for me:)

This year we missed the fireworks entirely by driving home early, because shopping is tiring!
Thanks,enjoying my family I will:

So true,on such a day it's appropriate to be inappropriate! I guess you have been in a parade...?

Anonymous (Carol),
I already replied above:)

EG Wow,
Yes, it was fun to watch the interaction between the people on the sidelines who knew the people in the parade!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jeannette: What a fun post of a neat parade, looks like a great time.

jeannette said...

Yes it was, as yours undoubtedly were too!

Cezar and Léia said...

Such a perfect day there!I love that picture with the guy , the vintage motorcycle and the beautiful flag!Cool parade!

Rosie said...

Love the gossip bench! The parade looks like fun - I wonder what the town will be like when you return sometime for coffee and danish pastries - a lot quieter I expect:)

California Girl said...

My parents lived near there 20+ years when they retired. My mother's favorite restaurant is in Solvang and I cannot recall the name of it although there are a number of excellent restaurants there and in Los Olivos.

Nice to see the photos. Makes me homesick. We had a very hot 4th here and are, in fact, still in an unbelievably oppressive heat wave. My gosh, this is the mtns~!

Happy 4th etc.

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jeannette said...

The parade was fun Also, because we didn't expect one, so it was a surprise! Don't know if it would be called "vintage" here...(about the motorcycle), but I don't know much about motorcycles, so...

A parade brings up good memories of the time I lived in a small town when I was a little kid!
But I'm looking forward to the time that we are going to taste some Danish pastries!!

I love the area, hilly and lots of water places, away from the big city but still big enough with grocery and clothing stores around.

Sorry, you have such a heat wave, it's such so strange, that we are here in the 70ties, and you are there in the upper 90ties-100s. Hope it will be over soon, especially for the ones living in the inner cities.

DUTA said...

What a lovely bench opens your post! I love its shape and its turquoise paint. And of course, it's name: the gossip bench.

A nation's birthday celebrated without a parade is very dull. In Solvang you've watched a real celebration of the fourth of July with an impressive parade - the memory of which will stay with you for a long time.

Clytie said...

I love small town parades - we go to go to one on the 4th. Everybody seemed to know everybody else, and was in great cheer.

jeannette said...

Good to see you here agian!
It was a fun day -with good weather, sunny but not too hot! You are right, it will stay in my memory for a long time:)

Just went to your blog -I see your link for guest hearts! Great!!