|Tom and Linda got married on March
3, 2003 in Ebeltoft, Denmark.
particular day? Well, Tom, planning for his old age, decided that 3/3/03
would be easy to remember. And 3+3+3=9, which is a very auspicious number.
Well, both Tom and Linda trace their ancestry back to Denmark. Linda is an
Andersen - with an E - as in the story teller, Hans Christian Andersen -
and Tom's Uncle Ernest traced the family name, Gambell, back to the Danish
word "gamel" which means "old" or "elder." While neither of us has any known
relatives in Denmark, we both wanted to do something unusual and memorable.
So off to the shores of our ancestors we went.
Well, it's among the oldest towns in Denmark (tracing its history back to
the 1100's) AND it's the home of the Ebeltoft Old Town Hall, which is where
we wanted to get married.
Old Town Hall? Well, since neither of us wanted a church wedding, we
knew we were probably going to end up getting married in a town hall somewhere
and we didn't want just any ole town hall. As it turns out, the Old Town
Hall is the oldest and least altered town hall in Denmark. The original Town
Hall was built in 1576 (427 years ago!). By the end of the 1700's it needed
to be rebuilt, so in 1789 (214 years ago!) a "new" town hall was built in
the same style as the first one. In 1906-09 it was completely restored to
resemble the original town hall that had been built in 1576. Today it functions
as a museum and is, if not THE MOST, then one of the most popular places
in Denmark to get married.
two wonderful weeks in Denmark, relaxing and sightseeing. Most of the time
we stayed on a farm in the small village of Elsegarde which is just outside
Ebeltoft. The name of the farm is Blushhojgard (pronounced "bloosh hoi
gaard") which translates to "Signal Fire Hill." It got its name because
the highest hill in the area was where signal fires were lit to let people
know when it was safe to come ashore. We picked it because it was near the
ocean and was ecologically conscious (organic farming).
time we were there, we became the "talk of the town" because no one could
figure out why on earth anyone would want to come from sunny, warm California
to overcast, cold Denmark in the winter to get married. And why Ebeltoft?
And why Blushhojgard? Nowadays Ebeltoft, with all its preserved old buildings
and streets, is mostly a tourist town and the winter is not the season when
anyone comes to Ebeltoft as a tourist. So two American tourists, from California,
getting married... quite the curiosity.