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  • Writer's pictureVeronica Cline Barton

Welcome to Veronica’s #WritersDiary, Week 7

You are the dancing queen Young and sweet Only seventeen Dancing queen Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah You can dance You can jive Having the time of your life Ooh, see that girl Watch that scene Dig in the dancing queen

Ooh You can dance You can jive Having the time of your life Ooh, see that girl Watch that scene Dig in the dancing queen

Dancing Queen, Abba 1976

This week we traveled to Solvang, CA to see our annual play at their outdoor amphitheater. This years play is, Mamma Mia! the wonderful hit story of a mother and daughter’s love life on a Greek aisle, filled with wonderful tunes from Swedish band, Abba. My husband and I have been going to our annual play in Solvang (performed by the wonderful Pacific Conservatory Theater, PCPA) for twenty years now, and we enjoy our annual sojourn very much. And per usual, when a husband and wife take a road trip, there’s always something in the air. It’s Thursday, time for Dear Diary:

While driving along PCH, hunger strikes!

Neptune sign

Are You Sure You Want to Eat Here…

Me: “Let’s eat at Neptune’s and sit outside for lunch,” I said, stomach growls growing louder.

Him: “The motorcycle place? Are you sure? We could go to Geoffrey’s and sit on their deck…”

Me: “No,let’s go to Neptune’s, I’m craving one of their fish taco’s, or a tuna melt. And it’s not just for bike riders, lots of people go there.”

Him: “Surfers, and bikers, which we are neither.”

Me: “Come on, what are they going to do, throw us out because we’re not carrying a surfboard or helmet? They have the best seafood…”

Him: “Alright, dear….” he said, thinking of his lost visions of sipping a cold Chardonnay overlooking the Pacific.

Pulls into Neptune’s, orders as I scout for a table, it’s first grab, first sit and I’m in full table acquisition mode. Don’t mess with a hungry mama who’s just ordered a tuna melt. Grab last table by the curbside, victory! Hubby brings grub to table.

Me: “Look at this, oohey, gooey, ahi tuna, yum!” I said, sinking my teeth into the crunchy sourdough bread, ahi tuna and melted cheddar sandwich. As I chew, I finally open my eyes to see what seafood delectable Hubby chose. “What is that?”

Him: “A cheeseburger and fries.”

Nuff said.

solvang flag

Solvang, a little bit of Denmark in southern California

Solvang is a unique town off the 101 highway, approximately 40 miles north of Santa Barbara. You’ll immediately know that you are in this quaint little town just by the architecture of the buildings such as:

solvang windmill

Now I’m not sure a windmill is exactly Danish, but here in Solvang anything goes I guess. It’s a happy town filled with bakeries such as Mortensen’s (pistachio chocolate bars to die for), Olsen’s, Birkholm’s…let’s just say you will not have any problem finding a goodie for your sweet tooth. Danish theme restaurants such as Pea Soup Andersen’s offer a taste of Denmark. Clothing, souvenir, home décor, and shoe stores are on every block. Wine tastings are plentiful at the shops featuring central California wines (also on every block), making for a great afternoon if you’re so inclined.

This trip Hubby and I were super excited to be joined by our brother and sister-in-law, and our two lovely nieces who met us here for a few hours of fun before the play. The ‘girls’ made our way around town looking in the shops for treasures. We had a decadent cookie bash at Mortensen’s bakery (shopping is hard work!), treating ourselves to numerous tastes of their cookie masterpieces. All I can say is, YUMMO!

And BTW, we have some very beautiful nieces 😉


solvang theater1


mamma mia poster

I don’t know how to describe how wonderful it is to sit under the stars and watch a fabulous play at Solvang’s outdoor amphitheater. The theater was packed with a thrilled audience, and once the Abba tunes started, it was absolute enchantment. For two and a half hours, we were transported to a Greek isle, listening to the heartwarming and fun story of a young woman getting married, wanting to find her father—which is a bit complicated given her mother’s dating history. This production of Mamma Mia with the PCPA company was first rate. All I can say is, WOW! #StillDancing

meg tiara3

#MeghanMarkle ‘s Queen Mary #RoyalWeddingTiara is now part of the Almost Royal Crown Jewels

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh,” Veronica the romantic says, tearing apart the newly arrived eBay package.

“You have got to be kidding me, another one?” Veronica the killjoy says, chains rattling.

“This is an exact replica of Meghan Markle’s #RoyalWedding tiara, the Queen Mary one. I’ve waited six weeks for it to arrive from China,” Veronica the romantic says, marveling at its almost royal beauty.

“Oh well, then I’m sure it’s an exact replica,” Veronica the killjoy smirks.

The queen is not amused, and back goes Veronica the killjoy to the tower for yet another week. (pssst, eBay, $16.57 if you’re interested)

Welcome to my world, have a great week!

Crowns and Kisses,


P.S. Solvang Festival Theater, it’s a good thing,  Gemma approves 🙂

P.S.S. Dancing Queen, Abba, Songwriters: Benny Goran Bror Andersson,Bjoern K. Ulvaeus,Stig Anderson © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,Universal Music Publishing Group

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