Sunday, August 3, 2014

Home from Scandinavia

It's time to reflect a bit on our July in Scandinavia.  It's too early to talk in superlatives except I thought I'd be able to say it was our most expensive trip ever.  We don't really keep records, but the total for this trip seemed about the same as for other similar length European trips.  Happy surprise!!  About half of our tour was on our own and half with an organized tour.  The organized portion was low stress, we covered a lot of ground, and we enjoyed our American traveling companions.   However the independent portion was more rewarding. There is a sense of accomplishment finding your own things to do and see, you can linger at attractions that are of special interest, and more importantly the opportunities to interact with the "real people" are much greater.  The Finns, Danes, Swedes, and Norwegians were all super friendly and helpful.  They were a joy to talk with, share a glass of wine with, and sweat in a sauna with.  Being passionate about sailing and skiing, I could get used to spending a lot more time in the land of the Vikings!

There were a few challenges:  The weather was unusually hot and air conditioning scarce.  Fortunately we always had good shower facilities.  Carol encountered a pick pocket in the Copenhagen main train station who didn't get much for the risk he took.  It was still a very unpleasant experience for her.  Lastly near the end of our trip she fell on some steps,  had to go to an emergency clinic, and left with 12 stitches.  She is feeling much better now and has the stitches removed tomorrow.

Several Highlights from our trip stand out:

Trip up the Troll Fiord on the Hurtigruten Ferry



Norway in a Nut Shell Tour



Slottets Bed & Breakfast in Roskilde DK our hosts Fin and Helge





The "Free Walking Tour" in Copenhagen conducted by the incredible Simon.  The most amazing thing about this tour were the number of Danes walking right along with us and learning a few new things about their city.


You are welcome to view a large collection of photos from our trip on Picasa Web albums.  Unfortunately Picasa keeps scrambling my photos, so the order may be a little confusing. Click on the link below:

Scandinavian Trip Photos

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Copenhagen

Copenhagen started terrible but ended pretty good.

Carols backpack was picked in the train station this morning.   The thief got an empty travel wallet and an old kindle.  We deactivated the Kindle so he got nothing,  but being robbed is a terrible experience. 

It is still miserably hot and Copenhagen belongs to maniac cyclists.   One highlight was seeing a particularly obnoxious bike rider pulled over by the police.   A group of us pedestrians cheered!

The day turned remarkably better with dinner.   We decoded the excellent bus system and made our way to a Rick Steves pick featuring traditional Danish Cusine.  We had dinner outside by the water with a nice cool breeze.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Oslo

We are in Oslo waiting for a cab to take us to the ferry terminal.   Overnight ferry to Copenhagen.   I'm taking advantage of the blazing fast Internet at the City Box to upload some pictures.

We have had a great time visiting Sweden,  Finland,  and Norway.   Findland and Norway was with a Grand Circle tour, and now we are back on our own.  The tour included The Hurtigruten ferry down the coast of Norway and the Nutshell tour from Bergen to Oslo.

Follow this link for an unorganized collection of our photos.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Scandinavian Adventure

Here's a test of blogging with an Android tablet




This is the route we will be taking on our trip to Scandinavia in July.  We've just acquired an Android Tablet which will accept a micro-sd card from our camera.  So we should be able to update this blog as we travel next month.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Last Week at Pagosa Springs

We have just returned from 2 days of camping at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and 2 Days in Salida Colorado with the Corrado Family.  It was a nice side trip that also featured driving along the Silver Thread Highway from South Fork to Lake City Colorado -Spectacular Scenery.

Carol is happy that there will be no more mountain passes to drive over this summer.  In our last week here we hope to find and contract for a place here in Pagosa for a month of winter living, complete arrangements for next summer in Scandinavia, play one last Monday afternoon of bridge, take in one more Wednesday night of food and music at Nellos, attend a couple of sessions of water aerobics for Carol and attempt to complete a couple of challenging cycling goals for George.  We have just loved our summer here.  We came for great weather. (the windows were opened on July 15 and we will close them when we leave on Sunday)  But the real bonus was the terrific community life and all the nice people we have met here.

Some highlights from the last Month in Pictures:

George and Anita Hershman visit from California:

Anita overlooking Wolf Creek Ski Slopes

Carol on the Cumbres Toltec Train

George and Anita at Chimney Rock


Trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park






























































Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Pagosa Springs, Co

Life is still good here in Colorado even though the Monsoon Season is in full swing.  Nobody complains too much about the rain since it has been so dry.  We just got back from a camping and 4X4 trip in silver mine country near Silverton Colorado with Jim and Nancy.  Camping was a little wet but we dried out quickly once we got "home" to Pagosa.  We took advantage of a free concert last night which featured some unusual instruments and will be going to Jazz Night at Nello's tonight. No shortage of great music here!

Here are a few pictures from the camping trip:



Route from Silverton to Eureka

Along the road to Silverton

Silverton Courthouse

Jail

Jailhouse Kitchen


Ore Chute

Stove Collection

Ski Collection

Mill Ruins at Eureka

Mine buildings in the distance

Carol goes Jeeping

It's Easier by Jeep

There's our campsite

Our Campsite

Sunrise at the campsite

Close up of mill ruins

Old Hundred Mill Tour

Manual Drilling

Who will hold the dynamite

Pneumatic Drilling

The road less traveled





Miner's View

Mine near Silverton

Train leaving Silverton in the afternoon

Puff Ball Mushrooms

Dirty Car at the end of the trip