7July - 20 August 2019
  • Day44

    Bangkok, Homeward bound

    August 19, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    All packed up and just home to go,! Really not much to say except we are homeward bound after the most amazing trip. Highlights ?? Everything really. Each place seemed to hold a special connection to us whether it be the shear natural beauty, the old buildings that are still standing proud in their history, the environmental advances of Scandinavia, or is it all the fantastic people we have met along the way - all we know this is a beautiful world and the term. " There is no planet B " has never rung clearer.!Read more

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  • Day40


    August 15, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Stockholm, The capital of Sweden and home to Angies nephew Justin, and his daughter Winnie. It encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. Its land area is nearly 1/3 urban, 1/3 water and 1/3 green space.
    Famous for the cobblestone streets of Old Stockholm, the 13th century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Nobel Prize museum, the origin of ABBA, with an ABBA museum, ferries and sightseeing boats, upmarket shops, restaurants, cafes, 760km of bicycle paths, outside activities in summer and cruise liners moored along quays. Winter is an ice skating bonanza.
    Stockholm was granted by the European Commission the "European Green Capital" in 2010 , with large green spaces for its people. The city has adopted the objective of being fossil fuel free by 2050.
    This is perhaps the most beautiful of the Scandinavian capital's because the crystalline waters that flow through the intersecting canals give a luminous appearance to the palaces, museums and parks. All of this and the added delight of spending Angela's birthday with Justin, Winnie and their extended family for a special home cooked dinner and happy birthday sang in Swedish - so much fun and enjoyment🎂🤗
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  • Day40

    Stockholm, The Old City

    August 15, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Stockholm is a city on 5 Islands and on one, Gamla Stan, is the Old City, with cobbled streets and buildings of the 17th & 18th century. In narrow streets we saw long low two story buildings that comprised many dwellings often with varying facades with simple variations.
    We were escorted around the old City by a wonderful, bohemian type, born and breed gentleman from Stockholm. So much knowledge, so much dry humour, so much character. Our guide certainly made the Old City come to life with his wonderful words and actions. We actually walked by his apartment in the Old City, his wife bringing us umbrellas when it started to drizzle.
    It is home to the medieval Storkyran cathedral built in 1279 with the St George and the Dragon and the Joseph and Mary sculptures. Here is also the Royal Palace, the King's official residence.
    A delightful little spot in the Old City is a quaint little piece of serinity to sit, relax and have a meal under the chestnut tree, popular but still a charming little space to enjoy.
    We also were shown a famous home in the Old City, number 21. Where a young group, consisting of two boys and two girls, began writing and singing - yes ABBA.
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  • Day40

    Stockholm City Hall

    August 15, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Stockholm City Hall is one of Swedens' most famous buildings, and one of the capital's most visited attractions. It is the country's leading example of national romanticism in architecture. The 106 meter tall tower has 3 crowns, which is the Swedish national coat of arms, at its apex. It is famous for its grand ceremonial halls, and unique pieces of art and is the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet held on December 10th each year, the day Alfred Nobel died.
    The City Halls houses offices and Municipal Council.
    It is a popular civil wedding ceremonys on Saturdays, they are held in the Oval Room with the actual ceremony lasting just 5 minutes.
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  • Day40


    August 15, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The Vasa museum is a maritime museum in Stockholm. The museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged. The 64 gun warship Vasa, sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 shortly after her launch. For the next 300 years she lay undisturbed in the Baltic sea, which is known to preserve wood due to the absence of wood worm in this sea. She was located and finally raised in the 1950's. She eventually found her new home in her own museum, The Vasa Museum, where you are able to see the glorious colours she was once painted.Read more

    Trip One

    Happy birthday Angie! For tomorrow 17th. Have an awesome day seeing all the sights of Sweden or wherever. We will be at Leo’s 1st birthday party🎉

  • Day39


    August 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    About one hour from Stockholm is the picturesque small town of Marifriend. Built around the 14 century castle Gripsholm, on beautiful lake Malaren. Marifriend also has a narrow gauge historical railway. This charming little town with its restaurants, cafes and shops make it a favourite short summer escape for those living in Stockholm.Read more

  • Day38

    Fargens to Karlstad

    August 13, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Today we woke in Norway and will sleep in Sweden, saying goodbye to the Norwegian mountains, waterfalls, fjords, glaciers, houses with grassed roofs, and to the trolls of Norway.
    We made a stop at Lillehammer, the mountain resort that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics. We watched fit, mostly young Norwegians making their decent down the jump and at very fast speeds. There was the option to take a chair lift to the top of the jump, but the weather wasn't being totally kind to us, mist and drizzle making the view impaired and the lift seats damp. We decided to stay dry and instead watched those taking the jump challenge. Mawson the penguin, found an old snow sledge and decided to attempt the jump, all became too difficult so he found a chair on which to sit and contemplate life.!
    As we headed toward Sweden there was a noticible change to the scenery. Still the typical forest areas but now more cleared land with crops and some cattle.
    We drove along side Scandinavia's longest river the Glomma, which travels some 600 kms toward the North Sea which it reaches near Gothenburg.
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    Josephine Ryan

    The huge barns indicate what it's like in winter. So beautiful. Love Mawson's chair.

    Trip One

    That’s not a selfie!

  • Day37

    Bergen to Fagernes

    August 12, 2019 in Norway ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Today was a magical day, although a little wet at times, nothing dampened our total Wow will you look at that!!! moments. We set off from Bergen,stopping in Voss the town famous for extreme sports, continuing through breathtaking scenery, stopping for the fjord cruise, then completing our day's journey to our overnight stop in Fagernes. This is a winter playground for skiing. Along the way we passed through the longest tunnel in the world, 25kms in length. Each 6 kms there is a widened area for turning, together with a coloured light show, used to stimulate the driver from the dull colour of the tunnel. This tunnel was commenced in 1995 and finished in 2000 just 5 years later-the rock etc removed from the mountain for the tunnel was then used to make the road-very clever these Norwegians.
    We stopped at a beautiful water fall/cascade for a few more pics to add to our ever expanding number! Along the way we took a side road that was once the original route before roads were formed, with suspended wire bridges, ladders and ramps where water met sheer cliff faces
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    Josephine Ryan

    Wow. What spectacular scenery. Have you grown used to a green summer landscape yet.9

    Alisha Grant

    Soooo pretty

  • Day37

    Fjord Cruise 1 ( Sognefjord)

    August 12, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Today we were spoiled by more spectacular scenery. We boarded a ferry and cruised up the fjord for the following 2 hours.
    The Sognefjord fjord, nicknamed the King of the Fjords and is the largest and deepest fjord in Norway. It stretches 205 kms inland from the ocean to the small village of Skjolden. It's maximum width is 4.5kms with a maximum 2depth of 1,308 meters.
    Duncan and I have nicknamed it the OMG Fjord or maybe the jaw dropping Fjord-truly magnificent.
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    Erin Grant

    Looks mystical there!