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Nearly Summer!

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Only 10 days to the winter solstice here in Scotland, the shortest day of the year. After that the days will become longer (thank God) and we will be heading towards Spring. Work on the book continues very slowly as…

Bonnie Scotland

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scotAfter almost a week back home it was time for a visit to my favourite place in Scotland, Applecross. This small village in the North West of Scotland has an attraction for most people who visit, those that aren’t drawn…

The Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel

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The Semi Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel A Schloss with evil eyes near Dresden in Saxony east Germany Several thousand kilometres later after leaving Lithuania since the previous blog, we have finally again arrived on the English…

Lithuania

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Vilnius Lithuania   We were blessed with perfect weather of 28*C throughout our all too brief sojourne through Lithuania- but we have to keep moving unfortunately. Sunset over the lake at Ignalina Lithuania Lithuania strikes as somewhat wealthier and more…

Latvia

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Latvian flag Latvia is obviously a lot poorer and still has much further to move from it’s Communist era days than its neighbours Estonia and Lithuania, but for all that was fascinating! Marianne was sure she liked all the old…

Estonia

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Estonia July 2013 A fairly short ferry trip (21/2 hours) brought us from Helsinki to Talinn Estonia and our first glimpse of the Baltic countries. Talinn “Old Town” on a fine afternoon was a delight to walk around for a…

Finland

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Finland July 2013 There are a few things to be said about the Finns: They speak and write a language which might as well be Ethiopian as far as we are concerned? (Fortunately the younger ones speak reasonable English in…

Sweden

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Sweden 11th July 2013 Sweden ! We were a little sorry to leave Denmark behind as (in the rain again),we trundled over yet another mighty bridge (the Oresund Bridge between Denmark & Sweden – Europe’s longest at 7.85km). Paying about…

Denmark

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Denmark 25th – 30th June 2013   Well Denmark is a lovely country! The first thing that struck us was how friendly the Danes were and how most of them can speak English – which makes life easier. Many came…

Van Puumala (Finland) naar huis

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Het oostelijk merengebied De eerste dag in Puumala is een matig succes. De hele dag een grijze lucht en veel buien, veel slechter dan voorspeld. We lezen en we computeren op de camping, hoewel internet door het slechte weer ook…

England #8 (London #5) 5/13

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  It was our last day in London. How much could we cram in? Perhaps there was a better way to see more without walking 10 miles. Historically, London was a very busy port and the center of commerce. The…

England #7 (London #4) 5/13

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  Our time to see London was running short so we hit the pavement. Turns out walking is perhaps the best way to see many of London’s most famous attractions. Of the hundreds of monuments scattered around the city, the…

Van Tartu (Estland) naar Puumala (Finland)

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Tartu We look at Tartu, Estonia’s second city with the oldest university.Friendly atmosphere, especially in the sun. The botanical garden is not spectacular, it looks like a garden center in the Netherlands. Lahemaa National Park Skip to Lahemaa National Park, the…

England # 6 (Godalming) 5/13

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The historic town of Godalming in Surrey lays on the banks of the River Wey in a hilly, heavily wooded part southwest of London. First mentioned in the will of King Alfred the Great (849 – 899) it probably existed…

England #5 London #3 5/13

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So many museums. So little time. We hopped on the Hop-On-Hop-Off tour bus to save some walking and while we did get a passing glance of some of the thousands of attractions, it was still a challenge to negotiate the…

England #4 (London #2) 5/13

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High on our list of things to see in London was the famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Recommendations were to get there early. It looked like others had the same idea, like a couple of thousand people.…

England #3 (London #1) 5/13

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Of course we had to see in London. The problem is there is so much history and so many statues and so many buildings and monuments and fountains and museums and beautiful parks; it would take months to see everything.…

Scotland

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SCOTLAND 2/6/2013 Ayr A Scottish Loch Who can complain about Scottish weather? Everything else about the place is stunning! Besides we are getting used to the cold and occasional wet –and during the odd sunny breaks the scenery was magnifiscent.…

England #2 (Portsmouth) 5/13

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There has been no lack of things to do and places to see. We did take a short trip to the historic Naval town of Portsmouth where we stayed with Monika’s distant aunt and toured two of the most important…

England #1 (Arrival) 5/13

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We have crossed the big water and we are now in this strange country called Great Britain. Strange indeed. They do speak English — sort of. The steering wheels on cars are on the wrong side, and if that wasn’t…

Vilnius-Klaipéda

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We take the bus to the city. Memories of the communist era are much more visible than in Poland here. Here we see everywhere the gray, poorly maintained flats, they usually had at least a tan in Poland. The people seem different in…

Norfolk, Yorkshire and the Lake District

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22nd May 2013 Lake District Cumbria There is a reason England is green. It rains a little from time to time. Particularly in the coldest, wettest Spring since 1979- just to welcome us. Even floods encountered across the roads in…

Norway Picture Dump

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We arrived in Delsbo at Rebecka’s parents and will be here for the next couple of weeks, working out our route and plans for the next section of the trip. For now here is a lot of pictures.…