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Sunday, September 21, 2014

MORE SWEDEN AND DENMARK

Catching up...with severe jet lag and a sick puppy, this week has been a hard one!

I last left you in Stockholm, one of the most beautiful cities I've ever visited.


Such fabulous design...made window-shopping so much fun! We left Stockholm for Kalmar, a historical city, where a significant treaty between Norway and Sweden was signed in the 1300's. It took place at Kalmar Castle, beautifully restored.

I absolutely adored the colorful buildings.

We were on our way to Denmark, via the Oresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark.

Just before we got on the bridge, we stopped for a little "comfort stop", which included a glass of mead.

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen...I had not been there since 1967, and a lot
has changed, but not the Little Mermaid...

We went on a walking tour of Copenhagen, seeing the sights


Architectural Museum...



Fascinating underwater sculpture...


The new Opera House...and, finally, ending up at one of the restaurants along colorful Nyhavn

having a tasty lunch and Danish beer (oops, looks like a Polish beer)


Our lovely Swedish guide, Ylva, had been wearing a very interesting outfit during the trip

with zippers front and back

so while we were in Copenhagen, she pointed out the shop the outfit came from....

and I managed to spend a few kroner there after lunch! (Here is their website)

I got this boldly striped sweater

and an outfit with some awesome zippers...

(here's a picture of the top from the website)

I'll take better pictures of this in a future post.

We took a ferry to Aero Island

and stayed for a few days...it is small, rural and lovely...

charming shops, pretty houses and gardens

good food (of course)

and interesting stone age ruins (hahahaha)

We came back to Copenhagen for half a day, 

 went to a few museums, had a final Danish danish, 

and boarded an overnight ferry to Norway. I'll save that for the next post!





Meanwhile, hop over to Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style, where Patti is
hosting a lot ove Visible Women! Thanks, Patti!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

STOCKHOLM...AND A "SMALL WORLD" EVENT





We arrived in Stockholm on Saturday afternoon...what a beautiful city!


Our hotel is a few blocks from this beautiful spot, full of boats, sightseeing or otherwise. We have been blessed with great weather, sunshine and breezes, just a few sprinkles of rain. Dave and I went off to the museum of Modern Art, as we had heard it was a great museum.

And indeed it was...




A wonderful sculpture garden outside the entrance...






After a few hours on our own, we met up and had lunch in the museum restaurant.
(Did I mention the food? Fabulous!)


On our way back to the hotel, we ran into a few sprinkles, so we ducked into a pretty little bar/cafe
To get out of the rain...
The bill, for one glass of wine, and one beer, was US$28. Ouch! This city is VERY expensive.

The "small world" event? After we met up with our travel companions that evening, a woman came over to me and said she "recognized" me from my wardrobe on my blog...a long-time friend of hers, Patty Carlson, and Patty's sister, Mary Boalt, had sat next to me at Sham's workshop which I blogged about last January (sorry, I can't link when I'm blogging with the iPad app). Mary follows my blog, and had told her sister that I was traveling to Scandinavia on the same date as the friend, Mary Ann. What are the odds we'd be in  the same group? There are THOUSANDS of tourists in Stockholm!
What an amazing coincidence!  Here is a picture of Mary Ann and me on a ferry this afternoon,
On our way to the Vasa Museum...

                                               Photo by Doran Berg

We had lunch on our own...a herring plate for me, a hamburger for Dave, to fuel us for the rest of the day...
                                                                             Photo by Doran Berg

Wonderful sights on the streets...narrow side alleys, complete with graffiti,

Interesting street art installations...


City squares with great historical stories to tell...

Beautifully painted buildings..


And always, the enchanting waterways.

We leave in the morning for Kalmar, and then on to Copenhagen..can't wait!

TTYL

Sunday, August 24, 2014

A TRAVEL WARDROBE, SCANDINAVIA

We leave for Sweden on Friday, August 29...and I THINK I am ready to pack...I always reserve the right to change my mind, but next week is busy with non-sewing activities, so I probably won't make anything new. The only change I might make is if everything doesn't fit in the suitcase...

Here is the wardrobe at-a-glance:



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I have been tracking the weather in the countries we are going to...Sweden,
Denmark and Norway. It's been rainy off and on, with temperatures in the mid-60's during the day, and mid 40's to mid 50's at night.

Here are the details, row by row...with links to my blog, when appropriate...

Row 1...Eileen Fisher reversible raincoat (similar), abstract sweater-knit tunic,
            printed cowl-neck tunic, striped tee, black RTW tee, and Patricia 
            Underwood felt hat.





Row 2...gray RTW tee, red RTW tee, lightweight RTW turtleneck, boxy RTW
            wool sweater tunic.



Row 3...Montbell Ultralight down jacket, red LM pants, black RTW trousers,
            two lengths, and striped ankle pants.




 

Row 5...Red Nylon Crossbody "Highway" Bag, (which I've had forever), red London Fly boots, Patent Dansko wedges, Cole Haan patent rain boots and my 
trusty ECCO walking shoes.


Hmmm...one of the patent leather shoes/boots may have to go...it really helps me to have it all laid out like this...it's much easier to see what's missing or too much. Not shown are scarves, jewelry, etc.

I'm headed over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style Blog to join the other women for
Visible Monday....come see the visible women!

TTYL