Sunday, August 10, 2014

Finished!

Hard to believe that school starts tomorrow.  


When we got back from our trip, K went to acting camp and a couple of cooking camps.  The highlight of her summer was her first flight alone to Japanese camp in Minnesota.



Our last new pet ever.  I swear!  Promise!!!!! 


Sweet Bert spent 5 days in the hospital.  He has diabetes and will be on insulin twice a day.


K also went to rowing camp.  It was so hot that week.  K was such a great sport!  I picked her up, tossed her a sandwich and we raced to math camp where she spent the afternoon. 


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back in London

We flew back to London because we used miles and had to fly home from London.  We took a ghost bus tour on our last night.  Not too scary but very silly.  



We decided to try something new and stayed in Soho.  Loved our charming hotel and we even had a view of the London Eye.  K loved Soho-I'm not so sure.  I don't know my way around there and the traffic in that part of town is crazy!!  We had a late dinner at Hix and as we were walking home we passed a crowd of people in front of a bar taking pictures of transvestites and K commented that we don't get out enough.  I think I prefer quiet Knightsbridge.  


That thing K is eating is not a turkey leg-it is fish.


My vegetable salad-I would love to have one right now.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Drottningholm Palace

One of our favorite things that we did in Stockholm was take a boat rip to Drottningholm Palace.  The palace was built in 1662 and is the official home of the Swedish royal family.


This vintage boat that took us to the palace.  

We cruised through the Stockholm Archipelago to get to the palace.  Island after island and sparkling blue water.


Our little boat





 The Chinese Pavilion.  A blend of rococo and Chinese elements.  It was absolutely beautiful.  It was built in 1796 as a gift for the 30 year old queen to use as her summer palace.   The inside was beautiful but no pictures were allowed. 


The confiance dining room.  There is a kitchen in the basement.  This dining room was separate from the rest of the house so that conversations could not be overheard.

The guard house for the Chinese Pavilion. 








Back in Stockholm we got lost and stumbled across this beautiful building.


Loved this dog waiting area in the grocery store.  Americans need to loosen up! 


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stockholm

We are totally smitten with Stockholm.  It is such a beautiful city-it is built on eight islands.  In the summer everyone is out on the water or biking or in the evening out eating and drinking at the many sidewalk cafes.  There is so much to do-great museums and fabulous food.

The view from our hotel room-sometime in the middle of night.


Beautiful restaurant in our hotel.  Breakfast was so good-fresh squeezed juice, homemade very grainy breads, delicious fresh butter.  Yum!!!



The Skansen museum.  So cute.  A combination zoo and old time Swedish culture. 

The Vasa museum.  The Vasa sunk immediately after departing on its native voyage 300 years ago.  Thirty years ago it was discovered at the bottom of the port and raised.    The detail work on the boat is fascinating and beautiful.



Courtyard of our hotel that we overlooked during breakfast.

Terrace cafe at our hotel where we had lunch and dinner.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Southern Sweden

After our cruise we were picked up in Copenhagen by our fun antiques guide Daniel.  He whisked us across the bridge to Southern Sweden.  In 2000 the 10 mile Oresund Bridge was completed that connects Denmark to Sweden.  I am a geographically challenged American and did not know about the bridge until I crossed it for the first time 8 years ago.  There is an artificial island that was built as part of the bridge project and it has it own unique ecosystem.  

After shopping in Malmo we stopped in this little seaside town for lunch.   It was hardly a town, just a group of summer fishing shacks.  The restaurant when we ate sends their boat out in the morning and whatever they catch is on the menu.  We had a great meal-so fresh!  



Love these three!


K and Daniel enjoying the wifi.


Loved this little girl giving her dog a bath.


Then we headed to Helsinbourg where we spent the night.  We stopped at this castle and got to preview an auction that is taking place next month.  This property has always been in the same family and now everything including the property is being sold.  



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fjords

We boarded our boat and settled in.  Our first day was a day at sea.  K got to know the other teens on the cruise and spent a lot of time with them playing chess and watching movies. I worked out and read.

The cruise was all the beauty of the fjords.  The towns where we stopped were very, very small.  There were a few souvenir shops selling trolls and Norwegian sweaters.  I should have bought a sweater-it was so cold!  

We took a train into the mountains on our first stop in Flam.







 We had tea every afternoon on the boat.  Beautiful views!




4AM!  It never got dark.


Bergen.  The second largest city in Norway with 400,000 people.  We did the hop on, hop off tour and really enjoyed the city.  It was so cold, we walked around looking for a place to eat and ended up in Starbucks and had hot chocolate.  K enjoyed the wifi.  

Signs at Starbucks.  K was mortified that I just had to take a picture.