Finally back from our holiday. And I must say that it has been a wonderful trip. The thrid leg of our journey involved a drive up to Stockholm in Hans and Angie’s car, much like the trip we made from Munich to Dresden earlier this year. And there we met with the third of wifey’s friend in Europe, Michelle and her husband Jurgen. Besides being such wonderful hosts (and totally not minding us squeezing into your apartment!) Jurgen, like JE turned out to be a wonderful cook as well. The secret was revealed when he showed us *THE* Book, that contained the mother of all Swedish recipies… apparently handed from father to son so that each succeeding generation shall not starve. Dang. If I could read Swedish, I’d have swiped the book back to home!
Stockholm is truly a beautiful place, spread out over several islands, all connected by bridges, the capital has been called the Venice of the North, and I’m inclined to agree. Quaint narrow alleys, old buildings, beautiful sculptures, the whole works, blending seamlessly together with modern homes with sleek Scandinavian designs. Of course, the highlight of the trip for me would have to be the Vasa Museum. The only well preserved 17th century ship of her kind, the Vasa sank on her maiden voyage in the early 1600’s and was only salvaged from the sea over a period of 30 years after laying almost forgotten 333 years underwater. The sheer size of the ship has to be seen up close to be belived… my pictures do her no justice. Every part that could be salvages was brought up and preserved, and the ship was put back together like a giant jig-saw puzzle… with about 35,000 parts. The imagery carved on the ship and her size spoke power - power meant to control the Baltic, if she had been designed correctly; for she had not enough ballast to counter weigh the power of wind on her sails and caused her to flounder and sink, sails set, guns ready, on her maiden voyage. Despite this, she still contains many historic finds of interest and gives an insight into the days of the time.
I’m severely jet-lagged right about now, for we had no rest and went straight to the Dog Show held at the Expo after landing, two furry babies in tow (who were very, very happy to see us!).
Will post more stuff later, but now, to bed. ‘Night!
Am3thyst: Hey dude! How did you stumble across this blog?!? Anyway, nice to hear from you again!