This blog is posted mostly everyday when we take a break from our usual retired Life as former full-time RVer's and travel overseas.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

An interesting part of Copenhagen



Computer, Tab, and hearing aid charger. Adapters for the outlets and a cube to allow us to plug more things in. Last night it was all this plus the two camera battery chargers. We bring along three European and two England adapters so we are sure to have enough. Thank goodness Linda isn’t into using a hair dryer, but even if she was, every hotel we have stayed at so far has had a hair dryer in the room. They are great for finishing up drying those still slightly damp socks you washed last night. Bob and Linda, traveling in Europe like Europeans.


Two ends of a bridge we saw during our morning guided tour of Copenhagen. The bridge was supposed to be finished in 2013. They think it will be finished in 2015. The reason – the engineering firm that designed it made a slight miscalculation. It seems that the ends would never meet. And you think you have problems. Someone else’s are always worse.


Life is not only good, it is also picturesque along the many canals and waterways found in Copenhagen,


There is a story here. See the boats along the waterway. What you don’t see is the restaurant boat moored across the way that caught my eye. What I didn’t see, because I was looking across the way, was the bollard in front of me. I managed to walk into it just as you see. It was only a little ouch as I hit precisely as shown. I will say it certainly stopped me dead in my tracks, so I called to Linda to take this photo. I can see now that if had been about four inches higher it might have done me some serious damage. Lucky Bob. Lucky Linda.


Linda must have taken at least a dozen and a half of these canal photos. If I don’t post at least several of them I will likely never hear the end of it.


We have seen dozens of palaces during our travels in Europe, and still Linda has to take another photo of the palace guards. At least she’s not alone as the person she partially cut off in the photo shows. In case you didn’t know, Demark has a Queen and she was apparently at the palace today.

I like how the situation with the monarchy in Sweden was described. They have a King. The next in line is a princess who married her Brazilian personal trainer. The people will do away with the monarchy if she were ever to become queen. Now that’s the way a Democracy should work. If those at the top are too big for their britches, do away with them.


Smog in Copenhagen? No way. Bicycle traffic traffic jams? Certainly.


In the things you never knew category. The corners of the buildings in Copenhagen that date from the 1700’s have their corners trimmed off. It seems that fires were common in those years and to make it easier for the men carrying the ladders to negotiate the streets, the corners of the buildings were all cut off.


Yes Linda, I know it’s a rock with a line through it. No Linda, I will not put it in my daypack and take it back to the USA for you.


We visited the independent “free” area of Copenhagen called Christina. The sign tells you why we have no photos of what we saw.


I did manage to sneak in a photo of one of those “wild and free” Christina women.


Lunch in Christina was at a seriously vegetarian, vegetarian restaurant. I can testify that my hummus was the best I have ever had. And both of us totally cleaned our plates. What’s not to like about those that live differently from us if they cook like this.


In the late afternoon we visited the Thorvaldsen Museum where many pieces of the world renowned sculptor’s pieces are displayed. As always, Linda was attracted to feet and I found about a dozen photos of different feet when I downloaded her photos.


The above foot was from this famous sculpture of Jesus which can be found in many cemeteries throughout the USA. We’ve seem copies of it quite a few times on our visits to cemeteries as we have traveled the country during our RV adventures.


It looks like Linda got tired feet from looking at all those feet. Like she says, it’s a tough Life, but somebody has the take those afternoon naps.


Dinner with friends at an awesome Chinese restaurant. What a Life we Live.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Copenhagen Today



The breakfast room had beautiful trays to place your plates and utensils on.


Wood is Sweden’s biggest product, there being trees everywhere in the central and northern parts of the country.


Looking ahead at our group heading out for the nearby castle.


Looking backward. It wasn’t sunny and it wasn’t raining so what is that woman doing with the raised umbrella. How should I know, I don’t understand her most of the time which is why I get myself into trouble so often. Poor Bob,


As we walked along I noticed some ducks along the path. A few moments later I asked Linda if she saw them. She just smiled. After downloading her pictures I can see why she didn’t answer me.


And out of the mists appeared the impregnable castle of the Swedes.


Explaining to Tanis there is a castle around here, it’s just that I don’t know where.


Looks like I found the moat so the castle must be nearby.


Linda doing what she is best known for. One mis-step and down the trap door she goes.


Nothing more than a neat photo from a room looking though a room into a far room. At least I like it.


Linda was really into what our guide was saying while we were in the queens bedroom. Probably trying to pick up a few pointers on how to better lord over me.


Of course we had to visit the cemetery just outside the gates to the castle. On our tour of the castle the guide mentioned the stones that made up one of the stairways were Catholic tombstones the Lutheran king had taken from the cemetery and placed underfoot. It helps show just how much the reformation changed people. I also noticed that on her way out of the castle Linda spent time looking at those stones. Never underestimate her curiosity in dead people.


We had a picnic lunch today and some people made sure they got dessert. Not mentioning any names however. Nice Bob.


Looks like it is going to be a rainy day in Denmark, but on the far side of this miles long bridge the sun was shining.


Pedestrian street in Copenhagen. Almost every town we visit has streets like this. Just another of the differences between the US and the rest of the world. And another reason as to why the US should become more like the rest of the world rather than than trying to make the poor and middle class poorer to make the rich richer.


Hans Christian Anderson, the dead guy, paid a visit to our tour group. One of my tasks tonight is to download some of his fairy tales and begin reading them.


H.C even taught us how to toast the Danish way. It was our first taste of aquavit and we instantly knew why we had been told to try it during our time in Scandinavia as it won’t be our last. Thanks Karen.


Stone beef for dinner. The stone is heated extremely hot and you cook the piece of beef to the degree of doneness you prefer.


No need to wonder if it was good or not.


After dinner we were treated to ice cream. Guess who was first in line? Just another day of having more fun than a person should be allowed to have.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Goodbye Stockholm, Hello Kalmar



This could be the last of the morning herring in the wonderful yellow sauce. An epicure Bob is not, but he does love herring for breakfast. Linda is probably wishing this is the last of the morning herring. We have agreed to disagree,


Don’t ask why but got curious this morning to know what a Swedish bedframe looks like. It certainly isn’t you usual found in America, Chinese made piece of crap It has style and quality.


It always amazes me in reading the travel forums at the number of women who think they need to bring an iron along with them to Europe. Thank goodness Linda isn’t a clothes horse, though if she was we would never have gotten together in the first place since her description of college student Bob when we first met was that I was a slob. You know, a gravy stain on my pants, so what, it’s only a small stain. Somewhat neater Bob.


Our transportation for the next couple of weeks. Are those rally car driving lights on the front?


View from the back of the bus. Linda always sits up near the front. I always sit near the back. Like they say, opposites attract.


Wall of the Gold Room in Stockholm City Hall. Our photos don’t begin to do it justice but it should be on everyone’s list of places to visit.


Linda likes to take photos of things the normal tourist probably never sees. That’s not from a photographers perspective, rather from the curiosity killed the cat point of view. This one is of a chewing tobacco vending machine.


Note how low the pack on my back is riding. That’s because she had it loaded down with enough things to keep the entire tour group alive should need be. Okay, I exaggerate, but only slightly, but it were to rain we could definitely stay dry. Bob the packhorse.


Heading to the night’s hotel from the bus. Linda observed we have by far the smallest amount of luggage and we are going to be in Europe months longer than anyone else. I overheard one of the tour group member's saying there was no way they could pack as light as was recommended for the tour. We say there is no way we could not pack as light as is recommended. Lightweight Bob and Linda.


When Linda opened the door to the bathroom, I’d found the closet but couldn’t find the bathroom, she exclaimed, A TUB. It was more emphatic than bold letters can convey but you get the idea.  Why do I sense there is a nice and very long soak in the tub somewhere in her plans for the evening?


Ecologically correct wine. Sweden has a totally different view on the function of government and mans effect on the planet than in America.


Spending the night in Kalmar, Sweden, we had a group walk around the town.


Close-up of the windows of that building. It is a place that houses prisoners. It has room for 56, but there are just a few housed there. The concept is that is you house prisoners together they learn from each other how to do more bad things. Put a monitoring bracelet on them and allow them to return to society and they will get a job and pay taxes which benefits everyone. Interesting how a society operates when its members understand if they contribute to it everyone benefits. Versus America where the main objective seems to be get everything one can and the heck with everyone else.


Our first fan! Linda was so excited to see it she almost knocked me over rushing to turn it on. Cool Linda.


Dinner in our room tonight. We had this hunger for falafels, don’t ask me why though is is likely we are overloaded on Swedish meatballs, so we picked up a wrap and a pitabrod  falafel around the corner.


After we finished eating Linda decided that cookies and milk would be the perfect way to end the day. Back out to the grocery store a short distance away, and soon she was very happy girl.