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Orebro, the Most Romantic Castle

sunny 90 °F

Next stop Sweden; we’d hoped to make both Orebro and Stockholm but alas…. Time was not on our side. Too much time was taken in the journey and not an emphasis on the destination. We chopped out Stockholm; I’m sure it is a great place to visit but there you have it.

We nearly made it to Orebro when we found a campground and stopped for the night. We were all hungry and it seemed like good timing.

The campground is located on a lake, tent camping is along the lake with motorhomes behind the tents. We found a site and also found a table located at the lake side that was empty.

We had our dinner and watched a beautiful sunset.IMG_20140723_215916_095.jpgIMG_20140723_224115_041.jpg

I woke up at 2:30am and it was light already, the sun wasn’t up but there was enough light to read a newspaper.

We drove into Orebro late morning as it takes us forever to get out and about. We went straight to the castle and signed up for a tour. The history is interesting: King Karl was no angel, that’s for sure. He would walk around the city with a stick with a silver ball on top. If he deemed that someone was not doing right then he’d give them a good swat. I thought I should get something like that to knock people upside the head!

It was really hot, probably in the 90’s, so the tour thru the castle was a welcome relief. IMG_20140724_111214_713.jpg

From the castle we walked out to the side streets and found a food court, buying cheese and sausages. Then had lunch with a little white wine.
From lunch we walked along the river to a little village, Wadkoping, which has actually been relocated to preserve the buildings. Buildings are from the 1700’s, and open for looking at your own pace. Doors are small and walls uninsulated. Some interior walls still have the decorations from so long ago. Some houses are furnished others buildings empty.
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We walked back to the castle square, saw the church where Jean Bapististe Bernadotte was chosen to be king. The church is a simple church next to the many grand churches we’ve seen.

We went back to the campground for another dinner by the lake.

So now it was time to head south, back to Brussels. This would be about a 14 hour drive with a stop in Copenhagen.
We had to drive thru Orebro so we made one last lunch at the food court, bought ice then started driving south.

Posted by Miss Chris 19:46 Archived in Swaziland Tagged food walking travel sweden castle tour europe orebro Comments (0)

Touring Regensburg in the Rain

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We planned to net up with Dieter, repack, and then head out for Prague. Dieter emailed and asked if we might meet in Regensburg instead at 2pm. I’d wanted Dale to see Regensburg so this would be perfect. What was a little rain and freezing cold about 55F

We found Dieter waiting for us, he hopped into our car and directed us to parking at the old city. He had arraigned for us to have a guided of Regensburg.
We met our guide, what a wonderful gift Dieter gave us.

The guide started at the old, original gate built by the Romans. As we stood in front of the oldest hotel we heard the story of Emperor Charles V who was visiting Regensburg and saw a beautiful young girl, spent the night at the hotel with her and the outcome was a son, Don Juan of Austria. http://www.hotel-goldeneskreuz.de/
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The guide pointed out “stumble stones” in the pavement. This is a brass tile set into the walkway with the name of a Jewish family. The family would have lived in the house and removed by the Nazis. Most family members were completely wiped out.

We walked by a wood and stone house from the middle ages being refurbished. It will be open to the public in the next year or so.

After our tour we were cold and starving so we went back to the oldest restaurant where the sausages were being sold. The restaurant originally served the workers who built the bridge. The sausages are the ones I remember eating at the Christmas market years ago and I was happy that Dale and Elias would have the chance to try them. We ordered a platter of 10 with sauerkraut. That wasn’t enough so we had to get another platter of 10. IMG_20140709_161213_856.jpg

Posted by Miss Chris 00:44 Archived in Germany Tagged travel tour europe regensburg Comments (0)

One Last Day in Italy

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One thing you will find everywhere in Italy is the coffee. Apparently it will cost more to sit down to drink, some sort of tax or something, so must prefer to stand. Espresso is the drink of choice with Cappacinnio and latte in 2nd place. Little stands are everywhere and fortunately, not the big chain stores. I found a coffee drinking friend in Terri, a woman on this trip. We attempted to try the coffee from as many stands as possible.

We had some free time at night and were at the Plazza Navona. There is a fountain, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi http://www.rome.info/bernini/fountain-four-rivers with 4 figures which represent the 4 rivers of the world: Ganges, Nile, Danube and Rio de la Plata.

Terri and I sat down at a little outdoor restaurant, right on the square, and had a cappuccino. Perfect way to people watch the passer byers and the street merchants running up to the square with their products, then folding up shop and moving along quickly when the police arrive.
Kids had fun this night when they ran around exploring the areas.

We had to get up early to go to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Pantheon.

We went 1st on a walking tour, much of where we’d walked the night before. Then ended up at the Pantheon. I didn’t realize before but Raphael was buried at the Pantheon so I ran in for a view and photo of his grave.

We picked up lunch to go but, not before picking up a specialty coffee at the Tazza D’Oro Coffee Shop. http://www.tazzadorocoffeeshop.com/en/home.html. The coffee is an iced drink, “Granita Caffe de pana”. This coffee consists of whipped cream then iced espresso then another layer of whipped cream. Terri and I looked at the glass of coffee and thought “this isn’t coffee, this is ice cream. Then one taste and we were in coffee heaven. You can only get the real Granita Caffe at the area of the Pantheon. The rest are fakes.

After a bus ride to the Vatican City Sunny decided to walk, even if it was slow. She didn’t want to miss the tour, which she would do using the wheelchair. We met our guide who told us “this is not my first rodeo”, she would have the group go at our pace. The guide took the time to explain things when there was a place for Sunny to sit, or have Sunny take a short cut where there were things that were not quite so important to see. We were able to make it thru the entire city with Sunny getting a seat along the wall of the Sistine chapel with a great view of the ceiling.
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The ceiling of walls of the Sistine chapel are so amazing. There are so many imagaes pn the ceiling that no matter how much one looks there is something which is new. To think that Michelangelo was not a painter is unbelievable.

When we came out of St Peter’s Basilica Sunny was in pain. She could hardly walk but wanted to still take photos. We shot so many photos.
As she went slower and slower the rest of the group went ahead on down the hill. They could see us and see that she needed help. They told us later that they had a talk on how to get her down easily. They sent a student, Juan, and another girl to help. Juan was to carry her and carry her he did, on his back all the way down to the group. Then others put arms around her to help take the weight off while she walked. It was truly a group effort.
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We made our way to the bus with a stop at a souvenir shop where I found many Ferrari items and a book of the Sistine Chapel for Sunny.
Next stop was dinner, a pizza dinner, with chicken and sautéed veges for me. This was our last dinner together, the last wine for the Red Wine Sippers in Italy.

Alas Italy was over, and without my bag.

Posted by Miss Chris 01:03 Archived in Italy Tagged travel italy rome tour vatican chapel grandkids Comments (1)

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