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Orebro, the Most Romantic Castle

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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)

Stormy Day in Prague

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It was forecast to rain so we wore our rain jackets. It was cool, about 65F so we all wore our warm clothes.

The 1st stop with the Music Museum, Narodni Museum.
http://www.praguewelcome.cz/srv/www/en/objects/detail.x;jsessionid=BDE23680CCCBA045EDD8C1745CCA32AC?id=44873 The museum consists of rooms of instruments mostly made in Prague: quarter tone pianos, upright grand pianos, organs of all types, glass harmonicas, horns of every type imaginable, violins, double violins, if it was made then it was in this museum. There were also a station in each room where one could hear the music as played on that instrument.

From the museum we stopped at a little outdoor café for lunch, wine and beer. From this advantage we saw families with dressed up children heading up the hill for a baptism, couples in bridal clothes going to get married, tourists from every country, city residents out to shop.

After a lengthy lunch we walked across the street to visit a private garden built into the hillside. There are 3 main terraces with hedges, flowers and fountains. From the top balcony one can see over the city.

We went on to the trolley to take us up to the top of the hill. I rode the trolley with Dieter and Inge while Dale and Elias walked up the footpath to the top. Dale and Elias were waiting for us, the line was long and we had to purchase tickets. Elias was off exploring.

We thought we‘d get a beer or coffee at the little outside bar at the top but then saw that the sky was black over the city. The servers told us to go inside as they would close in the next 10minutes due to the storm. We barely got inside when the winds started blowing and rain started pouring down.

Elias came running down from the Eiffel Tower (a small replica) and we all settled into our table. The storm blew in; thunder, lightning, wind and rain. We drank Irish coffee and watched the storm.
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The storm passed and we went on down the hill ready to attend the street celebration of the French Revolution. It reminded me of our farmers markets with about 3 rows of canapes set up. All of the vendors were from France with meats, cheeses and wines. We had tastes of several wines and then bought a couple of bottles, one to take home and lay. One bottle we purchased from the wine maker as he advised us after tasting. He invited to his winery in France and we are thinking that a wine tasting trip to Europe just might be in our future.
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Back to the café Salvia for dinner. Then a nighttime stroll out to the bridge. On the way back to our room we bought macaroons for a treat.

Posted by Miss Chris 13:35 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged walking travel museum czech coffee Comments (0)

And It's Off to Prague

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And we were off to Prague, a 2-1/2 hour drive.

We could not drive our car into Czech, something about a problem with the insurance. We planned to ride the train but at the last minute Dieter got the days off and we rode with him.

We checked into our hotel, the same one we’d stayed at 2 years ago; they let us check in an hour early. This time we stayed in the main hotel, last time we were in rooms off to the side.

We had arranged to meet Dieter and Inge at the Café Slavia, a place across the street from the National Theater. We walked across the square stopping for some Czech style ham (ham heated on huge spits) and a potato dumpling salad. The salad was more dumpling than potato.

We had a little time to kill so we had to cross the Charles Bridge, just because… At the café we found Dieter and Inge, quenched our thirst with wine and beer then started walking. Guys went to a model shop while Inge and I strolled arm in arm thru the old city. Very European I must say.

We found some chocolates at a little shop I remembered from other trips, then sat down in an outdoor restaurant at the square. We were enjoying our cappuccinos when the guys walked up.

Off to dinner back at the Café Slavia then a night walk across the bridge. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Bridge
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Posted by Miss Chris 01:33 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged food prague walking travel charles_bridge Comments (0)

Rome- We Made It

sunny 85 °F

What a very long day of walking and looking.

We started at the Colosseum with a guided tour. We went in thru gate #57, a gate where the regular people would have entered. The games were free but people had to have a ticket to enter; a ticket showing which gate (status based) they would enter.

We were always walking: down the long entry corridor, up 4 flights of steep stairs, around the upper level, down the stairs to the lower level. The sun was hot and bright so we were sweating, but probably not as bad as the gladiators in their time.IMG_20140622_112806_957.jpg

From the ground floor we were able to see the bottom corridors open to the air now. It is easy to imagine the wild animals, which had been confined there for several days, and the people who would fight them, and the gladiators who would fight for their lives. We wondered what it would have been like to see that kind of fighting.
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From the Colosseum we walked up the broad street, where the chariots would enter, up to the forum. There are ruins on all sides. We didn’t have time to do anything but look. I took a ton of photos and hopefully will know what they are about when I get home. I’ll download a map of the area and then sort thru what I saw.

I must add; a member of our group is named David. He has been so wonderful this trip, but I’m guessing that he didn’t know his trip would be so entwined with ours. David missed the part of our trip after the Colosseum as he wheeled Sunny thru using the lifts. Our tour leader gave them a private tour but they still missed a large amount that we saw. The wheelchairs cannot make it thru on the cobblestones. It is nearly like rock hopping in a river. I really felt badly but he insisted on taking Sunny and wouldn’t hear of anyone else touching the wheelchair. David is always making corny jokes but is fun and so protective. We are so lucky to have him in our group. And I must give everyone credit for pitching in and helping. David helps thru the worst but nearly everyone helps wheel.

So from the forum we went out to the road where the ruins extend across the large boulevard. More forums for one thing or another. More churches, the Christians turned so many sites into churches, like really you need another church?

Several of us had opted not to go to the catacombs. The tour guide gave us a map with the way marked leading to the restaurant where we would have dinner. A friend (new from this trip) joined Sunny and I for a walking adventure, and adventure it was.

Our tour guide had recommended that we eat in the Jewish Ghetto, Ghetto doesn’t have the same meaning here as it does at home. But it is the area where the Jewish people lived. The restaurants have a fusion of Jewish and Roman foods with the spatiality of fried artichokes.

Terri and I took turns pushing Sunny, walking and referring to the map. Unfortunately we did not see the street we needed to take; the map was hard to read the street names. We walked and walked not recognizing the street names at all. Finally we walked up a hill, me pushing the wheelchair and Terri going to ask some police where we were. Of course we were way past where we were supposed to be. So we walked back, found a street which still wasn’t the right one; Octivito instead of Otilito. Another cop pointed out the street, right in front of us which led straight to the Jewish Ghetto. After meals of fried artichokes and rare meat with dried beef and truffle sauce we were stuffed. We needed to do lots of walking before dinner in 3 hours.

After walking and walking we came up on large structure. When we got to the front we found that it was the Pantheon. Entry is free so we entered and enjoyed the cool air.

Posted by Miss Chris 20:54 Archived in Italy Tagged walking travel rome colosseum outdoors fourm Comments (0)

Another Day in Florence

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Another day in Florence is another day in Paradise.

Dinner the night before was an awesome meal. Food before was not great, not what I expected, but it was food. Now we had real vegetables, and great red wine! It was in a little restaurant off of a square, but there are plazas everywhere. This plaza is the location of the church where Michelangelo is buried. Dinner was sautéed veges with chicken. The restaurant had made tiramisu for the group but for me they made Panna Cotta with a berry sauce, it was to die for!!!!
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We finally had a free day, like from the time we arrived back at the Duomo area until we had to leave at 1:30pm. Some went shopping, some ran from 1 site to the other, some sat and absorbed the Italian life. One friend Terry, spent her time sampling gelato and other Italian delights. Sunny and I went to a couple of shops for some emergency clothes, got some undies from Italy too! The shops were close by, so we could hurry with that.

From the shops we walked past the Duomo and on to the Leonardo Di Vinci museum. It was not what I expected at all but such fun. It is a small museum that contains drawings and by the drawings are the items made out of wood. Some are things that you can touch and work. So, for example, his drawing of the helicopter is there with a made up model. Models for his parachute, water wheel, mud boats and lots of other things are there. Also interesting is a small room, maybe 10 sides (I don’t remember exactly and haven’t looked it up) that has a mirrored door. So you go into the room and shut the door, stand in the middle and see a vast number of reflections.

The museum didn’t take a real long time so we had time to find lunch. A friend had sent a link to a restaurant that she’d gone to and recommended by Rick Steves. We found the street but couldn’t find the restaurant for anything. Because it was getting close to 12 noon and we had to walk to the other side of the Duomo to meet the group, we ate close by the recommended place. I had wonderful seafood pasta and Sunny had a 4 cheese pizza. We could see the large oven where the pizzas were being cooked. A glass of red wine helped take the aches away as I was the only one to push the wheelchair.

Weather was hot! Probably only in the mid 80's and maybe 30% humidity but when pushing a wheelchair all over on cobblestone streets, it gets hot!
Now off to Rome.
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Posted by Miss Chris 22:18 Archived in Italy Tagged food walking travel florence europe michelangelo leonadro_di_vinci Comments (0)

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