Tuesday, August 27, 2013

27 August 1988

Rest day today!  Spent on the farm where my cousin lived next to beautiful horses.  The next 2 days were spent driving back to Dijon where school life started.

Monday, August 26, 2013

26 August 1988 - Whale Day

Today we went to the Naturhistoriska Museum in Goteborg.  Some of my ancestors came from here.  We visited the museum with my cousin Phyllis as our shared grandfather was one of the people who helped to tan the blue whale that is on display at the museum.  When my grandfather visited Sweden as a child, he remembers having tea inside the whale.  Some background on the whale can be found here.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

25 August 1988

We drove from Oslo to Viddega, Sweden today.  We stayed with my cousin Phyllis.  

 My brother especially found this sign very funny - it means "Slow Down". 

Stopping for lunch.

Our car in front of my cousin's house.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

24 August 1988

Vigeland Park is an amazing sculpture park that we had lots of fun wandering around and interacting with the sculptures.  We also went to the Holmenkollen ski jump which I have just discovered has been demolished and rebuilt since we were there.  

Friday, August 23, 2013

23 August 1988

A visit to the world's oldest open air museum (museums which form a theme in my life) Norsk Folkemuseum.  These were beautiful buildings including a gorgeous Norwegian Stave Church. We also went to the Resistance Museum and the harbour.  We also visited friends of my parents in the evening.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

22 August 1988

Today was an interesting and busy day.  We visited the Fram (see photos below) which has been to both poles.  We also saw the Kon-Tiki which Thor Heyerdahl built to show that prehistoric humans could have crossed the Pacific Ocean. Keeping up the boat them we then went to the Viking Ship Museum.  These were all amazing to see.   

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

21 August 1988

We arrived in the beautiful city of Oslo today.  It was the coldest summer in 50 years, it was raining and we were camping in a tent.  As we had a station wagon, I put down the back seat and slept in the back of it.  This was helpful to have one less person in the tent.  It was very cold!!

My brother balancing a piece of wood on his head - no recollection about this photo.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

20 August 1988

It was a rest day today.  Although I think we drove from Stockholm to Bromma before continuing on to Oslo on the 21st.  While in Stockholm, we stayed in Cousin Phyllis' apartment.  Here are the photos from there and me with a mushroom at the campsite.

Monday, August 19, 2013

19 August 1988

Today we saw the Wasa.  As you can see from the photo, it was still being restored.  It "sank on its maiden voyage in the middle of Stockholm in 1628, and was salvaged 333 years later in 1961."  This was quite a site to see and amazing how they had been working to preserve it.
 We also went to the Skansen Open-Air Museum where among other things we saw this happy elephant playing with a log and my brother was enormously amused by the penguin shit and how it flowed down the rock.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

18 August 1988

We got our Stockholm cards today to spend the next two days touring around.  Here's a lot of photos from wandering around.  I can't identify the buildings any more.  We did see the changing of the guard.  The other thing that we did today was visit the Riddarholmen Church and excellent Museum of Medieval Stockholm.

Changing of the Guard

Saturday, August 17, 2013

17 August 1988

Our first day in Stockholm we went up the tower of the City Hall.  
It was a great view and we spent quite a lot of time watching the city.

We also had to get something from the department store - no idea what it was though.

Friday, August 16, 2013

16 August 1988 - Uppsula

Based in Stockholm, we spent the first day in Uppsala which has the oldest university in Stockholm, founded in 1477 and has been the ecclesiastical centre of Sweden since 1164.