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Aug 4, 2014 - The rare rest days

We had three rest days, for us a bit of a rare occurrence. Saturday we caught up all the domestics- shopping, washing, etc. Sunday was hot (30°C plus) and humid so we just enjoyed sitting in the shade and chilling out. Sunday night over to Monday we had terrific thunderstorms and heavy rain. We were planning to move to our next campground on the Monday but rang them and postponed it for a day.

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Aug 1, 2014 - Foteviken Viking Museum and Lund

It is the beginning of August and the weather is still gorgeous although according to the locals this is exceptional. This is also the last two weeks of the Swedish school holidays so places are starting to become quieter. That is reflected in our campground although the Netherlanders seem to be out in force. We have discovered that wherever you go there will be Netherlanders – they are the travellers of Europe. We headed down to Skȁnor the visit Foteviken Viking Museum. Another Viking museum you might say but this was a working Viking...

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Jul 31, 2014 - Helsingborg

Today we headed to Helsingborg. This is the opposite town on the narrowest stretch or the Öresund to Helsingør, Denmark. This area belonged to Denmark in the 11th century who fortified the town. Over the centuries the town was fought over and lost by the Swedes six times until in 1710 it finally remained Swedish. All that remains today of the castle built by the Danes is the keep which dominates the town. However before exploring the keep area we explored the rejuvenated harbour area. A pleasant area to walk. This is also the location where...

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Jul 30, 2014 - Malmo

Up at 8:00 after about six hours sleep and felt pretty good. Went to take a shower and – no hot water. Not even cold water from the hot tap. So I took a bird bath – very unsatisfying to say the least! Then a breakfast of cheese and bread and tea, then met Ole, Minna, and Thor for our trip to Sweden. On the way out Ole pointed out the automated parking garage entrance. For a fee you could park your car – you drove it in and stepped out – then it was automatically parked for you in an underground lot. You were given a code and that would...

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Jul 29, 2014 - A bit of tennis and a lovely cliff walk

Today we headed up to Båstad the northernmost town in the province of Skåne. This is the Sweden’s tennis centre where the Swedish Open is played at the beginning of July. It is also a lovely little town with a pretty sea front which was lovely to walk along. Båstad is also the start of the Bjåre peninsula. At the Hovs Hallar Nature Reserve we followed a trail which took us down the rocky red cliffs onto the beach and then we were able to walk along the beach admiring the rocky cliffs. After our walk we headed to the small village of Torekov...

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Jul 28, 2014 - Söderåsen’s National Park

Just up from the campground we discovered was Söderåsen’s National Park. This is an area of forested rift valleys and an ideal location on a hot day to walk. We decided to take one of the clearly marked walking trails which first took us through the forested river valley and then climbed up to above the valley before descending once again. It was a lovely walk through a beautiful broadleaf forest

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Jul 27, 2014 - Into Sweden

Today we left Denmark and headed into Sweden. It was very busy with units departing the campground in Copenhagen so we were later than our usual departure time. We had an uneventful exit from the campground, thank goodness. We took the Öresund Bridge that links Denmark to Sweden. The bridge was completed in 1999 and is both road and rail bridge. It comprises both a bridge and tunnel and is a total of 16km long. The toll was expensive because of our size but its beats the ferry any day. In Sweden we had to stop at the customs to register...

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Jun 25, 2014 - More Time in Sweden

I leave to go back to the USA tomorrow morning and don't have time to write, but there are so many things that have happened the last few days. Let me share some of the highlights and I'll add some pictures later. 1. Joel and I took a bike ride around the city. He wanted me to see this great view of the city from top of this new mall. The mall was closed. Mid-Summer Day. So, we rode the bikes up the car ramps to the top of the parking garage. Ha. We're lucky we didn't get run over, but it was fun. More fun riding down. Saw some pretty...

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Jun 21, 2014 - Sweden--Day 2

Today was a bit more relaxed. I got up pretty late and went upstairs to have breakfast with Joel, Sarah, and their kids. (I'm sleeping in the basement at their house.) Joel asked if I wanted to go for a bike ride. Sounded like fun. We took a long slow ride around Malmo. First, we found this little market/fair that he didn't know was going on. We walked our bikes through it, stopped to eat a little chocolate sugar cream thing I don't really know how to describe. I guess some kind of traditional Swedish dessert. Rode through the park to a...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Sweden--Mid-Summer Eve

Today was a big Swedish holiday--Mid-Summer's Eve. It is the evening before the longest day of the year. Apparently, the festival stretches back to the pre-Christian days in Sweden. It is fertility celebration--good crops, children, all of that. Joel and Sarah had planned to have friends over to their house to celebrate, but Sarah was pretty tired from the illness yesterday and one of their friends agreed to host the party instead. There were four families, plus me. Lots of children. And lots of food. As near as I can tell, the celebration...

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Jun 19, 2014 - Travel to Sweden

We got up crazy early to catch a cab back to Hungary. Surprisingly, Romanian cabbies work for cheap. Joel and I both fell asleep on the 4 hour taxi ride back to Budapest. Crossing the border by car between Hungary and Romania is about the most cumbersome border crossing I've had in Europe. They seem used to seeing Europeans drive back and forth from Hungary to Romania, but an American...well, that's a different story. Both ways, they have taken my passport and headed off to some hidden office. They seemed less concerned about me leaving...

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Jun 10, 2014 - Rock On Tommy!

We missed the car park attendant last night as we went for a walk. He wasn't about anywhere this morning & we couldn't find anyone to pay so we have up & moved on. It was another hot, sunny day so back in shorts again. We drove on in a South Westerly direction across Sweden towards the West coast. Trying to decide whether to go back to Denmark on the ferry from Helsingborg or via the bridge again at Malmo. We stopped for lunch beside a massive lake at Granna, apparently famous for it's pink & white striped rock, the eating kind. It was...

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