We have been traveling since July 8th and are scheduled to return home in two days. It has been a great trip but, as is usually the case, as we near the end I am more than ready to come home. As my thoughts turn westward through nine time zones, I decided to have a look at the ol’ blog, so I read about our preparations for this trip
. I wonder how things look! Are any of the tomato plants still alive? Did the potted boojum tree make it through the two periods of 90-plus degree weather?Though this is a garden, not a travel blog, thought I’d upload a few pictures from some of the places we visited: Saint Petersburg, Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Bergen and Aurland, Norway; Chamonix, France. I forgot the connector for my Canon point and shoot, so can only upload pictures taken on my cellphone (I didn’t bring my Nikon DSLR).
|St. Petersburg, Russia
|Families enjoying the sunshine in a local park on a beautiful sunny day in Sodermalm (the Brooklyn of Stockholm according to one guide book).
|Another park in Stockholm. Every place we visited was lush green and wet – what a difference from California.
|Glaciers above treeline on train ride from Oslo to Bergen.
I’m sure I will have much more to say about our trip once I get home and have a chance to think about it, but a few quick observations follow:
- St. Petersburg is a grand old city with much beauty. Some buildings are in a state of decay, others have been renovated, and still more are being worked on. People smoke a lot in Russia.
- Stockholm is very, very neat. People are polite, there is no yelling, little littering, and there are many bicycles. It is very expensive!
- Norway is lively and the food is very good. People are very friendly and most that we met speak excellent English. It is very, very expensive!
- Chamonix, France is a bustling vacation area. It is not nearly as expensive as Scandinavia. The food is okay for a resort area but we have not had anything outstanding. Hiking requires a whole lot of up and down.
I will report on the state of Wild Suburbia in the next post. Cheers to all!