Tag Archives: fall

The Great Pillage

Today is Halloween – it is great many things to many different people.  For ghosts and goblins and witches and monsters it is time to freely roam the streets. For little Vikings at heart it is time to get out and liberate the neighbourhood of some candies and for the dentists it is time to pick up […]

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Perhaps one of the things that Boris and Evelina missed the most about Edmonton was their cousins. The greatest thing in their minds is the fact that our family lives close to us.  On a beautiful fall day with the sun shining and leaves blowing in the wind they got on their bikes and went […]

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Blow Out

It is a Thanksgiving Saturday.  A beautiful day, sunny and warm.  It is the kind of day you go out for a nice lazy walk around the lake or the little forest that is not far away from our home.  Today on the lazy morning agenda I decided to winterize my irrigation system.  My shiny […]

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Home Time

It is finally time to make the landing post and say goodbye to Iceland.  I have been home for a couple of weeks now buried in work.  Not the business work but house work.  There is a seemingly endless list of house chores that need doing, some due to what appears to be plain neglect, some […]

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Christmas Store Salzburg

There is a Christmas store in Salzburg that is open year round.  Not only does it have some of the most beautiful Christmas decoctions but it has hundreds upon hundreds of painted egg shells.  There is eggs in every theme imaginable from Halloween, to Easter  to Christmas from flowers, birds and  city scenes, to just […]

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Salzburg Fortress

Hohensalzburg Castle  is a fortress on top of  the Festungsberg mountain overlooking Salzburg.  It is easily  accessible by funicular which is easier than the 15 min walk up the hill.  The first funicular to the fortress was built  in the 1900s.  The fortress was never taken in war, it was however given up once when Napoleon and his army came knocking.  Salzburg Fortress […]

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Fall is here.  It’s wet.  There are some trees with are still quite green, and some that seem like they are on fire.  The ones that have no leaves are green with all the moss that’s growing on them.  It’s quite beautiful and colourful.  

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St. Lorenz

Here is another look at the church of St. Lorenz.  This medieval church of the former free imperial city of Nuremberg is dedicated to Saint Lawrence. The church was badly damaged during the Second World War and later rebuilt. It is one of the most prominent churches of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. The choir was started in 1445 by medieval […]

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Alfa Romeo 159 Wagon

Italians vs. Vikings

It appears that Top Gear has taken some liking to our family chariot.  Being listed once on the Top Gear site was like winning a lottery, twice is just crazy.  Weekend in Cars has our lovely Alfa proudly displayed crossing the Great Belt Bridge on our trip to Copenhagen.  A big thanks to the Mozejko […]

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Emporia is one of Scandinavia’s biggest shopping malls located near Malmö Arena and Hyllie railway station in Malmö in southern Sweden.  Architecturally stunning inside and out, we stopped by to check it out and relax a bit before heading back to Denmark.  

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Malmo – Old Town

Malmo has two distinct districts, the old town which is not very traditional or conventional  in the sense of old European towns.  The other part is The Western Harbour which is being built on the peninsula and is ultra modern. Since the construction of the Öresund bridge, linking Sweden to Denmark,  Malmö has undergone a major transformation with […]

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Conquering Sweden

We are off to Sweden today.  We are going to explore a costal town of Malmö, Sweden.  It is the third largest town in Sweden by population and since we are not driving up to Stockholm this should be a experience.  We are also going to make this a train trip, leaving the car behind in […]

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Kerteminde, is a small town about 10 km from Odense and is located  on the island of Funen and  has a population of 5,880.  This place is famous for its fish restaurants but to us it is famous for meringue.  Danes like meringue in three forms, cookies, ice cream with meringue topping or fresh meringue covered in […]

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Valdemars Castle

Valdemars Castle is a small palace on the island of Tåsinge near Svendborg in southern Denmark.  It was commissioned by King Christian IV for his son Valdemar Christian who never moved in. He was killed in battle in Poland in 1656.  Today the castle is owned by Baroness Caroline Luel-Brockdorff who was at one time married to Ian Flemming’s nephew.  Small world.  

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The Wrath of Thor

We are heading home from our excursion to the Danish country side. Both the wind  and  the rain have picked up quite significantly.  In retrospect we are glad that we went to Copenhagen yesterday as the Great Belt Bridge is now officially closed.  The wind is blowing at 54m/s or category 3 hurricane, the strongest […]

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Ulriksholm Castle

This small castle is located approx. 6 km. SW of Kerteminde.  It was built for one of Christian IV’s  many sons, in a typical Renaissance style.  The castle was completed in 1645.  The young Count Ulrik Christian GYLDENLOVE only managed to enjoy his new home for a few years. He died in 1658 , at the age of 28.  Today, the castle is a private residence which […]

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Viking Runes

We are following a trail of Viking Runes.  Its actually a beautiful autumn day, not like you could tell this from our outfits, but that’s because we are prepared for the upcoming storm.   These sties are protected by Thor, as the legend has it, and anyone no paying the respect these places deserve will […]

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Modern Copenhagen

Originally a Viking fishing village founded in the 10th century, Copenhagen became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century.  Copenhagen metropolitan area is home to almost 2 million people out of 5 million that live in Denmark.  It’s a beautiful city, its home to the Danish royalty and a whole set of stunning […]

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Old Town Copenhagen

Part of our 15km walk around Copenhagen included the old town.  We went by the Round Tower which was an astoronomical  observatory built by King  Christian IV.  Instead of stairs, a 7.5-turn spiral ramp forms the only access way to the tower top observatory as well as the Library Hall and the Bell-Ringer’s Loft, both located above the church. […]

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The Marble Church

Frederik’s Church, popularly known as The Marble Church (Marmorkirken) for its architecture, is an Evangelical Lutheran church located just west of Amalienborg Palace.  Intended to commemorate the 300 years jubilee of the first coronation of a member of the House of Oldenburg. Frederick’s Church has the largest church dome in Scandinavia with a span of 31m. The construction of the church was delayed for 150 years due […]

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The Royal Palace

Amalienborg is the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family.  We made it here just before 12:00 to see the change of the guard.  The Royal Palace consists of  four identical classic palace façades with rococo interiors around an octagonal courtyard.   In the centre of the square is a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg’s founder, King Frederick V. The first time […]

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The Opera House

Located, across the Royal Palace, on the island of Holmen in central Copenhagen is the Copenhagen Opera House.  The Opera House is the national opera house of Denmark, and is among the most modern opera houses in the world. It is also one of the most expensive opera houses ever built with construction costs well over 500 million U.S. dollars.  

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New Harbour

Nyhavn or New Harbour  is a 17th-century waterfront, canal and entertainment district in Copenhagen, Denmark originally constructed by King Christian V from 1670 to 1673, dug by Swedish war prisoners.   It is a gateway from the sea to the old inner city at (King’s Square), where ships handled cargo and fishermens’ catch. It was home to  Hans Christian Andersen  for some 18 years. […]

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St. Canute’s Cathedral

No self respecting European city goes without its own cathedral.  Odense is no different, St. Canute’s Cathedral is dedicated to the last Viking king of Denmark and his bones as well as those of his brother are displayed in the cathedral crypt.  Unlike some of the more ostentatious and extravagant baroque cathedrals this one is […]

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Odense – Demark

We are in Odense visiting our good friends Mozejkos.  It’s a beautiful autumn day, perfect for exploring the old city.  Odense has one of the oldest Saturday markets in Europe, where people have been buying and selling fresh produce for over 500 years.  There are a number of churches and monasteries, a  Benedictine abbey, the Odense Palace, […]

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