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This was going to be our last day on the boat. When we left Breukelen we noticed a women’s rowing team out early in the morning. There were some beautiful houses along the canal as we reached the outskirts of town.

More photos from the canal trip can be found on my website.

After a short distance we reached the outskirts of Loenen aan de Vecht. At this point it was a cool but beautiful day out.

We had just pulled over to have lunch when a hail storm hit. It hailed for about 15 minutes and then was nice out again. As we cruised pas Mijndense Sluis  we noticed several Locaboats come out into the canal. They headed toward one of the bridges but it soon became clear that they didn’t know how to get the bridges to go up. They decided to follow us for a ways to try and figure out how things worked. Locks were always interesting. Some places you could push a button to alert the bridge minder that you wanted to go through, other places you had to honk your horn and still other places there was a phone number to call.

We then sailed back to Mijndense Sluis where we found a number of boats lined up to go through the locks. This was the most boats that we had encountered on the trip. I did see some photos of what it is like at the locks during the summer and it looked to be a zoo. Crusing on the canals in the summer would be an even more leisurely trip than we had.

It was only a short distance to the Locaboat Base from the locks.

It looks like a beautiful day out but shortly after docking the boat we has another intense hail storm. The entire deck was covered in hail. Yet in an another hour it was a beautiful evening out. The frozen six crew had a nice parting dinner at the restaurant at the boat docks.

The next morning we turned in the keys to the boat and the group caught a taxi to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Dave and Sara caught a train to France, Lisa and Jim caught a flight to Stockholm and Linda and Phil stored their luggage and caught a bus to Keukenhof to see the tulip displays.


The next morning we were up early and had a bite to eat at the hotel before walking along the water next to Kalmar Castle. It was a beautiful morning with some nice reflections in the water.

I managed to capture a few bird photos on the walk.

Mute Swan

Great Crested Grebe

While we were waiting for a ride we took a few photos of our Hotel. To say that it was a little quirky is an understatement.

We headed back to Skallby where we met up with the rest of the cousins for breakfast. This was a family home that had stood vacant for about 15 years. The cousins took it over and completely remodeled it. It is now a beautiful home.

We all piled into cars and headed for Vazjo and the House of Emigrants. It was actually closed but the family made special arrangements for us to get a guided tour. My wife had been reading The Emigrants which is the collective name of a series of four novels by the Swedish Author Vilhelm Moberg. They are rather graphic and depict the conditions under which many Swedes moved to America. Most of the history was news to me and I found it really fascinating.

After the tour we gathered at a local restaurant for a bite to eat.

When we returned to Skallby we stopped in the barn to check out an old car.

We then said a sad farewell to our Swedish cousins.

We made one more stop to visit the genealogists home. Linda and the genealogist had some work to do before we departed. He was the one who put us in contact with my wife’s Swedish relatives.

This spring my wife and I made a three week trip to Scandinavia. This is the first of my blogs describing our adventures.

We left Duluth, Minnesota heading for Minneapolis  to catch our early evening flight on Icelandic Airlines. My wife took this photo of me with my new Osprey’s Farpoint 55 travel pack. We both used these packs for the trip and found them to be a great find. When I get some time I’ll write a review of them.

The Trip was uneventful. This is my wife’s obligatory  photo of Greenland. For some reason she insists on photographing Greenland every time we fly over.

When we reached Copenhagen We took the train from the airport to Copenhagen Central Station. From there we walked to the Cabinn Scandinavia where we were staying for a couple of nights. Unfortunately Google Maps gave us a tour of Copenhagen on the way to Cabinn Scandinavia. Once we were at our lodging and had acquired a map of Copenhagen we discovered the route we should have taken from Central Station. We checked in and then walked back toward Central Station to visit the Copenhagen Visitors Center and plan what we would be doing the only full day we had in Copenhagen. On the way to the visitors center we walked past Sankt Jørgens Lake.

We encountered a number of different birds at the Lake. My wife complained the entire trip that I was taking bird pictures when I should have been taking photos of the city. However, even she had to admit that the Great Crested Grebe was worth watching. When we first saw it we thought it might be ill because it had a very disheveled look about it. We soon discovered the disheveled look was caused by baby grebes hiding under her feathers. The male grebe was hunting for food and when he came close the young came out of hiding looking for something to eat. Every time we walked past the Lake we looked for the grebes.

We also saw a number of other birds on the lake.

Eurasian Coot

Black-headed Gull

Mute Swan

Eurasian Magpie

I should add that I was able to get these great bird photos because I decide to leave my Nikon Cameras home and take a Sony DSC-WX500 that has a 30X optical zoom lens. This is a great little pocket camera that also takes great panoramic photos.

It was spring time in Copenhagen and the tulips were blooming all over town.

After stopping at the visitors center we started looking for a bite to eat. It is sad to report that our first meal in Copenhagen was at Burger King.

We then headed back to the hotel for the night.