First Post of 2015!! Happy New Year !
First of all, I have been delinquent in posting because of the painful switch I am currently making from Aperture to Photoshop. I think that it is time to take the plunge, now that Aperature will no longer be supported. So Photoshop has had a strangle hold on all my “photo time”….so I may now just try to throw lots of pics and less text up on posts just to get them out.
But I digress….
As mentioned in my prior Motherland Tour Sicily series, I am an American expat currently living with my family in Switzerland. One of my goals while we are living in Europe is to bring my children to visit the places where their ancestors were born. Recently I had the opportunity to visit the Czech Republic with my family to visit the homelands of my children’s Great-Great Grandparents. The trip was especially exceptional because my father was able to join us from the United States on our journey, a journey that he and my mother had taken ME and MY siblings on in the mid 1970’s (then known as Czechoslovakia, behind the “Iron Curtain”) when I was a boy.
First stop..Valasske Klobouky…where a surprise party of extended (way extended) family awaited us on arrival! Some of these people I had met 37 years ago!!!
Troll Country, Sweden
This is what awaits you when you set off into the countryside from Hätteboda Wilderness Campground in the Småland region of southern Sweden. Did you see something moving?
Decorative WC Door
Finding relief at Hätteboda Wilderness Campground in the Småland region of southern Sweden.
I am not sitting on the shores of this beautiful lake, but I wish that I was!
Reflections of Sunset , Hätteboda , Sweden
Hätteboda Sunset, Sweden
Beautiful sunset over our campsite at Hätteboda Wilderness Campground in the Småland region of southern Sweden. For those of you who are looking for a more remote and wilderness-style camping experience in Sweden, this is the place to be! Mostly tent campers, no RVs allowed. Very primitive camping by european standards. Complete with a wood-oven powered sauna on the lake!
Marstrand, founded in the 13th century, is a popular seaside destination on the western coast of Sweden for people who enjoy the culture, history, sun, sailing, and beauty of this rugged Nordic coast. It is also the host venue for the prestigious Match Cup Sweden sailing event, which is part of the World Match Racing Tour. This event draws the world’s best sailing teams to Marstrand in a gladiatorial battle of nerve and skill on the water.