Athens, The Parthenon, Corinth, Mycenea, Olympia, Ionian Coast, Delphi & Meteora.

Finished our travel and had an amazing time in Greece, followed the incredible journey of the ancient Greeks and their monuments….Tom & Heather.

Meteora a rock formation in central Greece. The 6 Eastern Orthodox monasteries are built on immense natural rock pillars that dominate this area.

Cheers…Tom and Heather

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Reflections of Spain and Portugal

Tom and Heather’s travels continue :-

The Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caídos) near Madrid – a monument to those who died in the Spanish Civil War.
The monument precinct covers over 3,360 acres (13.6 km2) of Mediterranean woodlands and granite boulders on the Sierra de Guadarrama hills, more than 3,000 feet (910 m) above sea level and includes a basilica, a Benedictine abbey, a guest house, the Valley, and the Juanelos — four cylindrical monoliths dating from the 16th century. The most prominent feature of the monument is the towering 150-metre-high (500 ft) cross erected over a granite outcrop 150 meters over the basilica esplanade and visible from over 20 miles (32 km) away.

A Snapshot of Morocco & Spain

In front of the Alhambra, ancient palace and fortress – Grenada

Having a great time traveling through Spain and Morocco. The temperature has been in the mid to high thirties and 44 in Marrakesh. Morocco was certainly different to what I expected, a very fertile country. Moving on to Tangier tomorrow then back to Spain and Portugal. Hi to all.

Finland, Estonia & Russia……

HELSINKI………

Helsinki Station.

Helsinki Station.

Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Rock Church, Helsinki.

Rock Church, Helsinki.

Rock Church, all that is visible from outside except for the entrance.

Rock Church, all that is visible from outside except for the entrance.

TALLIN…………..

Overlooking the old town

Overlooking the old town

Old palace, now a museum/art gallery on the edge of Kadriorg Park

Old palace, now a museum/art gallery on the edge of Kadriorg Park

Old and narrow alley-ways in the old town

Old and narrow alley-ways in the old town

…and…AMAZING ST.PETERSBERG……….

…and on to Sweden.

Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden, 140 kms long

Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden, 140 kms long

Water front on Norrmalm, Stockholm.

Water front on Norrmalm, Stockholm.

City Hall, Stockholm.

City Hall, Stockholm.

The Great Hall in City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held prior to ceremony for awards in medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics and literature.

The Great Hall in City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held prior to ceremony for awards in medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics and literature.

Vasa, the 17th century galleon which sank just minutes after sailing on its maiden voyage. After 333 years it was salvaged from the ocean. A truly amazing sight to see, it stands 4 storeys high. It sank because it was top heavy.

Vasa, the 17th century galleon which sank just minutes after sailing on its maiden voyage. After 333 years it was salvaged from the ocean. A truly amazing sight to see, it stands 4 storeys high. It sank because it was top heavy.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town that dates back to the 13th century.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town that dates back to the 13th century.

Silicon models of the famous group at the ABBA Museum.

Silicon models of the famous group at the ABBA Museum.

SS Stockholm that we cruised through the archipelago.Stockholm has nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocky outcrops.

SS Stockholm that we cruised through the archipelago.Stockholm has nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocky outcrops.

Views in the archipelago. Many large homes but with wooden cottages side by side. The archipelago spreads 80 kms into the Baltic Sea.

Views in the archipelago.
Many large homes but with wooden cottages side by side. The archipelago spreads 80 kms into the Baltic Sea.

Travels in Norway

All good with us. Now in Norway, weather a bit inclement, but then Bergen has about 320 wet days so we figure you would have to be lucky to strike a sunny one. Rain mainly light and certainly has not stopped us from doing what we have wanted to do.
Cheers Tom.

Cobbled laneway in Stavanger

Cobbled laneway in Stavanger

Edvard Grieg's composer hut on the edge of the fjord near Bergen.

Edvard Grieg’s composer hut on the edge of the fjord near Bergen.

Funicular railway, Bergen. Travel to the top of Mt Floyen, 850 metres in length, 300metres high.

Funicular railway, Bergen. Travel to the top of Mt Floyen, 850 metres in length, 300metres high.

Views of Bergen from top of Mount Floyen.

Views of Bergen from top of Mount Floyen.

View from our hotel. The Bryggen (Norweigian for wharf). A series of Hanseatic buildings lining the side of the fjord, Bergen.

View from our hotel. The Bryggen (Norweigian for wharf). A series of Hanseatic buildings lining the side of the fjord, Bergen.

Village of Telavag, played an important role in the secret North Sea boat traffic between Norway & Great Britain. Later razed by the Gestapo, woman and children held in prison camp in Norway. The men imprisoned in Nazi camp at Sachsenhausen, 31 were murdered. After the war the village was rebuilt.

Village of Telavag, played an important role in the secret North Sea boat traffic between Norway & Great Britain. Later razed by the Gestapo, woman and children held in prison camp in Norway. The men imprisoned in Nazi camp at Sachsenhausen, 31 were murdered. After the war the village was rebuilt.

St Mary's, Bergen. Stared in 1130 & completed around 1180. The oldest building in Bergen.

St Mary’s, Bergen. Stared in 1130 & completed around 1180. The oldest building in Bergen.

The village of Telavag which was completely destroyed by the Gestapo in WW11, because the villagers were ferrying escaped allied fighters to the Shetland Islands and returning with supplies for the resistance fighters. The village was rebuilt after the war.

The village of Telavag which was completely destroyed by the Gestapo in WW11, because the villagers were ferrying escaped allied fighters to the Shetland Islands and returning with supplies for the resistance fighters. The village was rebuilt after the war.

One of the many hundreds of water falls we have seen in Norway

One of the many hundreds of water falls we have seen in Norway

24.5 kilometre tunnel, the longest land tunnel in the world. There are three sections coloured to mimic a sunset to help keep drivers awake. We travelled through a total of 144 tunnels in Scandinavia.

24.5 kilometre tunnel, the longest land tunnel in the world. There are three sections coloured to mimic a sunset to help keep drivers awake. We travelled through a total of 144 tunnels in Scandinavia.

One of many ferry crossings on the fjords

One of many ferry crossings on the fjords

View from our morning tea table to the glacier which only 20 years ago was touching the glacial pool just outside the window of the cafe.

View from our morning tea table to the glacier which only 20 years ago was touching the glacial pool just outside the window of the cafe.

Seven Sisters waterfall tumbling down the rock face on the Geiranger Fjord.

Seven Sisters waterfall tumbling down the rock face on the Geiranger Fjord.

More of Norway ….

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Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

…. Tom & Heather – loving this wonderful city.

'The Round Tower' - once was an observatory.

‘The Round Tower’ – once was an observatory.

The ramps up the inside of the Round Tower - 7 1/2 twists then 20 stairs to the viewing platform.

The ramps up the inside of the Round Tower – 7 1/2 twists then 20 stairs to the viewing platform.

View from the platform.

View from the platform.

View along the canal in the 'Old Town' of Copenhagen.

View along the canal in the ‘Old Town’ of Copenhagen.

The Marble Church behind the palace where Mary, Fred and the children live.

The Marble Church behind the palace where Mary, Fred and the children live.

The dome inside the Marble Church.

The dome inside the Marble Church.

Real Danish pastry - and, yes it tastes as good as it looks.

Real Danish pastry – and, yes it tastes as good as it looks.

The Bridge - Copenhagen to Malamo in Sweden.

The Bridge – Copenhagen to Malamo in Sweden.