To tell the story of the entire trip would take hours and hours
and pages and pages. Instead, I'll just comment briefly on the more
successful pictures I took. Obviously, these are a small sample of
the nearly 400 pictures I snapped over the course of the entire 19 day tour.
It's a rare day when weather conditions and subject material work together
to produce a really good pictures. These pictures in no way represent
the entire trip. They are just the more presentable pictures!
All pictures were taken with my Olympus XA pocket 35mm camera using Kodachrome
64 film. Enjoy...
We began our tour in Copenhagen, Denmark. It's a charming
city with many canals , famous breweries , amazing church spires , and art anyone would recognize . The first cathedral concert of the tour was in the city of
Växjö. The unusual twin spires were visible from all over town. The falling rain left dark
streaks on the front of the cathedral. I enjoyed playing the organ . In the park next door, I found a statue of my good buddy
Carl Linnaeus . The rocks in an old churchyard wall sported a variety of mosses and lichens, growing since the wall was
erected in 1731. We attended Midsommer festivities on the grounds of the medieval Kronoberg castle on the shores of Lake Helgasjön. Here's our bus , all decorated for the occasion! There were people in native costume and much dancing . Earlier that day we toured the lake aboard Thor , a coal fired steamboat. Later, we took a delightful cruise
aboard the Kung Sverker down a portion of the Göta Canal from Lake Boren to Lake Vättern through several locks . We stopped briefly in Gamla Linkoping . Stockholm is fascinating with its narrow streets and distinctive skyline . The warship Vasa, sunk in 1628, has been restored to all of its baroque splendor . Despite my best efforts, I was not awarded a nobel prize when
I visited city hall . While in Stockholm, we discovered the people of Sweden use
very powerful toothpaste . The cathedral in Uppsala was most impressive. The view from the old castle on the hill was nice. I don't think the
King cared much for the church . The old church in Rättvik did its best to compete with the clouds . When we went to Moro (he he he!) we were greeted by another towering spire. The ancient wooden stave churches of Norway are architectural wonders. This door was carved by the hand of some Viking over a thousand years ago.
We saw several quiet , isolated communities along the Sognafjord. As we crossed the Norwegian highlands I'm sure I saw a troll behind that rock. No trip to Oslo
would be complete without a visit to the harbor , National Gallery or the world renowned Vigeland Sculpture Park . On the way home we observed remarkable examples of polar glaciation over northern Greenland .