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Balconies and Saints



Thursday 29. 10. 15 This is a small painting that I did this morning of Valletta. There seemed to be a shrine on nearly every street corner!

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Tuesday 27. 10. 15 Just back from 10 days in Malta with Julia. Interesting part of the world, steeped in history from Neolithic temples to WWII bomb shelters. Many huge and beautiful churches towering over a harsh, garrigue-like landscape.

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Thursday 18. 06. 15 Had an early start today as Carole had to take the train to the airport at 6 am. I went back to the hotel for breakfast and then saw a terrific expo at the Munch museum Munch/Van Gogh. Interesting parallels between the two artists and again I was surprised by Munch’s work. Took the train to Rygge in the afternoon and then flew back to Beziers in the evening. The photo is the Millau bridge.

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Monday 15. 06. 15 Arrived here early afternoon. Cool around 10 degrees. Checked out old town. Two types of accommodation – wooden houses or cruise ships.

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Sunday 14. 06. 15 Spent the day exploring Bergen. Saw some interesting collections of Norwegian art including Edvard Munch who did so much more than The Scream! 

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Fjords and fells

Saturday 13. 06. 15 Spent the morning in Flam and then took the boat along the fjord to Gudvangen through stunning scenery. From there we took a bus to Voss including the road with 13 hairpin bends. From Voss we continued by train to Bergen. On arrival we discovered that there is a show tonight at our hotel by world famous DJ Kygo – who of course we have never heard of!!! 

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Friday 12. 06. 15 Took the train from Oslo to Flam today – the world’s steepest railway. Rose right up into Tundra-like country with very little vegetation but with glacier carved valleys and fast running streams. Quite spectacular. 

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Train trouble

Thursday 11. 06. 15 Another exciting day on the trains. Took the 8am train from Stockholm to Oslo. After 2 hours travelling through a Muskoka like landscape they announced that there was a power problem. We all got out and eventually boarded buses and continued our journey for another hour and a half when we stopped at Karlstad and boarded another train for a couple of hours before another announcement. We descended again and were told to wAit for a bus to Oslo. One bus arrived and the rest of us were told to board yet another train. We finally arrived at our destination at 5.30pm not 1.45pm as scheduled!! A busy and frustrating day, however, we are now checked and are going out for dinner and a drink!!! 

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Re berth

Wednesday 10. 06. 15 Started the day at the Vasa museum which was built around a ship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628. It was salvaged in the early 60s and is the only completely preserved 17th century ship in the world. Brilliant! We then continued by tram to Waldemarsudde to see Prince Eugen’s house and collection and an expo of Emile Nolde. After lunch went to the medieval museum of Stockholm and an interesting boat tour of the harbour.

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Tuesday 09. 06. 15 Arrived here last night by train from Copenhagen. Spent the day wandering around town. The Moderna Museet was excellent – good permanent collection and interesting expo by Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari entitled Unfolding.

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