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Sunday, the final day. :-( how did that happen so soon!

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Barring the slight accident it was overall a lovely trip away but the results of the accident did affect me socially, conscious I might spoil the festival for others, feeling awkward that I couldn't laze on the grass and have to go off and find seats instead, resulting in me and Rob spending more time by ourselves; also ironically having to walk around more instead of resting, relishing the few moments I had a chance to just sit and chill out like everyone else. The hay bales distributed in various areas of the festival grounds were a godsend, tall enough that I could get down to sit on them but low enough to not feel perched on a seat above everyone else, surprisingly comfy too!



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Friday, the first day of Castlefest and the reason for our trip!

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Thursday, Cecile, Simon and Paul managed to hire bikes too, so we went for a little ride to a nearby castle, the Ruins of Teylingen.


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Wednesday was supposed to be the best weather, so we'd planned to spend it at the beach, unfortunately it was a bit grey and gloomy but we kept to plan, with the intention of also hiring bikes for a couple of days.


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Tuesday. We'd been invited to Wendy and Gerrit’s place for a garden party, about an hour's drive north. Wendy had also booked for us to visit the Nederland Kremlin in the afternoon. To make the most of the day we had planned to visit. Brederode Castle on the way but found it closed on Tuesdays, however Facebook in its creepy way, posted a suggested as for Zaanse Schans, a twee village / open air museum just north of Amsterdam.


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Continued our journey to Nederland Kremlin, arriving a tad early and were greeted by the artist's wife. Basically a garden of outsider art, the place consisted of a series of beautiful and quirky structures, mostly influenced by classical design, by a former mechanic/artist with no formal architectural training. The name derived from the familiar onion shaped domes of the main structure, but in addition to this Russian influence, Greek, Roman, Eastern and natural influences abound.


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(written on the ferry home on Monday 7th, posted today with photos inserted)

A week ago I was on the Stenaline ferry, heading to Holland. Not sure where the week has gone but now writing this on the ferry back home again, slightly broken (literally!) after a full week of beaches, barbeque, cycling and Castlefest.

Rob and I decided to head to Harwich a day early, taking advantage of a cheap Premier Inn deal, to avoid getting up at the crack of dawn for our ferry and spend some time exploring Harwich.



 

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Leaving the Town Hall, I looked up directions on my phone to work out where to get a bus/tram over to Djurgarden.  Unfortunately, didn't bank on lots of road works, also split level streets, where the road you wanted to be on was actually up there in the air - not really depicted on my tiny map!  The sun had now come out too, so I started to get a bit stressed and wound up.  We finally ended up retracing our steps back to the Central Station to catch the metro we were quite familiar with by now - eventually ending up back at the previous morning's tram stop and finally on our way to Djurgarden and on to the Vasa!



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Our final day.  Despite Stockholm not being my favourite city in the world (lots of wonderful things about it but missing that certain something that makes me fall in love with a city) we did very much enjoy the laid back and friendly vibe and were sad for this to be our final day.  Thankfully we had a late flight, giving us pretty much a full day to make the most of.  Plan for today was to visit the City Hall and the Vasa Museum


Read more... modernism and bling! )

Next plan was to get across town back to Djurgarden for the Vasa museum.  But as this post has become somewhat photo heavy, I will conclude on another post.









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The weather for the Sunday was looking a bit better than forecast, so we decided to go with our plan to visit Skansen, apparently the worlds 'oldest open air museum'


 

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Backdating a bit, want to finally get round to completing my Stockholm blog post before the next holiday!
so after a morning exploring Gamla Stan, the medieval city centre, it was nice and all but we wanted to see some of the countryside, so decided to take a boat trip to one of the closest archipelago islands, Fjaderholmarna.  Not the easiest names to pronounce when trying to enquire about tickets, but armed with a google map on my phone, I resorted to the international language of pointing and tickets for a boat trip were purchased!


quite photo heavy .... but unlike FB, with words to accompany the photos )

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We've been going to the Chap Olympiad for around 5 years now?  Last year started with a hiccup, when doorstaff decided to confiscate all soft drinks - the irony that they didn't search for my bottle of gin, leaving me with booze but no mixer!  To avoid a repeat of that this year, their ticket still only specifying "no alcohol" I emailed to find out what their soft drinks policy was.  Got an apologetic response from Bourne & Hollingsworth, assuring me that won't be the case this year.  So to say I was annoyed is an understatement, when I got an email this week stating that whilst picnics were still allowed, all drinks other than unopened bottles of water were not.  A few complaint emails and rants/discussions with other disgruntled ticket holders on the FB page later, i was feeling 100% negative about going and not even sure if they would let me in, thinking I might be blacklisted.  As it happened, no problems getting in but how was the day itself? ....


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Its been a month since my holiday now but its been difficult to motivate myself continue to post my blog on the trip.  So much bad news in the world right now, its just been too depressing to focus on the positive and I've been increasingly of the belief that people only want to use social media to vent, rant, spout their opinion.  That's not to say we should ignore the horrors of the world but shouting at each other about it solves nothing.

Any attempts I've made to post anything helpful/factual is conveniently ignored, as has been any attempt of light relief. ..... the only photos that people comment upon are party/dressing up pics, is nobody interested in reading about people's travel or cultural experiences any more?  Genuine question.  I'm trying to work out the best way to compile my photos/blogs of my travels and outings.  I like having the albums to refer to on Facebook, a good visual reminder of where I was at a given time and I also like to have a written blog but I get the impression I am boring everyone by doing so!

Yes, of course there is slight ego involved - why else do we all post our holiday pics online?  I had some fantastic experiences and wanted to share them with friends, so its a bit meh when all you get is a couple of "likes" of the album the instant you posted it. Its pretty obvious that they've not gone any further than seeing the few preview pics when it's "liked" that soon! ;-)

I for one am going to make a concerted effort to take more interest in what my friends are doing in their day to day life, their travels, experiences, adventures and acheivements;  at the same time bite my tongue and avoid commenting on opinion pieces.  We appear to have lost the art of polite/intelligent debate and when anyone posts a news article, they do so only for others to agree with it, not discuss it, as anything to the contrary is seen as showing they are wrong?

And I guess by posting this, detractors will be having a bitch about my ego behind my back.  However, this wasn't intended to be a rant, I was attempting to post the next part of my holiday blog and the intro turned into what the **** is the point.

Anyway, there we are.  Happy Friday!  got a quiet weekend coming up, so at least everyone is saved from being bored by my photos for a few days!
 

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After breakfast on Saturday we set out to explore the town.  We weren't sure how this was going to go, having discovered that the Stockholm marathon was taking place that day -epic timing!


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  gah, last weekend I was in Stockholm!!! How is that a week ago already.  This trip was intended to be a cheap weekend away instead of going to WGT - so not sure why we chose the most expensive city in Europe, but still, it was an adventure I was looking forward to. 

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Given that so much of my spare time is being taken up by my dissertation this year, any big sewing projects have been put on hold but I couldn't not sew at all, so have been making up some smaller, more practical items.  One thing I wanted to tackle was jersey, after having purchased some cute as hell fabric from Berlin earlier in the year.
Geister Party fabric
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Sunday started with the traditional search for brunch.

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the full photo gallery of the last two days is
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Despite the late night, i was still awake by 9am Saturday.

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