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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!



Sunday pics
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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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Very photo-heavy post as there was so much to see - many more photos can be seen in the full
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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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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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