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12th May 2020

Erikleden Pilgrimage
My wife Linda has called off our Scotland trip planned for Aug 2020. So I am looking for an alternative with pilgrimages being something she has agreed to in the past. And I have an ancestral link. Recently, through a distant cousin, I learned that my ancestor, Galfridus FitzWalter de Northcote, was related to the Vikings who occupied Normandy. His five times great grandfather was Rollo "The Viking" Rogenwaldsson, the 1st Duke of Normandy which the king of France gave to him in return for keeping other Vikings from attacking Paris. Rollo "The Viking" participated in the attack on Bayeux, Normandy in 890 after being banished to the Orkney Islands in 876. Rollo descended from three Earls of North Trondelag, Norway and four Kings of Vestfold, Norway. The first of these kings came from Sweden (which somewhat explains my 7% Swedish DNA match), and were descendants of 19 kings of the Yngling dynasty, as recounted in the Yngling Saga, which goes all the way back to 240 AD. Yngling means descendants of Freyr, a Norsk God who was likely immortal, and his wife Gerd, the daughter of a giant. Beowulf also features in this saga. This line goes back 60 generations and 1760 years! So now I am planning at trip to Oslo and Uppsala.
12th May 2020

Pilgrimage
Sorry to hear of the cancellation of the plans for your Scotland visit this summer Bob. Your thoughts on a new pilgrimage to Oslo and Uppsala sound very exciting, and I wish you all the best in the planning there. Take care and all the best 😊
3rd April 2020

Taking Time to Enjoy the Natural World
I've enjoyed reading your blogs about your time in Sweden. It's great that you could enjoy nature in such peace and solitude which isn't always possible. Although we live in the suburbs, not too long ago we had a beaver family living in the retention pond across from our house and one by one tree saplings were felled to build their dam -- I liked it but apparently the city did not. Really like how you were able to visit the filming location for the video of your favorite ABBA song for a very special personal experience. You mentioned upcoming trips and I wonder if they are still on, and if so where are you off to?
4th April 2020

Natural World
Thank you for your lovely and encouraging comment Sylvia. I really did enjoy the natural beauty of Sweden, as well as its urbanscapes, history and people. Thank you for your comment on my visit to the Abba video location - this meant such a lot to me as the song was very much a childhood theme for me. Indeed, I had planned a ten-day trip to California in April which is certainly off the cards now, and I'm also really not too sure about my summer trip to South Africa... I'm sorry to hear also that your trip to the Azores and Portugal is also off. I understand that when all this is over, we will all appreciate travel, and many other things, like we've never appreciated them before. Thanks for your wishes on your response to my comment on your blog, all is well with me thanks and I hope you are staying well and healthy too.
3rd April 2020

Taking Time to Enjoy the Natural World
I've enjoyed reading your blogs about your time in Sweden. It's great that you could enjoy nature in such peace and solitude which isn't always possible. Although we live in the suburbs, not too long ago we had a beaver family living in the retention pond across from our house and one by one tree saplings were felled to build their dam -- I liked it but apparently the city did not. Really like how you were able to visit the filming location for the video of your favorite ABBA song for a very special personal experience. You mentioned upcoming trips and I wonder if they are still on, and if so where are you off to?
4th April 2020

Beavers
Ps. I love the beaver story in your neighbourhood 😊
21st March 2020

So much history!
I really knew nothing about Uppsala at all before reading your excellent account of it. Ironically, I have a travel blogger friend who lives there (or closeby) and I have met her twice at "Euromeets" which I mentioned in some of my blogs. BTW, I used to like Abba's music quite a bit. Nice photos, Alex!
21st March 2020

Swedish History
Yes, I think Uppsala has a lot of places of historical importance for Sweden. It was lovely being there. Small world about the nearby travel blogger! Maybe I passed them on a cobbled alley somewhere...! And great to hear you also like Abba music 😊
14th March 2020

Didn't see that one coming
I suspected that there was one more blog coming from your trip in Sweden. I didn't know what to expect but Tyresö was not on my list of potential places. But you proove a point I have known for decades - you can go almost anywhere in Sweden and find really cool and interesting places worth visiting. I've made many stops in random places and come out happy that I went there. /Ake
14th March 2020

Unexplored Sweden
Haha! Indeed, I don't think there were many other international tourists in Tyresö during my time there. I even created a new TB location for it - yay! It is lovely to read that you can find amazing places pretty much anywhere in your beautiful country. I have a feeling I may return again to other places to see more! :D
12th March 2020

Back to Nature
You've planned a well balanced trip. Thanks for showing us all this beauty. It is always a pleasure to visit in off season.
14th March 2020

Balanced Trip
Indeed, I feel it was a well-balanced trip - city, history and natural beauty - Sweden seems to have plenty of all :)
12th March 2020
Me, Fyrisån River

Along the river front
Nice.
14th March 2020
Me, Fyrisån River

River Front
Thank you :)
12th March 2020

Trains, music, and burial mounds
I could hear you enjoying your Abba as the train moved swiftly north. This location has a lot of spiritual energy and significance from the sounds of it. Beautiful architecture.
14th March 2020

Spiritual Energy
Gosh, I think you're right, there was indeed spiritual energy there - I don't think I realised it at the time, but it seems so clear now...!
12th March 2020

Perseverance..... in flights and language!
I admire your spirit... never give up... stick with it until that cabin door shuts! It paid off as you made it on your flight. Bravo! I know you enjoy studying languages but Swedish. Aren't you something. Your talents never end and the rewards are big. You managed to do and see a great deal in a short time and looks like you've introduced new area to TB locals. ha ha. That is terrific. Eager to read more.
14th March 2020

Thank you!
Aw, what a lovely comment, so encouraging - thank you so much, Merry! I feel the flight experience actually taught me quite a bit about myself... And I just love learning languages, it is always a real pleasure, whichever the language :D Indeed, I created a new location on Travel Blog - a sign that one has explored uncharted TB territory :D
11th March 2020

Lovely last day
Hi Alex, it looks like you had a lovely last day in Sweden enjoying the beautiful scenery. Enjoy planning your next two trips!
11th March 2020

Lovely last day
Thanks Lori - I really enjoyed exploring the natural beauty of Sweden, what a lovely country! I'm indeed excited about the planning of my next two trips :D
1st March 2020
Gamla Uppsala

The burial mounds
I remember seeing those burial mounds myself the olny time I did some sightseeing in Uppsala myself (alsmost 30 years ago). We have plans on going to Uppsala some time. It just never happens because it is too easy to go there for us. Did you know that Carl Linnaeus worked out of Uppsala. I Think his old home still stands there and it might be a museum today. If you are into Viking history you need to visit Birka, a Viking settlement (no, rather Viking City) in Lake Mälaren. I guess you didn't see it this time because there is no boat traffic running there in winter. In summer, during vacation season, there are boats going there and the museum is open and they have guided tours. /Ake
1st March 2020
Gamla Uppsala

The Burial Mounds
Wonderful, thanks for this Ake. There is so much to see in Sweden, I do hope to be able to return at some point too see more. Birka sounds really interesting, and right up my street - I'm very much interested in Viking history. I didn't get to see Carl Linnaeus's house this time. It is very true that we rarely get to see places that are close to us. There are just so many amazing places to see in this beautiful world! Thank you for reading my blog 😊
29th February 2020

Folksy Music
If you liked the folksier music of ABBA you'll probably enjoy Nordman. ) Glad you had an enjoyable second day as well. :)
1st March 2020

Folksy Music
Great, thank you my friend. I shall look into the music of Nordman 😊

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