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27th October 2018

Frugal budget
Your philosophy of living for experiences instead of souvenirs is what we prefer. We only buy refrigerator magnets most of the time. Which has caused lots of questions when we come back into the country as they think we should have spent more since we were gone for a while. Your transportation sounds like it was worth it for the month. We have friends who have told us how expensive that part of the world is. They complained about the price of a glass of wine and they generally don't complain about cost. It sounds like you had a wonderful time even though you experienced a bit of poverty. We will get there some day. Guess we'd better save up for that trip.
27th October 2018

Frugal...
We came back from 22 months in Europe and didn't declare anything. The customs people really did not believe us either. We do send postcards to people (are we old?) and of course, take pictures. Oslo was expensive for us but mostly because of our budget now. I would like to take a longer trip in the area sometime when we can be a little freer with money. It really is one of the nicest places we have been. The transit pass was the best thing ever. We literally rode every route in the city. I don't think we have covered any city in Europe more. Thanks for reading and commenting. We are enjoying your Africa adventures!
26th October 2018
Oslo Autumn

Glad you enjoyed our little corner in the world
We live in Stockholm so Oslo is not far away. When it comes to travelling in Sweden and Norway it helps to know what is expensive and what isn't. It seems like you learned that the hard way. Since we live here we know the prices already and we don't even notice that some things are expensive. Nice to read a story written by an outsider what it is like to travel here./Ake
27th October 2018
Oslo Autumn

Enjoyed...
Indeed we did enjoy Oslo very much. Really a beautiful city and we wish we could see some of the northern parts of the country. Hopefully, we will be back soon. It was expensive but mostly because we watch our money so close. They had lots of discounts for tourists to get into museums and for transit, but they were geared towards short-term visits. Still a great time. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Ake. We appreciate it!
24th October 2018

Just when I thought about visiting Scandinavia
The most expensive places I've been to are Paris and Belgium, but Norway sounds way more expensive. It will have to wait until I'm close to retirement and have saved enough. At least I've sort of experienced the place by reading your blog
24th October 2018

Expensive...
You do have to watch your money in the Scandinavian countries. But I also think you do get to experience a really nice place so it may be money well spent. It might be worth skipping a few Starbucks during the year to see an exceptionally beautiful part of the world. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
22nd October 2018

Aye...
... it's really expensive here in the cold north.
22nd October 2018

Expenses...
Some places are very inexpensive but aren't really that good. Other places, like Norway are a little expensive but worth every penny. We thought Oslo was one of our favorite cities we have visited. Thank you for reading and commenting!
2nd October 2018
Acropolis

Athens isn't loved by me either
I am actually happy to read that you haven't fallen in love with Athens. Now I know that it isn't only me. Athens should really be a place I ought to love but I don't. I don't dislike her, I can't put a finger on anything that is wrong, but there simply isn't that magical connection that I would expect. /Ake
2nd October 2018
Acropolis

No Love...
Athens won't be remembered as our favorite place, however, we did meet some very nice people. They are having a very difficult financial time and I hope they can recover. I would like to go back and visit the islands someday, perhaps. Thanks for reading and commenting, Ake!
28th September 2018

2004
We have not been to Greece since 2004 but loved our time there. Yes, I suspect you are not emotionally prepared to fall in love again. Although the crowds would have been too much. The country economy has changed a great deal since we were there and probably has had an impact on the personality of the city.
28th September 2018

2004...
I always hate to say I don't like a place. Even though we spent a month in Athens, it is still not enough to really make a fair opinion. The country has really had financial problems and it shows in the care of monuments, parks and streets. The people we interacted with were great. Even with the difficulties, they have high spirits and great pride. I did not like the crowds or the heat. Neither had anything to do with Greece. I visited in 1980 and wasn't much of a fan then, either. I haven't been out to the islands for an extended visit and would love to get a chance someday. Thanks for writing. Looking forward to your Africa trip. Maybe we'll run into each other!
26th September 2018
Vltava River Swans

Stunning photo
That is an absolutely stunning photo! Love it.
26th September 2018
Vltava River Swans

Thanks!
Thanks for the nice compliment and welcome to Travelblog (a little late). Don't know when you guys might travel again, but we followed you so you should be on the front page of Travelblog next time you post. Thanks for reading!
25th September 2018

Always enjoy your writing and the marvelous pictures of the areas you visit.
25th September 2018

Thanks!
Thank you, Maudie for the nice compliments. Thanks for reading and commenting, we really appreciate it!
25th September 2018

I'm not in love
I fully understand your lament; I felt the same way about Morocco. Most travelers I know love Morocco, and gush about Fes and Marrakesh. Me - not so much. I know that being there in the heat of summer and during Ramadan dampened my enthusiasm. Maybe someday I'll go back in a better frame of mind. At least you had some beautiful scenery. Your pictures are stunning, as always.
25th September 2018

Not in love...
Marrakech and Fes were a little tough on us too. The heat can wear you out for sure. It definitely got to us in Athens. Next time we will go to the islands instead and probably pick a different season. Thanks for reading and the nice compliments, Karen!
14th September 2018

Merveilleux Writing and Photography
Although I don't share all your sentiments about Paris, your writing style and photography almost changed my mind! I long for the day when my husband and I have more than just a few days in a place we already know and love, or in a new found place that we have just fallen in love with. Loved all your photos!
14th September 2018

Paris...
We really do like Paris, but I do have to admit I sometimes see why others may not. We are lucky to have time to look a little deeper into a destination. It often helps us to appreciate it. Thanks for the nice compliments and welcome to Travelblog!
11th September 2018

Spectacular photography!
Like you both, my wife and I love to discover new experiences,
12th September 2018

Experiences....
I think that most frequent travelers would put themselves in this category, but there are many favorites that we hope to one day get back to. Thanks for the reading and the nice compliment, Roger!
29th August 2018
Eiffel Tower Sunset

We love Paris
We love Paris and it sounds like you do too. Also it is a large city with so much history and culture everywhere that you can easily find new things to see and places you had no idea that they existed. I have been to Paris at least six times and, it sounds strange perhaps, I still haven't been at the top of the Eiffel Tower. There have always been so much else I wanted to see and I just haven't bothered to stand in the long queues. /Ake
29th August 2018
Eiffel Tower Sunset

Eiffel Tower...
We have now spent two months in Paris and also have never been up the Eiffel Tower. Strange when, judging by the lines, most visitors go straight to it. There are so many things to do in Paris that we seem to never run out interesting things to see and do. Thanks for reading and commenting. We appreciate it Ake!

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