Sunday, June 22, 2014


A must-see destination in the surroundings of Stockholm is 
the open-air museum of Skansen. It was a revolutionary act to 
create the first out-door museum.The idea then had been 
to preserve Swedish customs against the onslaught of 
industrialisation in the late 19th century.

Skansen was founded in 1891 by philologist and ethnographer 
Artur Hazelius, who is buried here. Drawing from all parts 
of Sweden, he preserved examples of traditional 
Swedish architecture, including farmhouses, windmills, 
barns, a working glassblower's hut, and churches. 
What the founder could not have known was the service 
he was providing for tourists of the future, who want to see 
Sweden’s beautiful architecture and native animals in one place.

In most of those historical buildings, the staff are dressed 
in Swedish period clothing and play their role as bakers, 
cooks, dairymen. Otherwise, they demonstrate their skills 
as tanners, shoemakers, glass-blowers, ceramists...

All workers are extremely friendly and kind responding 
in good English to curious tourists .
Very kind to pose for a photo too!

Artists performing at the out-door scene.
We were fortunately lucky with the weather which, despite
 its frequent changes and some threatening rain clouds, 
did us the favour of staying dry!

 Swedish home made food was available and my hunger was 
satisfied with exquisite salmon and potato salad. 
And I couldn't resist to those delicious cakes... Yummy!!!

The park also has a zoo, carnival area, aquarium, theatre, 
and cafés, all attractions in the old, traditional style 
and child-friendly.

In Skansen, you can see everything has to do with daily life 
activities:  gardening, home maintenance, tank repair, 
berry picking...

Skansen is the place where traditions come alive.

It expands five centuries of Sweden history 
and makes you travel out of time. 

How great it is to travel...

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with 
your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and
 there you will long to return...
Leonardo da Vinci

Blogland seems very quiet now, 
I'm quite fond of my little corner of the internet 
but a little tired too...
See you!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The first plunge

On Pentecost week end we have launched the summer 
season by an all day visit to the beach.
You will not believe it but after coming back home and getting 
a glimpse of my photos, I realized how beautiful our beach 
is and how habit can alter and distort the image that we have 
from our reality. I mean that we are accustomed to the sea 
view and as personally I am not a big lover of the sea, I usually 
don’t give a damn! Nevertheless, observing the beach through 
the pictures, I was thrilled to see so much beauty! 

This is not Myconos or another tourist area but “my” beach 
all along the Corinthian gulf, a breath from home.

 Approaching the cost, the damp smell of saltwater and the
 aroma of the summer sea breeze permeated the air. 
The unsettled weather didn’t disturb us in any case and 
a brave soul has had her first plunge!  

The first jump into water, the aperitif, lunch and coffee 
took place in three different bistros but all photos have 
been taken in the same coastline, the same day. 

And later we were very lucky to witness an astonishing 
sunset and followed the sun’s path to the sea. Various 
colours blended as the time went by and we finished our 
day relaxed and satisfied with what summer 
has to offer ahead. 

I perhaps should reconsider my opinion about 
the charm of the sea.

“I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness: 
a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, 
the sound of the sea. Nothing else.” 
Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

Hope you also enjoy warm, golden days.
Sending love 


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Days off!

Looking at this colorful, wavy billboard,
I thought it's finally time to wind down
 to chill out and feel free to dream
of summer,
of laziness, 
of slackness…

Days o f f for me, don’t be jealous, 
this is the schedule
and the lot of a teacher…
Oh, how precious are those days when
the biggest problem
is what fish to choose for lunch or
what shade of yarn matches the sofa best! 
let's take a quick walk to refersh and recharge!

Took my bike! It accomplishes its mission perfectly
on the center footpaths, but this old pink “Piaggio”
caught my eye and reminded me of my two years'stay
 in Italy when all stylish young people, students mostly
used to move this way. So girly this one! 

I’ve never shown you some buildings of where I live,
 so you can see what I find ahead of me 
when I go downtown daily.

Where I eat frozen yogurt on a hot day like today

The palm lined Central Avenue
With 34 Celsius only the brave can move
 along under the sun…
included me!

Here I am. I’m interested in crocheting, but as a 
beginner I’m a little confused about the materials 
I need and the shades I like…

Should I buy this wooden screen or not?
It would be perfect in my laundry room and 
would be a lovely decorating project for me!
Anyway, my confusion does not only concern my 
crochet inspiration....haha!!!
 Let’s get a photo of it and of me! 

The courthouse.
Feelings of guilt!!!
This is where my husband exhausts
his energy and his genius while I’m strolling
idle and …happy!!! 
That's life! 

I reached my destination. Seafood!
But which one ?

And slowly, I find the way back but
 along the coastline as I have no pressure…

Sea anemones and violets,
So very wonderful!
Forecasters have warned of a rainy, windy weather 
 with hail storms... let's seize the opportunity and 
enjoy sea loveliness!

My stuff! 

At the end of the day, I can end up
totally wacky,
because I’ve made
mountains out of molehills.
With meditation, I can keep them
as molehills …
Ringo Starr 

You are the sweetest companions
Ι love to share my things and thoughts!
Sending hugs to all of you!
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