Monday, October 06, 2008


From the Mediterranean to the Baltic

We're now in Helsinge, Denmark, home of our Danish friends, Finn and Else.

Yesterday (Sunday the 5th) was a travel day for us. From the riverboat in Chalons-sur-Saone, we were taken by a taxi-minivan to Lyons St. Exupery Airport (named, appropriately for the author of "The Little Prince" who was also a flyer) for the first of two British Air flights to Copenhagen. We changed planes in London, at the dreaded Heathrow, in the new, originally very problematic Terminal 5. Fortunately our second plane took off from the same terminal which helped immensely, because we only had an hour and a half between flights. Changing terminals at Heathrow can be a very lengthly proposition.

Our last days in France were a lot of fun. After the big, sophisticated and extemely handsome belle epoque boulevards and streets of Lyon (and its 1874 cathedral that uncannily foreshadows the Art Deco of the 1930s), Tain, Chalons-sur-Saone, Baune and Cluny were a step back in to historic, beaucolic La Belle France. Most interesting was a visit to the remains of the massive abbey church of Cluny that was once one of the most powerful and influential political bodies in all of Europe.

Here in Denmark, it will be a bit low key. We'll go down to Copenhagen tomorrow and spend the day in the city, and on Wednesday and Thursday we'll do what we love to do here and poke around the countryside visiting historic sites and taking Fritz to bakeries at regular intervals to check out the local marzipan pastries.

Friday AM we fly to Amsterdam to stay three days with Fritz's neice and her family--then home again on the 13th!

Happy Days, Boys!

I've long intended to write to you, mainly to apologize for not responding to your kind comments on my blog. To be honest, I didn't know how to do it! Anyway, once I discovered the trick, I went back and responded, belatedly, to many of the comments people had left.

It sounds like you're having a great trip! I just got back recently from traveling in Europe also, and I really enjoyed writing about it and posting photographs.

Finally, I wanted to let you know that I'd added you to my blog-roll.

Sorry again for being so unresponsive earlier on during the life of my blog.

Best wishes, Keith
Have fun in Amsterdam!
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