Posted: May 4, 2015 in Euro 2015
Everywhere we’ve gone, we’ve seen signs of WWII. I’m writing this in Amsterdam and today is 4 May. Exactly 4 minutes ago, Holland stopped everything for a moment of remembrance. At exactly 8pm, the whole country stops and remembers the losses – especially from WWII. And tomorrow is Liberation Day.
On Wednesday of last week (29 April), we visited the Caen WWII Memorial Museum, the American Cemetary, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc Ranger memorial.
America gave a lot for the freedom of the world.
Caen Memorial Museum
American Memorial Garden at Caen Museum
Normandy American Cemetary
Blown up German bunkers at Pointe du Hoc.
German machine gun nest at the top of the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc
Posted: May 4, 2015 in Euro 2015, Uncategorized
Posted: May 3, 2015 in Euro 2015
Posted: May 1, 2015 in Uncategorized
We planned a full day in Paris after the competition completed, but I found a way to sneak into the Paris Air and Space Museum during the competition when nothing was going on.
On Saturday night (25 April), we were all finished reasonably early and grabbed a train into the city. We power walked from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc d’Triomphe and back.
Mont Marte and the Sacre Couer in the distance.
Memorial underneath the Arc d’Triomphe.
Posted: May 1, 2015 in Euro 2015
I’ve found that I enjoy my blog most when I look back at trips and remember the amazing people, places and experiences. It’s kind of a personal travel notebook for me – although there are probably better approaches for that sort of thing.
And now I find myself 9 days into my longest European trip without any blog entries! Better start now.
This trip came about because of my wife’s and daughter’s skating teams participating in the Nations Cup Theater On Ice. I believe France developed this team based figure skating competition which the call Ballet On Ice. So we began our trip with 5 days in Gennevelliers and Colombes. Our hotel was in Gennevelliers and the rink was in Colombe.
Fancy McDonalds in Gennevilliers.
We brought two teams: an adult team and a junior team. Both teams skated phenomenally. Everyone stepped up and pulled off their very best performances. Ultimately, the adults took 6th place (in the world) and the junior team took 4th place.
Karen, one of our skaters was selected to represent all of the US adult skaters in speaking an oath of sportsmanship. She did great!
Junior team practice outside the rink in Colombes…
Posted: January 4, 2015 in Uncategorized
Happy New Year. Had a great last day with Andreas and Annika. Did some laundry, went ice skating and did some shopping. Andreas did stick and puck. In the evening, we launched lots of fireworks – I don’t have many pictures of that! The entire community was busy with their fireworks. We also launched some hot air balloon lanterns. They had exciting launches with a lot of fire as the lanterns barely made it out of the yard. But once in the sky, they were beautiful.
… Snuck in a picture of a soccer field …
Posted: December 31, 2014 in Sweden Christmas 2014
Our sleep schedule is really messed up. It stays dark till maybe 8:30 or 9:00 and gets dark at 3:00. Combined with the +6 hour change from the U.S., we’re confused. Pretty much getting up at 10am these days…
We went into Göteborg (yo-teh-bohr-ee) or better known as Gothenburg in English. We walked around the central area and had dinner in a British pub.
We finished the evening by watching a hockey game at the Scandinavium. The local team Frölunda Indians played MODO. This was a SHL or Swedish Hockey League game. It was really a good time. Frölunda won 2-0.