Sweden and Thailand

  Eek, where is the time going? We've been back a month from our holiday and I'm only now getting around to posting more photos. And not many of them at that, but hopefully enough to give you an idea of the flavour of our trip. This post had a few shots from Scotland, and below we start with Evelina and Eva in Sweden. They each chatted away in their own language and became firm friends in no time. Who needs words anyway?

Gotafors in Gothenburg, site of an old mill.

Three children and a dog explore a frozen lake in Gothenburg.

Camilla makes "mountain candy" at the lake - rolled oats, melted butter, sugar ... so good.

Learning to make paper at a local paper-making cooperative. It's all in the way you hold your tongue.

My husband and my daughter.

Bored in airports. Note wine in foreground - the parents are just fine.

From freezing Sweden to the heat of Thailand, where we stayed at Phuket. We completely did the tourist thing, staying at the Holiday Inn Resort and spending an awful lot of time at the pool. We did do a day trip to the Phi Phi Islands, which are beautiful. In one small, idyllic bay I counted no fewer than 20 speedboats nosed into the beach. I didn't spot Leonardo.

 

We stayed at Patong Beach but only ventured down to the beach in the evenings, once all the deck chairs were packed away and there was some breathing space.

The kids were smitten with the idea of visiting the heavily promoted "Fantasea" theme park in Phuket but we persuaded them that elephants weren't designed to conga dance. Instead we found a place where you could feed baby elephants and take a 40-minute trek through the jungle. All very peaceful, listening to the birds and lurching silently from side to side.

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