Saturday, May 24, 2008

back home again

I'm back from my holidays, which in one way is sad - holidays are great, but in another way it was good because I actually missed my baby cats (sad as it sounds but they are my family) and I was really happy to see them - they, on the other hand had an air of 'oh, you're back are you' which is charming. I also had a brand spanking new laptop to come back to. It arrived the day before my holiday but I was just too busy to even take it out of the box. Is it a problem if cats and laptops make me happy? For some justification of my happiness an explanation about the laptop - this is not any old laptop, this is a something special, for example, if I were still in Sweden I would call it an 'äpple'. Enough said.

We started our holiday with a flight from Heathrow Terminal 5, which was, contrary to what we had heard, really fantastic. Quick check in, and a fantastically designed building, where every last detail had been though of - recycling bins, infrared toilet flush/taps and even very comfortable chairs - all basic but important stuff. We flew to Stockholm which was just amazing and spent 2.5 days there. Then we got on a cruise ship for Copenhagen - just for a day, then back on the cruise ship to the UK - 6 days all in all. These are a few of my favourite pics from last week:

a suspension bridge at night (it was so dark, the exposure took ages, and camera shake set in)
The sea was so calm at some points that you could barely even see it
The Jewel of the Seas - the enormous ship we were sailing on!
waiting for us on our bed each evening was an animal made from towels
This embroidery was a very small part of something much bigger at Harwich International station
the back streets of the old town (or Gamla Stan in Swedish) in Stockholm
ceramic tiles, which were part of a shop front design in Stockholm - the shop was called 'PUB'
detail of ceramic tiles from 'PUB' shop
The sun setting over the sea - leaving Stockholm
Copenhagen canal side shops and boats

of course, I also made a few purchases whilst I was away - I accidentally found the Panduro Hobby shop in Copenhagen - all three floors of it. Will show those purchases next time...


Stephanie Pettengell said...

Love the photo's especially the tiles, of course you just have to smile at the elephant! or whatever the towelimal is!!!

blatherskite said...

Hey, I love the towel animal thingy!!! How cool is that? Glad you had a super holiday, but even gladder you are back xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kitty said...

Oh wow - it all looks and sounds wonderful. So glad you had a good time. And I'm afraid I'm of the cats and laptops brigade too. A new Mac though? Wow! Look forward to reading about how you find it.

Welcome home. x

Gina said...

Fabulous photos. They are all great but my favourite is the ceramic tiles... and the canal side houses!

emma & spanner said...

It looks like you had a fab break!

Great pictures. The one of the bridge looks so ghostly, and I love the 'pub' tiles.

Rubyred said...

What a lovely break,love the towel animal,very funny!