Day 1086, Clogs: A final set of errands and wanderings in downtown. I was pleased with the weather but annoyed with the crowds.
Day 1030, Clogs: A long, wonderful day of tourism and sunshine. I spent a while by the seaside and generally explored what Genoa had to offer. It’s a much more fun town than I thought it was going to be, and quite large, too!
Day 1029, Clogs: I tried to wake up early to see the sights of Milan, but I didn’t get up early enough, as tickets to see da Vinci’s The Last Supper at Santa Maria delle Grazie, the church seen here, were sold out before noon. I did ride a tram, a subway, and a bus all before brunch, though. And then I missed my train to Genoa. (So I consoled myself with gelato.)
Day 998, Clogs: A day trip to Cologne, where of course the highlight was the Dom (cathedral). I’d visited two years ago but was happy to revisit it all.
Day 971, Clogs: My friend/host Christine and I hit up the university’s museum before lunch. Nobody said “Oh! Sweden’s great! You can see a 3000 year old Egyptian mummy just hanging out on campus!” But they should have. Because that was quite a surprise. Then after lunch I took a train and two buses to get to the wee village of Lövstabruk. What’s the deal with Lövstabruk? Basically I’d had 48 hours to myself in the itinerary and couldn’t decide whether I’d rather explore more of Stockholm on my own or go see something totally new. So I used AirBNB.com to find a room in what was basically the middle of nowhere: a national historic place that used to be an ironworks factory (1600s-1700s) & its planned community. I stayed in the general store (built in 1809), with a nice view of the mansion the ironworks’ owner had (built in 1720). It’s a beautiful, quiet part of the world, which is why I chose it to relax & read & write in. Next time I go there, I will try to book this former church for like a week, because AWESOME WHAT.
Day 969, Clogs: The highlight of the day was a trip to Skansen, the open air museum, for their Walpurgis Night activities. This night signals the start of spring and has a lot of old pagan & practical aspects to it. I started the night with a ride in the park’s funicular. You may know that some of my friends have a strange fascination with funicular railways, and this excitement is contagious. (See also: the one in Freiburg. I can think of at least two others I have not posted about in this space, that I’ve been on in the past year.) Many of the museum-park’s main attractions were closed in the evening, unfortunately, so we walked around, talked to ungulates, and waited for the bonfire to get lit.
Day 939, Clogs: You can see by Adrian’s attire that, yes, it was cold. The top photo is on the dunes in Domburg. Later in the afternoon we biked from Domburg to Middelburg and stopped to rest at the Kapel van Sint Maarten, which was small and closed.
Day 934, Clogs: On an extended lunch break, I rode the trams around town and then met up with my friend Chris for lunch. He pointed me to the Karlskirche, a Baroque church.
Day 932, Clogs: Another day of tourism! James and I went to the Belvedere and saw Klimt’s The Kiss, among other Klimt and many Schiele pieces, but the staff there had a strict no-photography policy. I went on to visit Mumok, then a bunch of us had dinner together. On the way back from dinner, I saw the Rathaus all lit up. Delightful.
Day 911, Clogs: The cathedral, or Dom, in Aachen is arguably the only thing in town you need to see. We took the once-daily guided tour that’s in English and it was well worth it. Fantastic presentation by a knowledgeable guide really makes a huge difference over the others I’ve been to over the past few years!