Stockholm, Sweden June 14th

Never having been to Stockholm, we’ve arrived two days prior to sailing the Baltic Sea.  To my eyes and ears the language isn’t romantic  like Italian or French.  Could be too many consonants…lots of j’s and g’ linked together.

We are staying near Gamla Stan – Old Town – founded in 1252.  It is the largest and best preserved medieval city in Europe.   We are out in the fading light of the evening….Sunset isn’t until almost 10 p.m.

It has been wet and rainy while walking along the ocean front the next morning,  We turn the corner to head for the Royal Palace and the wind whips the brims of our hats.   Sweden’s palace is one of the largest in Europe with over 600 rooms.   Unfortunately it is a flat building and  does not have a great deal of architectural interest.  The guards, however, are looking very smart in their uniforms and stern faces.

The “Hop On Hop Off” us takes us on a tour of the city by land by bus and sea by boat.  Stockholm is built on 14 separate islands and has 57 bridges to connect the citizens to each other.   I highly recommend the boats.  The highlight of our visit will be “Fotografiska”  the photography museum.  The exhibits are provocative and challenges us as the viewers.  The award winning kitchen is packed.

We return to our hotel by walking down Drottningg, the pedestrian street.  An attractive and congenial pickpocket tries her hand getting into Terry’s camera bag.  Fortunately for us, she is unsuccessful.

Prehistoric looking cranes are everywhere taking a toll on the beauty of the city.  Security for a three-day conference attended by Obama, current and past prime ministers and presidents from the EU has brought traffic in the city to a stand still.

Over 1,000 yellow shirts streamed by the glass wall of our restaurant overlooking Old Town.  This is a city the packs the most it can into its long days of summer.

We sail to Tallin  in the morning!

 

 

 

Bon Voyage – Summer Travels 2019

I get teased about the number of shoes I take on a trip.  I love shoes.  Especially shoes with a funky twist.  They can be open toe, closed toe, heels, flats, platforms, bright colors or subdued tones.  I will be wearing the trainers on the flight to Stockholm I’ve picked out for the long hours of wandering the streets and back alleys of the other distant cities.  I wonder,  could I get away with bedazzling my Salomon hiking boots for shaking a leg on the dance floor of the ship?  If I can, my third option would be wide open.   Anyone know if Eddie Bauer makes a little black dress that can double as a vest to hike the tundra in Iceland?  If they don’t, they should.

A brand new Mavic Pro 2 drone outfitted with a Hasselblad camera is now part of our gear.  We are going to try our hand at making mini-movies documenting our travels.  Mr. T will do the heavy lifting of learning how to film, edit, process and upload the videos.

Little “Mav” has a soft, powder gray coat and is as cute and smart as a new puppy.  He will dutifully “heal” when walking with us; will “fetch” great video or still photos from just above our heads or zoom up to 500 feet and then upon command can fly up to 3 miles away and return when called to land at our feet.  I’m very excited about making little movies traversing the landscape like a bird.  Imagine, flying 100 feet above black volcanic sand beaches peering down on the white foam lapping the shore.  With a flick of Mr. T’s wrist, Mav will dive downward, stopping just above the surface of the water to zoom along the coast.  Should be breathtaking.

Our bon voyage mini-movie is below.  After you have clicked the arrow in the center of the image you can hit the “f” key to get a full  screen, hit it again to make it small.

I don’t buy as many shoes now….I buy camera gear.  All of it must be organized and packed into special airline approved backpacks.   When making our way through the airports we will be carrying about 23 lbs.  When hiking, the packs should weigh only 15 lbs.  Mr. T had a great idea for us to “suit up” and carry the packs every other day when we take our 4 mile walk around Sun Lakes.  So far, so good.

FujiLove, a digital photography magazine published an article I wrote to inspire others my age who, like myself, are technically challenged to take up photography.  Here’s the link:   Never too old to begin photography

Sonority Wine Country

We’ve included some images we took earlier in the year on our local travels — a photography workshop with cowboy models in Superior; floral studies from the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, underground at Kartchner Caverns, the grassy plains of Sonority in Arizona’s wine country, the amazing rock formations at Chiricahua, the back streets of Bisbee and  Lowell, and the Saguaro National Park.  To see some of Mr. T’s beautiful new art images click  www.terryherbeck.com.

With all the rain we had this winter and the random foggy day, the wildflower and cactus blooms were sensational.

Baboo

Two weeks ago we visited the Phoenix Zoo to try our hand at photographing wildlife.  Mr. T figures with shots like the flamingo and the lion we don’t need to go on safari.  I’m going back in the fall to feed the giraffe!

We love hearing from you while we are away…so keep the emails coming.  Tell us about your summer adventures and how you are doing.  Look at the trip map on the menu bar and if you have been to any of our travel destinations in the Baltic or Iceland and have suggestions of what to do or restaurants to try, please let us know…..here’s to a great summer….. we hope you enjoy every minute.   Terry and Terry

Bon Voyage 2019
Kartchner Caverns
Baboo at the Zoo
AZ Wine Country
Bisbee Backstreet
Backyard Cactus Bloom
Saguaro National Park
Praire of Southern Arizona
Boyce Thompson Floral Abstract
Welcome to Lowell
Shadows
Flamingo
Lowell Pick Up
Fog on Course
Chiricahua Rock Formation
Kartchner Caverns