We have spent the weekend in Copenhagen. Ian is now on his way back to London, but the boys and I have one more day and night here. We are staying at the Hilton at the airport,but it only a ten minute train journey into town, so it is pretty convenient really! The weather has been glorious here, hot sun and blue skies, perfect!!
So a quick account of our trip so far:
We arrived Friday, late afternoon and had a chance to explore central Copenhagen...
Today moth2fic and I met up in Manchester and travelled over to Salford where we spent a very pleasant day in and around the Lowry centre. The sun was shining brightly all day and the area looked lovely. The exhibitions at the Lowry were interesting too and we had a lovely lunch at Cafe Rouge. Here are a few photos of the day: ( Collapse )
After bag-a-bargain and bloodtests for Chris in the morning, I had lunch in Birkenhead and then headed out to Royden Park and Thurstaston Common and Hill. I hadn't been out there since I was child and it more than lived up to my memories of it... It was just lovely up there this afternoon, really beautiful! The sun was hot, there were huge bumble bees buzzing around the gorse and butterflies fluttering around. Here are just a few pictures:
It would seem I have left some of my LJ friends a little confused as to where I am and what I'm doing... Apologies, as always, I post on LJ in the holidays, when I have plenty of time and lots to share, but as soon as term starts I run out of time, energy and motivation!
Any way a quick summary of the last week and a half, to catch everybody up: On Friday (9th April) we flew bacCk from Iceland, and from London David headed straight to our Churches youth camp at Bala in Wales while the rest of us headed for home in a more leisurely fashion. On Sunday David was back from Camp and that same evening he travelled across to Sheffield ready for the start of term the following day. On Monday Chris was back at school and I was back into my usual schedule of meetings etc. On Wednesday we were at Alder Hey for a regular clinic appointment where all went well, if a little slowly. On Thursday I travelled down to London for a business meeting with the Jubilate Group and managed to have tea with Ian at a nice little vegetarian Indian restaurant before returning home. It was on this day that the volcano induced airline chaos began!! On Friday afternoon I went to Birmingham where I again met up with Ian, this time to go to a concert in Birningham Town Hall, to see a band called The Enid who we hadn't seen for about twenty years... they were remarkably unchanged! We stayed overnight at the Hilton in Bromsgrove close to Birmingham and then travelled up the country by train the following morning arriving home about midday. Later in the same afternoon the whole family set off to Lancaster for Matthew to go back for the beginning of term there. We all returned safely home, and today is an ordinary Sunday, Ian preached at the morning serviCe and we had lunch at The Chronicle after. Soon we will be going out for the evening service and then another busy week will begin!!
Day 3 could not have been more of a contrast to day 2 in terms of weather, although snow was still on the ground as we set off round the Golden circle in the morning, the sky was blue, the sun was shining and there was practically no wind at all, in fact just about perfect conditions really.
First stop on the trip was a geothermal power station:
That was interesting but the best was definitly yet to come!! Next was Gullfloss, the Golden Waterfall( Collapse )
There was plenty of snow on the ground and the winds were incredibly strong making it feel much colder!! But unlike Britain Reykjavik is used to snow and the roads were all clear by 9.30 and life was carrying on as normal. We walked up to "The Pearl" at the top of a hill where we had absolutely amazing views, and were nearly blown off our feet! Luckily there was also a cafe serving hot coffee and muffins were we could revive ourselves afterwards! We also visited the Saga Museum there before heading down into town where we had lunch, did a bit of shopping and visited the harbour and inland pond where there was a multitude of ducks, geese and swans.
After a brief time back at the hotel we headed out to Laugadavur Pool (about ten minutes from the hotel) where I mostly stayed in the hot pot, a lovely warm thermally heated pool, but Matthew and Chris both tried out the water slide and swam in the big outdoor pool for a while. The bigger pool was also heated but felt cold compared to the hot pot!!
We finished off our day with a meal at the local steak restaurant.
Here are some photos of our day:
The view from our bedroom window first thing this morning ( Collapse )
Yesterday we flew to Iceland and arrived here safely. It is a stunning place, with amazing scenery. Yesterday it was sunny (though pretty cold), today we have woken up to snow - that will be interesting!!
A few photos from the first day: On the way from the airport to Reykjavik. ( Collapse )