1. A more concise final Photo Album - normally around 100 of our best photographs that might finally make it into a book about our travels, or just for our family photo albums
2. A collection of our top 10 photographs which we can use to help showcase our adventures on our site
3. A end of journey slideshow of our best photographs. This includes some map transitions to help explain where each place is and how we moved around....
Hope you enjoy our latest slideshow on our Youtube Channel - Scandinavian Summer (see below)
4. Work through the route plan and opportunities with both girls.... get them to give their thoughts on things they really like the sound of and then 'bold' these into our planning.
5. Once we've got a rough schedule together we look at how we can link some homeschooling into this.... and try to ensure we are getting an even coverage across the subjects... i.e. history - D-Day Beaches, geography - Dune du Pilat, physical education - Dordogne kayaking
Hope it helps some people who are thinking of planning a similar journey, our next blog post will focus on how we get the girls more involved in the planning process....
It was also great to catch up with an old friend who had also travelled down from Denstone to don his 'MCC' tie in the Lords Pavillion.... a true British institution the 'Bacon & Eggs' tie.... So all in all, a wonderful day and a very English experience... (that included cucumber and sandwiches.... we couldn't resist!)
Tomorrow sees another chance to catch up with old friends and the girls godparents! It really is nice to be back in the UK as our travels just reinforce how important our family and friends are to us...
Both girls loved watching the English rugby side complete a fantastic 3-0 whitewash of the Wallabies... before a trip to see a real cricket experience at Lords tomorrow.... Lots of work are now needed over the next 2 weeks before we return back to mainland Europe and a chance to immerse ourselves in French life for our next leg...
As a family of 4, an adventure or simple jaunt around a city can prove fairly costly.... especially when taking in some museums, using public transport everywhere and even some shopping before a lunch out....
Today, we shunned some opportunities to take the girls to some of Stockholm's premier attractions, as we focused on seeing if we could enjoy one of Europe's most expensive capital cities... with just £30 in our pockets... an exercise in seeing what can be enjoyed without the need to spend obscene amounts of money.
With a full 4hrs from Karlstad to Stockholm, there was time to discuss our adventures so far.... with over 25 European Countries now visited in the past 8 months.... we're starting to get a feel for which countries really welcome family travel, and perhaps those that are seeking other audiences.... With summer fast approaching, we hope this might appeal to families considering last minutes dashes for some summer sun and family fun!
Pausing for breath once we had left this wilderness, we were treated to the site and sounds of another 'Kiwi' supermarket... the best but cheapest option for food across Norway (in our humble opinion!)
Flying through more fjord valleys, past even more impressive Stave churches we headed east towards Lillehammer and a chance to see the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympic Park... allowing both girls the opportunity to have seen both a winter and summer olympic park (Lillehammer has just hosted the Winter Youth Olympic Games this February, whilst the girls have fond memories of going to several venues at London 2012)
Both girls love their 'Family Adventures', but this trip is about educating them whilst appreciating other countries cultures. Fitting perfectly into the KS2&3 syllabus, it will feature in our new 'Educational Explorers' page as part of the places we have visited so far in Europe (25 countries and counting!)
HEP still flourishes here, but now in a new plant inside the mountain taking advantage of the 50,000 litres per second of water that flows through the 400m piped descent. A great visual site and even better for the 'Do it Yourself' mini HEP that allows students to physically build a 50m HEP scheme to power a lightbulb... a great example of Science in Action!
Started in 1906 (at a meeting in Paris), Sam Eide realised his dream to create a HEP scheme to bring wealth to what was a comparatively poor country of farmers at this time. Aiming to provide power for the Carbide factory in Odda. (Carbide was apparently used to power acetylene lights for UK miners) it grew this region which ended up producing 10% of Norway's total power. The museum takes you through each stage of its development carefully before allowing you to view the wonderful Power Plant itself... a genuinely beautiful building that must have been the envy of industrialists at the time.
Did both girls appreciate this? Absolutely 100%, but we needed to relate it to the dynamo numerous times - especially when breaking down the use of coils to create magnetic electricity which could then be transformed into power for the population.
Is it worth a detour? If only to marvel in the beautiful surroundings, you'd be wise to add it to your list if you were in this area.
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