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1: We all met in New Jersey, where the Buttermores housed and fed us and got us to Newark airport for our May 13th overnight flight to Stockholm. Flight and car rental went well and we were at our first destination, Lena-Kajsa Hoglind's home, within 2 minutes of her 9:30 AM ETA for us!

2: Lena-Kajsa is Ingrid and Matz' daughter. She and husband Anders and 7 year old twins Linnea and Albin live in Ronninge - south of Stockholm. We enjoyed touring their home and getting to know them, and appreciated the fabulous lunch Lena-Kajsa prepared for us!

3: Views from the rock in their backyard

4: Our hotel in Stockholm, The Kung Carl | Kung Carl lobby | The Soap Bar Restaurant | First dinner in Stockholm | On to Stockholm - Saturday afternoon

5: Sights near the Kung Carl included great architecture, lots of high-end shopping, and a parade by KTH Royal Institute of Technology students on May 14th.

6: On Sunday, we woke up to some rain for our trip by boat to Drottningholm Palace sights along the way . . .

7: Ake and Bertil met us as the boat docked and promptly set up a lovely coffee for us near the palace grounds, including pepparkakor, bullar, tea for Tina and a coke for Chris! We were so impressed with their organization and attention to detail! | Drottningholm Palace

8: We walked around the Drottningholm grounds and then toured the theatre, which is the oldest in the world (1764) still in use.

9: Next we headed to Sundybyberg, just north of Stockholm, where we met the Bogren daughters, Anna and Lisa, and their families for a champagne toast and lunch prepared by Ann-Marie and Dagmar at a park and former fire-station. We walked through the neighborhood and then over to Bogren's new flat on a hill with a beautiful view of the area.

10: Dagmar, Lisa, Anna and Ann-Marie with gifts from Greta | Lisa, Stoph and Anna | Ann-Marie, Lisa and Rog | Pontus and Simon, twin sons of Lisa and Johan, just turning 9 Vera (11) and Kajsa (9), daughters of Anna and Jan-Olof | < Ake's son Frederik and twins

11: Oke and Dagmar's home | Sundyberg Neighborhood | Bertil and Ann Marie's home of 45 years | garden properties | Anna & Lisa's school | Lisa, Ake, Anna, Lis, Greta, Rog, Bertil, Chris, Johan

12: view from Ann-Marie & Bertil's flat | around Stockholm

13: In and around the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. The Vasa is a 200 foot navy ship that sunk on it's maiden voyage in 1628 in Stockholm Harbor. (It was top-heavy) | It was lifted out of the harbor in 1961 - over 300 years later - and painstakingly restored. | Monday

14: Monday Afternoon in Gamla-Stan (Old Town)

15: Rog ALMOST got a cat-nap at NK Department store | A very nice dinner at Sturehof | Tuesday morning our amazing tourguides, Ake, Ann-Marie & Bertil met us literally on the side of the road at Hagaparken. We did a quick stop at the Koppartalten and then headed west a few hours to Hallsberg in the province of Narke.

16: Greta's dad, John on left, with his grandfather & uncle | photo of original farm | Lunch at Stocksater, where Greta's dad John grew up - now an historical farm museum in Hallsberg | main house of Stocksater | upstairs in the museum

17: Ake, Ann-Marie, Chris, Greta, Lis, Tina, Rog & Bertil | Many of the buildings contain artifacts, and the oldest building on the property dates back to 1620.

18: Tuesday dinner in Skovde with Uno & Britt-Marie Widstrom Fine champagne: A few hundred kronor Rental Volvo to get to Skovde: A few thousand kronor Movies of your parents (AKA Rog & Greta) from their fun pre-children years: PRICELESS!

19: Who wore it better? Ingrid or Tina? | The Cultur Haus in Kungsbacka, Ingrid's lifework for 30 years | Hoglind's street | Wednesday morning - On to Kungsbacka!

20: Ingrid and Matz' son Nicklas and family served us delicious appetizers and wine at their lovely home one street from his parents. | Gun's sister Eva, Greta and Chris, and the hooded Alexander | Alicia (12), Cassandra (16) and Ida (Eeda), who did not reveal her age | KG, Rog & Matz | KG's wife Gun, Nicklas, Alicia and Lisa | Stoph, Alexander (18) and Lis enjoying Ingrid's horseradish 3 ways dinner: amazing soup, and ground or grated for the halibut.

21: Stoph being funny | We enjoyed our accommodations in the country - the Hilmersgarden B&B, owned and managed by glass artist Eva Elmquist.

22: Hill in Kungsbacka with a view of the ocean in one direction and a large lake in the other direction | We loved this castle out in the country near the B&B | Thursday touring with Matz & Ingrid

23: Gothenburg

24: A very Swedish looking area just outside of Gothenberg

25: Greta in front of the school she attended in first grade | Greta's dad John got his engineering degree from Chalmers | At an historic church up the hill, these monks (and we) enjoyed some great views of Gothenburg

26: We saw more of Kungsbacka on Friday, including the local high school (aka "Gymnasium") and Theatre, which has won architectural awards. We also did some shopping, and impressed the staff of the Tourist Bureau with our command of Swedish currency, as we used the last of our kronor on souvenirs. | a cool clock in the high school | hanging grasshopper sculpture in the high school

27: Maya, daughter of K-G's son Johann, and Helena | K-G & Anders Lewerth, Ingrid and Greta Their grandmothers, Eva, and Signa, were Greta's mother, Anna's, sisters. | Anders, Anita, Rog & Fredrik | Lovisa & Ludwig, children of K-G's son Fredrik, took a day off school to be with us. | Friday lunch at K-G and Gun's home in Gothenburg

28: Per-Olof (89) and Marta greet us | Friday afternoon in Hindos

29: Beautiful artwork in Per-Olof's home | More desserts and coffee! | Sauna by the lake | A wonderful final afternoon in Sweden!

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