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France, Amsterdam, Denmark

We arrived this morning in Berlin, Germany after a 3:00 AM wake-up and an early flight. After a good nap we have finally been able to get out and find an internet cafe with the appropriate hook-up for me to upload some photos of our recent adventures.
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The Chambord Castle in Tours, France - We saw several chateaux, but this is probably the most famous one in the region:
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At one castle they still have the hunting dogs. We got to see them right at feeding time which was a primal and chaotic scene. Before the dogs were let in the ground was completely covered with big hunks of boney meat and tons of dry dog food. After about 10 minutes of the dogs growling and snapping at each other while devouring the food there wasn't a spec left.
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The Sofie Star in Amsterdam:
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Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities with its bridge covered canals, beautiful old architecture, and streets lined with now yellow-leaved trees. It also has a wonderful edgy and lived-in feel that Venice, another more touristy feeling canal-town, lacks.

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Just as beautiful when the city comes to life at night:
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Lynette had read that if you try to take photos in the Red Light District you may very well find yourself and your camera being thrown in the canal. So you can imagine I was a bit weary. While I was not gutsy enough to get any pics of the scantily clad women-of-the-night advertising their goods from their windows I was able to snap off a few of the area:
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Its a town filled with some great and sometimes quirky artwork.
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We met up with some friends in Copenhagen, Denmark and they showed us around their great city. We had a great time seeing the beautiful sights. One night we went with them to a dinner party with some of their friends. It was so nice to sit around and just chill with some cool people and have some great food and drinks. It was just like being back home, they made us feel like part of the gang. We learned a bit about Danish food, mostly that its delicious, and they put us to shame with their recollection of American movie quotes. It was kind of surreal at times to sit there during an uproarious conversation where we didn't understand a word. But they spoke in English for us most the time, and very graciously translated otherwise.
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The Sofie Star with Hans Christian Andersen, a native of Copenhagen and writer of many a classic fairytale:
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Hanging by the harbor:
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Pics from the park:
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Takes from the tower:
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Scenes in the city:
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It gets colder in every country we visit now and in Copenhagen it got dark at 4:00 PM. Lynette and I have both been shopping for coats, hats, gloves and scarves. I'm also sad to say I finally had to lay to rest my amazingly sturdy hiking shoes that I've had since the beginning. They have held up wonderfully for having been worn almost every day for 10 months. And actually if it were not for the powerful odor they began to emit they probably could have made it to the end. Besides, since we are mostly doing modernized cities now its nice to get some less adventurey and conspicuous footwear.
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Here, Outside Copenhagen in the town of Helsingor, resides the castle where Shakespeare's play Hamlet is set. Its a very majestic old structure overlooking a picturesque ocean view.
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Will catch you up later on Germany. Take care.
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Dave and Lynette
dbuck242@yahoo.com
lschimpf@gmail.com

Posted by schuckley 08:15

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What is this Sofie Star, and where did it come from? Also -- keep the dream alive! hooray!

by chaoscat99

Hi there. Can see that you've been doing ok since your visit to little Denmark! Hope we didn't scare you to much on Saturday? (And I don't mean the accident:-) but the dinner party - with some happy Danish people.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your world tour

Jessica and Frank

by remme

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