So here we are back at home and trying hard to catch up with everything that has piled up while I have been away.
We have had the most wonderful holiday and now it's time to get back to work.
But first I would like to share with you some of the photos that we took as we visited eight different countries.
We sailed from Southampton on the 29th July aboard Arcadia bound for the Baltics and although it was cloudy it was relatively calm.
We had a good look around the ship before it got too busy and altogether there were about 2900 passengers and 660 crew.
The next day it was fine all morning but in the afternoon it became windy and rougher and I spent about 18 hours in my cabin ... horizontal and so seasick. I didn't have the inclination to go the formal evening and I certainly couldn't face eating and the travel sickness pills didn't work either.
But the next morning I was fine and ready for breakfast. Please don't let that put you off cruising ... just buy stronger travel sick pills! Griff was fine and no sickness at all it's just me ... I am a wimp !!
But the day we visited people where coming down from the top on zip wires and it looked really scary
This is the top most section of the jump that you can see sticking up on the top photo and it was along way down.
The view from the top of the mountain was lovely though and worth the journey up and our guide told us that the price of the houses up there is astronomical.
Winter for them is from about the end of September until the following May so a long time to be cold.
Luckily for us the day was fine, warm and sunny and Oslo is quite a pretty, bustling place to visit
Would you want to launch yourself off the top of that and then literally fly through the air on skis ?? No .. me neither!!
There are flowers everywhere and the smell of roses filled the air. It was a very warm and of course that accentuated the aroma even more
In the centre of the park there is a tall statue that represents the stages of life from birth to death.
The figures on the column are all intertwined and it is really very moving to see.
The central column is surrounded by more figures, kneeling, lying, standing and they are huge and carved from stone.
They show babies, children, parenthood, some are sorrowful,
one shows old people in various stages of their lives
As you walk down this wide stone stairway it leads you to a large fountain that is again surround by carved figures.
Our guide told us that each of the figures tells the story of of the sculptures life and the stages he went through as he grew old.
Altogether a very pleasant day in a lovely city and then it was back on board for the sail away and headed for Denmark and the second city on our cruise.
More tomorrow ...