|We flew on an A380 to Singapore with 525 passengers.|
April/May 2012 my husband & I travelled to Scandinavia & Europe.
We had booked on a river cruise and planned to take in some of Europe either side of Budapest and Prague. Because we were using Qantas Frequent Flyer points, and it was within 3 months of our travel time, we had to fly into Helsinki. (Our son kindly gave us his points).
Firstly that seemed disappointing but we soon turned it into a positive experience. We purchased a Eurail ticket and booked accomodation in and Helsinki, Turku, Stockholm, Gothenberg, Frederickshavn and Copenhagen. Our 10 days in Scandinavia were fantastic and included two ferry crossings.
|We travelled through Scandinavia and Germany with 1st class Eurail tickets.|
|We took an overnight ferry from Finland to Sweden - arriving in snow.|
|A 3 hour ferry from Sweden to Denmark.|
We flew from Copenhagen to Budapest via Helsinki. After exploring Budapest for 2 days we joined a 7 day cruise on the Blue Danube with Avalon Waterways.
|Boarding Avalon "Imagery" in Budapest.|
Our three days in Prague were busy.
Next we travelled by train to Dresden for 2 days.
A long weekend with friends in Bayreuth, visiting Bamberg and Nuremberg and we flew out of Frankfurt for home.
I had done a Google searth on the long range weather report. It was going to be -2C - 5C in Finland and Sweden and 0C - 8C in Denmark so I was hoping for snow if it was going to be that cold.
In Europe we were expecting 9C - 15C which could be still quite cool for outdoor activities.
We did have snow in Helsinki, Stockholm and Gothenberg.
While cruising and in Prague it ranged from 22C to a record breaking April day in Prague of 32C.
We were not prepared for the high temperatures which made it quite uncomfortable at times. I have vowed to always travel for 4 seasons regardless of what the weather man says!
I hope you will enjoy reading my further blogs about our holiday in Scandinavia and Europe.