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In June 2009, the Tre Porcelli embarked upon an epic journey of a thousand miles from Copenhagen to Oslo and back again: three kingdoms in three days.

The Scandinavian Odyssey

Copenhagen had a rather German feel, and, despite the sun, was very windy.

I Fart Nyhavn Roaming around
Bishop Absalon Copenhagen City Hall
The clock tower Dragon's Leap Fountain More dragons
Surprisingly the clock tower rings the Westminster Chimes.
Central Station Central Station The Little Mermaid
The university library The Round Tower, an observatory A small piece of England
Copenhagen University Tivoli Gardens Tivoli Gardens
Tyr Christiansborg Palace, seat of the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) Christiansborg Palace chapel
Copenhagen Cathedral Copenhagen Cathedral
The cathedral Nyhavn The Royal Library
The Royal Danish Theatre Magasin Du Nord
The stock exchange The stock exchange Rosenborg Palace
Metropol (ex-cinema) Frederikskirk Amalienborg Palace
Frederikskirk Frederikskirk
Frederikskirk (or The Marble Church) looms above Amalienborg Palace, where the Danish royal family reside. The monumental Øresund Bridge connects Denmark to Sweden.
The Øresund Bridge, our path to Sweden

We briefly stopped in Malmö before driving through the progressively hilly Swedish countryside to Norway, passing such fanciful places as Glumslöv, Trollhättan and Höör.

The Turning Torso Our chariot
In his hands Nap time

In Oslo (once called Christiania) the summer sky is bright until very late at night. Most of the historical buildings lie along Karl Johans Gate.

The Norwegian Parliament (Storting) Oslo Cathedral
Olav Thon Building The National Theatre The National Theatre
Oslo City Hall, where Nobel Peace Prizes are given The Nobel Peace Centre Oslo University
The Royal Palace Oslo
The Royal Palace
The Grand Hotel Part of Oslo Cathedral Victoria Terrace
Akershus Castle Akershus Castle Akershus Castle
Northern creatures Intrepid adventurers Akershus Castle, and the docks
Vigeland Park
The fountain and bridge, covered in sculptures The obelisk of people A man being attacked by flying babies
Vigeland Park was built throughout the first half of the 20th Century. Hundreds of strange sculptures decorate a bridge and fountain, leading up to the circle of life, around the monolith.
Ominous babies An unusual relationship A pile of babies
Vigeland Park

On the return trip we spent a night in the woods near Gothenburg.

Gothenburg, with the tower of the German church Gothenburg dock
Theatre Vasakyrkan
Sunset over the Thames

Nine years later (or seven since my second visit), I returned to Gothenburg for a brief and eventful visit.

The museum The cathedral
The German church