Chapter 3 – London and Malmo


God Eftermiddag,

Loved London – how can you not.  We stayed in Canary Wharf which is London’s new financial district (initial construction started in 1988!) and something right out of the “Jetsons” – the only thing missing was the flying cars.  Crazy construction going on everywhere!  We fully used all the transportation systems.  Travelled on the Thames Clipper to Greenwich, a neighbour to London, went on the sky tram over the Thames, walked through the tunnel under the Thames, went through the Cutty Sark exhibit, had a pint in the top 3 rated pubs and visited the Greenwich Observatory and straddled the Greenwich Mean Time line with one foot in the western hemisphere and one foot in the eastern hemisphere.  We went to the theatre and saw a musical (Book of Mormon), had tea with the Queen (a bit stuffy), walked through Hyde park, Green Park, many parks, and visited several more pubs!


  • Amazing transportation system and process – so easy to get around quickly
  • Book of Mormon is a must see … not at all what you expect
  • Londoners are as shocked about the results of the Brexit vote as we were and even more confused about the potential of Trump becoming president
  • Every meal comes with chips (fries) whether you ask for them or not
  • We would love to work here – deal with that next year!
  • And…dang it!….. we still have too much in our suitcases!


Next up was 8 days in Malmo, which is Sweden’s 3rd largest city.  Malmo is a university town, ethnically diverse, culturally rich; a great place to raise a family, and has more bikes than we have ever seen!  Most of our time was spent with our 2 grandkids, Dylan who had his 2nd birthday while we were there and Charlie who is 2 months old and making herself known to the world!  It was wonderful spending a lot of time with them along with our son Chris and daughter-in-law My (as in her name, MY).  There was lots of laughs, giggles, gurgles, spills, tears, cuddling, playing, reading, making forts, and drinking wine.


  • Fran’s penguin impersonation put Dylan into fits of laughter every time
  • Steve’s habit of pacing makes him perfect for settling down Charlie
  • In Canada pedestrians have the right of way; London the cars have the right of way; and, in Malmo the cyclists have the right of way and there are lots of them everywhere!!!
  • Spectacular Swedish fall colours
  • It was great to be surrounded with young beautiful people!  
  • We have shed more clothes and still our two small suitcases are bursting at the seams


So now its off to Berlin,  Prague, and Budapest!

Steve and Fran

“Making it so”




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    Oh you two look so very, very happy, and so you should ! Missing having you around, but am enjoying your trip with you. The rains have come to Victoria, which puts a real “dampner” on life in general, but that’s the way it is, so I’ve been told.

    Enjoy your next adventure and be safe. Looking forward to hearing about your next pit stops !

    Have one for me and enjoy making it so !!


    November 1, 2016 at 9:49 pm
  • Tom Davis

    Sounds like a fantastic adventure so far. I know that you will be well prepared for any cities that you are visiting but when you are in Budapest, I recommend that you should take a tour of the different bridges. That might be a routine event but it was something that my local hosts insisted on showing me when I visited Budapest. We did some during the day and then some others at night when the lights and local scenes were spectacular. I was there in 2003 when we were negotiating the integration of Hungarian soldiers into the Canadian Support Element in Bosnia so my experience was more local and driven somewhat by a work schedule than tourist based. They also took me to a couple of their famous markets which were very interesting to see. We had some great suppers with Hungarian ethnic dishes that were amazing – perhaps indicative of most restaurants there. And meals were not complete without some Tokaji aszu wine as part of the occasion. Unicum is also a great liquor that my hosts insisted I try but I will leave it to you to reserve judgement on it. I believe that it has the power and potency to cure just about anything. Have fun. Look forward to reading more about your adventures.

    November 1, 2016 at 11:19 pm
  • Tom Davis

    Oh one last point in case I forget to mention it in a future comment, when you visit Prague I think it is worth going to see Cesky Krumlov and Terezin. They are day trips outside the city but I found both to be very interesting places to visit for what they offered in terms of the history of the area. Cheers.

    November 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm
  • Thanks for the great update. Looks like you two are having an amazing trip. Lots of great pictures and memories. Take care ..Blair

    November 2, 2016 at 3:20 am
  • Gwen

    I found the drunken ‘Moost’ – he’s keeping up with the Guinness! The travel pics are great . . . but those babes are beautiful!! Lucky grandparents! We just received a video from Cory and Janelle that showed the heart-monitor on her tummy and we heard the baby’s heartbeat for the first time — I had tears streaming down my cheeks. Life is good and sharing this adventure with you is showing just how amazing life can be – keep on living the dream!! Luv Gwen

    November 2, 2016 at 3:46 am
  • Donna Shields

    Hey you two! Looks like a fabulous trip so far. Continue to lose the weight in those suitcases – especially for India!! What a great time spent with your grandbabies – they are beautiful!! The fall colours are spectacular. Wish we were there!
    Safe travels. We are thinking of you.

    Love and hugs,
    Donna and Bill.

    November 2, 2016 at 6:10 am
  • Hi guys!!! This is looking truly INCREDIBLE. Loving reading your posts and the pictures are amazing. The best part is seeing the excitement and thrill in both of your faces, truly loving life. You continue to inspire me. Can’t wait to see what you will do next! Love you both. Hugs! xo

    November 2, 2016 at 3:33 pm
  • WOW!! What a grand adventure.
    Love and hugs from us all in Edmonton.
    Penny and the rest of the Mackay group.

    November 2, 2016 at 5:54 pm
  • Lori

    Always nice to take a break from the hum drum and live vicariously through you guys for a moment! Your trip sounds amazing and you look sooooo happy! Look forward to the next blog! Be safe! 🙂


    November 2, 2016 at 8:02 pm
  • Pam Wood

    Looks like you are having a wonder trip. Enjoy every moment and keep taking lots of pictures. Love you guys take care!?

    November 3, 2016 at 2:21 am
  • Chris Feng

    Fran and Steve! I love your posts and am so happy that you’re taking the time to visit family, see so many wonderful places, and do all these amazing things. Despite my tips on Singapore, the best tidbit of knowledge may come for your time in Prague. They have a dessert there called medovnic – it is a multilayered honey cake and is simply amazing! We ate about 3 of them a day (along with a couple other cakes to ensure quality control and perspective) for a few weeks and loved it.

    Hope the rest of your journey is safe, fun, and fantastic!

    November 3, 2016 at 5:58 pm

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