It’s September and there’s European adventure in the air…
Mr. P and I will shortly be donning our ancient rucksacks and heading over the Channel.
- Destination: northern and eastern Europe.
- Duration: one month.
- Transport: train, ferry, bus, car, llama (well you never know).
Our Eurotour – aka the ‘Bollux to Brexit’ tour – will take us to a number of wonderful European cities (see image caption above).
When we reach certain cities, I’ll be posting a short extract from a crime novel or thriller focused on the place in question, giving an insight into the city’s geography, architecture, history, politics, food…
The featured cities are as follows:
- Hamburg, Germany
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Stockholm, Sweden
- Helsinki, Finland
- Tallinn, Estonia
- Riga, Latvia
- Olsztyn, Poland
- Berlin, Germany
Each extract will be accompanied by a few photos I’ve taken while out and about (I suspect there will be a bit of an emphasis on food…and beer…).
I won’t give away which crime novels I’ve picked out, but here’s a little teaser for you…
Our first extract, for the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, contains the following sentence:
The time in Hamburg was a few moments after eleven in the morning, and the footpath leading to the jetty was speckled with sunlight and dead leaves.
Just for fun: Who is the author? And in which novel does this elegant sentence appear?
And if you’d like some reading ideas for European crime fiction, then head here:
Vivien over on Facebook thinks “that the answer to your question involves some dead academics”.
Mrs P have you considered a tour involving a Camel !
Back in my youth, I made the acquaintance of a very lovely camel. We hung out together in the desert for two days in Rajasthan 🙂
I had a ride on a camel called Ahmed (as was his owner’s name) on the road running along the top of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Now I know why they’re called ‘ ships of the desert’. I did feel slightly bilious afterwards. I look at the photo every so often and think ah bless him. As camels go, he was quite friendly…..
Your elegant and powerful tour title says it all! Have an amazing time and share your stories xxx
Thanks, Ewa, and will do 🙂
So looking forward to reading about your adventures! Have a fab time!
Thanks! We’ll do our utmost 🙂
@LakesClaire (via Twitter) thinks the sentence is from John le Carre’s SMILEY’S PEOPLE.
Oh, this sounds like such fun, Mrs. P.! And I love the name you’ve given to your tour! I hope you’ll have a lovely time and let us all know how it’s going.
Thanks, Margot. It’s going to be LOTS of fun! First dispatch from Hamburg next week 🙂
Oh fun…Thanks for bringing us along!
You’re welcome 🙂
Yes to Bollux -couldn’t agree more
It’s a frustrating time, and I think it’s going to feel rather bitter-sweet to be in Europe at certain points. But I fully plan to absorb as much European goodness as possible during the month. Food, drink, culture, landscapes…bring it on!
Have a lovely time, Mrs P! I envy you. Stockholm vies with Paris as my favourite foreign city.
Thanks, Christine! I suspect we’re going to find it quite *cough* expensive, but I’m looking forward to visiting for the first time. The ABBA museum is top of my list.
If you have any favourite cafes you can recommend, do let me know!
Sadly it is a while since I was there, so can’t reliably recommend anywhere to eat. I set part of my novel, Invisible, there a few years ago, because I love Sweden and Stockholm in particular so much. Writing this makes me long to go back.
Do see the Vasa Museum – it’s stunning.
Thanks, Christine. Vasa Museum added to the list 🙂 Must have been fun researching for your novel.
Have a wonderful holiday – I love Hamburg, Helsinki and Berlin, but have yet to see the Baltic states.
Thank you! I’ve not been to Latvia, Lithuania or Poland as yet, so there some exciting firsts coming up.
Have a super fabulous time Mrs P. It sounds like a wonderful adventure. Scandinavia is a place I’ve always wanted to visit especially Stockholm. The ABBA museum was featured on a cruise docco recently, and there’s a chance for a sing-a-long. I remember all the words to their songs 😊.
Looking forward to hearing all about it.
Thank you! The ABBA museum sounds like so much fun. I hear you can audition to become the fifth member of the band and (somehow) dress up as well. I know the lyrics off by heart too – we’ll have to do karaoke some time 🙂
I’m sorry to find out you did not include any southern European country 🙂
Ha! Well, the logic behind this particular trip is to head north while the weather is still reasonably mild. Spain is definitely part of our future plans…watch this space! 🙂
🙂 🙂 🙂
Don’t take me seriously, please Katherina! .-)
Your little extract brought a smile to my face! Have a lovely trip, eat, drink and be merry for soon Brexit beckons. Looking forward to your updates- safe journey xx
Thanks for your good wishes, Raven! Just arrived in Copenhagen and am having a ball xxx
I am kind of stuck here down under at the moment so I will thoroughly enjoy my vicarious travels through your eyes. Bring on the beer 🙂
🙂 Hamburg was pretty good for beer and numerous other delicacies. Am making my way through everything with admirable thoroughness.
Bollux to Brexit – I love it! And I’ll be super-envious if you get to be the fifth member of ABBA. Enjoy every moment, Mrs P.
Thanks, Angela! Am in Copenhagen at the moment and warming up the vocal cords ahead of Stockholm…
What a comprehensive map! Delightful. This all sounds fantastic. I will check my schedule. I’m a bit tied down this month with Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, but I do feel a summoning elsewhere…
I love your posts–what I love about them is that they are so upbeat! We need that these days.
Your devoted reader,
Hello, Judith. Thanks for your *lovely* comment. I should probably confess that I’m not always upbeat, lest you think I have an unflaggingly sunny disposition! 🙂
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So glad to read about your trip and look forward to your updates, photos and book news.
Am green with envy since the furthest east I’ve ever gone is Maine, swam in the Atlantic Ocean, but never crossed it.
Have a great time, and do tell us about the food, too.
Thanks, Kathy, and will do! Europe would love to have you visit 🙂
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Thanks, but I’m very limited these days about traveling. Getting to the Upper East Side of my city is my goal or walking through the West Village or Lower East Side. But I love to virtually travel via books, Internet sites and maps and people’s travelogues and photos.
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