Agnes Peterson AKA Nana is the mother to Ray and grandmother to Severin and Lars.
Ray Peterson negotiates reconciliation agreements with Indigenous groups.
Sherry Peterson worked as a high school teacher and then a Yacht Designer.
Severin Peterson is an artist, Graphic Designer and Business Administrator.
Lars Peterson is a Management Consultant and General Manager for an electrical company.
Sherry, Ray, Severin and Lars Peterson started their Rick Steves’ Best of Scandinavian Tour in Sweden. It was apparent right from the beginning that our tour guides Pål & Gabriella and our bus driver Mats along with our band of merry travellers we’re embarking on a magical adventure. The fun began in Stockholm with an awesome, extremely knowledgeable guide whom later dramatically revealed (down on one knee) that he was Gabriella’s father.
Onto the great Kalmar Castle where the scary part was contemplating being a prisoner in that dungeon.
In Copenhagen, Severin and Lars tackled a team of purse-snatchers while walking back from our phenomenal Danish dinner and became our heroes for the trip. Our guides volunteered their time to take us on a surreal tour to Christiania and everybody chose to come
The Viking ship museums in Sweden and Denmark were spectacular however Norwegian being our heritage, it was no surprise the one in Oslo had much more to offer. :)
The beautiful, charming island of Ærø is known for the mass amount of weddings held there each year. Here we had a scrumptious traditional Danish Christmas dinner where Pål (our remarkable guide) won the cream pouring dessert contest. Again, our giving guides volunteered their time to lead a bicycle tour of the island. During the bus tour, the Canadian contingent made sure Canada Day was celebrated by singing the national anthem, waving flags, making Pål an honorary one and handing everyone a glow in the dark special edition toonie.
In Oslo, one of our favourite highlights was Frogner Park, the Vigeland installation which is the the largest sculpture park by one artist in the whole world.
On the way through giant country we stopped for a group picture surrounded by snow. We then ventured to the head of a fjord for a barbeque lunch. The crazy Canadians and our honorary Canadian Pål all took a very chilly dramatic plunge into the fjord along with a celebratory shot of Akvavit. After staying the night in at the Elveseter in the high mountain pass, we headed down to the gorgeous city of Bergen. We took the funicular to top of Mount Floyen where the goats charmed Severin & Lars. That night, we finished our tour with a fabulous farewell feast.
Throughout the entire tour, our guides made sure we experienced local stories, traditional foods, pictures and songs typical of the areas we traveled through.
Immediately after the Scandinavian tour, Ray’s mother Agnes joined us for our second Rick Steve’s Heart of Ireland Tour. This trip was instigated by Agnes who found out she has Irish ancestry. Sherry also found out she was almost ½ Irish the day the trip started. We began the tour in a stately historic hotel and pub in Ennis.
On our way to Dingle, we experienced the jaw-dropping Cliffs of Moher. We then settled into the quaint Milltown guesthouse. Stephen, our guide, was an amazing host and provided first class hospitality and entertainment. He also introduced us to the famous Dingle Gin and Elderflower Tonic cocktail...MMM!. We also enjoyed the Dingle Crystal craftsmanship and Irish whiskey tasting. After enjoying the culture, music and people of Dingle, we headed out to the Rock of Cashel. Here we were awed by the spiritual experience from time immemorial and the perfect place for a group photo. Our time on the bus was filled with Stephen’s glorious historical stories and singing.
In Dublin, we visited the impressive Book of Kells in Trinity College. We also learned of the strong Viking influence connecting both of our heritages. We ended our tour in Dublin, the evening U2 played their 30th anniversary of Joshua Tree concert, which was almost as impressive as Agnes pouring a perfect Guinness after one lesson from the Hotel Manager. :D
Gigabytes of Pictures
Generations of Family
Lines of Code in this Site
Purse Snatcher Caught
The cleanliness, history and cool street art of this city is why it made the list.
The laidback freedom of this small community was enough to fall in love with.
The Vigeland sculptures stole everyones heart and is my personal favourite.
The many delicious places to eat and wonderful shopping put this fishing town on the list.
The cliffs were so large and captivating it'd be hard not to put them on the list.
I could rant for hours about Dingle, Stephen our guide made all the difference here. 2 thumbs way up!