Sandy and Pat's trip to Swede
June, 2000 (Page 3 of 3)

Pat's grandmother, Matilda, came to America from the provence of  Halland, Sweden just before 1900.  Matilda returned to Sweden twice to visit her family before she died and Pat's mother, Alice, visited her family in 1957.  When Alice passed away in 1997, Pat did not know how to reach her Swedish relatives and was afraid that she would never be able to find them.  In her search, she came across Bridge to Sweden.com.  This site contains good information on how to find your Swedish roots as well as trips to Sweden.  Much to our delight, there was a trip planned to Halland and we signed up. Marie Louise from Bridge to Sweden helped us locate our Swedish family and we were able to meet them. Pat will never forget her excitement when she got E-Mail from her second cousins Ingalill and Britt-Marie. The family had a big party for us at mother's first cousin Evert's summer place and also spent a day driving us around the area where Pat's grandmother grew up.  They also managed to find time to have a picnic with us our last day in  .

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Eileen's newly found cousins
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Aline, Angie, Marie Louise
and Sandy with licorice pipes
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Varberg phone booth
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Varberg castle
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Varburg castle is full of interesting artifacts and old tools
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Varberg beach resort
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Medieval baptismal font
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Stone age burial mound
>4000 years old
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These roses have grown between the outer and inner walls at Rolfstorp church
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Medieval frescos inside
the church
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Another view of Tylosand
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Interesting Halmstad building
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Halmstad view
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Lamborgini parked near the hotel in Halmstad
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Vxj Cathedral
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Dave, Elane, and Marie Louise ordering Chinese food
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Halmstad Castle 
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There is a wall in Halmstad with these interesting bricks depicting many scenes.
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Picnic in the park across from the Provobis Grand Hotel in Halmstad where we stayed
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Britt-Marie, Bjorn, Erling, Hln, and Christian
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Ingalill, Ceclia, Britt-Marie,Christian, Carmilla, and Pat
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Farewell dinner for Aline, 
who helped Marie Louise
with the group. 
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Back in Stockholm
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Eileen, Angie, Grover, Marie Louise, Esther, Sandy, Pat, Elaine, Dave.
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We had a wonderful smorgasbord here
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Marie Louise, her brother Hans, and Pat
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