We’ve reached Norway in our World Dolls Series – a much-anticipated destination after a tough couple of weeks in Russia and a long trip over.
There are great illustrations by Frank Bird for this edition.
Our guides are Asa & Karl – a colourful, friendly pair with an unmistakable spring in their step.
Karl is a Lapp and hails from the far North so we head there first – the coach has a few more miles to do yet!
Karl shows us the traditional way of life in Lapland and we meet the lovely reindeer.
Then it’s back down South…
…where we take in the picturesque fishing harbours and get stuck into some cod.
Sightseeing in Oslo follows…
… and some serious R&R in the surrounding forests and on the ski slopes.
We’ll be naturals before long – we don’t want to get shown up by the local 3-year-olds!
The long, hard graft of that Russian farm is a distant memory.
We just about squeezed the coach onto the ferry for a trip down the fjords. Simply stunning!
Thanks Asa & Karl – our spirits are refreshed.
Hopefully we’ll make a trip to Norway in the real world one day – and we pray it looks like Mr Bird’s illustrations!
So, here we are in Russia for our next stop in the World Dolls Series.
Illustrations are by D.White from the Birmingham School of Design. We’re not sure that they listened to the brief properly as our guides are all supposed to be dolls – the clue’s in the title – World DOLLS Series. We seem to have been given a couple of rustic farmers. Ironically, Russia probably has the most famous dolls in the world.
Anyway, we’re sure Boris & Anna are a lovely couple.
There you go – Boris is throwing us a wave – and is that a glimmer of a smile?
Perhaps there’s not much to smile about on the collective farm! Hard graft and huddling round the stove for the long winter apparently.
There’s no doubting that the other books in the series have been a tad lighter, more carefree & fun.
Life certainly seems quite tough in 1960s Russia.
Perhaps a few days sightseeing in Moscow will be fun. Look at the party atmosphere.
There are a games at ‘the club’ – and a bit of sunbathing at the Black Sea. Is that President Khrushchev sitting on the right monitoring the deck chair situation?
We’re off to Norway next – we’ve invested a lot of money in warm clothing which might come in useful. We’ve always wanted to tour around Scandinavia, so we can’t wait to get there.
We’ve arrived in Austria on our World Dolls Series tour. We might just catch the first of the winter snow, so our timing is perfect.
Illustrations are by W. Lewis from The Birmingham school of Design – our resident artist in Germany & Holland too. We love all the artists in this collection of books, but if we were pushed, we’d probably choose W. Lewis as our favourite. The illustrations are both charming and very clever.
Our guides are Lisa & Johann, looking resplendent in their national dress.
We’ve parked the coach up and are going to chill out (quite literally) in the Tyrol for a while.
Our hosts have no shortage of activities lined up – skiing, skating & sledging (it’s the 1960s so it’s pre-snowboarding!)
When the snows melt we’re going to get stuck into a bit of farming.
Picnics and strolls through flower-filled meadows on our downtime.
It’s going to be hard to drag ourselves away from this idyllic life, but for a bit of urban culture & retail therapy we might stop by Vienna.
Well, we do need to get that coach moving again before it seizes up. Next time it’s Russia.
We’ve crossed the border and travelled from Germany to Italy in the World Dolls Series – we’re certainly clocking up the miles! 🙂
The lovely illustrations are by Philippa Walters this time.
Our guides are Lisa & Pietro. They’re a cheery couple, always singing & dancing. Pietro with his guitar & Lisa with her tambourine.
We’ve spent the last few weeks watching the hard-hitting & brilliant Gomorrah on TV – as you might imagine this is a more light-hearted view of Italy! We start in the North with its mountain scenery and work our way down to the hot & sunny South – taking in cities like Venice & Rome.
The pretty villages & harbours are much celebrated – along with the stunning countryside.
These narrow streets & steps are a classic scene that springs to mind when we think of the Mediterranean holidays that we’ve taken.
There are lots of processions & festivals too – and pretty whitewashed houses with painted shutters, ornate railings and flowers in pots. See, we told you it wasn’t Gomorrah.
Makes us want to pack a small rucksack and jump in a camper van. I’m sure they could do with a hand (or foot) for the grape treading.
Join us next time when we’ll be in Austria.
As promised, we’ve arrived in Germany for the next leg of our tour in the World Doll Series of books.
Charming illustrations once more – this time the work of W. Lewis from the Birmingham School of Design.
Our German guides are Gretel & Gunther who spend a lot of time singing & dancing when they’re not shepherding us lot around.
We’re taken on a trip through a land of contrasts.
Vibrant cities & the industrial powerhouses…
…to the beautiful countryside with forests, mountains, lakes & rivers.
From bustling shipyards on the coast to serene fairy tale castles in the hills.
Hot & sunny in the summer for cycling, swimming and open air cafés, cold & snowy in the winter for skiing, skating and cosy log fires. Perfect!!
And the Germans are very good at doing Christmas too. You’re going to have a job dragging us away!! But onwards we must go – Italy next. So it’s Auf Wiedersihen from the good folk of Germany.
Bonjour! We’ve hopped across the channel to France in our World Dolls Series tour.
Illustrations for this edition are by Janet Meeson from the Birmingham School of Design.
Are guides for this trip are Marie & Pierre – resplendent in their traditional costumes.
A bit of gentle sun on our faces – we’re all relaxed and mellow – so the large shillelagh stick to keep order on the coach that Patrick had in Ireland has been dispensed with!
Marie & Pierre have joined us from their toy shop window in Paris.
All the classic Parisienne sights. Wide, tree-lined avenues…
…colourful cafés, classic architecture, beautiful bridges, the River Seine….
…and of course – the Eiffel Tower.
We then head into the idyllic countryside to take a look at the vineyards & orchards.
Then onto the coast for a spot of sunbathing – where we can all get very brown! 🙂
And finally we take in a festival – the Blessing of the Boats.
We just love the illustration below.
Join us next time when we’re in Germany.