Stockholm in Summer

The last stop on our Baltic cruise was the notoriously beautiful and expensive city of Stockholm. As we cruised past the many islands into the harbor, I was impressed by the beauty of Sweden, and later when we got closer to the city, Stockholm itself. We had roughly two days to spend here before finally flying…

Finnish Design (and other reasons I loved Helsinki)

I have to admit a love of Scandinavian architecture and design made Helsinki one of the most highly anticipated stops on the cruise for me. I longed to wander through a city of design shops and marvel at the beautiful buildings. And among other things, we managed to do that with our short 9 hour…

24 Hours in Copenhagen

Actually, it was slightly less than 24 hours since our flight was delayed by a few hours, but who’s counting? After checking into our tiny (but central) hotel room, we set out on our self guided walking tour of the city. We ran into two other groups wielding Rick Steves books on the same route….

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Fjord Cruise

Continuing on our Norway in a Nutshell tour, we took a cruise from Flam up the Naeroyfjord (that’s the best my keyboard can do) and caught a bus down a terrifying windy road with all sorts of views and an excellent waterfall. Easily one of the highlights of the trip!   

A Day in Bergen

Bergen, Norway has an interesting history. It was part of the Hanseatic League between 1350 and 1750, a German trade organization that linked many ports and had an intricate system for managing trade among them.  Along with having an adorable historic port, it also has a large industrial port.  Based on comments I overheard on…