Sibelius Face rock sculpture - Helsinki

Helsinki – Capital of Finland

Introduction We were in Helsinki, Finland for the first time in our lives. We did not have friends living here as we do in most countries we go to. We arrived by train in the city at the monumental Art Nouveau Central Station.   We walked the streets for hours,

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Oslo Opera House - Oslo

Norway – Part 2 – Oslo

Introduction On my first visit to Oslo, we went to the city’s top attractions, including Vigeland Sculpture Park…   …the Parliament Building…   …and the Nobel Peace Center.   We are fortunate usually to have good friends where we travel, in this case, Khadija’s former colleague Rolf gave us a walking

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Boat in front of a red house on stilts - Henningsvaer

Norway – Part 1 – Tromsø & the Lofoten Islands

Introduction We were traveling above the Arctic Circle on the Norway coast and witnessed non-stop scenic landscapes of towering mountains…   …sweeping fiords…   …and splendid flower and rock formations.   We were inspired to hike the mountains and chose Justadtinden on Vestvågøy Island. It started well, trekking up the

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People relaxing around a fountain in Nytorget Park, Sweden

Stockholm – Capital of Sweden

Introduction We walked for hours in Stockholm. We saw many of the images you expect, such as venerable buildings by a harbor…   …and bicyclists everywhere.   However, while we were there, it was the start of national elections.   This piqued my interest in Sweden’s national politics. It took

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Matthias Church

Budapest – High Culture on a Low Budget

Part 1 – Travel Essentials Overview Budapest Is a city with incredible architecture, friendly and helpful residents, excellent public transportation and clean and safe streets. It is the merge of two cities on opposite side of the Danube River, Buda and Pest (pronounced pesh), in 1873. Buda contains the Castle

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Sea Caves at Peyia, Cyprus

Cyprus – A Divided Island

Part 1 – Travel Essentials   Overview Cyprus is a crab shaped island, which is only 40 miles from Turkey, 65 miles from Syria and 200 miles from Egypt. Cyprus is 3,500 square miles (bigger than Delaware, smaller than Connecticut) with a 400-miles long coastline. Being an Mediterranean island, it

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Bicycling in Brooklyn

New York City is a remarkable place to bicycle. There are five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island), each with at least fifty

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