Celebrating National Day, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. Eurodam is in Oslo today. One week ago, I was in Norway’s capital city to attend events celebrating National Day, one of the most exciting – and colorful – national events I’ve ever witnessed. Care to see what you missed? I’ve posted a Flickr slideshow of last… read more of “Celebrating…”
Category: Baltic & Northern Europe
I head to the streets to interview cruise passengers about their impressions of Stockholm.
What’s big and green and occupies one third of Stockholm’s total land area? Parks. Stockholm is an exceptionally green city, and the best place to experience that green is in the former royal deer park known as Djurgarden.
You saw the movie “Mamma Mia,” right? If not, surely you know some of the lyrics to the many ABBA tunes that became worldwide hits. But ABBA is only one of Sweden’s exports to the world. Others include safe cars like SAAB and Volvo, Swedish meatballs, Absolut vodka, the Nobel Prize, IKEA, Bjorn Borg, Swedish… read more of “Stockholm, the…”
In a tiny cafe at one end of Gamla Stan’s Stortorget square, a frothy cappuccino serves as the centerpiece for a scene that is quintessentially Stockholm. In the center of the oversized cup, coffee has been deliberately dripped onto the foamy realms to form a heart, an unintended icon that takes the same shape as… read more of “The Avid…”
For planning your trip to Stockholm, read The Avid Cruiser’s Special Stockholm Guide for insider advice on how to spend Two Perfect Days in the Swedish capital or just a few hours while in port. Clicking on the link above or here will launch a new window featuring the special guide in digital format. Once… read more of “Special Stockholm…”
Time, unfortunately, is not standing still as it is on the clock above in Gamla Stan, so get ready for a full day of touring Stockholm at a respectable pace. You’ll see a lot, but you’ll only skim Stockholm’s surface if you’re visiting for the day on a cruise that calls on the Swedish capital…. read more of “Stockholm: One…”
Say hello to the Easter tree. Actually, it’s not a tree at all but a collection of long willowy twigs with yellow feathers attached. This is the traditional Easter decoration here in Sweden. Easter, or Påsk as it is known, has some, er, “different” traditions associated with it. If you’re cruising to Sweden or just… read more of “Stranger In A…”