Rhode Island Travel

Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region of the United States. Geographically it’s a very small state; it’s official name is:

The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.

Rhode Island’s official nickname is “The Ocean State”, because of its large bays.

The capital of Rhode Island is Providence.

Providence is the capital and most populous city of Rhode Island it was founded in 1636.

Rhode Island is filled with Historic landmarks, here are just a few of them:

The John Brown House Museum, whose architecture is preserved from the 18th century.

The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum, which is an American National Historic Landmark.

Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions and Touro Synagogue, which is the oldest synagogue in The United States of America.

The Woonsocket’s Museum of Work and Culture.

The Casey Farm from the 18th century.

And near Bristol – The Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum.

Rhode Island is small but definitely a trend setter and a leader in many respect.
Here are some of the facts:
On May 4, 1776, the Colony of Rhode Island became the first of the Thirteen Colonies to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown.




Rhode Island abolished capital punishment, making it one of 19 states that have done so.

In the year 2009, Rhode Island was listed as the 9th safest state in the USA.

In 2011, Rhode Island became the third state in the United States to pass legislation to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Rhode Island became the eighth state to fully recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions.
On May 2nd, 2013 same-sex marriage became legal in Rhode Island, and took effect on August 1st.

Rhode Island, like the rest of New England, has a tradition of clam chowder.
Although, it’s famous for it’s clear broth clam chowder, you have to try it.

The official drink of Rhode Island is coffee milk.

Coffee Milk is a beverage created by mixing milk with special coffee syrup.

This coffee syrup is widely sold in the shops.

Johnnycakes have been a Rhode Island staple since Colonial times, made with corn meal and water then pan-fried much like pancakes.

If you like bread you have to try a sub sandwich in Rhode Island, also known as Grinders.

One of Rhode Island most popular Grinders is made with ham, prosciutto, capicola, salami, and Provolone cheese, have one with coffee milk.

The state capitol building is made of white Georgian marble.

The First Baptist Church of Providence was founded by Roger Williams in 1638.

Newport is a seaside city with many historic mansions including The Breakers, Marble House, and Belcourt Castle.

Also located there is the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on December 2, 1763.

The Newport Casino is a National Historic Landmark building complex that presently houses the International Tennis Hall of Fame and features an active grass-court tennis club.

If you like to drive Route 1A is the Scenic Route – it’s a Ocean Road in Narragansett.

Located in Narragansett are “The Towers” a large stone arch. It was once the entrance to a famous Narragansett casino that burned down in 1900.

The Towers now serve as an event venue and host the local Chamber of Commerce, which operates a tourist information center.

The Newport Tower has a two side history – some say is was the Viking origin, others say it was a Colonial-era windmill, once you see it, you’ll know which one applies.

One of the great things to do in Rhode Island is to take a Boat Tour. There are various companies in the Harbor to choose from.

Some cruises go past 10 Rhode Island Lighthouses in Narragansett Bay along with a complete Newport Harbor Tour.

Some pass islands, the Newport Bridge, mansions, Fort Adams and many other famous Rhode Island sights.

You can even go the other New England States by boat from Rhode Island.

There are fast and normal rate cruises to choose from.

Experience the coast, experience Rhode Island.

Maine Travel

When you see a map of the United States the first thing you notice is the coastline, and the two distictive trademarks that stand out – Maine and Florida.

Maine is the largest of the six New England States, it became the 23rd U.S. State on March 15, 1820, as part of the Missouri Compromise.

Maine is known for its coastline, and for being a producer of lobsters and blueberries.

Portland is the largest city in Maine, it consists of old and new historic landmarks.

Founded in the seventeenth century Portland is known for it’s Old Port Exchange.

Among the most historical sites in Portland is the former residence of renown writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Portland Art Museum, is full of breathtaking works of arts and artifacts from Maine’s history.

The view from Casco Bay is breathtaking; a great place to go whale watching.

In the western region of Maine there is a large mountainous region that is a skiable area.

In the North East, it’s the Sugarloaf Resort which offers an above tree line lift-service.

The Sugarloaf Mountain in the Carrabassett Valley of western Maine has a vertical drop of over 2,820 feet.

The Monhegan Plantation in Lincoln County, Maine – is about 12 nautical miles off the mainland.
It has a population of approximately 69 residents.

It’s accessible by boat from The Boothbay Harbor.

It was designated a National Natural Landmark, for its coastal and island flora in 1966.

World wide the Lobster imported from Maine – is known as “American Lobster”. Lobster from Maine is also distinguished for it’s Red shell.
Red Shell = Maine Lobster.

Maine is the largest lobster producing state in the United States.

Located in the heart of Portland on the historic waterfront, there is a superb clear cold water Fishing Community.
Known for it’s guaranteed high quality lobster – Maine Lobster.




All Lobsters from Maine come from clear cold waters.

When in Maine I strongly recommend that you find yourself a fishing Harbor; and catch the best lobster there is.

Don’t worry about preparing it, you’ll find a place – just go catch it. A big Red Shell one would be nice.

The Boothbay Harbor is a great place to Lodge, it has a coastal resort right on the water.

Great views- makes you appreciate nature and the beauty of the sea. Have you noticed that the ocean and the sea seem to meet at some point.

And it’s an ideal place for a family holiday. Stay in a cabin or lodge on the waterfront.

You can then relax on the bay, enjoy resort activities or just enjoy the local area attractions.

In Maine people eat well, so check out their restaurants and friendly atmosphere.

Old Orchard Beach is known for it’s low surf – the perfect place to take the children – let them play in the sand and build a magnificent sand castle – with minimal worries about the tie – is usually low – child friendly. But always check the local news to be sure.

Orchard Beach is also a nice place to walk the boardwalk – then sunbathe and stroll along the beach.

If you like to play golf, Maine the place – to go to – a few comfortable fields for you to tea off – afterwards you can enjoy an auto race in the Old Orchard Beach area.

Maine by no doubt is bigger than it seems, with so much to do all year round.

Start your next winter aventure skiing in Maine then come back in the summer and catch that lobster.

Year round Maine is full of history, festivals, fairs, concerts, street dances, and fireworks.

Have a great time there ……. let me know how your trip went.

Siegburg Travel

Siegburg is a wonderful small city located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger; in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Siegburg sits on the base of a mountain.

Siegburg is one of the few cities in the world that has converted – most – if not all of it’s street lights; to energy efficient – LED – bulbs. Reducing the use and cost of energy tremendously in Siegburg.

In 1816 Siegburg became the county seat of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.

Some of Siegburg most interesting sites in Siegburg are:

Holzgasse – The Holzgasse is a long cobblestone paved street full of shops and restaurants.

Abtei Michaelsberg – The Abtei Michaelsberg is the former residence of the Benedictine Monks; who produced a liquor called Siegburger Abtei-Likör and a beer called Michel.

Medieval Christmas Markett – Siegburg is known for it’s medieval Christmas market. The market features Medieval tents, full of the era’s artifacts and medieval music. A variety of wines are served – this includes honey wines and some of the era’s most tasteful breads. It’s a great place to step back in time.
Siegburg Museum – The Siegburg museum features the history of Siegburg from prehistoric times until the Federal Republic. The museum has a medieval cellar vault; conserved from 1826.




Oktopus Siegburg – The Oktopus Siegburg is a great place to go to if you like deep sea diving – here you can do it indoors. It’s one of the deepest indoor diving centers of Europe. The tower has a depth of 20 meters and a diameter of 10 to 18 meters.

Cineplex Siegburg – The Cineplex Is the biggest cinema in Siegburg; it shows the latest movies. It consists of: 2 small – cozy movie theaters, 4 medium size – movie halls, and one huge movie theater – that can house 500 people.

Michealsberg Abbey – Is a former monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded in 1064 by the Archbishop of Cologne, the monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.

During the 14th century, the abbey was said to be directly subject to the Holy Roman Emperor. This led to a war, with the town of Siegburg.

In 1676, the abbey became the subject of local territorial power.

During the period of the Thirty Years’ War, the abbey became – a center of literary and musical studies.

There is no doubt that Siegburg is a great place to travel to; a small town with a huge history and great restaurants.

When you visit, check your electrical items – the voltage in Germany is 230 V 50 Hz, adapter C / F.

Let me know about your trip to Siegburg, did you dive? How deep did you go – was it cold outside when you did it?

Auf Wiedersehen!

Austria Travel

The Republic of Austria is a Federal Republic, with a mountainous terrain, within the Alps.

The German name for Austria is Österreich, which means “Eastern Realm”.

German is Austria’s official language, other official languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

The Austrian Empire was officially proclaimed in 1804.

In 1867, the empire was reformed into Austria-Hungary.

In 1955, the Austrian State Treaty re-established Austria, as a Sovereign state.

That same year the Austrian Republic – became neutral.

In 1995, Austria joined the European Union, and adopted the euro currency in 1999.

Today, Austria is a Parliamentary Representative Democracy; made of nine federal states.

Vienna is Austria’s capital and – it’s largest city, with a population exceeding 1.7 million inhabitants.

Austria is also one of the richest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $43,724.00.

Austria currently produces more than half of its electricity by hydro power, the rest is produced by gas and oil powered plants.

The Austrian Roman Catholic church reports 58% of the population to be Catholic. The rest of the population are registered members of various religious communities – mostly Muslims, due to the influx from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.

There is also a large number of Orthodox Churches in Austria – mainly Serbs, and a growing number of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

And a small percentage of the population is of the Jewish Faith.

Below are some of the top tourist attractions in Austria; that are sure to make your day special.

Hochosterwitz Castle – Hochosterwitz Castle is fairy tale beautiful. An inclined railway brings visitors to the castle. Some say the castle is the inspiration behind – Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

The historic city of Krems – Krems is a good city to stroll about and visit the castle called Gozzoburg. Krems is where the blue Danube and the Krems river meet. The city of Krems has a reputation for its wine industry, there are with numerous tasting rooms.

Eisriesenwelt Cave – The Eisriesenwelt Caves are a amusement park for nature lovers, highlighting an Ice Cave.

Schloss Mirabell– Schloss Mirabell is a beautiful palace that dates back to early 16th century. It’s structured in marble, stuccoes and has enormous Frescoes on the walls – and a impressive garden.

Melk Abbey – The Melk Abbey is a huge world renowned monastery. situated high on a cliff.

Hohenwerfen Castle – Hohenwerfen Castle overlooks the Salzachtal Valley. The castle is typically medieval with dungeons. The dungeons still contain some of the original instruments of the castle.

There’s No doubt – Austria history is interesting – explore it and the beauty of nature that encompasses it’s land.

Austria is a great place for outdoor activities; and winter sports. Some of the major places in Austria for winter activities and sports include de Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck.

Innsbruck the capital city of Tyrol in Western Austria. The name translates as “Inn bridge”.

Innsbruck is an internationally renowned winter sports center, it hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics.

Austria is one of three countries in the world; which have hosted twice the Winter Games.The others are St. Moritz, in Switzerland and Lake Placid, New York in the United States of America.

In 1984 and 1988 Innsbruck hosted the Winter Paralympics.

Innsbruck also is host; to one of the 4 ski-jumping competitions – of the 4 Hills Tournament every year.

Because of it’s location in the mountains, Innsbruck serves as an ideal place for skiing in the winter, ski-jumping and mountaineering in the summer.

There are several ski resorts around Innsbruck, for ski lovers.

You can catch the Nordkette Cable car from central Innsbruck – and enjoy the amazing view.

he base of the cable car is located in the: Old Town Center.

The Nordkette Cable Car has been running since 1928, and has undergone several recent modern makeovers.

The Nordkette Cable Car leaves every 15 minutes, seven days a week. The price varies depending on how high you want to go.

There’s a restaurant and market, both with great views.

Salzburg is a great place to visit in Austria. It’s the birthplace of Mozart, and home of the Salzburg Festival.

The Haus der Natur in Salzburg is a museum, with fascinating aspects of Environmental Nature.

At the entrance you are greeted by a giant dinosaur, as you walk thru the museum – you get the feeling that you are walking thru time – passing millions of years; from the Land of the Dinosaurs – to the – Space Age.

Marvel at animals from around the world at Hellbrunn Zoo it houses over 1200 animals of 140 different species.

The Hellbrunn Estate, has a palace, fountains and a zoo, it was completed in 1619.

The Salzburg Zoo is dedicated to protecting nature, animals and species, it’s committed to keeping the animals in a habitat that is as close to nature as possible.

Some of Salzburg most impressive features are it lakes, castles, and museums.

Salzsbur is world known for it’s magnificent architecture.

Don’t forget, in Austria, the electricity power sockets are Type F (round tips plugs) and the standard voltage is 230 V 50 Hz.

Austria is great place to travel to, a small country with alot of things to do.

Have a great time, let me know about your trip.

Haben Sie eine gute Reise!

Portugal Travel





Portugal is a southern European country bordering Spain. Its location on the Atlantic Ocean has influenced it's tourist attraction - to the beaches, this in turn has played a role in their diet; salty cod fish and grilled sardines are national dishes.

Portuguese is the spoken language, which is related to Galician language, spoken in northwestern Spain.

The kingdom of Portugal lasted some 800 years, from 1139 to 1910.

The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance, signed in 1373, is the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.

Since 1910, the country has been a republic.

The modern democratic republic was founded in 1976.

The first Pirate code was invented in the 17th century by the Portuguese buccaneer Bartolomeu Português.

The modern Portuguese legal system has been influenced primarily by German law.

Due to the influence of Roman Catholicism, Portugal is one of the most socially conservative countries in Europe.

Portugal is the only country in the EU, along with Spain, where life imprisonment has been abolished.

The Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon is the longest bridge in Europe with 17,185 m/56,381 feet.

From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s pastel-colored buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Nearby, the National Azulejo Museum displays 5 centuries of decorative ceramic tiles.

Just outside Lisbon is a string of Atlantic beaches, from Cascais to Estoril.

The Jeronimos Monastery was built in 1502 by order of King Manuel I. It was built to commemorate Vasco Da Gama’s voyage and to give thanks to the Virgin Mary for its success.

Great figures in Portuguese history are also entombed here, like King Manuel and King Sebastião, and poets Fernando Pessoa and Alexandre Herculano.

Jeronimos Monastery Cloisters was populated by monks of the Order of Saint Jerome , whose spiritual job was to give guidance to sailors and pray for the king’s soul.

UNESCO has classified it a World Heritage monument. This style of architecture became known as Manueline, a style of art that served to glorify the great discoveries of the age.

Each column is carved with coils of rope, sea monsters, coral, and other sea motifs. It portraits an era of sea exploration and the Biblical story of Joseph.

The Tower of Belém is typical of the Manueline style of architecture. The four-story tower was created in the shape of a ship’s bow jutting into the water.

The main side of the fortress faces the sea and is completely different from the side impression of the tower. Built from ivory-white limestone, the real beauty of the structure lies in the decoration of the exterior.

The Pena National Palace was built in the 19th century by Atlantic Ocean , the palace was meant to be a summer home for the Portuguese royals.

Ferdinand’s taste was imposed on the builders and designers, the result was a Palace that looks like it has a little of all the other palaces of the era.

One portion caters to a medieval European castle, a portion of it is modeled after an Islamic tower dome. It’s full of colors – there is a purple wing, a red clock tower, a lots of yellow ornaments.

King Ferdinand said he wanted the palace to look like an opera.

It is now seen as one of the grandest examples of Romantic architecture.

Lisbon is Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city.

Porto’s Church
The Sao Francisco Church looks like an ordinary 14th century Gothic and Baroque construction.
There is a museum housed in the catacombs below consisting of artifacts from the former monastery.

Praça do Comércio is a large square on the banks of the River Tagus in Lisbon. It was built on the site previously occupied by the Palace Yard following its destruction in the 1755 earthquake. Lisboetas often still use the previous name for the square.

Along with the Arco da Rua Augusta at its northern end, the Praça do Comércio is one of the centerpieces of the redevelopment of the Portuguese capital by the Marquis of Pombal in the mid-18th century.

The U-shaped square, open at the Tagus end, was designed by Portuguese architect, Eugénio dos Santos.

Discover the best of Portugal’s capital on this hop-on, hop-off bus tour of Lisbon. Choose from four different routes, all offering opportunities to see the city’s monuments and explore its charming neighborhoods. An option line to Cascais allows you to explore the magic of that town as well. Tickets can be purchased for 24- or 48- hours.

 

Hop on a double-decker bus at the Lisbon Terminal in Marquês de Pombal Square. Settle in and cruise through Lisbon on one of four different but equally engaging sightseeing lines, including lines to Belém, Oriente, Castle or the charming beach town of Cascais.

Sunbathe on one of the many sandy beaches along the Cascais Line. Catch the best coastline views before settling onto a beach to unwind.

On the western side of the square is the main Lisbon Tourist Office (Turismo) with a stylish shop selling upmarket craft items from all over Portugal.

On this side of the square is the HQ of Viniportugal, which promotes Portuguese wine. There are tastings Monday through Saturday.

The world-famous Porto wine is a sweet Portuguese fortified wine from the Douro Valley, Portugal.
Over half of the world’s cork is produced in Portugal.

Salvador Vilar Braamcamp Sobral is a Portuguese singer and a former psychology student. He represented Portugal in
the Eurovision Song Contest this past May and gave Portugal its first win since their debut in 1964. Below is a video of the winning song for your enjoyment.

Portugal has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.

Have a great time in Portugal, let me know all about your trip.

Los Angeles Travel

History of Los Angeles
Los Angeles city was a small Mexican town that changed little in the three decades after 1848, when California became part of the United States. The Santa Fe railroad increased the amount of immigrants that moved to Los Angeles, mostly white Protestants from the Midwest.
Los Angeles had a strong economic base in farming, oil, tourism, real estate and movies. Hollywood made the city world-famous.

Los Angeles also acquired another industry in the years just before World War II: the garment industry. At first devoted to regional merchandise such as sportswear, the industry eventually grew to be the second largest center of garment production in the United States.

in 1973 Los Angeles became the first major Western city to elect a black mayor with Tom Bradley.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach make up the nation’s largest harbor complex, handling 44% of all goods imported by cargo container into the United States. In 2007, the equivalent of 7.85 million 40-foot shipping containers poured through the ports.
In 2005 City Council member Antonio Villaraigosa was elected mayor, the first Latino elected to that office since the 1872.

Universal Studios Hollywood is a film studio and theme park in the Universal City county island area of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles County, California.
It is one of the oldest and most famous Hollywood film studios still in use. Woody Woodpecker is the official mascot for Universal Studios Hollywood.

The $1.3 billion Getty Center opened to the public on December 16, 1997 and is well known for its architecture, gardens, and views overlooking Los Angeles. The Center sits atop a hill. There is a three-car, cable-pulled hover train funicular to reach the top.

The Getty Center is well known for it’s architecture, gardens, European paintings, manuscripts, sculptures,Vincent Van Gogh painting, and the J. Paul Getty Trust.




Griffith Park is a large municipal park at the eastern end of the Santa Monica Mountains. The park covers 4,310 acres of land, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has also been referred to as the Central Park of Los Angeles.

The Hollywood Boulevard is a major east–west street in Los Angeles, California. Parts of the boulevard are popular tourist destinations, primarily the fifteen blocks between La Brea Avenue east to Gower Street where the Hollywood Walk of Fame is primarily located.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is the largest natural and historical museum in the western United States, it’s specimens covers 4.5 billion years of history.

Dodger Stadium, is a baseball park located in the Elysian Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The stadium hosted eight World Series: 1963, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1988.

Dockweiler State Beach is a beach in Los Angeles, California, with 3.75 miles of shoreline and a hang gliding practice and training area, it is managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Griffith Observatory is a facility in Los Angeles, California, The observatory is a popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the Hollywood Sign. Since 1935, admission has been free.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

The stars are public monuments to achievements in the entertainment industry.

Los Angeles has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours and restaurants.

Basel, Switzerland Travel

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps.

Known for its ski resorts and hiking trails.

Banking and finance are key industries in Switzerland.

And of course Swiss watches and Chocolate are world renowned.

The Official languages are: French, German, Romansh, and Italian.

Basel is one of Switzerland’s most interesting cities.

Basel lies roughly between the Rhine river and the old city gate at Spalentor.

Basel is not a large city but it has a great charm that makes you want to stay in it’s antique stone streets forever.

Basel introduce a modern and whimsical fountain by Swiss sculptor Jean Tinguely.

It’s located in the middle of historic houses; it’s an ingenious water-spouting sculpture made of scrap metal.

In the winter, it freezes into ingenious looking ice sculptures.

An old paper mill has been turned into a museum of writing, printing, and paper.

The printing and papermaking processes are shown with actual working machinery.

You can watch the laborious production of handmade paper.

Basel is also home to a large zoo, affectionately known as the Zolli by locals.

Founded in 1874 with 510 animals; predators, primates, mammals, reptiles, birds, and aquatic life.

The lion, penguins and exotic birds, seem to be favorites.

The zoo has been particularly successful in breeding rhinoceros and cheetahs.

Basel has great hotels, motels, car rentals, tours, cruises and restaurants.

Basel is also a great place to take a boat trip.

Undoubtedly, Basel is the place to travel go if you want to combine leisure into your fun filled vacation.

Norway Travel

Norway is a great place to travel to, it’s an indescribable beauty that is rarely seen. It’s making contact – with nature.

It’s not unusual to see the guests aboard a ship walk out on deck in the middle of a cold winter night; to catch a glimpse of how the sea brushes upon the fjords.

This ranks as one of natures most interesting experience – especially when it’s 12:00 a.m. and the sun is shinning as bright as it does on any afternoon.

Unlike many countries, this is one of the things that makes Norway a great winter getaway.

In the late 19th century the coast line from Bergen to Kirkenes was a busy route for all sort of ships.

Norway is a great place to take a cruise. A popular route is Bergen to Kirkenes.

 One of the exciting things about visiting Norway  is being able to take a picture of the sea at 3:00 a.m. without a flash.

In the last few centuries the North Pole has became synonymous with Santa Claus, reindeers, vikings, trolls, salmon and cod fish.

Norway is famous for it’s different types of excursions:

There are ski expeditions, dog sledding, kayaking, birdwatching, snowmobile trips, sea eagle safari, mountain hikes, whale watching, sailing to Geiranger fjord, and naturally fishing in Lofoten – a great place to catch cod.

As you approach the coasts of Norway you might see penguins – they are very communicative – lots of noise in their area.

You may also see Polar bears – they are the opposite – no noise in their area- loners, quiet types – serious – very family oriented. You can see that in the interaction they have with their youngs.

Walrus – on the other hand are very observant –  as you approach them – you get the feeling – that they are the ones doing the sight seeing. Besides that – they have great teeth. One glance and you find yourself smiling at them.

Reindeers are and always have been magestic animals – they are a large part of the Norwegian culture. Up north it’s not unusual to see reindeers running thru the mountains in all colors. The white ones – are the most unusual and – photographed ones.

Visiting a Sami Camp in Honningsvag, Norway, (The North Cape) is a great way to learn about them.

Norway is one of those countries you just want to visit in the winter, summer, spring and fall.

Each season in Norway is an indescribable experience. From skiing to sailing.

Seeing the fjords covered in snow as you ski – it’s an incredible experience; then seeing them completely green – as you fish or sail is awesome.

This type of experience can only be matched by seeing the fjords in  transition (spring and fall).

Then when is it best to visit Norway? I’ll let you figure that one out.

Below are some must see places while your there:

Bergen
Bergen was founded in 1070 AD,  was the capital of Norway. It’s a colorful city that has retained the history of Norway.

Enjoy a trip on the Floibannen Funicular during your visit to Bergen and see all of Bergen.

This exciting trip up to the mountain is a magnificent experience in itself. Mount Fløyen, it’s approximately 320 metres above sea level.

From above you can enjoy the cityscape, the seaward, and the fjords surrounding Bergen.

Lofoten
The arctic circle marks the border to the Arctic region. During the summer months they have 24 hour sunlight.

This is what is referred to as the midnight sun.

The charm of the Lofoten islands are the small fishing villages with granite cliffs and white sand beaches.

You will find lots of fish racks and traditional fishermens huts.

Great place to try a fish cake.

The Northern Cape
The Northern Cape is the northern most point of the planet. A popular place for the snowmobile tours. There you will see the Sami people grazing reindeers.

Near the top, there is a exciting nature reserve called Gjesvaer Tappan. Great place for bird watching.

The Seven Sisters
When in Norway crossing the Arctic Circle on a ship is an important part of the experience.

Most tours celebrate it by asking all the passengers to meet on deck and there ritual begins. Here’s a tip: wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet during the ceremony.

Along the way you will pass the Seven Sisters.

The seven sisters are beautiful mountains that have influenced social myths, according to some Norwegian folk tales – trolls are turned to stone if they do not hide before the sun rises.

This was the case with the seven sisters – at least they are still beautiful. See for yourself.

Oslo
Oslo is the capital of Norway, the winter capital of the world. A multicultural city with modern architecture, a sculpture park named Vigeland, a Royal Palace, a Nobel Peace Center, Museums, and home to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump.

Clearly there is so much to do and see in Norway – below is a video that Expedia put together it features some of the most amazing places in Oslo.

Have a safe trip. Let me know all about it…

 

Sweden Travel

Brief History of Sweden

Sweden is a great place to travel to,  it’s  history is full of interesting facts; here are a few of them.

8,000 BC to 6,000 BC
Sweden became populated by people who lived by hunting, farming and fishing, and who used simple stone tools.

800–1050 AD
The Viking set off from Sweden the Baltic coast and the rivers into Russia. They developed trading links with the Byzantine Empire and the Arab kingdoms.

1389
The crowns of Denmark, Norway and Sweden were united under the rule of the Danish Queen Margareta.

1397 – 1523
The Kalmar Union joined Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Greenland, Norway and the Faroes islands under a single monarch.

1611-1632

Gustav II Adolf came to assume great political importance. During his reign Sweden became a leading military power. Gustav II Adolf was killed in 1632 at the Battle of Lützen.

1632-1654
Just before her 6th birthday Kristina succeeded Gustav II Adolf in 1632. She ruled for 22 years.

1654
In 1654 Kristina abdicated converted to Catholicism and moved to Rome, She was succeeded by her cousin – Karl Gustav.

1660
Karl Gustav died in 1660. When Kristina heard about it she returned to Sweden to claim her throne. The Parliament did not accept her claim and she returned to Rome.

During the late 19th centuries 1.3 million Swedish immigrated to America.

1973

Carl Gustaf became King of Sweden on 15th of  September 1973, upon the death of his grandfather, Gustaf VI Adolf. Crown Princess Victoria, the eldest child of the King and his wife, Queen Silvia is heir to the throne.

All members of the Royal Family belongs to the Church of Sweden, which is an Evangelical Lutheran Church.

1977
There are over 20,000 Sámi people in Sweden.

The Sámi people were first documented almost 2,000 years ago.  The Sámi were recognized by the Riksdag as an indigenous people first in 1977.

1993

The Sámi Parliament was established as both a democratically elected body and a national administrative authority.

A vast majority of them earn their living from reindeer husbandry.

2006

The moderate party won; together with the Center Party, the Liberal party and the Christian Democrats – formed a government coalition headed by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

Stockholm

Stockholm is the capital of Sweden; an old town with modern architecture, includes 14 islands connected by tunnels and bridges.

Home of the nation’s capital, this region is known for it’s seaside cities, delightful cobblestone streets, old shops, churches, hotels, restaurants and government buildings.

Places to Visit

West Coast
The west coast is full of rocky islands, pines, forests, fishes, and cottages. The west coast is car free and a great place for boating, fishing, and seal safaris.

Skane County
beautifully region, with medieval churches, castles, and Renaissance-style villages.

Uppsala County
Home of universities, museums, medieval castles, and old streets surrounded by pine forests.

Vasterbotten County
Swedens natural wilderness full of mountains and forests, A great place to go hiking even in the winter.

Orebro County
Historical town great place to learn about Swedish culture and lifestyle.

Uppsala County
Hundreds of lakes ranging from the very small to very large.

Midnight Sun Coast
This area is known for the phenomenon that only occurs in Europe’s Arctic Circle between June and July–an uninterrupted 24-hour period of complete sunlight. Great to see from the see.

Gotland
Viking treasures were discovered there, historical churches and fortresses.

Gothenburg
Once serving as the center of Sweden’s shipbuilding industry, today this city’s musical festivals and cultural events draw visitors from all over the world with a youthful and energetic atmosphere.

Lund
Europe home of the oldest universities, small town youthful energy with old architecture.

Must see Attractions
You must see the Vasa Museum, Stockholm City Hall, the Royal Palace, The ABBA Museum:, and the amusement park it has over 50 – roller coasters, water rides, and Europe’s tallest freefall attraction, plus a gardens and a sculpture park.

Stockholm Canals
Explore the canals that wind through the capital by boat or on foot either way.

Cuisine of Sweden
Sweden is full of international choices of foods they always include bread, pasta, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, fish, or some other meat.

Public Transportation
The larger the city the better the transportation, lots of street taxis, water taxis, ferries, trains, and buses.

There are trains you can take to Germany, Finland, Norway, and Denmark from Stockholm.

Languages of Sweden
The official language of Sweden is Swedish, but many natives speak English as a second language.

Have a good time in Sweden, let me know about your trip…

 

Types of Tourism

Religious Tourism:

Religious tourism means the tour taken to the places of religious importance or to visit the holy shrines. Among the world’s most famous religious tourist spots are Mecca in Madina (Saudi Arab), Jerusalem, many Hindu temples in India.

Egypt is an ancient nation with a very ancient civilization. It had its own religion in the ancient times with people worshipping the Sun god. Most of the tombs and pyramids built in Egypt are built according to the positions of the Sun and other heavenly bodies. However, later the Egyptians culture came under the influence of Islam and much later Christianity.  With ninety percent of Muslim population in Egypt, there are many famous mosques in Egypt which are attractions for Muslim tourists.

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