Amsterdam Attractions – NEMO Science Centre

Nemo presents Science and Technology in a Fun way for Visitors: On any canal cruise of Amsterdam's waterways, you will come face to face with a gigantic green building jutting into the water and which looks like a ship's hull. Meet NEMO, Netherland’s largest science centre, located about 15 … [Read more...]

Hop-on and Hop-off Amsterdam’s Canals

Sightseeing on Amsterdam's waterways is the best way to explore the city: Amsterdam's extensive canal network makes it possible to get around the city by canal and there are many operators offering canal tours. However, Amsterdam's canals and waterways offer more than a means of … [Read more...]

Amsterdam’s Canals – "Venice of the North"

Amsterdam Canals are a great way to get around on any Amsterdam Vacation: Amsterdam is a city of canals and its network of canals has earned it the title of "Venice of the North". On any Amsterdam vacation, one of the must-do things is to go on a canal boat tour. If you're on a Amsterdam to … [Read more...]

In Search of Montalbano – Ragusa, Sicily

Tracing the footsteps of "Il Commissario Montalbano" - A Sicilian Adventure: A repeat of the Inspector Montalbano drama series brings back lots of great memories of our holiday in Sicily. After the first series of Inspector Montalbano, we became huge fans of this Sicilian detective drama as it … [Read more...]

The Rock Church or Temppeliaukio Kirkko – Helsinki

The Rock Church - an interesting piece of modern architecture: Temppeliaukio Kirkko is more commonly known by its English name The Rock Church or Church in the Rock. It was designed by two architect brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen, who chose a rocky outcrop as the site for their … [Read more...]

The Sibelius Monument – Helsinki

A Controversial Monument in Honour of Sibelius, Finland's Famous Composer: One of Helsinki's famous landmarks is the Sibelius Monument which was built to honour Finland's national composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Who would have thought that the erection of a monument to honour a famous … [Read more...]

Bergen – Famous for its Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Norway's first capital city and a town Famous for Its Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf: Bergen is a city best known for its Hanseatic heritage. The Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf is a UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to the days when Bryggen was a major Hanseatic trading centre. The city of Bergen … [Read more...]

The Legend of the Seven Sisters

The Saga of the Helgeland Mountains: Fifteen minutes after our ship departed from Sandnessjøen, we see the mountain range referred to as the "Seven Sisters". In summer, the waterfalls in the Geirangerfjord are the most photographed as no less than seven waterfalls descend into the fjord. The … [Read more...]

Petter Dass – a Poet and a Priest

Alstahaug's Famous Son: In Sandnessjøen town centre is the portly statue of Petter Dass, a poet and a priest who played a key role in Norway's cultural history. Petter Dass lived and worked in the borough of  Alstahaug for 18 years and is one of the prominent figures who brought fame to the … [Read more...]

Taken for a Ride – a Kicksled Ride!

A Winter Substitute for Bicycles: Sometimes it can be nice to be taken for a ride, especially when it's your cruise director taking you on a ride on a kicksled. On the way to the Kirkenes Snow Hotel, we saw a few locals kicksledding their way on the road. It seems like a very nice way to travel, … [Read more...]