Month: <span>August 2016</span>

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August 31, 2016May 9, 2018

Do you want to hear an embarrassing travel story?

We had just arrived in wonderful Oslo, Norway. And although we were eager to start our city discovery, duty required us to load up on laundry for washing. We received detailed advice, directions and a map from the hotel reception and headed out to find the laundromat. It was quite a walk, but we found...

August 26, 2016August 26, 2016

Group members were busy fossicking for amethyst stones in the drizzling rain; I was happier reflecting on other Scandinavian treasures.

How lucky. Our tour director led us from the hotel to the river at 11.00pm. Northern Lights? This early in August? Yes!! At around midnight there was treasure in the sky. My grandchildren please note: the word “awesome” is reserved for sights and spectacles and experiences like this! We are marvelling at the  beauty of...

August 24, 2016August 24, 2016

Here, you don’t check out; they release you.

Coming into Helsinki, the big ferry seemed as if it just scraped past that ever-so-tight passage through the water. The next day, it was the reverse. We were on that piece of land at Suomenlinna Fortress and we were almost touching the ferry going past, just arms length away it seemed. Those of us who...

August 21, 2016August 21, 2016

That’s not a ferry; that’s a ferry.

We thought the overnight ferry  from Stockholm to Helsinki was going to be one of those crowded, stinky, boozy and uncomfortable affairs where the next morning you don’t disembark, you get decanted onto the terminal. Not so the Silja Line Serenade. It’s the second largest ferry in the whole world and it carries its 2,500...

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