Sweden Travel: The stunning Vasa Museum should not be missed

Vasa Museum: visit to Sweden
The first view of the Vasa as you walk through the doors is arresting and breathtaking. The massive Swedish warship built between 1626 and 1628 looms stunningly overhead, shocking in its towering majesty, and makes you feel that you have been transported into the past.  If you have the slightest interest in history, you could …

Visiting Sweden: The Swedes really know how to do museums

Carriage in the Royal Armory Museum in Stockholm, Sweden
The Royal Armory in Stockholm is a relatively small exhibit of royal coaches and some artifacts in the basement level.  But the Swedes really know how to do museums. The display formed a story, telling of a reputed love affair between Marie Antoinette and a Swedish count, Axel von Fersen. Apparently recently decoded letters between …

Scandinavia: Pricey Provisions & Puzzling ‘Pantsdrunk’ People

You should know one thing before traveling to the Scandinavian and Nordic countries – Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. It is expensive. That is, unless you don’t think $27 hamburgers, a $3 chicken wing and $10 drafts are expensive. But at least the taxes are high. You could try to do it on the …

Weather-beaten, scarred, scary-looking … and an artifact

One of these two is a weather-beaten, scarred, scary-looking old head. The other is an artifact on display in the Viking Ship Museum. The museum in Oslo, Norway, features a small but impressive collection of artifacts from the viking era. The highlights are three preserved viking ships. The museum is thoughtfully laid out to permit …

I asked for ‘a nice cold beer’ … they gave me ‘an ice cold bear’

I told the bartender, "I'd like a nice cold beer." I guess my accent was confusing because he thought I said, "I'd like an ice cold bear." He immediately released the chain holding back the brewery's resident polar bear. That's the last thing I remember. Actually there were pretty much no animal attacks during our …