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 …

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 …

Visiting Nepal: a delightful food find in a downpour on the streets of Kathmandu

Delicious food at Frens in Kathmandu, Nepal
The rain fell in soaking sheets as we tried to find our way through the mucky streets of back-alley Thamel, the bustling, buzzing tourist area of Kathmandu. We were disagreeing on whether we were lost (She: "Without a doubt." He: "I know exactly where we are.") Delicious food at Frens Kitchen in Kathmandu, Nepal It …

Travel to Tahiti: Bora Bora is like a movie … but which one?

Bora Bora is one of those places that is so beautiful, you feel like you are in a movie. I don’t know which movie. Hopefully not “Jaws.” After an all night flight from Los Angeles to French Polynesia, we chartered a beautiful catamaran yacht with four staterooms and attached bathrooms from The Moorings in Tahiti. …