Remembering Sensational Syria

Syria Video by Irene and Rick Butler- Syria “wowed” us with its rich culture, its fascinating history, its ancient sites,…

Egypt’s Sinai Region

Mt Sinai The Sinai Peninsula is a stunning desertscape of rugged limestone and granite mountains with substantial areas of shifting…

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Copenhagen Denmark

Nyhavn Canal

The most picturesque part of Copenhagen, the Nyhavn Canal quarter, is one of the 17th century legacies of Christian IV. Known as Christianshavn, the sun sparkling on the water alongside the long row of colourful old gable houses is fronted by sidewalk cafes….ahhh, our first cappuccino stop is truly pleasurable. Wooden boats at the waterway’s edge are reminiscent of the city’s maritime history. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), wrote his first fairy tales in #20 of this canal street around age 30, having moved here from the village of Odense where he was born. I can remember at age eight being giddily shocked by the Emperor’s New Clothes. His fairy tales have been translated into more than 125 languages. It was interesting to learn how well-travelled he was and that he published travelogues. What fun it would be to read one! Go to Our Copenhagen Photo Gallery to see more sites…

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Vilnius Lithuania

Virgin Mary Icon

About a dozen people are silently looking upward. One lady is kneeling. They face us as we walk through the Gate of Dawn on the southern border of Old Town in Vilnius, a part of the original town walls that are still intact. We move about three meters in and turn to see what everyone…

Riga Latvia

Old Riga

The heart of the city, Old Riga, is like stepping into a fairy-tale kingdom, with its winding cobblestone streets, ornate buildings, and spired churches. It has a subdued atmosphere, even the rustle and chatter of groups seems to float placidly in the breeze. Certain buildings call for attention for assorted reasons; some involve being regaled…

Tallinn Estonia

Soviet Era Factory Complex

Tallinn Estonia “Old factories…let’s look closer!” says Rick….never mind that we are lost, and have been walking for an hour with a high-humidity temperature of 35degrees Celsius. After leaving the dock from our ferry crossing from Helsinki it seemed a simple matter to get to our hotel, except unknowingly Rick’s faithful compass changed its polarity,…

Helsinki Finland

Sigh says it all!

On our bus ride from the Helsinki Finland airport into the city, Rick is quick to say what I am thinking, “These buildings remind me of Moscow.” We later learn that Hollywood used some Helsinki streetscapes for movie scenes taking place in the Russian capital, and a bit of condensed history tells why. Finland’s story…

Stockholm Sweden

The heat wave continues in Stockholm, making our many walks around the city enjoyable indeed for us sun seekers. It’s immediately evident that the population is greater than any city so far on our Scandinavian journey, tallying nearly a million. The lengthy pedestrian street is a shopping mecca thick with people. The Old Town’s labyrinthine…

Norway Olso and Bergen

Norway Oslo is having a heat wave! We slather on sunscreen and forge forth in the wonderful +30 degrees Celsius weather daily. Olso’s lengthy pedestrian street, Karl Johan gate, is high octane with its flood of people and street performers (of which my winning choice is battery boy). Tantalizing odours wafting out of eateries, shopping…