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Gamla Stan and other highlights of Stockholm

The old city of Stockholm (Gamla Stan) draws many visitors to the capital of Sweden. Deservedly so. However, there is more to see and this...

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The Broken Column sculpture project in Stavanger, Norway

The art project “Broken Column” (popularly known as Rusty Men or Iron men) was completed in 2003 as an installation at 23...

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Street Art in Stavanger, Norway

Try this unusual city walk in Stavanger. Search for large murals on building facades and understand why Stavanger has become...

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The Buda side of the Danube, Budapest

This is the hilly area of Budapest. The views are tremendous and the buildings are world class destinations.   In fact parts of the Buda...

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More sights in Pest, Budapest

There is a lot to be discovered in Budapest. This is the third article from the Pest side of the city and it will underline the foremost...

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The Pest side of the Danube, Budapest

The yellow Tram no 2 is the perfect way to transport yourself along one of the world’s most spectacular river fronts.  The Danube...

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Harmonious gardens and hidden courtyards in Budapest

The famous monumental sights of Budapest are easy to find. For a change, join me for a walk to the nice little gardens and courtyards.  ...

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The capital of Cyprus, Nicosia – north and south

On our daytrip into northern Cyprus we left Salamis on the east coast for a long drive across the flat plain into the capital of Cyprus,...

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Famagusta and Salamis in Northern Cyprus

We had decided to pay a visit to the northern side of Cyprus. Thanks to the war 40 years ago that objective is not an easy one to reach....

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A day trip into the Troodos mountains of Cyprus

The mountains offers a fine alternative or addition to your ordinary beach vacation in Cyprus. We were hunting nice scenery, traditional...

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The easy life on the beaches of Ayia Napa, Cyprus

For a large number of visitors to Ayia Napa only one thing counts: “Living la vida loca”. To Europeans the island of Cyprus in the eastern...

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The Gladmat festival in Stavanger, Norway

In late July each year 250,000 gather in Stavanger to take part in Scandinavia’s leading food festival.   Gladmat, literally meaning...

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Bishkek and the valley of Ala Archa

Even a poor country has its proud monuments, and being the capital of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek has a fair number of them. In addition, there is...

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Nomadic life on the mountain passes of Kyrgyzstan

Driving over a string of mountain passes from the fertile Fergana valley in the south we emerged on the plains in the north after a couple...

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The fertile Fergana Valley

The Fergana valley is one of the world’s most fertile valleys and always has been. In addition Stalin drew a map making it one of...

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The magnificent oasis of Khiva

Squeezed in between the Kyzylkum and Karakum deserts we find Khiva, or Itchan Kala as it was known when slaves were traded and silk passed...

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The Emir of Bukhara and the lost camels

The man on the image from 1911 was the last Emir of Bukhara. Join me for a look into days long lost, and read what happened to him and his...

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Shakhrisabz and the birth of a nation

This is rule number 1 in nation building: Go back in history and find an epic figure, mythical or real, and gather enough evidence of his...

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The road to Samarkand

Three of history’s greatest warlords found reason to conquer and ravage the city of Samarkand. Time and again the city rose from the...

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The monumentalism of Tashkent

Being the capital of Uzbekistan and the largest city in Central Asia, Tashkent has every reason to show off, and it does. This is clearly...

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In search of the ancient Silk Road

This article is written and published shortly before I embark on a fourteen days road trip in the Central Asian republics of Uzbekistan...

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Imagine standing on top of the world’s most famous ski jump – Holmenkollen

The view from the tower on the Holmenkollen hill is tremendous. Behind us is the huge forest of Nordmarka, ahead is Oslo and the wide...

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Celebrating Norway’s Constitution Day

This year’s National Day celebration was even more spectacular than previously. The Norwegians are celebrating the 200th anniversary...

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Hardanger Road Trip (6) Sørfjorden, Odda and Røldal

The ingredients of the last part of our road trip in Norway are fjord, snow, fruit trees, industrial plants, a waterfall and a stave...

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Hardanger Road Trip (5) Agatunet

Heading south on the Sørfjord on our Hardanger road trip we paid a visit to the unique hamlet of Agatunet, one of the very original farm...

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