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Ode to “Gezellig”

The Dutch have a word — gezellig–which doesn’t have an English equivalent. It’s pronounced, for those brave enough to try, heh-SELL-ick.(Yes, even nice Dutch words like gezellig sound like you’re about to puke.) The word captures the essence of the … Continue reading

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A Peek at the Dutch Masters

Enjoying a couple of days in Amsterdam with my Meggie before heading home and leaving her to fashion a new life in this old city for the next couple of years. This afternoon we made our way to the Rijksmuseum … Continue reading

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Swan Lake Revisited

Celebrating my 57th year on the planet, I find myself far from home in the idyllic Dutch village known as Giethoorn. What a nice place to pass a birthday! Cars are optional in this village of canals and walking/bike paths … Continue reading

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A Slot Built for a King

Frederiksborg Castle, or “slot” as the Danes say, is a short train ride on Line E headed north out of Copenhagen to the lovely town of Hillerod. The original castle was built by King Frederik II, but it was his … Continue reading

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Of Windmills and Mermaids

Denmark’s most famous son, Hans Christian Andersen, lived most of his life in Copenhagen. One of my favorite tales by Andersen is “The Little Mermaid” and today I visited the iconic statue inspired by that tale. Edvard Erikson sculpted the … Continue reading

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Tivoli

First opened in 1843, Tivoli is the second-oldest amusement park in the world and it’s still drawing crowds in Copenhagen. The famous tourist spot is a charming combination of amusement park and gardens. I visited the park late Saturday afternoon … Continue reading

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Norway in a Nutshell

You too can see Norway in 15 hours! In planning this trip, I listened to Rick Steves and booked a tour of Norway through a touring company. Fjord Tours hosts “Norway in a Nutshell,” a semi-self guided trip from Oslo … Continue reading

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