Cruise on the Europa 2 – The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship in the World

Cruise Europa 2 by Haplag-Lloyd I have heard and learned about many impressive amenities and services on a ship, but never had I seen the total package put together like the Europa2 by Haplag-Lloyd Cruises, a German-owned company. No wonder Berlitz Cruise Guide gave this cruise Europa2, the highest point combination possible in their most recent visit on the Europa2 in 2016. If you have never


What to do in Oslo

How Cool is Oslo? It is artic cool!  Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway It is totally cool! And it doesn’t matter when you visit, it just has that flair about it that not all European capital cities do. Sure it is cooler in the winter, but the summer is grand! I love Oslo and here are a few reasons why and what to do in


Nine Easy Reasons Why You Should Take a Viking Ocean Cruise

One of the main things I write about besides adventure and culture is value luxury or let’s call it something we can all understand: smart luxury. Viking Ocean Cruise (better known for their river cruising) has developed a product that could not better describe what smart luxury is: the Romantic Mediterranean aboard the Viking Star from Barcelona to Rome. And the awards are rolling in:


Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to visit in the world?” I have rounded up


Experience Norway’s Northern Lights

Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Norway’s Northern Lights He sat softly in the cold white snow as the mysterious hovering orbs of light surrounded him and he stared in awe from the sight that has been happening in this country for more than a century.  Particularly puzzling to him is the wide variety of different lights that seem to appear, including some that flash


A magical 48 Hours in Oslo, Norway

  When you only have two days in a major city, you need to be prepared and ready to zip off and enjoy the day, which is what happened to me recently on a side trip to Oslo, Norway.  I was so excited to return, as it is a gorgeous city and a "DO NOT MISS" city in my opinion, well all of Norway is "DO


The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway: Elegance Refined

By Cacinda Maloney The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway Bergen, Norway As soon as I walked in the door and saw the eclectic purple furniture with the flowing Calla Lillies, I knew I was going to like this place. Between the purple leather sofa, the tall, purple and silver chairs, and the chandelier, it was a hip joint. Clarion Collection,Bergen, Norway



By Cacinda Maloney Stavanger,Norway I honestly was not expecting such a pleasant little city when I arrived at the train station in Stavanger, Norway.  Stepping outside, one of the first things I noticed was a huge pond/lake in right in the middle of town, with a flowing fountain. It was fabulous. Stavanger, Norway Across the way, I could see a charming old church,


Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Viking Ship Museum, Oslo At over 1000, years old, the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo houses viking longships and artifacts from the peak of viking marine engineering. The Viking Age, from 800-1100 AD, was the age of the sleek, speedy longships. Without this crucial advance in ship technology, the Vikings would never have become a dominant force in medieval warfare, politics, and trade. These lightening speed ships


Pulpit Rock, Norway

updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Things to do in Norway Hiking in Norway Pulpit Rock in Norway is a steep cliff that rises almost 2000 feet above Lysefjorden with a flat top viewing platform. It was formed by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.  I am sure you will recognize it by its famous photographs. It attracts tourists from all over the world, which


We have a #Winner for the Norway Sweepstakes!

By Cacinda Maloney We have a winner of the of the two transatlantic airline tickets to Norway on IcelandAir, departure from one of their US gateways to Oslo courtesy of VisitNorwayUSA. It is Joshua Sorkin of Washington, DC. He says that he has been lucky to be traveling since he was very young. He was always interested in visiting new places and experiencing new cultures. Joshua


Visit Norway

Visit Norway Sweepstakes By Cacinda Maloney Update: The tickets have been given away! But if you are interested in Norway Travel, here are some additional reads: Viking Ship Museum, Oslo  A Magical 48 Hours in Oslo Ovre-Holmegate, Stavanger, Norway's Nottinghill Shhh!  It's a secret:  Emanuel Vigeland's Mausaleum  How I climbed Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)  The Clarion Collection In Bergen, Norway: Elegance Refined Edvard Munch:  What Makes


Edvard Munch: The Scream, What makes you Scream?

By Cacinda Maloney updated August 2015 Edvard Munch:  The Scream Edvard Munch is Norway’s most beloved artist. He is most famous for four versions of a composition created as both painting and pastel called The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik).  He created these pieces of art between 1893 and 1910 on cardboard. Each piece features a hairless figure with an antagonizing expression standing on a bridge beneath a blazing orange

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