The Sofiero Slott from across the lawn Lit up

All Saints’ Day – Lighting The Way to The Holidays

 WINTER CELEBRATIONS | ALL SAINTS’ DAY We Americans love Halloween. Besides the candy filled extravaganza, the fun of dressing up and parties, Halloween also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season. In quick succession it goes, Halloween, Thanksgiving and then Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa . . . In…

Wigilia – The Polish Christmas Celebration

WIGILIA | THE VIGIL Wigilia (pronounced: vee gee lee a) or “The Vigil” is the traditional Polish Catholic Christmas Eve celebration feast held on December 24th. The ceremony represents, and honors, waiting for the arrival of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. PREPARING THE FEAST |…

Marvelous Maastricht

The first adjective that comes to mind when I think of Maastricht is charming. Cobblestoned streets, Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, large market squares, cafes and a riverfront. STEEPED IN HISTORY One thing that the locals are quite proud of is that the EU was officially formed and…

The Glass Cabins of Baldersnäs Herrgård

The Glass Cabins of Sweden

Looking for a place to unwind, recharge, and commune with nature, but still want the comforts of a bed, a down comforter, and a gourmet meal? Look no further than The Glass Cabins at Baldersnäs Herrgård.  THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS Sweden is often rated…

Kanelbulle | Niche Travel Design

Kanelbullar – A Swedish Tradition

According to the Swedish Board of Agriculture and Statistics, Swedes eat a lot of cinnamon buns or kanelbullar as they are known here. Apparently, the average Swedish person eats the equivalent of 316 cinnamon buns per year. That is almost one cinnamon bun per person,…

AbSmåland: Where The Unexpected Meets The Traditional

My New Favorite Cafe In Malmö I went for coffee today with my daughter and discovered my new favorite cafe/store/space in Malmö, Sweden, AbSmåland. Hard to describe, but oh so inviting, AbSmåland is a “lifestyle concept where the unexpected meets the traditional.” It is…

Football match in Italy. Parma vs. Inter Milan

The Most Popular Game In The World

Italian Passion Italians are a passionate bunch in general, and their passion for life can be triggered on a dime. Amazingly though, they also seem to make up with one another right away. I have seen them yelling and screaming at each other, faces…