Hygge

To understand Copenhagen and the Danes, you must grasp the concept of “hygge.” The candle-lit, snow-covered, outdoor tables on a snowy night in Copenhagen are one example of hygge. Although translated as “coziness,” hygge has no exact English equivalent. It is a complete absence of anything annoying, irritating, or emotionally overwhelming, and the presence of… [Read More]

Winter Wonderland, Stockholm

If you’re cruising from Stockholm this summer, you might be curious about how Stockholm appears in the winter. These photos were taken in February and March, when Lake Malaren freezes over and locals go out for long walks on the frozen lake. Also featured are photos from Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town. To view the… [Read More]

Stockholm Today

Stockholm Today, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. This photo was taken on February 27, 2009, at 3:30 p.m Stockholm time. A gorgeous day here. Photo was taken by Ralph Grizzle from the Hilton Slussen Stockholm. Interesting also that today the US dollar trades for SEK9.08. Several months ago it traded for only SEK5.9, so we’re… [Read More]

Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv

Copenhagen’s Kongens Nytorv, originally uploaded by Ralph Grizzle. Or the King’s “New Square” as seen from Hotel D’Angleterre, one of the world’s oldest hotels. The colorful buildings make up Nyhavn, popular with locals and tourists.

Meeting In Mingan

I never suspected that I would come face-to-face with Canada’s aboriginal people, but that’s just what happened on the day I visited tiny Havre-Saint-Pierre. On a tour offered to cruise passengers, I visited the Innu people, and it turned out to be one of the most interesting tours of my life. Not to be confused… [Read More]