The Elegant City of Stockholm

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Many Baltic Sea cruises either begin or end in Stockholm. There is an elegance and gracefulness to Stockholm that is often difficult to put into words. You must be there to absorb the aura of this grand Scandinavian city. If I were younger and planning to move to Europe, Stockholm would be my first choice… [Read More]

Shore Excursions In Corfu: Achillion Palace

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About 30 minutes from Corfu’s Old City, Achillion (also Achilleion) Palace represents what some might call an obsession. Elizabeth Amelie Eugenie was the Empress of Austria. Known as Sisi she was assassinated by an Italian anarchist in Geneva Switzerland in 1898. Before her death, she built the beautiful palace that reflected her admiration of Achilles. With its… [Read More]

The Second Coming Of Torstein Hagen: Full Circle In Bergen

On Viking Star Torstein Hagen stands beside a model from the fleet of Bergen Line, where he began his career in the 1970s. © 2015 Ralph Grizzle

For Torstein Hagen, returning to Bergen, Norway, was about much more than christening his new and much-lauded ocean-going vessel, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The event marked a “coming home” for Hagen as well as the crowning achievement of a Lazarus-like return from two potentially catastrophic events in his life. The first was his being ousted from Royal Viking Line. Hagen… [Read More]

Shore Excursions In Corfu: A Jeep Safari, Four-Wheelin’ Through Curvaceous Corfu

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Grab the steering wheel and put your right hand on the gear shifter. Prepare for a drive like you’ve never experienced before. After our exhilarating mountain bike ride yesterday, today we seated ourselves behind the wheel of a 4×4 to explore curvaceous Corfu on four wheels. We passed through some of Corfu’s most charming villages, sometimes along some roads… [Read More]