This past week at Cruise Shipping Miami, I repeatedly heard cruise executives talk about the need to offer their guests “authentic” experiences ashore. I couldn’t agree more. If you’re anything like me, you want to get out and meet the people who live in the regions you visit, to see how they live and to experience the way live… [Read More]
As of this writing, more than 25,000 of you have enjoyed watching our video featuring Helsingborg, Sweden, on Youtube. With a run time of nearly 11 minutes, our video is a long one by today’s short-attention-span standards. Now, however, we have an even longer version (running nearly 16 minutes), with a few new attractions featured that… [Read More]
I am writing these words on a Tuesday evening in the south of Sweden. It is 9 p.m., about 30 minutes before sunset and a few hours before the sky gets pitch dark. It is achingly beautiful here, and I find it fulfilling to live in a region where the beauty rewards me with a… [Read More]
We were fortunate to film in southern Sweden this past September, when the end of the summer was glorious, and even that descriptor is inadequate for the beauty of this region. Gorgeous sunsets, stunning landscapes and engaging guests conspired to deliver perhaps our best video ever — particularly for cruise passengers aspiring to visit the region. Check out our travel show, featuring highlights of South Sweden’s Skåne, from Helsingborg to Båstad, from the birthplace of Swedish sin to the home of a gifted sopranist and a lot more.
You may, or may not, be relieved to know that U.S. Congressional bickering and the federal government shutdown has not altered Avid Cruiser’s web publishing schedule — or the publisher’s desire to remain in Sweden, perhaps indefinitely. On Monday, I witnessed a spectacle in Helsingborg, Sweden. Anchored in the harbor in shimmering sunlight, the Norwegian Star. While… [Read More]
Noon. The U.S. national anthem chimes from church bells atop Helsingborg, Sweden’s iconic, red-brick City Hall. It is probably safe to assume that the gesture is in honor of the many U.S. citizens aboard Norwegian Star, anchored in the harbor on a beautiful sunny day that marks the end of the cruise season in this… [Read More]
If you are in your fifties or beyond, no one could blame you for thinking that your best summers are behind you. That’s what I thought — until this summer. At age 55, I am having what just may be the best summer of my life. It did not come easy. I spent hours/days planning… [Read More]
I spent this weekend touring one of the world’s most beautiful — and varied — regions, Northwest Skåne (pronounced Scona), situated in the south of Sweden, only an hour away from Copenhagen. In 36 hours we visited a palace, with gardens that were named Europe’s most beautiful; a farm that grows 83 varieties of tomatoes and provisioning… [Read More]