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Chasing the northern lights onboard the Norwegian Coastal Express

From Bergen (60°39’N) to Kirkenes, via the North Cape (71°10’N), the itinerary of the Hurtigruten Coastal Express includes 34 ports of call stretching over 1 460 nautical miles (2 700 km) along the Norwegian coast. The name of our ship, MS Nordlys, means “northern lights” in Norwegian. Could this be a good omen? A look back […]

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Bergen – so much more than the fjord capital of Norway

Bergen has the second largest population in Norway after the capital, Oslo. It’s located between two of the country’s most famous fjords (the Sognefjord and the Hardangerfjord), giving it the nickname “Norway’s fjord capital“. Bergen’s second nickname – “the city of seven hills” – is due to the seven hills surrounding it. Among these is […]

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Our favorite discoveries in Edinburgh

Between the medieval castle perched atop a volcanic rock, the winding alleys of Old Town, the grid street plan in New Town, the wild nature around the peak of Arthur’s Seat, and the cool seaside borough of Leith, Edinburgh is where the centuries converge.  Ever since she discovered Edinburgh as a student, Stéphanie had dreamed of going […]

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Our favorite discoveries in Stockholm 

Much like Oslo and other major cities in Northern Europe, Stockholm has an understated reputation. Even so, this capital is neither sleepy nor boring. The city’s pursuit of innovation and new technologies does not prevent it from being in touch with its heritage and age-old traditions. The cobbled streets and colorful houses in Stockholm’s old […]

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A postcard from our trip to Paris 

“The Capital of fashion and culture”, “City of Lights”, “the city of love”… Paris has many nicknames. The French capital has always been a source of inspiration for artists, whether they are authors, painters, photographers, or directors.  Jean-Pierre Jeunet for instance, spun his urban poetry from the neighborhood of Montmartre and made Paris one of the main characters […]

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Hotel collection: Amerikalinjen, Oslo

Amerikalinjen is a 4* boutique hotel ideally located in the very center of Oslo, in the former headquarters of the Norwegian America Line, whose legendary cruise ships transported travelers from Norway to America throughout the 20th century.  The neo-baroque style building was first unveiled in 1919, at a time when transatlantic voyages crystallized the dreams […]

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Our favorite areas in Oslo

Oslo is the capital of Norway, but more importantly, it’s also Stéphanie’s birth town. As a dynamic, creative, inspired city, Oslo is great to visit any time of year. Facing the fjord and surrounded by forest-clad hills, it’s the ideal destination for nature lovers. Oslo is a city in motion – it’s undergone massive changes and […]

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Top 5 things to see in Strasbourg

Looking for a dynamic and enjoyable city to spend a weekend with your family, a group of friends, travelling solo or for a romantic getaway? Strasbourg is just the place for you! Strasbourg is a very comfortably sized city. It’s neither too big, nor too small, and all the main sights are easily accessible by […]

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Our photo safari in Africa

Several months before the Covid pandemic, we went on a photo safari to discover the wildlife and landscapes of Namibia and Botswana – also stopping at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. It was during this trip that the idea for this blog was born.  Reminiscing about our travels in Africa instantly brings back images and memories […]

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Our best discoveries in the Netherlands

Recently we were going through the photos we’d taken during our trip to the Netherlands in 2020, and we realized we wanted to share some of our favorite discoveries from the handful of towns we visited:  Now that it’s winter break here and we have no new travel plans on the horizon with the current […]