Book the Scandinavia cruise that starts in Copenhagen—visit the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, see the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, admire the architecture in St Petersburg, and take in the modern design in Stockholm. To keep the whole family engaged, the cruise ship Regal Princess has restaurants and bars, dance and cooking classes, musical productions, pools, and signature programmes for kids such as Movies Under the Stars and Discovery at Sea.Departure: Copenhagen.Stopping at: Oslo, Berlin, Tallinn, St Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.When: Eleven-day Scandinavia cruise from April 30, 2017.Cost: US$909 upwards per person.CELEBRITY CRUISES
Some people told me going to Nordic countries in winters is a bad idea but no one ever said it's going to be so much fun. Bang in the middle of freezing January I decided to visit Scandinavia.Watch this video to know about things to do in Copenhagen - One of the happiest places on earth. ?ci=OlTUDBo4NIY
The first thing that comes to your mind, as you land in Copenhagen, is , 'Damn! Its beautiful'. Okay, maybe not exactly after landing. But as soon as you enter the city after a short train journey. A word about the Danish trains - they are awesome! Unlike anywhere i have experienced. Anyways, by the time you get over your infatuation on trains (unless you are Sheldon Cooper), you will experience the beauty i am talking about. It is one modern European capital where skyscrapers are not eyesore, standing tall beside historical Cathedrals and Town Centers. Danes have done an extremely good job to maintain the architectural uniformity, where you can build structures with the architecture resembling the surrounding. At some parts of the city like, you may have a feel of landing back in times... A few centuries behind. But that doesn't mean, it's an old city. Just that the modern shopping district and business centers do not mingle with the old town and palace grounds. The architectural changes are gradual.
The itinerary for each city varies depending on a travellers personal preference - whether they want to spend the day on a beach or in an art gallery, shopping in the designer district or the flea markets. A quick getaway in this capital city would entail seeing these tourist attractions in my opinion and the best way to see them is to cycle around Copenhagen. Copenhagen is called the city of cyclists and rightly so - they have separate routes for people cycling on all their roads and even in the freezing cold one can see cyclists all over the city. If you aren't too keen on that then you can take a hop on/hop off bus tour like we did and they cover all these spots.The Famous Tivoli Gardens - We were in the city for New Years so the Tivoli Gardens was a major attraction. It was elaborately lit up and had the best fireworks display at 11 pm on the 31st December. The entrance is $16.5 (Rs. 1100) on weekdays and $17 (Rs. 1200) on weekends. Everything that you do inside has to be paid for separately.The Tivoli Gardens have been around for almost 150 years. It has everything that one needs for a day out from eateries to cafes to theatres and of course rides. This is what gave inspiration for the world famous Disney World all over the world.
To put the subject “commuters” into perspective, there are apprx. 1 million people passing through Clapham Common, one of London’s busy public transportation hubs, on a daily basis. But this is just one of many hubs. In Copenhagen the busiest train station in Denmark in terms of passengers, Nørreport, will see apprx. 250.000 people passing through daily. Including cyclists and pedestrians!In other words: London is, in terms of traffic, in its own league! Also culturally I don’t think that there are many places like it. In London you find, quite naturally, a lot of people from the previous crown colonies around the world, such as India, Pakistan, Jamaica and several countries in Africa and the Far East region. And then there are all the other countries around the world. They all have their fair share of “London inhabitants”. This is a multicultural society in the purest sense of the word, and unlike anything I have ever seen. It is pretty cool, in my opinion!London is a leading metropolis within music, theatre, art and gastronomy. Not surprisingly the city also take the second place on the list of the most expensive cities in the world. Surpassed by Moscow. I have lived almost my entire life in Copenhagen, Denmark and I really did not think that it would be possible to find any place more expensive than that. But London is literally more expensive in almost any way you can think of. So you can just forget all about that shopping trip around Christmas, if you are trying to save money!Hence we are happy to be able to stay with Alexandra’s family in Clapham in the southern part of the city. This saves us a great amount of money that we would otherwise use for overpriced, mediocre hotels. The main reason, however, is to visit the family and be together. Furthermore it is a great “base” for our trips around the country.Alexandra’s sister has lived here for 20 years and since I met Alexandra I have been visiting on a regular basis. So both Alexandra and I can with a certain right claim that we know the city well. The inner city that is. Because if you start exploring the various areas (boroughs) of London you will find a lot of smaller “cities in the city” that all deserve a closer look. The very central part of London is in fact not really that big. It is divided into “City of London” and “City of Westminster”. The City of London, with only 7375 inhabitants, was pronounced the smallest city in England in 2011. Today, by far the largest area of London lies outside the original city limits. It contains boroughs like Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith, Camden and Islington. Officially there are 32 boroughs. Many places in “Greater London” you find main streets, with shops, pedestrian areas and inner city atmosphere. Small markets, parks and of course pubs. Many of which are several hundred years old. Thus they were originally located outside London.
Acne Studios is a Stockholm based fashion house founded by Creative director Johnny Johansson. Johansson’s interest in photography, art, architecture and contemporary culture lead to turning Acne Studio into a highly respected creator of pret fashion, magazines, furniture, books and exhibitions. At the Acne Archive (yes, a fashion store called Archive, already sounds super cool), expect all prices to be slashed by at least 50 per cent, with many going as low as 80 per cent off . Since the brand is based in Stockholm, there are lots of one-of-a-kind pieces like runway samples in colourways that were never put in production. acnestudios.com
Blonde and BeautifulA stereotype we all love to believe, this one, disappointingly, proved only half true. However, since we're making sweeping statements here, I might as well go ahead and say that, generally speaking, Stockholm seems to have the best pick of local hotties out of all the cities we visited in the two countries. At times it did feel like everywhere we turned was another Nordic beauty - although it's worth noting that they didn't seem to be any more blonde-haired or blue-eyed than in any other city in Europe.
The change of guards at the Stockholm palace is a treat to watch. The city has numerous museums that one can pick and choose from. Gamla stan, a medieval city manifests the beauty of colourful narrow, winding streets lined with restaurants, cafés and shopping outlets. Other places to visit include the Nobel museum, kungsträdgården, most of which can be covered afoot or one can even opt for a canal tour.
Stockholm features 14 islands connected by a slew of bridges on Lake Mälaren and has an almost mystical charm about it. The city is very lively with an eclectic mix of ultra-modern architecture, a picture-perfect old town (Gamla Stan), and fairy tale-like towers and castles. Stockholm is known as the “Venice of the North” (and rightly so!).
Stockholm is called the capital of Scandinavia and rightly so. It is the grandest of the Scandinavian capital cities, and has a feel about it that cannot be put into words. In Stockholm, you can do anything - you can just walk around absorbing the atmospheric Gamla Stan, you can visit museums and amusement parks, you can visit the many pretty islands and towns on the outskirts or you can sleep in the day and party at night.We chose the walking around and the outskirts, but if our hostel mates were to be believed, sleeping in the day wasn't that bad an option either.
Stockholm features 14 islands connected by a slew of bridges on Lake Mälaren and has an almost mystical charm about it. The city is very lively with an eclectic mix of ultra-modern architecture, a picture-perfect old town (Gamla Stan), and fairy tale-like towers and castles. Stockholm is known as the “Venice of the North” (and rightly so!). It has a great deal of lovely gardens, waterways and roof top cafes. For me Stockholm is extra special-it was here that I witnessed snow for the first time, stayed on an actual boat! and met some really beautiful and friendly Europeans. Its a beautiful city with a lot of history and of course home to our two favorite shopping giants.
Stockholm was a pretty city but it did not have the quaint feel of Tallinn. Lots of snow here too and it snowed everyday we were there with temperatures around 18 degrees. For some reason doughnuts seemed to be a big seller on the streets. We figured we needed to try one - the verdict, okay but not great. Not like a Belgian waffle! The downtown area was like any city with lots of chain stores and restaurants. There were a wide variety of international foods (Italian, Chinese, Thai) to choose from, but really nothing local.