Located along the
Amstel River, the largest Dutch city, Amsterdam is one of the most important European
port and cultural hub since ancient times when the city became diamond and
financial center. Aside from its magnificent canals, Amsterdam is proud of its
unique blend of conservatism and freedom, which attracts almost five million
tourists every year. Being the center of commerce during the Dutch Golden Age
and their colonial past, Amsterdam certainly has a rich history to present for
visitors around the world could relate and associate from where they come from.
The beautiful Dutch city is a dream city for me to visit so when I got the opportunity to fulfill this, I did not hesitate, especially during the Yuletide season. I get to celebrate Christmas while learning how the Dutch city emerged as a global city from its rich historic past to where it is now.
After exploring the third largest city in Sweden, we went directly to Copenhagen, Denmark; which is just about 30 minutes by train. We arrived in the Danish capital at night, so decided to rent out the cheapest decent place we can find, just for us to relax and sleep. Initially, I planned the tour to be so relaxed given that we have plenty of time in the area. However, due to a very bad morning weather, we ended up seeking shelter in the beautiful churches in the area, while attending masses and being amazed by the architecture of the structures we visited. In spite of these travelling challenges, we got to explore Copenhagen as much as possible within a single day. I forgot to mention that we did explore Copenhagen WITHOUT using the train and bus. I did not intend to do this, just to save money; but the circumstances lead me to choose that way. As we seek shelter from the cold, windy weather, I realized most of the attractions were closely-located. There were times, I wanted to take th…
The world's largest collection of sculptures in a park is attracting one million people every year. The art pieces, which were made from bronze, granite and iron features the appreciation of the human spirit of Norway's most renowned sculptor Gustav Vigeland.
Visiting Vigelandsparken makes one realize things in life, inspired from the different sections of the park: the Main Gate, the Bridge, the Fountain, the Monolith and the Wheel of life.
The main gate is very simple but elegant. It features a long pathway towards the main section of the park. It gives the visitor the feeling that life requires a pathway and direction where one should follow through. That direction is the person's purpose in his or her life, that will guide all his or her actions, no matter what situations the person will be experiencing and whoever the person will be meeting.
The bridge is one of the most dramatic part of the park, which traverses a body …
one-third of the entire GDP of the Swedish nation, Stockholm has became an
important headquarters of major companies in the Scandinavian peninsula. This
is the reason why immigrants have streamed in the Swedish metropolis in seek of
better opportunities. Due to this
multicultural characteristic, Stockholm is unique in its own from other Nordic
countries. This has led me to embark into a visit on the Swedish capital for
two days. Click for the first day of the Stockholm visit. 1. Adolf Fredriks Kyrka
This church is named after Adolf Frederick, who was
controversial for failing to reacquire the Baltic provinces in favor of Sweden.
The cemetery surrounding the church is where Rene Descartes, the mathematician
who introduced the Cartesian coordinate system was buried. 2. St. Johannes kykogård
This church is one of the two experiment parishes of
the Swedish diocese of Stockholm. Interestingly, the aim of the church is
lessen the number of people who feel lonely. This somehow …
Many people, who are not living in Scandinavian countries probably have not been to Gothenburg, or even heard of the city. However, the city has a rich heritage dating back the Viking age to the present times. Gothenburg has evolved itself from fortified city to an industrial area and tourist destination as it is today. One of the landmarks of Gothenburg is The Lipstick, a building near the port has been one of my last stop in my two-day short stay in the historic city. The Lipstick or Skanskaskrapan located near the Gothenburg Central Station is a symbol of the city's progress. In this blogpost, I will run through the twelve sites I have visited on the second day of my visit and explain their respective historic contribution in Nordic tradition and perhaps world history.
Click here for the first day. 1.Domkyrkan Göteborg Considered as an oasis in the middle of a commercial district, the Gothenburg Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The current structure is already…
Not so long ago, my cousins from the United Kingdom expressed their intention to visit us in Norway. It has been almost over a decade we have seen each other, and they think it would also be an opportunity for them to bond with each other and meet us as well. These cousins are from my paternal side, who used to live in the Philippines and migrated in Great Britain almost a decade ago, with my aunt. So, since Norway and UK seem not to far from each other, it would be natural to spend time with them either of the two countries. I planned to visit them later this year, so it their turn to appreciate the beauty and the uniqueness of Norway, as part of Scandinavia.
Being task as the primary responsible for deciding where to go, I opted to have a short tour in Gothenburg, Sweden, a place I had been few months ago. Click here for my Gothenburg adventures. It was raining that time, so I was really eager to come back again. Furthermore, my sister also has not visited the Swedish city before, as…
February 27, 2015. After a long night at work, I planned to
assume the role of a tourist guide in Oslo for one of the closest friend of my
sister, who is working in UAE. I just thought of making a simple trip to few of
the places I have been to in Oslo, the city where I am living for almost
Since our guest had been to Austria and Italy before coming
to Norway, I was quite worried what can I show to her that makes Oslo unique
and beautiful. Given that winter is just ending and spring has just started,
the task of showing the best aspects of Oslo could be a challenging task.
However, more than I expected, I got to realize that Oslo is a place, where I
can truly call now as my home.
These are my reflections as I travelled through the
different famous places in Oslo we visited on that day. Fram Polar Ship Museum The success of a journey is not
dependent on how good the ship was made, or how experience and strong the
people on board, it solely lies on the courage to go beyond lim…
The German nation has always caught my interest on culture and world heritage. Aside from the German language, Germany as one of the largest European economies has taken the limelight and as served as a role model for developing countries. The role of the nation in shaping world history especially during the World War 2 and ideological Cold War between democracy and communism. With all of these reasons, I have traveled to the German capital, Berlin for leisure, history and culture.
This large city square is located in the Westend of
the city of Berlin. This was laid out in the beginning of 19th
century. It was formerly named as the Chancellor Place before the Nazi seized
power in the German nation. From that time on, it was called the Adolf Hitler
Place until the loss in the World War 2, when it was renamed Chancellor Place,
then to Theodor Heuss Platz, the first …
Being the Danish nation’s northernmost town, Skagen is
known for the Skagen Odde peninsula located in the North Jutland Island. The
town also houses the world largest fish oil factory. The sand and fish port
factors make vacations to Skagen peninsula a very unique experience. This has
been made more special during my visit in the winter season in February when
spring pauses occur. Thus, my short trip became a combination of sun, snow and
sand in Skagen. Skagen Fyr
The Skagen Lighthouse was a reconstruction of the
White Lighthouse, which is primarily used for exhibitions nowadays. This
lighthouse has been useful in preventing invasion of the Danish capital
Copenhagen by Western countries like the Great Britain. Grenen
This is Denmark’s northernmost tip where
the North Sea and the Baltic Sea meet. Grenen literally means the branch,
showcases a very beautiful landscape and sea horizon.
It is a wagon pulled by a tractor carrying people who
want to visit Grenen in Skagen from the parki…
Korean culture has amazed and attracted people to visit the country.
This has since part of my travel list, since it is not far away from my home
country the Philippines, so I embarked in a journey into the South Korean
metropolis. There I learned a lot about Korean history and the nation who are
obviously proud of their heritage and tradition, which has been threatened
several times in history. Seoul is considered the world’s second largest metropolis. It is a quite
amazing that this city is a reminder of the South Korean nation courage and
perseverance to turn their country into one of the most richest countries in
the world after being significantly destroyed during the Japanese occupation of
World War 2 and the subsequent Korean civil war, which cut deeply between the
North and South Korea. With regards to tourism, Seoul is among the top ten most visited city in
the world and has become a role model of other Asian cities to become as progressive
as Seoul is today – a leading and ris…