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…
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…
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.
Monarchy has reigned in Prague for several decades before the German
annexation and Socialist rule. This is an important part of the Czech history
retained until to this dates. Several buildings, structures and churches
provides a glimpse of the rich past of the Czech nation. However, the
fascinating transition of power from and to the Czech people in the recent
centuries had shaped the country to what it is known today. During my short visit in Czech Republic, I went to several places. This
is the Part 2. Click here for Part 1. 1.Chotkovy
the first public park in Prague and spreads under the Summer Palace of Queen
Anne. This park follows the English style in the creation of park, on which
there are many pathways around the area, with multitude of plant varieties. 2.Letohrádek
formerly called the Math House, which is Renaissance building in the Prague
Castle in the Royal Garden. This was constructed for recreational purposes such
as royal balls and festiv…
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 …
Traversing the North sea towards the Northern region of Denmark from the Norwegian southern coast is fantastic experience. One get to distinguish the common maritime interests of the Scandinavian countries, especially between Norway and Denmark. These two nations have shared history in the past several centuries, both good and bad, such that only the North Sea became an important witness of this rich cultural and historical exchange.
The North Jutlandic Island was connected to the rest of the Danish mainland before the 18th century, but due to the strong currents of the North sea, the Agger Channel was created, separating the island from the rest of the Danish northern landmass region. These geographical and historical backgrounds has encouraged me to embark in the journey to, from and between the important cities of North Jutlandic Island in Denmark. This will be the focus of this blogpost. Frederikshavn Kirke This church is one of the biggest in
Denmark in terms of seating capacity. …
Situated in the largest port of the Scandinavian peninsula lies the second largest Swedish city of Gothenburg. This city has deepen my understanding on the Nordic history, culture and tradition through a short vacation. Given that Gothenburg is maritime-oriented fortress city along the Gothia river, many ancient empires had interest on strategically-located area, as well as group of people aiming to reap benefits after gaining authority in the city. In fact, Gothenburg was heavily influenced by the Dutch, Germans and the Scots, who were tasked to develop the city given the swampy terrain of the area. Moreover, Gothenburg, located along the western Swedish coast, so in history has been a harbour for trade and emigration for Swedes bound for United States. All of these have made me interested on this city, so in this blogpost, I will enumerate and describe the various places I have seen within my two-day visit on the Swedish urban center. Click here for the second day.1. Nordstan and Cen…
Berlin is associated with the Cold War. The ideological schism between democracy and socialism has caused this city to be literally divided into West and East Berlin. Interestingly, the landscape of the German capital being crisscrossed by the canals of the river Spree aided in this physical separation. Furthermore, the city's history reminds of the disunity among Roman Catholics and Protestants during the Protestant Reformation during the Renaissance Period, and the alienation or annihilation of the Jews by the Nazis during the First and Second World War. These facts are sufficient reasons to embark into a historical adventure the German nations capital, Berlin.
Being the cultural,
economic and political center of Sweden, Stockholm has become the most populous
metropolis in the Nordic Region. It has been inhabited since the Stone Age,
when people lived on the several islands comprising the Stockholm archipelago,
situated south of Lake Malaren.
has been one of the cities I would like to visit due to its proximity and
resemblance with the Norwegian capital Oslo. I was particularly interested in
making an indirect comparison on the two cities’ similarities and differences.
The only way to do this, I thought was to explore the city by foot.
Unfortunately, during my two-day visit, it was too cold at negative 8 degrees
Celsius, such that I needed to cut my first day short.
After living in Oslo for over two years, I have not really allotted so much time discovering the Norwegian capital. Since then, I was quite busy earning a living for myself and my family, but never did I get a chance to be a tourist in a whole day in Oslo. Perhaps, I was still quite uncertain whether Oslo is my workplace or my second home. Moreover, I would associate Oslo with the challenges I have experienced, together with the difficult situations that have provided me lessons and made me stronger as a person.
So I decided to embark in a journey within the city as a tourist, not as a resident. With my camera, I will rediscover the city that made me a more independent person. With this, I would not just appreciate more Norwegian history, but also its culture, people and tradition.
is the largest of the inner islands in the Oslofjord. This is considered a
botanical and historical paradise for the Norwegians. The unique flora is
characterized by endangered species of plan…