Baltic, Nordic, Central Europe

COPENHAGEN – Denmark pt 1

Copenhagen has always had style and charm. From the delights of Tivoli Gardens to the Little Mermaid statue and on through quality shopping and dozens of set-piece tourist attractions like Amelienborg and Rosenborg Palaces. Beyond the city to Roskilde you’ll enjoy world heritage sites at the cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum. Copenhagen even brews what they claim is probably the world’s best beer ! These two guides run to fifteen and sixteen minutes and cover much more than just the main attractions. You could even meet the big, busty mermaid !!

COPENHAGEN – Denmark pt 2

Copenhagen has always had style and charm. From the delights of Tivoli Gardens to the Little Mermaid statue and on through quality shopping and dozens of set-piece tourist attractions like Amelienborg and Rosenborg Palaces. Beyond the city to Roskilde you’ll enjoy world heritage sites at the cathedral and the Viking Ship Museum. Copenhagen even brews what they claim is probably the world’s best beer ! These two guides run to fifteen and sixteen minutes and cover much more than just the main attractions. You could even meet the big, busty mermaid !!

HELSINKI – Finland pt 1

Helsinki is an elegant, waterside city with charming woodland and parks and a wide range of architectural styles from the Russian era through to bold new buildings. There’s quality shopping too for Finnish design – and excellent eating. These two guides cover the Sibelius monument, the Rock Church, Senate Square and the cathedrals plus plenty more… the two guides run to thirty minutes.

HELSINKI – Finland pt 2

Helsinki is an elegant, waterside city with charming woodland and parks and a wide range of architectural styles from the Russian era through to bold new buildings. There’s quality shopping too for Finnish design – and excellent eating. These two guides cover the Sibelius monument, the Rock Church, Senate Square and the cathedrals plus plenty more… the two guides run to thirty minutes.

ICELAND

The people of Iceland also say that their country should have been called Greenland instead – while Greenland should be called Iceland. That’s simply because Iceland is genuinely much greener – in summertime of course. Reykjavik is a fascinating city – largely heated by geothermal power from underground – but with some interesting modern architecture. Be sure to visit the Blue Lagoon to swim and wallow in hot water at any time of year. But you should also get out in the huge, very gentle Icelandic countryside. See the original “geysir” at Geysir and the Gullfoss Falls. Nature is wild and untamed here…

KRAKOW – Poland

Krakow is one of eastern Europe’s most attractive city with lots of beautiful medieval architecture around the main city square and also in the university, cathedral and castle districts. Since recovering from its time under Soviet Communism and under the Nazis in World War II Krakow has revived wonderfully with lots of good restaurants and fun bars. Remember Polanbd is one of the natural homes of vodka ! But on a more sober note Krakow is also a base for a very sobering day trip to the concentration camp at Auschwitz. Within the city is the site of the smaller Nazi camp featured in the film Schindler’s List.

PRAGUE – Czech Republic

Old Town Square.. superb architectural mix of Gothic, Renaissance, Modernist. Astronomical clock from 1410 strikes the hour. Busy with buskers. Boat trip on Vltava under Charles Bridge. 1348 Charles University. Monastery district on opposite bank. Stalin statue thrown in river in 1962. Jan Palac fiery suicide. Excellent tram and bus system explained. Hotel Moran convenient, Danube Travel. Prague Castle political centre for 1100 years. St Vitus Cathedral. fascinating Chapel of St Wenceslas’ death. Castle has galleries, ancient Golden Lane. Loads of Classical music concerts always available. Three Music museums to Mozart, Dvorak and Smetana. U Fleku brewery since 1499. Interesting Czech food… U Kalicha from the Good Soldier Svejk.

RIGA 1 – Latvia – all Riga guides updated for 2017

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. It has some fabulous medieval buildings – churches, the House of the Blackheads ( doesn’t that sound mysterious ..), the Three Brothers and an amazing collection of the finest Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Riga is a real eye-opener ! There are dozens of good restaurants and a beer culture going back to the German influence from the days of Hanseatic League. There’s an important Jewish Holocaust museum; a brilliant Stalinist-style building like those great spikey towers the Soviet dictator built all over Russia and his occupied lands … and don’t forget one of Europe’s biggest markets. Part of it is within the four, enormous, former Zeppelin hangars… Riga is a proper little gem !

RIGA 2 – Latvia

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. It has some fabulous medieval buildings – churches, the House of the Blackheads ( doesn’t that sound mysterious ..), the Three Brothers and an amazing collection of the finest Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Riga is a real eye-opener ! There are dozens of good restaurants and a beer culture going back to the German influence from the days of Hanseatic League. There’s an important Jewish Holocaust museum; a brilliant Stalinist-style building like those great spikey towers the Soviet dictator built all over Russia and his occupied lands … and don’t forget one of Europe’s biggest markets. Part of it is within the four, enormous, former Zeppelin hangars… Riga is a proper little gem !

RIGA 3 – Latvia

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. It has some fabulous medieval buildings – churches, the House of the Blackheads ( doesn’t that sound mysterious ..), the Three Brothers and an amazing collection of the finest Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Riga is a real eye-opener ! There are dozens of good restaurants and a beer culture going back to the German influence from the days of Hanseatic League. There’s an important Jewish Holocaust museum; a brilliant Stalinist-style building like those great spikey towers the Soviet dictator built all over Russia and his occupied lands … and don’t forget one of Europe’s biggest markets. Part of it is within the four, enormous, former Zeppelin hangars… Riga is a proper little gem !

RIGA 4 – Latvia

Riga is the capital and largest city of Latvia. With 700,000 inhabitants Riga is the largest city of the Baltic states and home to more than one third of Latvia’s population. The city lies on the Gulf of Riga, at the mouth of the Daugava River. It has some fabulous medieval buildings – churches, the House of the Blackheads ( doesn’t that sound mysterious ..), the Three Brothers and an amazing collection of the finest Art Nouveau buildings in Europe. Riga is a real eye-opener ! There are dozens of good restaurants and a beer culture going back to the German influence from the days of Hanseatic League. There’s an important Jewish Holocaust museum; a brilliant Stalinist-style building like those great spikey towers the Soviet dictator built all over Russia and his occupied lands … and don’t forget one of Europe’s biggest markets. Part of it is within the four, enormous, former Zeppelin hangars… Riga is a proper little gem !

ST PETERSBURG – Russia pt 1 – NEW CONTENT for 2017

Church on Spilled Blood

St Petersburg is one of the world’s most historically important cities. For decades under the Soviet Union it was called Leningrad – because this is where the Communist Russian Revolution began. It was besieged for nine hundred days by the Nazis. But it’s origins go back to Peter the Great in 1703. It’s a fascinating city with great architecture and great atmosphere. From the Winter Palace to the Peter Paul Fortress and historic monuments like the Cruiser Aurora – and the fabulous Peterhof palace beyond the city. These two guides run to 29 and 23 minutes.

ST PETERSBURG – Russia pt 2 – new content 2017

St Petersburg is one of the world’s most historically important cities. For decades under the Soviet Union it was called Leningrad – because this is where the Communist Russian Revolution began. It was besieged for nine hundred days by the Nazis. But it’s origins go back to Peter the Great in 1703. It’s a fascinating city with great architecture and great atmosphere. From the Winter Palace to the Peter Paul Fortress and historic monuments like the Cruiser Aurora – and the fabulous Peterhof palace beyond the city. These two guides run to 29 and 23 minutes.

STOCKHOLM pt 1 – updated 2017

Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It’s built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was a world power – so there are palaces and fine buildings to match. But it’s Stockholm’s waterside location that gives it its greatest charm. You can take boat trips around the city – head inland – and out into the archipelago of thousands of islands on the way into the Baltic Sea proper. These guides take a very complete walking tour around the old town – Gamla Stan – and then walk on towards the National Theatre and finally on to visit the world’s first open-air, folk museum at Skansen. Skansen is a fabulous collection of farmhouses, churches, peasant buildings from all over Sweden which have been rebuilt here in parkland. There’s even a zoo of Nordic animals.You’ll have a complete view of Stockholm if you download the full Stockholm series…

STOCKHOLM pt 2

Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It’s built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was a world power – so there are palaces and fine buildings to match. But it’s Stockholm’s waterside location that gives it its greatest charm. You can take boat trips around the city – head inland – and out into the archipelago of thousands of islands on the way into the Baltic Sea proper. These guides take a very complete walking tour around the old town – Gamla Stan – and then walk on towards the National Theatre and finally on to visit the world’s first open-air, folk museum at Skansen. Skansen is a fabulous collection of farmhouses, churches, peasant buildings from all over Sweden which have been rebuilt here in parkland. There’s even a zoo of Nordic animals.You’ll have a complete view of Stockholm if you download the full Stockholm series…

STOCKHOLM pt 3

Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It’s built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was a world power – so there are palaces and fine buildings to match. But it’s Stockholm’s waterside location that gives it its greatest charm. You can take boat trips around the city – head inland – and out into the archipelago of thousands of islands on the way into the Baltic Sea proper. These guides take a very complete walking tour around the old town – Gamla Stan – and then walk on towards the National Theatre and finally on to visit the world’s first open-air, folk museum at Skansen. Skansen is a fabulous collection of farmhouses, churches, peasant buildings from all over Sweden which have been rebuilt here in parkland. There’s even a zoo of Nordic animals.You’ll have a complete view of Stockholm if you download the full Stockholm series…

STOCKHOLM pt 4 – towards Skansen

Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful and gentle-paced capital cities. It’s built across thirteen islands and it has more grandeur than you would expect from modern-day, egalitarian Sweden. After all, a couple of hundred years ago Sweden was a world power – so there are palaces and fine buildings to match. But it’s Stockholm’s waterside location that gives it its greatest charm. You can take boat trips around the city – head inland – and out into the archipelago of thousands of islands on the way into the Baltic Sea proper. This guide moves from Gamla Stan and the older parts of the city towards the waterfront on the way to Skansen. We’ll see the Holocaust monument with its Swedish connection to Raoul Wallenberg who saved so many Hungarian Jews from death. Then we walk on towards the National Theatre and finally on to visit the world’s first open-air, folk museum at Skansen.

STOCKHOLM Skansen Museum pt 1

Walking along the elegant Stockholm waterfront to Skansen is a pleasure in itself. Near Skansen is the brilliant Vasa Museum which is a must for you – and a must fr me to create a guide next time I’m in Stockholm. This absence is a dreadful miss ! So on to Skansen which is a fabulous collection of farmhouses, churches, peasant buildings from all over Sweden which have been rebuilt here in parkland. The craft workers are a must too – glass blowing, printing, leather work – a bakery and good cafes. There’s even a zoo of Nordic animals.You’ll have a complete view of Stockholm if you download the full Stockholm series… and if you climb high up on Skansen’s hill you’ll literally have a great view of Stockholm !

STOCKHOLM Skansen Museum pt 2

Walking along the elegant Stockholm waterfront to Skansen is a pleasure in itself. Near Skansen is the brilliant Vasa Museum which is a must for you – and a must fr me to create a guide next time I’m in Stockholm. This absence is a dreadful miss ! So on to Skansen which is a fabulous collection of farmhouses, churches, peasant buildings from all over Sweden which have been rebuilt here in parkland. The craft workers are a must too – glass blowing, printing, leather work – a bakery and good cafes. There’s even a zoo of Nordic animals.You’ll have a complete view of Stockholm if you download the full Stockholm series… and if you climb high up on Skansen’s hill you’ll literally have a great view of Stockholm !

TALLINN – Estonia pt 1- NEW CONTENT for 2017

Updated for 2015. Tallinn has become a Baltic favourite for tourists from all over the world since gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union. That dramatic regaining of its freedom was twenty years ago. Since then Tallinn has maintained its medieval old town in wonderful condition and added quality restaurants and hotels. There are true gems to see – including Europe’s oldest working pharmacy which is nearly 600 years old. Just wandering the old town is a great pleasure but there’s also some outstanding craft shopping for fabrics, ceramics and handmade glass. These two guides run to eighteen and a half; and fifteen and a half minutes long…

TALLINN – Estonia pt 2

Tallinn has become a Baltic favourite for tourists from all over the world since gaining its independence from the former Soviet Union. That dramatic regaining of its freedom was twenty years ago. Since then Tallinn has maintained its medieval old town in wonderful condition and added quality restaurants and hotels. There are true gems to see – including Europe’s oldest working pharmacy which is nearly 600 years old. Just wandering the old town is a great pleasure but there’s also some outstanding craft shopping for fabrics, ceramics and handmade glass. These two guides run to eighteen and a half; and fifteen and a half minutes long…