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PLACES THAT DEFINE THE GLORIOUS HISTORY OF THE COUNTRY: Norway
by William Taylor

Norway is a beautiful country which offers a wide range of experiences; there is almost certainly something to interest you regardless of what you enjoy. There are a huge number of museums and a huge range of cultural and historic activities to indulge in.


PASTEL SUNSHINE THOUGHTS IN STOCKHOLM: Sweden
by Marc Latham

Stockholm was relatively easy to navigate, and I soon found myself in The Old Town. It now houses the royal palace and cathedral, as well as numerous cobbled alleyways dating back to medieval times. Quaint shops and restaurants line the narrow streets, while the bright eastern seafront of Skeppsbron is probably Stockholm’s most famous image.


SIGNIFICANT MONUMENTS CELEBRATING ICELANDIC PAST
by William Taylor

Iceland is a magical island surrounded by the most welcoming people, most astounding natural phenomena and breathtaking landscapes. Nestled close to the top of the Earth the country is a vast volcanic laboratory that “produces” the most incredible natural wonders; mudpots gloop, geysers, ice-covered volcanoes and superb geysers are attractions that define this heavenly place.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF POETRY
Iceland - by Luke Maguire Armstrong

There are a number of theories out there about why Iceland is such a land of blossoming poetic. Though I met one expat, living there who thought the famed of the Icelandic poetry tradition was hype, my experience was that Iceland is a place where poetry lurks around every corner.

THE TOWN AT THE RIVER MOUTH
Aarhus (Aros), Denmark

As I walk along the prehistoric trail, Stone and Bronze Age graves, cult sites and reconstructions of Iron Age houses take me on a journey through centuries. Hollowed out lime trees and mossy alder trunks are as old as the legendary naval battles that took place off the coast a millennium ago. When I step into the Moesgard Museum, the tall figure disappears into the mist. Was he just a mirage?

A TREK TO THE TOP OF DENMARK
Northern Denmark

Two seas meet with a vengeance at the northern tip of Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula. “You’ll see huge sand dunes, two seas that come together, and incredible art.” What a sales pitch. My daughter Paula and I couldn’t resist.