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Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred, Sweden

Gripsholm Castle and Two Charming Towns

It surprised me that the lovely town of Mariefred is only about 40 kilometers east of Stockholm, Sweden. It seems much further because it is so different. “Only” 40 kilometers is a bit misleading, however, given that most of what lies in between is water and islands. Traveling there by road, as I did recently on…

front view of Sparreholms manor, Sormland, Sweden

Sparreholms Manor and its Collections

As part of a blogger familiarization tour in July, I visited a manor house called Sparreholms Slott, in the region called Sörmland, south of Stockholm, Sweden. Dating to the mid-1700s and renovated in the 1820s and again in the 1890s, it looks, inside as well as out, like a slice out of Downton Abbey’s world….

view from the top of Storkyrkan church tower in Stockholm

Storkyrkan Tower Tour

The old center of Stockholm, on the island of Gamla Stan, swarms with tourists—and probably a few locals too—in the months of July and August. Among the sights they visit is a medieval-era church called Storkyrkan. What few seem to know is that Storkyrkan also offers guided tours twice a day up its clock tower,…

Vaxholm fortress in the Stockholm archipelago as seen from the water

Fortresses in the Stockholm Archipelago

In July, I was fortunate to participate in a short blogger trip on the theme of “Stockholm archipelago – close yet a world away.” We stayed on a relatively unknown island called Nässlingen, but also visited two fortresses to learn a bit about Swedish military history. Disclosure: I took part in this military history tour…

Upper part of the stern of the Vasa: Stockholm, Sweden

The Vasa Museum: exploring an epic fail

Ever notice how people love to hear about failed projects? I call it “epic fail tourism.” The most obvious example is the Titanic, about which there are numerous museums around the world (Belfast, Ireland, where the Titanic was built; Branson, Missouri; Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; Southampton, England, where many victims were from; and many…

rowboats, Nasslingen Island, Sweden

Nässlingen Island

What if you could buy your own island? You’re probably picturing a palm-tree-lined beach on a tropical island, right? That’s not what Johan Pedersén wanted. Instead, he bought Nässlingen, one of the 30,000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago in Sweden. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Nässlingen recently with a group of…

A slow sunset, as seen from Nasslingen Island, Sweden

10 Things I like about Sweden

I’ve only been in Sweden for a few days, and I’m loving it. I’m not sure whether I’d love it in the winter, but, in July, it’s a great place to be. I’m here for a TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference: the same reason I went to Lloret del Mar in Spain last year and…

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