Quedlinburg, Germany – A Step Back In Time

Quedlinburg, Germany – A Step Back In Time

Quedlinburg, Germany – A Step Back In Time

A visit to the town of Quedlinburg, situated just north of the Harz mountains in the Saxony-Anhalt region of Germany, is like stepping back in time into the pages of a child’s pop-up storybook. Its narrow cobblestone streets are lined with over 1300 half-timbered houses and in 1994 the town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has had a colourful history going back as far as the 10th century when it was ruled by King Heinrich I who is credited with being the founder of medieval Germany. View Post

Arctic Norway Part 4 – Lofoten Islands: Road Trip Heaven

Arctic Norway Part 4 – Lofoten Islands: Road Trip Heaven

Henningsvær Mornings

We woke early the morning after our slightly chaotic arrival in Lofoten. Correction … Nigel woke early the following morning to the cry of seagulls and bright sunshine flooding through the window. He quickly dressed, left Martha dozing and headed out with his camera into the crisp Arctic morning. We had noticed a distinct aroma of fish in the air when we arrived and sure enough about 50 metres from the hotel were numerous drying racks, many of which were laden with cod drying out. View Post

Arctic Norway Videos – Part 3: Skiing, Falling & Sailing

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In our last video, we showed you how we spent our first day in the Arctic.

Will Nigel discover that he’s an ace skier, will Martha buy more Norwegian branded clothing and will we eat more cake? All of these questions and more will be answered in this third part.

Our second day in Tromsø had snow, shopping and skiing in store for us. One of the three did not turn out too well from Nigel’s perspective. Take a guess which one!

This day did not end after dinner, because at around Midnight, we boarded our Hurtigruten ship ‘Midnatsol’ to sail to Lofoten Islands …

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Arctic Norway Part 2 – A Tromsø kinda Day

Arctic Norway Part 2 – A Tromsø kinda Day
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Tromsø in Daylight

After a long day of travelling and a rather rocky arrival in the Arctic, which we told you about in part 1, we finally arrived at our hotel in Tromsø in the dark. Waking up the next morning like excited little children, we were eager to get out and explore the city in daylight. Following breakfast, we headed out into a slightly overcast but dry morning and the first thing which we noticed were the snow covered mountains, which seemed to surround the city. The tourist office was our first stop to pick up some maps and information and to enquire about cross country skiing. For some reason Nigel, who had never skied before and who isn’t a big fan of ice, thought it really can’t be that difficult and how can you fall over with two huge skies on your feet! We were given directions to the nearby outdoor adventure store, Tromsø Outdoor, and signed up for a three-hour cross country skiing trip. We got measured up for boots and would set off the following afternoon. View Post