The Copenhagen Vibe—The Hygge Way

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Hygge? We kept hearing people refer to life in Copenhagen as Hygge. The word, pronounced as “hue-gah” is one of those words that can’t be directly translated into English, or pretty much any other language (although some other Scandinavian countries have words that are somewhat similar. Generally translated as “cozy” or “comfortable”, it [Read more …]

Copenhagen Hotel

Absalon Copenhagen Hotel Our Copenhagen hotel was a 5 minute walk by the train station and Tivoli—which made it very convenient for getting around Copenhagen and for taking day trips outside of the city. It seems to be in an area that might be called a red light district, but it did not feel seedy [Read more …]

Eating in Copenhagen Denmark


Copenhagen as Gastronomical Nirvana Eating in Copenhagen can be the crown prince, if not the king of world culinary destinations. Noma restaurant, with its ultra-star chef Rene Redzepi, is often number one, or at least within the top five rated restaurants in the world. And as if this weren’t enough, the city is packed with [Read more …]

Exploring Copenhagen Beyond the City Center

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Beyond Copenhagen’s City Center Copenhagen is a vibrant city. But one needs to explore the area beyond Copenhagen’s city center too. Among this area’s highlights are: Christianshavn (Christiantown), an island just south the Latin Quarter, has not suffered as many fires as its northern neighbor. It, therefore, has a larger number of older buildings and [Read more …]

Exploring Copenhagen Denmark

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Exploring Copenhagen’s Inner City From Sweden, we went on to explore Copenhagen Denmark. This city is the home of canals, the beloved statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid, the legendary Tivoli Gardens amusement park and the iconic Nyhavn quays. This medieval city, like so many of its European counterparts, was destroyed in huge fires [Read more …]

Exploring Malmo Sweden

Malmohus Castle

Wanting to see other Swedish cities, we spent a day-trip exploring Malmo Sweden. In the 16th century, Malmo competed only with Copenhagen as the largest and most important city in Scandinavia due to its port. It also led the country’s industrialization and is now, partially due to its university, home to a growing number of [Read more …]

Exploring Norrköping Sweden


Reinventing Ancient Norrköping We would not normally set out exploring Norrkoping Sweden. But as part of our TBEX conference, we had an opportunity to a guided daytrip. Norrkoping is Sweden’s tenth largest city and is in Southern Sweden’s Ostergotland district. It is located near the outlet of the Motala River, which empties into the Baltic [Read more …]

Where to Eat in Stockholm Sweden and Our Hotel

Stockholm Restaurants Since we were in Stockholm to attend a TBEX conference, several of our meals were either provided or we got our fill for dinner at a party. However, we given that we were in town for a week, we managed to check out some Stockholm restaurants. Matbaren is a casual, a la carte-style [Read more …]

Touring Museums in Stockholm Sweden on Skeppsholmen Island


Stockholm Sweden has a myriad of museums. Many of Stockholm’s museums are one island: Skeppsholmen. This sparsely populated, generally wooded island has emerged as one of the city’s new cultural hub and contains some interesting museums. Museum of Modern Art Spanish architect Rafael Moneo designed this building, which welcomes you with a dozen outdoor sculptures [Read more …]

2016 Family Winemakers Tasting and Wines of Danger

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Family Winemakers of California is always a great event. We always look forward to it when it comes to San Francisco. It provides opportunities to taste hundreds of wines from more than 125 vintners: virtually every varietal and from virtually all of California’s 111 different appellations. Although a few of these participating wineries, [Read more …]