RoadTrip #34: Celebrating Midsummer in Torsby, Sweden (+ a daytrip to Rottneros Park)

The Midsummer (Swedish: Midsommer) is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden. It is when the summer solstice or the longest day of the year is celebrated with maypoles, flower wreaths, singing and dancing! And of course, good food like crayfish, salmon, barbecue and spare ribs partnered with new potatoes or pickled herring. Last year, … More RoadTrip #34: Celebrating Midsummer in Torsby, Sweden (+ a daytrip to Rottneros Park)

ITALY: The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita) in Rome and the flight back home (Day 7 & 8)

On the last day of my solo trip to Italy in June 2022, I got to bond a bit more with my youngest aunt, visiting an interesting attraction in Rome and having gelato in a local gelateria. The Mouth of Truth or Bocca della Verita is a marble mask statue which, according to legend, will … More ITALY: The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita) in Rome and the flight back home (Day 7 & 8)

SAN MARINO: A day trip to the world’s oldest republic (Day 5 & 6)

San Marino is a mountainous microstate located by the eastern side of Italy. It is considered the world’s oldest republic, founded in 301 AD by the Christian stonemason Marinus of Rab. While vacationing in Italy in June 2022, I took the chance to tour the said mini-state with my aunt. We left Rome early and … More SAN MARINO: A day trip to the world’s oldest republic (Day 5 & 6)

ITALY: Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo, the Mausoleum of Hadrian (Day 4)

On the 4th day of my solo and second trip to Italy, I decided to visit a new place located not very far from the Vatican. Castel Sant’Angelo is a cylindrical building commissioned by the Emperor Hadrian in 135 AD to serve as mausoleum for him and his family. Through the years, it has become … More ITALY: Visiting Castel Sant’Angelo, the Mausoleum of Hadrian (Day 4)

VATICAN CITY STATE: Visiting the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, the 2nd time around (Day 3)

On my first visit to the Vatican in 2013 (with my sisters, aunt and distant relatives), I saw the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica, but not the Vatican Museums. It was also Pope Francis’ birthday – we got to sing/greet him with the crowd as he stood up waving from the tiny, tiny window of his … More VATICAN CITY STATE: Visiting the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, the 2nd time around (Day 3)

ITALY: Walking down memory lane – visiting the major landmarks in Rome (Day 2)

On the second day of my second visit to the Eternal City, I woke up early to stroll around the city and visit the popular sites while escaping the huge crowds on a clear June day. My first visit was in December, so it was chilly. I also had my sisters with me then. This … More ITALY: Walking down memory lane – visiting the major landmarks in Rome (Day 2)

ITALY: Solo trip to Rome – My 3rd visit to Bel Paese (Day 1)

The corona pandemic was easing down in June, so I booked a solo trip to Italy to visit my youngest aunt and to once again, conquer my fear of flying. I also wanted to travel alone, like I used to before getting married. I don’t really prefer it now, but it’s nice to be out … More ITALY: Solo trip to Rome – My 3rd visit to Bel Paese (Day 1)

RoadTrip #33: Visiting the Rural Museum and Sandbekk Windmill in Rakkestad, Norway

It’s time again for yet another roadtrip. This one was a full daytrip spent finding attractions in Rakkestad kommune in eastern Norway, and checking out a flea market in Strömstad, Sweden. Although the municipality of Rakkestad has a small population of around 7, 200 (2004), it is one of the largest agricultural areas in Norway. … More RoadTrip #33: Visiting the Rural Museum and Sandbekk Windmill in Rakkestad, Norway

RoadTrip #32.3: A day in Orsa Rovdjurspark (Predator Park) in Sweden

Formerly known as the Orsa Björnpark (Bear Park), the predator park in Orsa was a 325 000 m2 zoo housing big predators from the northern hemisphere, like wolves, brown bears, polar bears, kodiak bears, mountain owls, lynx, wolverines, Siberian tigers, Persian leopards and snow leopards. It was opened in 1986 and became the largest of … More RoadTrip #32.3: A day in Orsa Rovdjurspark (Predator Park) in Sweden

RoadTrip #32.3: The quest for our very own Dala Horse – Visiting two dala horse factories in Nusnäs, Sweden

After roaming around the city of Mora, we fastened our seatbelts and drove on to a nearby town called Nusnäs, famous for its Dala horse manufacturing industry. Two of the major producers are Nils Olsson Dalahäster, manufacturing since 1928, and Grannas A. Olssons Hemlöjd AB, since 1922. Both Olssons are apparently related. We figured that … More RoadTrip #32.3: The quest for our very own Dala Horse – Visiting two dala horse factories in Nusnäs, Sweden