Tuesday, September 29, 2009

More stories on Enjoy Food & Travel - Fall 2009

Fall is approaching fast, and it is time to prepare for fall and early winter 2009. I have made some plans on where to travel the months to come.

September 2009 - Sigtuna Sweden

I have just attended a conference in the town of Sigtuna in Sweden in September. Sigtuna is located by Lake Mälaren and was founded over 1000 years ago and was an important royal and administrative centre in the Viking age and during the early Middle Ages.

There are many remains from its great past left to admire, as ruins of old churches and monasteries, as what is left of the large St. Pers Church (right). There are also a large number of rune stones from the early Nordic medieval era.

Around Lake Mälaren you also find beautiful palaces as Steninge slott, Skokloster och Rosersbergs slott.

I have stayed at Stora Brännbo Hotel located in the middle of Sigtuna and only a 15 minute away from Arlanda International Airport. A review of this hotel will come shortly here on Enjoy Food & Travel.
September 2009 - New England

In September it is time for my annual trip to New England. The area around Boston has a special place in my heart as I have returned there 25 times to visit family and friends.

I am looking forward to more culinary experiences in the North Eastern part of the United States.

This area is also the first location for early European settlement. Here you find beautiful buildings going back many centuries, as the House of the Seven Gables (image) in Salem Massachusetts, built for Capt. John Turner in 1668.
(Photo: Bonss)

October 2009 - Bergen Norway

Another annual visit is to the historic city of Bergen. It is Norway's second largest city, and has had a rich past.

It was in a period Norway's capital, and later a large centre for the trade in dried codfish from Northern Norway to Europe.

From the 13th century it had strong connections to the Hanseatic league, a powerful trade organization with roots in Northern Germany. This organization has left from this period important heritage sites in the city, as the Bryggen area, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

More on Bergen on Enjoy Food & Travel
November 2009 - Brussels, Belgium

In November I will return to another favourite destination - Brussels, Belgium.

The Belgian capital has so much to offer travelers. You may visit one of its many museums, walk over beautiful squares as Place Saint Cathérine or Grand Place, or sit down in the shade and enjoy one of the 800 beer varieties brewed by the Belgians.

And the food!! High class and very affordable dining compared to so many other European capital cities. I do look forward to another visit this fall.

We will stay the weekend at Conrad Brussels. This upscale luxurious hotel is located
on the fashionable Avenue Louise in the fashionable Ixelles area of the Belgian capital. You can read more on Conrad Brussels here.
December 2009 - Christmas in Istanbul

The destination for this years Christmas is finally decided. Enjoy Food & Travel will spend the festive season in Istanbul, Turkey.

This metropolis has been capital in the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, and a bridge linking the Asian and European continents, as well as the Muslim and Christian world.

I will spend Christmas with Enjoy Food & Travel co-writers Per and Susanne Koch. We all look forward to wind down during our vacation, and take a puls on this fascinating old historic city.

I have never spent Christmas in a non-Christian setting before, and I do look forward to exploring the historic sights of Istanbul, and taste the exquisite Turkish cuisine. And maybe I will experience a relaxing Turkish bath.

We will travel with Turkish Airlines, that has started daily non-stop flights from Oslo airport to Istanbul Atatürk Airport, leaving Istanbul 12.00 PM EET, arriving Oslo 2.55 PM CET (-1), returning from Oslo 3.50 PM CET landing in Istanbul 8.30 PM EET (+1).

We will stay at Armada Hotel Istanbul**** located in the old part of Istanbul and close to many of the important historic sights of the city as the Archaeology Museum, the Topkapi Palace, the Church of St. Irene, Sultanahmet Square, the Cisterns, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.

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