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Best cities to visit: How Quebec City’s top experiences stem from its roots

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Quebec City is known for offering relaxing change of pace in a place known for the quality of its gastronomy, accommodations, and authentic cultural experiences. And its roots run deep.

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Safe travels: Viking Orion in Bermuda

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We were headed for Bermuda’s capital, Hamilton, and the Viking Orion. This was our first trip since the pandemic began…

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Viking Cruises’ Health & Safety Program

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As the world reopens to travel we need to seek out the highest standards of precautions to keep us as safe as we can be.

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Travel: Are we ready yet?

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Exploring St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, touring London with Blue Badge guides and delving into the Byzantine wonders of Istanbul are hardly what one might expect to be doing throughout a worldwide pandemic. But I have done all that and more.

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The Setouchi region of Japan: Finding your Zen

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Have a yen to escape to a land worlds away? Are you in search of an authentic cultural experience in a region of natural beauty? Would you like to renew your inner spirit and learn the ancient art of Zen meditation right on temple grounds?

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Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland

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We arrived in Lucerne by train from Zurich, a journey of just under an hour. Our short walk to the 5-star Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern took us across a bridge lined with flowers to a lakefront promenade shaded by chestnut trees. We entered Hotel Schweizerhof and found ourselves immersed in the area’s history.

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Engelberg and Mt. Titlis: feeling on top of the world

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This region is best known for the 10,000′ high Mount Titlis, a ski resort with the only publicly accessed glacier and highest vantage point in Central Switzerland. But there’s more.

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Gamla Stan: Stockholm’s Old Town

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Visitors and locals alike enjoy strolling along the cobblestone lanes of the pedestrian-friendly Old Town, Gamla Stan. This well-preserved medieval city center is a living museum where you can shop, stop for lunch or a fika, dine in a Michelin star restaurant, bask in royal splendor at the Royal Palace or simply enjoy the sights.

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Djurgården: Stockholm’s playground

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Djurgården is a place filled with green spaces that is an escape from the city. It is a place to dine, to visit some of the city’s top museums, or to find thrills at an amusement park.

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Stockholm, Sweden

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This city of fourteen islands connected by 57 bridges is found on the east coast of Sweden where the fresh water of Lake Mälaren flows into the salt water of the Baltic Sea.

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Québec City: Live the history

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As the most European and oldest colonial city in North America, the capital of the province of Québec exudes an Old World charm and a continental flair that attracts millions of visitors a year.

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Viking Ocean Cruises: Viking Homelands Cruise from Bergen to Stockholm

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Viking Ocean Cruises offers a Viking Homelands cruise between Bergen, Norway’s charming former Hanseatic town and gateway to the fjords, and Stockholm, Sweden’s grand capital city of 14-islands linked by 57 bridges.

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Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Jupiter

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We booked our Viking Ocean Cruise for all that it is. We loved it for what it is not. Here’s why.

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Charlevoix: life inside a crater

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As part of the French-speaking province of Quebec, Charlevoix is an easy getaway with a European ambience.

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An art lover’s perfect day in Amsterdam

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There are over 70 museums in Amsterdam, and our tour began at Museumplein, or Museum Square, which includes the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

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Holland America’s 17-Day Circle Hawaii cruise: paradise lost and found

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We dreamed about basking in tropical sunshine under gently swaying palm trees, walking along black sand beaches, exploring volcanoes and coral reefs, and hiking to thundering waterfalls.

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Four sides of Switzerland: a microcosm of European cultures

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Switzerland was named the #1 country in the world for the third year in a row by U. S. News and World Report.

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Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway: one of the world’s most scenic road trips

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The 120 mile winding and roadway known as the Coastal Causeway hugs the coast between Belfast and Londonderry with panoramas that change with each bend in the road.

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NCL’s Breakaway: Florida and the Bahamas cruise from New York

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People who live within driving distance of New York and can eliminate the expense and inconvenience of a flight with Norwegian Cruise Line’s Bahamas and Florida cruise aboard the Breakaway.

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Northern Ireland: Seamus Heaney HomePlace

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Anyone who wants to learn more about Seamus Heaney’s poetic insights on Ireland’s past and present should not miss the exhibits at Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

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