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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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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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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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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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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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Local food and drinks aboard a Viking River Cruise.

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One of the pleasures of travel is experiencing the local foods and drinks. And that is just one of the things we have enjoyed on our Viking River cruises.

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Carrick-a-Rede: crossing the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano 

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The Carrick-a-Rede Bridge is one of the top attractions along Northern Ireland’s Coastal Causeway. It crosses over the 60’ chasm formed by the mouth of a 60 million year old volcano.  Waves rage 100′ beneath the bridge and break against the rocks. The stronger the wind the more the bridge swings and sways.

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Best alpine trips in Switzerland: Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten

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Our Swiss alpine experience took us to three gondola stops — Reuti, Mägisalp, and Planplatten.

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Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz: On Top of the World

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Awaken at sunrise at Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz and you will discover how it feels to be on “Top of the World.”

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Daytrips from Zurich: the lake cruise

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Getting out on the lake is one of the most delightful way of seeing the area around Lake Zurich

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The best of Zurich in 24 hours

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Zurich is Switzerland’s largest city, the dynamic and cosmopolitan financial and technology center…

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Two Days in the Swiss capital: Bern, Switzerland

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Ever wonder why Bern was chosen as Switzerland’s political capital over the larger Zurich or Geneva?

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Hotel Schweizerhof in Lucerne named Best Historic Hotel in Europe

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It has been the hotel of choice of royalty, celebrities, politicians, industrialists, musicians and more. And now the it has been named Best Historic Hotel in Europe by Historic Hotels Worldwide.

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Dining in Lucerne: the grand, the historic and the delightful

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The Old Town is a charming restaurant and café area and the grand lakefront hotels have fine restaurants with outdoor seating. And just beyond the waterfront are hidden gems with charming dining rooms and garden dining.

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