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The Best Shopping in Stockholm – Get Your Design On!

Best Shopping Stockholm - Get Your Design On

When I knew that I was going to Stockholm I had one thing on my mind; shopping. Which, yes, I know, is a major shocker. Shopping is not something we talk about very often on the blog because honestly, none of us here at Reflections Enroute HQ are big shoppers, in fact, when it comes to material possessions we’re pretty minimalist, though not completely, let’s be honest. I don’t care very much about clothes, I am far too picky when it comes to shoes and aside from food and eating out, our buying needs are generally pretty low. But there is one thing that I do love that is pretty much completely unnecessary and a total indulgence; interior design, and …

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Travel Back in Time to Gammelstad Church Town

Travel Back in Time to Gammelstad Church Town

UNESCO World Heritage Site Gammelstad Church Town I joined a small group of travel writers on an excursion to Luleå, the capital of Swedish Lapland as the guests of Luleå Tourism Board. One of the most interesting locations we visited was the World Heritage Site Gammelstad Church Town. Our small group arrived at the Gammelstad visitor’s center after the short ride out of Luleå, excited by the beautifully photogenic red and white wood cottages and the massive stone church. It never fails, but when you gather together a small band of bloggers, vloggers, photographers, and videographers, you can bet it’s going to be a whole lot like herding kittens. Most of us sprang out of the van ready for action and already starting to wander …

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A Fateful Detour to Lucerne, Switzerland

I don’t know what it is about Switzerland, but over and over again we find ourselves in this gorgeous Alpine country. It might be the incredible mountain scenery, or the delicious cheese, or the perfectly managed farms; or maybe it’s a combination of all of it. Perhaps, part of it is that at some point in the year I find myself peeling and sticking the annual Swiss Road Tax sticker on to my windshield. From that point on I feel driven to return as often as possible to get the most out of that little three inch square decal. At least the location is awesome, snug between Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, France, and Italy.

Gondola Training – It’s All Wine and Boats

Is taking a gondola ride on your Venice bucket list? It was on mine, but here's what I did about it. Click here to find out all about traditional Venetian boats!

The Ultimate Gondola Experience in Venice Italy To Gondola or Not to Gondola, That is the question! What’s the iconic thing to do in Venice? Take a gondola ride. In our heads we have visions of the striped shirt gondolier serenading us with the likes of “Amore” or another Italian love song as we glide romantically through the pristine canals of the city. Tell me this isn’t on your bucket list! It was definitely on mine, but I had been a few years ago with my girls and some friends. We attended Carnivale, and oh was it crowded and fun. At that point, we did hire a gondola, and after I got over the sticker shock of way too many Euros, …

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