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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The Roman Ruins of Butrint – World Heritage Albania

The Roman Ruins of Butrint - World Heritage Albania

Butrint had been on our list for sometime, but seeing that Albania is a little off the beaten track it took us awhile to get there. When we planned our short four day trip to the country, it looked so easy to get around. About the size of the state of Maryland, we figured it would be a couple of hours in any direction to get to a site. This is not exactly the case. What looks like big, modern highways on the map are usually not. There is one large highway, but it cuts in and out and is unbelievably difficult to stay on. Heading south out of Berat, we started on the highway and within a half an hour …

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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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Taking a Ride on the Children’s Railway in Budapest

Taking a Ride on the Children's Railway in Budapest

A Railway Ran by Kids? The History of The Children’s Railway in Budapest About four years ago, Devon read an article about Budapest and learned about a railway that was run entirely by children. Since then she has come to Europe quite a few times, but for some reason we never quite made it to Budapest together. This time around, we were determined not to miss it. Budapest is a gorgeous city, and it is very easy to spend a couple of days there just taking in the architecture and good food, but this time, we wanted to take the train.

Three Best Ways to Experience Lake Bled, Slovenia

Three Best Ways to Experience Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled Three Ways The stunning views from the path around Lake Bled in northern Slovenia encourage the visitor to stay there and soak in the beauty in as many ways possible. Not only is there an emerald and turquoise lake to enchant you, but there is also the romantic castle on the cliff overhanging the lake and a picturesque abbey set like a jewel on a small island in the middle of the lake. There’s just so much beauty, it’s just downright impossible to tear yourself away from the sight. We wanted to enjoy the lake as many ways as we possibly could. The path around the lake is approximately six kilometers long, and is a relatively easy one and half …

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30+ Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

30+ Things to do in Tallinn, Estonia

Exploring Eastern Europe has been a passion for us for the last few years. There are so many countries that we’ve tended to overlook in the past. We just keep going back to the same ones over and over again. So, we made a conscious decision to explore these countries and have fallen in love. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is one of the cities we couldn’t wait to visit, and just like so many other Eastern European Capitals we’ve written about, it’s quaint, charming, and welcoming. We wandered around for a few days and came up with this list of 30 things to do in Tallinn. If you go, you will have so much fun trying them out.

Chicken Paprikash and More – A Cooking Lesson in Budapest

Chicken Paprikash and More - A Cooking Lesson in Budapest

Anna greeted us at the door of the Chef Parade school where we were signed up to take our first Hungarian cooking lesson in Budapest. An inviting space, the school is split into two halves, one side kitchen and one side table. The table was strewn with cookbooks, so while we waited we perused all the fabulous recipes. Now, you know one of the dishes I wanted to learn how to make was dumplings. Luckily, the other dish was Chicken Paprikash, a Hungarian staple, and it was paired with dumplings so I thought I was covered.

A Leisurely Stroll Through Bratislava, Slovakia

A Leisurely Stroll Through Bratislava, Slovakia

A Short Visit to Bratislava We’re always on the lookout for new places and cities to discover and since we like to drive it’s easy to take a diversion off the planned route for exploring. That’s how we found ourselves in Bratislava for an overnight stay on our road trip to Budapest.

Indulgence and Pampering, A Romantic Weekend at Castle Wernberg

Indulgence and Pampering, A Romantic Weekend at Castle Wernberg

Looking for that perfect romantic weekend? Need a night away from the kids? We have found the perfect place for you. Hotel Burg Wernberg, in the middle of the Oberpflaz region of Germany, is the perfect overnight getaway. The castle, built in the middle ages, although small has been renovated to be as cozy and luxurious as you could possibly want for a pampered, romantic weekend getaway. As you drive up the hill and park the car, the castle is almost hidden behind the greenery. Just like in Sleeping Beauty, the leaves and ivy seem to open up, exposing the the moat, tall walls, and brilliant blue shutters adorning each window. Crossing the wooden bridge and entering through the first arch, …

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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.

Chasing Hamlet Through Kronborg Castle Denmark

Chasing Hamlet Through Kronborg Castle

Why Should You Visit Kronborg Castle? Hamlet might have felt he’d been exiled from civilization when he was called back to Castle Helsingor after his father’s untimely death and his mother’s even more untimely marriage, but, come on, it’s only an hours drive from Copenhagen. That’s not isolation, that’s what I like to call a “day trip!” Kronborg Castle is called by many names relating to Shakespeare’s most popular king, Hamlet Castle, Helsingor Castle, or Kronborg…and really it’s one of Denmark’s most famous castle.

Enjoy the Journey – Stories From the Road

Enjoy the Journey - Stories From the Road

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness The act of moving is so inspirational to me! With its feeling of going somewhere new, someplace you’ve never been before to explore, to discover. It doesn’t matter that others were there before you, it’s new to you and that is exciting. I envy those folks that are traveling full time that really have the luxury of enjoying the journey. I love reading the adventures of people who are hiking, biking, motorcycling, rickshaw driving, or sailing all around the world. What guts they have! What stamina! You know what I mean. Some people …

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