As you probably can guess, I’ve returned from my travels — Bruges, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm — and partially recovered from jet lag. Travel Tips: Bruges is beautiful, but don’t eat the mussels at the Golden Mermaid on the main square. Amsterdam is great but the lines at the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum were so long we gave up and did the Heineken tour instead. In Copenhagen, I liked best eating smorebrod by the quay in Nyhaven and looking at the colored houses. Stockholm is spread out, so you need to learn the bus, metro and boat system. The Vasa — sailing ship that sank on its maiden voyage and was raised after 333 years under water — is well worth a visit. In addition, the changing of the guard was very impressive, including a band on horseback and guards with spiked helmets carrying ceremonial swords and very modern rifles. We also saw the crown jewels in Denmark and Sweden. Glad I wasn’t a taxpayer footing the bill.
I want to thank Diana Senechal for her provocative and thoughtful guest blogging, which has generated some great discussions. Thanks to Diana, I was able to maintain our sight-seeing, canal-boating and beer-guzzling schedule.