Ken's Mini Guides
A mini guide to a unique city literally built on water. Spread across 14 islands, the city of Stockholm pulsates in harmony with the water around it, offering visitors an unforgettable experience.
Not as famous or as well-traveled as some of her European neighbours, but this mini guide to Helsinki will introduce to you a city that has some aces up it’s sleeve.
An international and historic metropolis by any sense of measure. Istambul is a city of contrasts with dual personalities – Western and Eastern, modern and traditional, historical and making history, and for us tourists, the familiar and the unfamiliar.
Recent Blog Posts
One of the most popular tourist attractions in any city that has it, is the Changing of the Guard ceremony. The ceremony signifies the handover of guard duties to a new shift rotating in to relieve the current shift. Each city’s ceremony is unique in the way the ceremony unfolds and they are a heck[…]
With it’s endless array of stunning scenery, what follows are but a small sample of what the Stockholm Archipelago is like – remarkably beautiful. It’s a quick visual tour on the diversity of looks and land features of the Stockholm Archipelago. Being the second largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea, the Stockholm Archipelago totals approximately 24000 islands[…]
As mentioned in the Helsinki Mini Guide and shown by the online Service Map service, Helsinki is technologically competent. She understands the current technology first state of the world, and moves in tune with it. So it should come as no surprise that free public WiFi provided by the city can be found all around[…]
In my post Visiting Helsinki? Here are 12 Free Things To Do, See and Use, I teased about a very useful online service. I did mention in the Helsinki Mini Guide that Helsinki is technologically adept. Well, this is a perfect example of a forward thinking city taming today’s technology and then using it to[…]
Wouldn’t it be great if during your visit to another city, you could safely approach someone on the street who you were confident would have the answers to your tourist questions? Sure, there are Tourist Info offices sparsely located here or there, but they’re not always conveniently nearby. The City of Helsinki solves this problem[…]
During a visit to any city, visiting a museum is always something that can be tacked onto the agenda. Especially in Europe, there is no shortage of museums to visit – it’s an embarrassment of riches so to speak. Normally, museums have some sort of free admission day, albeit maybe with certain date/time/age/citizenship restrictions and[…]
Needless to say, Europe has more than its fair share of grandiose and unique churches of all denomination types. There is the world’s largest church in St. Peters Basilica, the Gaudi masterpiece Sagrada Familia, the stunning Notre Dame Cathedral, the Duomo in Florence and even though not technically a church, the awe-inspiring Meteora Monasteries of[…]
You’ve got a day or two to spend in Helsinki, and invariably, you’ve got no idea what to see and do. Unlike her more well-known European neighbors, nothing rolls off your tongue when the topic of Helsinki is brought up. It’s also a city that’s widely known to lean on the expensive side. On the[…]
Gamla Stan, literally translated as “Old Town“, is where Stockholm was originally founded. Being one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, we found that it makes for a fascinating visit. The Old Town goes back several hundred years – back to the 13th century to be a little more precise. This historical center has many narrow[…]
Welcome to my Stockholm Subway Photo Series. With over 90 of the stations having some form of art, it’s an abundance of riches for us travelers. In this photo series, we will have a look at some of these stations on the Blue line and the Red line. If you have not already done so, you[…]
Stockholm is a great city to visit with lots to see and do. You’ve got the Old Town Gamla Stan, the Vasa Museum, the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace, and their underground subway stations. Subway stations??? Go all the way to Stockholm to visit the subway stations? My answer is “Oh[…]