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In Pursuit of Vikings, Fjords and Cooler Weather, thursdaysd Goes North

In Pursuit of Vikings, Fjords and Cooler Weather, thursdaysd Goes North

Old Sep 27th, 2015, 07:31 PM
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From one Bostonian to another, thanks for a great read! Entertaining and chock-full of information. You covered a ton of ground! Curious to know, of the cities you visited, which did you think had the best culinary scene?
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Old Sep 28th, 2015, 12:18 PM
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Glad to know you enjoyed it! This really wasn't a foodie trip, although I had at least one good meal in most places. If you want a culinary scene I would look for it in the capitals.
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Thursdaysd--I am in the middle of planning a June 2024 trip to Scandinavia and have been scouring this forum and many other websites for frank, open and honest opinions. I somehow ended up on your Wordpress travel blog, which is of course written under another author name, before I followed a link there. And that link revealed you to be one of my favorite posters on Fodors, especially among the "No, we are not renting a car" crowd. What a delightful discovery.

I am so grateful for many of the insights you have offered, and I am taking them into account as I plan forward. My husband DETESTS crowds, and your frank assessments of various sites and situations will make me rethink some of my plans. Thank you!
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Old Sep 23rd, 2023, 05:43 AM
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Hi AlessandraZoe, thanks so much for the kind words! If I actually make it to Ireland I'll need your TR.

I definitely enjoyed the Scandinavian trip, although if I went back I think I would try for fewer cities and more countryside. WRT crowds you might look for arrivals list for the ports, you could at least pick the days with the fewest or smallest cruise ships.

I'm afraid the blog is rather dormant these days. And the site that hosted my website, which had my 2001-2006 trips, has gone out of business. I still have all the text and I'm trying to decide whether to post it here, or on the blog, or nowhere. I wonder whether people would be interested in trips that old.

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Hard to know what to do, Thursdaysd.

I feel bad that your web ability will be limited because you seem to have done a good job of providing two streams of information. Having pictures in a blog OFF this website is so wonderful. The current Fodors forum page design allows pictures to get in the way of narrative, thus getting in the way of information. I decided never to post pictures.
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FYI, for this new trip, I started searching Fodors for Trip Reports post 2020 at first, and there aren't that many on Scandinavia. I used those entries to get a grip on my basic transport options more than anything so I could do the trip building blocks, and then formulated that information into a query on various in-town travel cards/passes.

It's just this past week that I started doing deeper dives. I think I decided 2015 would be the deadline for personal experience reports. Lo and behold, your WordPress entry showed up and I thought, "Finally! Frank assessments for the exact things I need to know!"
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Does anything before that time count as valuable to uninterested parties? When I think of an old post where I outlined all the various cons (and were not conned by) we experienced in Rome in the early 2000s, that report still stands. My sister used it for her first trip to Italy in 2022 and laughed about how valid it was.

Otherwise, I think not. We might as well be Henry James or Mark Twain.

I know that even my grown children aren't interested in my old travel reports. They aren't even willing to look at old photo albums. And believe me, I have very good kids. No complaints!!! They just live more in the present, and their "present" is quite full. In fact, my husband and I, who were pretty darn busy people, don't know how they are doing it. Too many balls in the air.

Yet even with their current disinterest, at family dinners, one of them will always ask, "What year did we go to Switzerland?" or "Where did we stay our first trip to Rome?" and perhaps having all that written down might be important to them later on, especially since both have expressed a desire to raise their kids with as much travel as they were raised. Thank goodness I kept a Travel Log Outline of our various trips, so at least I can answer the "what year" question. I'm also trying to find my Fodors entries, even those written under two different names, and saving them for some sort of posterity for a future generation, but only for family.

Re: Ireland. Thursdaysd--as much as we loved our most recent trip to Ireland, our favorite part of the trip was Liverpool. I kid you not. It wasn't just the Beatles thing, although we'd do even more Beatles things, no matter how ticky-tacky if we ever went back. Seeing the North reinvent itself was heartening, much in the same way that seeing Belfast return to some sort of glory restored our souls.

Again, kudos on your entries as always,
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