Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Stockholm Excursion Review: Nordic Food Walk

In  July 2023, I took a Baltics cruise on the Island Princess. One port of call was Stockholm, Sweden. We decided to do an independent excursion: Nordic Food Walk. 

I thought this was a terrific excursion. We got to try so many traditional Swedish foods, learn about Stockholm, and even had fika - a traditional Swedish coffee break. This is the perfect orientation to Stockholm. It is a walking tour so be prepared for 15 minutes to 25 minutes of walking at a time. the coffee break and the fish restaurant were sitting down. Bathrooms were available about halfway through the tour. I highly recommend it. 

Friday, August 25, 2023

Detailed Review & Five Tips for Rocky Mountaineer: Banff to Vancouver


In May 2023, we joined the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver. This two night journey is a trip of a lifetime. In this post, I’ll share all the details and the timeline of the experience. Here’s the highlights:



Day 1: Banff, Alberta, Canada

We spent a few pre-nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs before joining the tour. When you arrive in Banff or the day before your tour is set to start, if you are in a SilverLeaf hotel, you’’ll head to the Rocky Mountaineer Guest Center at 220 Bear Street to pick up your packet.  If you are staying at Gold Leaf hotel. If you are staying at Gold Leaf hotel, your package will be at the Rocky Mountaineer desk in the hotel.

Friday, August 18, 2023

Fairmont Banff Springs Review

The Fairmont Banff Springs offers a wonderful home base for exploring this area of Canada. 

Take a look:

Be sure to leave some days just to spend at the hotel. 
  •  Bow Falls is just steps away from the lobby. 
  •  Several hikes start close to the Fairmont. 
  •  You can enjoy the bowling alley, spa, swimming pool, history tour, arts and crafts, s’mores making, guided hike around the property, or use your 1 hour included bike rental to explore. 
  •  If you want to explore around Banff, your stay includes a bus pass.
Before your stay, you’ll receive an email from the hotel. I highly recommend booking your activities and restaurant reservations in advance.