Jul or jol is the term used for the Christmas holiday season in Norway. Originally, "jul" (or "jol") was the name of a month in the old Germanic calendar, corresponding roughly to the time from mid-December through mid-January, and the concept of "jul" as a period of time rather than a specific event, prevails in… Continue reading Scandinavian Nisse Traditions and Christmas Blog Party
Things to do in Queenstown Queenstown's idyllic waterside location means you are spoilt for choice of things to do and its compact size means you are never far from the spectacular lake, which is fringed by snow-capped peaks for much of the year. Take a wine tour, cruise the lake, stroll through beautiful gardens, visit… Continue reading The Top Spots of Queenstown, New Zealand
Join in with the final photo challenge for the year. Share your Christmas preparations
Amidst the craziness of Tokyo's Shinjuku district there is a heavenly oasis that calms, and relaxes even the most anxious mind. A place of serenity, I equate Gyoen to Heaven.
Decorations are in the shops from August in some places, carols are playing over the speakers in shopping centres, and Christmas comes earlier and becomes more commercialized every year. Even kids are organized early, these days. When my children were younger, a lengthy Christmas wish list of various items ranging in price from in expensive… Continue reading Last Minute Christmas Ideas