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Europe Airfares from $578 Round Trip

Monday, November 28th, 2011

For inexpensive airfare to Scandinavian Europe destinations this fall, have a peek at this offer from SAS. Fly from New York, Chicago, Seattle or Washington D.C. to Oslo, Stockholm or Copenhagen, and you’ll pay from just $289 each way.

For information and reservations, visit the Scandinavian Airlines Web site.

Sample Fares
Departure Destination Fares
Chicago Stockholm $289 OW
Chicago Copenhagen $289 OW
New York Copenhagen $308 OW
New York Oslo $320 OW
Seattle Copenhagen $344 OW
Washington D.C. Copenhagen $289 OW

Travel Dates: Through December 14, 2011.

Advance Purchase Requirements: May apply.

Expiration: 12-06-11

Minimum/Maximum Stay: A Saturday-night minimum stay is required, and the maximum stay allowed is 12 months.

Blackout Dates: May apply.

Additional Fees: Fares listed do not include applicable government taxes and airport fees. Tickets for weekend travel will each cost $25 extra. Tickets not purchased online will cost extra. A change fee of $300 per ticket will apply to any changes made. Baggage charges and other addtional fees may apply.

Further Restrictions: Fares listed are for one-way weekday travel, based on a roundtrip purchase. Tickets must be purchased when reservations are made. Tickets are nonrefundable. Fares are subject to availability and may change without notice. Further restrictions may apply.

Scandinavia Airfares from $766 Round Trip

Friday, April 1st, 2011

For discounted airfare to Scandinavian destinations like Oslo, Helsinki, Stockholm and Copenhagen, check out what SAS is offering. From $383 each way, you can book a seat on a flight from one of three select U.S. cities — Newark, Washington D.C. or Chicago.

For information and reservations, visit the SAS Web site.

Sample Fares
Departure Destination Fares
Chicago Copenhagen $433 OW
Chicago Oslo $468 OW
Chicago Stockholm $433 OW
Chicago Helsinki $451 OW
Newark Copenhagen $393 OW
Newark Oslo $418 OW
Newark Stockholm $383 OW
Newark Helsinki $423 OW
Washington D.C. Copenhagen $458 OW
Washington D.C. Oslo $493 OW
Washington D.C. Stockholm $458 OW
Washington D.C. Helsinki $487 OW

Travel Dates: Through May 13, 2011.

Advance Purchase Requirements: May apply.

Expiration: 04-15-11

Minimum/Maximum Stay: A Saturday-night minimum stay is required, and the maximum stay allowed is 12 months.

Blackout Dates: May apply.

Additional Fees: Fares listed do not include applicable government taxes and airport fees. A change fee of $300 per ticket will apply to any changes made. Baggage charges and other additional fees may apply.

Further Restrictions: Fares listed are for one-way travel, based on a roundtrip purchase. Tickets must be purchased at the time reservations are made. Tickets are nonrefundable, but tickets may be applied toward more expensive tickets for future travel with SAS. Fares are subject to change; they’re based on availability and may not be available on all flights and dates. Further restrictions may apply.

Discounted Scandinavian Airfares from $622 Round Trip

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

For discount airfare on flights to the Scandinavian capitals – Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Stockholm — check out this fare sale from Scandinavian Airlines. Just book a seat for travel by March 31, 2011, and pay as little as $311 each way.

For information and reservations, visit the Scandinavian Airlines Web site.

Sample Fares
Departure Destination Fares
Chicago Copenhagen $419 OW
Chicago Oslo $360 OW
Chicago Stockholm $406 OW
Chicago Helsinki $428 OW
Newark Copenhagen $332 OW
Newark Oslo $332 OW
Newark Stockholm $318 OW
Newark Helsinki $403 OW
Washington D.C. Copenhagen $397 OW
Washington D.C. Oslo $311 OW
Washington D.C. Stockholm $363 OW
Washington D.C. Helsinki $416 OW

Travel Dates: Through March 31, 2011.

Advance Purchase Requirements: May apply.

Expiration: 02-28-11

Minimum/Maximum Stay: A Saturday-night minimum stay is required, and the maximum stay allowed is 12 months.

Blackout Dates: May apply.

Additional Fees: Fares listed include fuel surcharges but do not include applicable government taxes and airport fees. Tickets not purchased online will cost extra. Outbound changes are not allowed, but inbound changes are permitted for a change fee of $300 per ticket. Baggage charges and other additional fees may apply.

Further Restrictions: Fares listed are for one-way travel, based on a required roundtrip purchase. Tickets must be purchased at the time reservations are made, and they are nonrefundable. Fares are subject to change without notice. Seats are limited, are subject to availability and may not be available on all flights and dates. Further restrictions may apply.

Swedish couple miss Italian isle after GPS blunder

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
The middle-aged couple, who were not identified, only discovered their error when they asked staff in the local tourist office on Saturday how to drive to the island’s famous “Blue Grotto”

ROME, ITALY: Two Swedes expecting the golden beaches of the Italian island of Capri got a shock when tourist officials told them they were 650 km (400 miles) off course in the northern town of Carpi, after mistyping the name in their GPS.

“It’s hard to understand how they managed it. I mean, Capri is an island,” said Giovanni Medici, a spokesman for Carpi regional government, told Reuters on Tuesday. “It’s the first time something like this has happened.”

The middle-aged couple, who were not identified, only discovered their error when they asked staff in the local tourist office on Saturday how to drive to the island’s famous “Blue Grotto”.

“They were surprised, but not angry,” Medici said. “They got back in the car and started driving south.”

The picturesque island of Capri, famed as a romantic holiday destination, lies in the Gulf of Naples in southern Italy and has been a resort since Roman times.

Carpi is a busy industrial town in the province of Emilia Romagna, at the other end of Italy

Article from: ciol.com

Progressive Stockholm loves its traditions

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

With its steel-and-glass Modernist buildings and dedication to green living, Stockholm has the feel of a gleaming metropolis, but it offers a satisfying mix of old and new, from a well-preserved 17th-century warship to its glittering 20th-century City Hall.

Before you visit, study up at www.stockholmtown.com and when you arrive, buy a Stockholm Card, covering admission to nearly every sight and all public transit. (Only a Swedish meatball would drive his car in Stockholm; park it and use the excellent public transportation system instead.)

Stockholm, with 1.8 million people, is built on an archipelago of 14 islands woven together by 50 bridges. Gamla Stan, the city’s historic island core, is an Old Town of winding, lantern-lit streets, antiques shops, and classy cafes clustered around the Royal Palace. The palace hosts a fun, spirited Changing of the Guard ceremony, and contains the Royal Armory, with Europe’s most spectacular collection of medieval royal armor.

Famous Swedes include Astrid Lindgren, author of Pippi Longstocking (found in bookstores all over town), and Sweden’s most famous sculptor, Carl Milles, whose statues are strikingly displayed in Stockholm’s dramatic cliffside Millesgarden. But let’s face it. Most people know Sweden as the home of ABBA, the ’70s pop band whose bouncy songs are the driving force behind the hit play and movie “Mamma Mia!” Plans for an ABBA Museum in Stockholm were recently scrapped because of a dispute over costs, and the museum will instead become a traveling exhibition. Dancing queens — and kings — will have to wait to pay homage.

Even without ABBA, Stockholm has plenty of sights to keep tourists busy. For a trip back in time, Skansen is Europe’s original and best open-air folk museum. It’s a huge park with more than 150 historic homes, shops, churches, and schoolhouses transplanted from all corners of Sweden. The old interiors are wonderfully furnished, complete with guides dressed in traditional outfits. There’s folk dancing nearly every evening. Think of it as Swedish-culture-on-a-lazy-Susan, where visitors can sweep through the countryside and centuries of lifestyles without leaving the capital.

Near Skansen, the mighty warship Vasa is chemically petrified and housed in a state-of-the-art museum. Heralded as the ultimate warship of her day, the Vasa sank just minutes into her maiden voyage, with 450 crew on board. The year was 1628. The ship was top-heavy, with an extra row of cannons tacked on above and a lack of ballast below. A breeze caught the sails and blew it over. The ship spent more than 300 years at the bottom of Stockholm’s harbor. In 1961, with the help of steel cables and huge inflatable pontoons, the Vasa rose again from the deep. And the city managed to turn this titanic flop into a brilliant museum and one of Scandinavia’s great sightseeing attractions.

While churches dominate cities in southern Europe, in the Scandinavian capitals, city halls take the lead. It’s clear that Stockholm’s City Hall rules the city. Constructed in 1923, it’s an amazing mix of eight million bricks and 19 million chips of gilt mosaic. To see the interior, take the entertaining tour. And for the best city view, climb the 348-foot-tall tower (an elevator takes you halfway).

Stockholm’s dazzling Nobel banquet commences every December in City Hall, where the Nobel committee awards its prestigious prizes for chemistry, medicine, physics, economics, and literature.

At the Nobel Museum, opened in 2001 for the 100-year anniversary of the Nobel Prize, portraits of all 700-plus winners hang from the ceiling, shuffling around the room like shirts at the dry cleaner’s (miss your favorite, and he or she will come around again in three hours). The museum’s Viennese-style cafe is the place to get creative with your coffee … and sample the famous Nobel ice cream. All Nobel laureates who visit the museum are asked to sign the bottom of a chair in the cafe. Turn over your chair and see who warmed the one you’re on.

Nobel winners stay at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel. Even if you’re not an honoree, it’s still worth a visit for the best smorgasbord in town. Here are some of the traditional dishes you’ll find: herring, boiled potatoes, knackebrod (Swedish crisp bread), gravlax (salt-cured salmon flavored with dill and served with a sweet mustard sauce), and meatballs with gravy and lingonberry sauce.

If you just want to put on a heavy coat and drink a fancy vodka in a modern-day igloo, consider the fun, if touristy, Absolut Icebar. The room, windows, bar, and even the glasses are made out of ice.

While modern and progressive, Stockholm reveres its traditions. Whether you’re celebrating ingenuity at the Nobel sights, strolling through the cobbled Old Town, or crawling through Europe’s best-preserved warship, you’ll be amazed by Stockholm’s stunning past and present.

Rick Steves (www.ricksteves.com) writes European travel guidebooks and hosts travel shows on public television and public radio. His syndicated column runs weekly at seattletimes.com/travel

Copyright © 2009 The Seattle Times Company

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