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Award-winning Slovenian Olive Oil Maker Vanja Dujc Surprises with Fruity Blends

High on the hills of Portorož – the Adriatic coast of Slovenia peaceful olive groves with some 1000 trees provide the harvest for the award-winning olive oils of  Vanja Dujc. I had the honor to…

Hotel Nettuno: How a Family Operated Hotel Impressed in Italy

You all know that I’m the odd one on our Skimbaco team because I probably spend more time picking out a hotel for a trip than I do picking out a destination. Where I stay…

Paris Day Trip: Touring Champagne Region in Reims

Just having returned from a trip to Paris, all things French are still on my mind. While there is a laundry list of things to see and day in Paris that can keep one busy…

Tove Jansson’s 100th Anniversary and Moomin Exhibition at the Arabia Gallery in Helsinki

We recently visited the Arabia Factory in Finland. Arabia has been manufacturing Moomin mugs for decades, and held a Moomin Exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, one of the…

For Men: Packing for a Fall Trip to Paris

Fresh Croissants, Vespas, cafés, crepes- quintessentially Parisian. For me, all these things and the many other marvels of Paris are just around the corner. The only thing standing before me is packing, often a daunting…

Must do for Finnish Design Lovers: Visit Arabia Factory in Helsinki

Artists are the rocks stars of Finland I recently visited Arabia factory in Helsinki. More about the factory, it’s history, amazing historical findings done from the factory attic, the showroom and why Arabia is the…

Award-winning Slovenian Olive Oil Maker Vanja Dujc Surprises with Fruity Blends

Vanja Dujc Olives

High on the hills of Portorož – the Adriatic coast of Slovenia peaceful olive groves with some 1000 trees provide the harvest for the award-winning olive oils of  Vanja Dujc. I had the honor to…

Hotel Nettuno: How a Family Operated Hotel Impressed in Italy

hotel review of Hotel Nettuno in Italy

You all know that I’m the odd one on our Skimbaco team because I probably spend more time picking out a hotel for a trip than I do picking out a destination. Where I stay…

Paris Day Trip: Touring Champagne Region in Reims

Paris Day Trip: Touring Champagne Region in Reims

Just having returned from a trip to Paris, all things French are still on my mind. While there is a laundry list of things to see and day in Paris that can keep one busy…

Tove Jansson’s 100th Anniversary and Moomin Exhibition at the Arabia Gallery in Helsinki

Tove Jansson's Moomin Exhibition at Arabia Factory and the anniversary of Tove Jansson

We recently visited the Arabia Factory in Finland. Arabia has been manufacturing Moomin mugs for decades, and held a Moomin Exhibition to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, one of the…

For Men: Packing for a Fall Trip to Paris

packing for Paris

Fresh Croissants, Vespas, cafés, crepes- quintessentially Parisian. For me, all these things and the many other marvels of Paris are just around the corner. The only thing standing before me is packing, often a daunting…

Must do for Finnish Design Lovers: Visit Arabia Factory in Helsinki

Visiting Finnish design Arabia factory in Helsinki

Artists are the rocks stars of Finland I recently visited Arabia factory in Helsinki. More about the factory, it’s history, amazing historical findings done from the factory attic, the showroom and why Arabia is the…

Relaxing in the Quintessentially English Landscape Gardens

English Garden_4

Welcome to the quintessentially English landscape garden! You probably already know what the essence of the English garden is – unlike the formal and symmetrical French garden, the English ones are more natural. I always…

Walk Through the Latin Quarters of Paris

Paris Latin Quarters

I’ve been asked about the walks I’ve done in Paris, and here’s  my latest one – exploring around Rive Gauche – the Left Bank, and more specifically around Latin Quarters – as the hotel where…

My Finland in 20 Instagram Pictures

FINLAND in 20 photos at @skimbaco

It’s Instagram Travel Thursday again – and now with a new format. Starting this month, we will be hosting Instagram Travel Thursday link collection only once a month, and a new collection linky will be…

Combination Travel: Train from London to Paris, then Cruising French Countryside

Abbaye

I have written before about combination travel – combining different destinations on the same trip – and often also combining different transportation methods, either as means of getting from one place to another, or as…