At the Norwegian Folk Museum: The Last “Quirky” Museum Blog

In finishing up my series of blogs on “quirky” museums, I happened upon two more collections that caught my attention during my travels, both contained within the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo. The first collection contained an assortment of wine bottles – shelf after shelf of neatly-organized, color-coordinated, nicely-labeled bottles of wine. A history of The Wine Monopoly of 1922 was presented, which was a government-owned company, and the only Norwegian alcoholic beverage retailer allowed to sell drinks with an alcohol content of higher than 4.7%. The second collection was in the Norwegian Pharmacy Museum, which displayed shelf after Continue Reading →

Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo: A Half-Full Bottle

Continuing on with my series of blogs on “quirky” museums, there is one such museum that was unfortunately closed on the day I went to visit. I wish I had researched their open times better when planning my trip to the Baltic Sea. Alas, I will need to travel there again someday, but at least I was able to get pictures through the windows, and their website contains a wealth of information about them. The Mini Bottle Gallery in Oslo, Norway has a collection of 53,000 mini bottles. You know, like those little bottles of alcohol that you might purchase Continue Reading →

Royal Armory in Stockholm: Shoes Have the Power, the Vanity, and the Magic

I’ll admit, I don’t have a shoe addiction like Carrie Bradshaw, the icon of the famed “Sex and the City.” Her fondness of expensive designer shoes led her to spend over $40,000 on around 100 unique pairs of shoes. Nor do I have, anywhere at all, not even close, to the just over 1,000 pairs of shoes that Imelda Marcos, an influential political figure of the Philippines, is known to have indulged in. Lady’s shoes, Swedish, c. 1700 No, put me in a pair of high-heeled shoes, and my feet hurt. In fact, I have more pairs of highly unfashionable Continue Reading →

Toy Museum in Helsinki: I Remember Playing with those Toys!

For the culture, for the education, for the history, for the art. Several reasons to set foot in any museum in Europe. Of course we’ve all heard of (or been to) The Louvre, The British Museum, the Uffizi Gallery, the Rijksmuseum, etc., etc. I really began to appreciate and admire the artists and all their amazing talent more and more as I entered each new museum during my travels in Europe. Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, etc., etc. And the art that these people created are classic and timeless. Water Lilies, Starry Night, Mona Lisa, David, etc., etc. But what Continue Reading →

Malmo, Sweden: A Parking Lot for Bicycles

Cycling in Sweden is huge. I read somewhere that just about everyone rides a bicycle in Sweden. And not for excerise or sport. No, they ride as a main form of transportation…for commuting, to go shopping, to do errands, to go play, to go to the movies, to go out to eat, etc., etc. Basically bicycles are for doing whatever whereever. In fact, cities in Sweden have dedicated bike lanes on the streets, the bicycles have their own traffic lights, and pedestrians even yield to bicyclists. There are many well-marked paths for cycle touring as well. The Swedes do their Continue Reading →