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Oslo is a global city, with a large and varied number of cultural attractions. The local government invests large amounts of money in cultural installations, facilities, buildings and festivals in the city. There are many parks and seasites and museums, with regular opera performances and a thriving literature scene. 

Here are some ideas for your next trip!

1. Oslo City Hall (Oslo Rådhus), where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented annually.

2. Enjoy a cruise on the Oslo Fjord by tour boat or local ferry.

3. The top of the Holmenkollen Ski Jump provides superb views of the city and fjord.

4. The Kon-Tiki and FRAM Museums recall extraordinary sea voyages by famous Norwegians.

5. The Munch Museum (Munch-museet) exhibits from the thousands of paintings and prints that Edvard Munch left to the city of Oslo.

6. The National Gallery (Nasjonalgalleriet) houses the largest collection of painting and artwork in Norway, including Munch’s The Scream.

7. The Norwegian Folk Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) offers a taste of historical life through the use of actors in period costume. 

8. Norwegian Resistance Museum (Norges Hjemmefront museet)

9. Vigelands Sculpture Park (Vigelandsparken) presents the works of Gustav Vigeland on a grand scale.

10. The Viking Ship Museum (Vikingskiphuset).

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Here's a great little video by geobeats with some helpful information for traveling. How to stay safe, where to shop, how to get around, what to order and more! 

Inspired yet?

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We all want the best for our children, and part of that is raising them to be global citizens, with a keen sense of tolerance and cultural awareness. So we read them books, take them to museums, and sometimes, bring them along on our travels to give them a bigger sense of the world. 

How will they respond though? Some kids LOVE traveling, can't get their bags packed fast enough. Others ... aren't as cooperative. Why? And what can we do?

Elaine Ee offers 7 Tips for Bringing Up Good Travelers on the CNN International Blog; specifically, "How to plant the seeds of good travel in your children, before they go on the road."

These tips are actually really helpful. Some of them hadn't even immediately occurred to me ("treat service staff with respect"). Check out the full list!

Another way to make travel with your children easier, is to book through Royal City Travel. We can take care of all the arrangements of your next trip, plus give you some tips on kid-friendly spots to visit. 

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Get Inspired. 

This video by youtube.com member kiendlam chronicles his journey across 17 countries, over 343 days, in 6237 photographs. 

From the video's description:

17 Countries. 343 Days. 6237 Photographs. One incredible journey. Follow the adventure at http://kienlam.net/around-the-world and http://kienlam.net

After I quit my job last year, I packed a bag, grabbed my camera and bought a one way ticket to London. 17 countries later, I compiled this time lapse of the many amazing places I came across.

Original Music: "Places and Faces" by William Lam. Will is an extremely talented musical composer whose range is barely touched in this composition he wrote specifically for the video. He's also my little brother. Visit http://kienlam.net to download the MP3.

The list of countries:

USA
England
France
Portugal
Spain
Morocco
Egypt
Turkey
Jordan
Thailand
Indonesia
Japan
Argentina
Uruguay
Chile
Bolivia
Peru

Technical Details:

Shot with a Panasonic Lumix GF-1, 20mm f/1.7 and 14-45mm f/3.5-4.5.

Photography and Video Edited with Lightroom, After Effects and Final Cut Pro.

Music composed in Logic Pro.

Special thanks to Dan Hirons, Joey Seich and Carol Trieu for all your help, support and patience.

To all my fellow travelers whose company made each step of the way all the more memorable and unique, I want you to know that however short an appearance you made in the video, you've left an impact far greater and long-lasting than the few seconds that each city appeared in the video.

To my family, thank you for bearing with me and worrying about my health and safety with every dodgy bus ride and new country I found myself in each day.

 

It's Your Turn.

It doesn't have to be 17 countries, but it is time to start your next journey. 

Make 2012 your year for adventure!

I know where I'm going in 2012!

Video by inspiredbyisland.com

"Iceland is more alive than ever, bursting with energy, activity and hospitality. Take a look for yourself..."

 

I really wanted to share the blog by Janice Waugh - "SoloTraveler". She writes as a woman in her golden years who in 2009 decided to experience the world again. Her blog is full of witty insight plus some great tips on places to visit, food to eat, sights to see. 

What I like best about her writing is her very positive, very contagious attitude that anything and everything is within your reach at any age. 

Below is an excerpt from her latest post, though I recommend you check into her website regularly to see what's she's up to. Right now her adventures have taken her to London. 

"... The latter is what I often feel when traveling solo. On the second day of my trip to London, navigating the Underground alone, I suddenly felt very capable. My confidence soared. For a moment (just a moment as I admit that it is a small accomplishment), I felt exhilarated.

When the announcement came on to “Mind the Gap” it occurred to me that there isn’t one. This feeling of soaring confidence is ageless. It is there to achieve for those in their twenties and those in their nineties. It helps us age brilliantly – at any age.

I wish it for you."

This unique, glass buiding is an architectural masterpiece and home to one of the most popular restaurants in Prague. 

The Dancing House is located near the Vltava River, which along with the Prague Castle provides the space with beautiful views. Construction began in 1992 and was completed in 1996; since then the House has become a top tourist attraction in the city, and the very popular restaurant Celeste regularly draws in large crowds.

The building has a very modern and chic vibe and is centrally located, meaning you can plan a day trip around it and still see many other beautiful, historic buildings. 

The architects, Vlado Milunc and Frank O’ Gehry, originally named this building ‘Astaire & Rogers Building’ after the famous dance duo that inspired them.

Prague is an amazing city with so much to offer! Let us plan your next trip!

 

The majestic outside architecture and elaborate interior of the Lausanne Cathedral gives it international status as one of Europe's most treasured structures, and is a must-see for a traveler to Lausanne.

The Lausanne Cathedral was constructed in the gothic style between 1170 and 1240, with a later addition of the western portal in the flamboyant style. The cathedral has a remarkable multi-colored interior, with still visible paintings in the Chapel of the Virgin. The Rose Window, whose panes depict the medieval world perspective of the figure of God as creator, is among the masterpieces of European artistic heritage.

With the addition of a one-of-a-kind organ in 2003, you can now attend regular concerts held inside the cathedral. 

During the day, climb up the Cathedral Tower. The view of the city from the top is well worth the climb. 

From 10pm until 2am, a watchman shouts the hours, part of a tradition that dates back to 1405. 

Hours:

Mon - Fri, 7am-7pm

Sat & Sun, 8am-7pm

Guided Tours

July 1st until September 20th - Free of charge 

September 21st until June 30th - By appointment

Find it on a city map

Address: Riponne-Maurice Béjart, Bessières 

Tel: +41 21 316 71 61

A trip to Switzerland is closer than you think!

It might seem like a far off dream, but at Royal City Travel, we can make that trip happen in a snap. Our experienced travel consultants can plan the perfect vacation around your budget and interests. Just contact us for more information. 

 

Parents may see a vacation as a time to bond and strengthen their relationship with their adolescent or teen. Yet for some parents it would be easier to travel with a drunk grizzly bear than with a moody teenager. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth and fulfilling trip for everyone involved.

Get them involved! Incorporate your teen in the planning process and allow them to pick out some of the activities and locations. While you’re there, let them pick where you eat a couple nights. Give them responsibility - they can be the group tour guide or photographer.

However, don’t let your teen run the show. It may seem easier to cave into their whiny whims but there comes a time to put your foot down and establish some authority - for the sake of the trip. They will be more likely to remember they saw Niagara Falls than that they were forced to go in the first place.

Go somewhere where everyone in the family will be engaged, and be flexible. You may want to explore the Charles Dickens Museum in London, but compromise with a trade off to visit punk rock & fashion mecca Camden Town later in the day.

If you can afford to, consider having your teen invite a friend along. The companionship will relieve some of the family pressure and the friend’s presence might act as a buffer for bad behavior.

Give them space! If possible, book them a separate room adjacent to yours. In any case, give them mental space via down time on the trip. Don’t book up every minute with activities. “Schedule” some time to relax, when the kids can wander, go to a park, or shop at a mall. Hotels with swimming pools are great for this.

And if you’re comfortable, give them freedom to explore. Especially for older teens, allow them to go off and check out some nearby places on their own. Have them use a buddy system, enforce a curfew, and give them a hotel business card with phone and room numbers.

Set a budget for their trip spending allowance and stick to it.

Don’t ban gadgets cold turkey. You may want to use this trip to relax and unplug but don’t cut your teen off completely. Set some parameters, like no texting or electronics during meal times.

Let them sleep in. Most adults want to get up and go, to make the most out of their trip. Teenagers are more inclined to sleep late - and that’s okay. Give them an extra hour or two for a couple of mornings and you are almost guaranteed a better mood during the day. And it gives you a couple hours in the morning to yourself or with your partner.

And most importantly, pick your battles. Your teen may camp out on a bench instead of exploring the museum, or refuse to order at a restaurant they didn’t pick. Let it go. By feeding into it you’re rewarding it with attention and creating more problems.

15 of the World's Most Bizarre Buildings

(Image: AP Photo/Frank Rumpenhorst)

Really wanted to share this list by MSN UK Travel of 15 of the World's Most Bizarre Buildings. 

The photo above is "Waldspirale, based in Darmstadt, Germany, which was the last architectural piece by Austria's Friedensreich Hundertwasser. It houses 105 apartments and was designed to rise up in the form of an afforested spiral. The architect claimed the design was an allegory of the earth's strata, sediment that has been deposited over millions of years."