Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos, personal opinions and the occasional rants and raves. This is a place where you can learn about beautiful destinations, culture, history, food and the common thread that weaves them together. Hi, I am Anda – a Romanian-born award-winning travel writer and, Read More
According to Shakespeare, it is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. Debbra Dunning Brouillette decided early on in her life that nothing was going to keep her away from the tropics. Not even being born and living most of her adult life far away from them. Here is my interview with Debbra, the editor, writer and photographer at Tropical Travel Girl.
Even though I was born and raised in the Midwest, I’ve always been a tropical girl. I grew up in Mt. Vernon, a small town in southern Indiana, and lived most of my adult life in Evansville, situated on the banks of the Ohio River, far away from the turquoise ocean waters I love. I relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 2006, but after five years, my husband’s job brought us back to Muncie, Indiana, northeast of Indianapolis, Read More
A trip to the Swedish countryside may not be on your itinerary if you are visiting Stockholm for the first time. After all, there are so many exciting places to visit in or around the Swedish capital. But Landsort has its own way of attracting visitors. The remote little village nestled on the most southern island of the Stockholm Archipelago holds a lot of history, a very unique flora and fauna and above all is home to Sweden’s oldest lighthouse.
Landsort is about 60 kilometers south of Stockholm. The island can be reached year round by boat from Ankarudden, a small port about 20 km away from the town of Nynäshamn. From Stockholm to Nynäshamn, you can either take the train or the bus.
The little port in Ankarudden is very picturesque, offering some nice photo opportunities. Next to the Marina there is a small family owned restaurant where you can grab a tasty burger, or a “fika” while waiting for the boat. Read More
About 150 km south of Stockholm in the bucolic tranquility of Södermland region, lies a mansion like no other: Julita Manor. The estate started as a monastery in the Middle Ages (Julita Abbey) and continued to grow and receive big donations from the Swedish kings and other members of the aristocracy. But during the Protestant Reformation, King Gustav Vasa seized the abbey and gave its rights to his vassal, the bailiff in Nyköping. After becoming a secular domain, Julita changed hands many times between members of the Swedish nobility, but it never went back into the possession of the church.
What sets Julita apart from all the other manor house in the region is that it’s still a working farm. Julita Manor still maintains all its original structures that insured its sustainability in the past.