VIDEO: Riding Norway’s Spectacular Flam Railway

Flam Railway enters one of 20 tunnels along the 12-mile route

I’m in love with train travel. I never miss an opportunity to ride the rails. During my many years as a travel writer and photographer, I’ve been blessed to take some of the world’s most spectacular train rides. I rode the El Chepe train through Mexico’s Copper Canyon, enjoyed magnificent scenery on the TranzAlpine Express … Read more

Mystery of the 1,500-Year Old Carved Animal Heads from the Oseberg Grave Ship

One of five mysterious carved wooden animal heads found in the Oseberg Grave Ship

If I had to choose one word to describe Viking civilization, it would be mystery. The popular TV series by the History Channel paints Vikings as bloodthirsty warriors. While it is true they sailed far and wide, discovering new lands and raiding settlements, they spent most of their time farming. Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets. … Read more

VIDEO: Raising the Vasa Warship from its Watery Grave in Stockholm, Sweden

View of the Vasa Warship from the highest balcony in the Vasa Museum

In the 1620’s, intent on making Sweden a mighty military power, King Gustavus Adolphus began constructing a fleet of warships. The Vasa warship, first of the massive vessels to be completed, was the most powerful warship that had ever sailed the Baltic Sea. It measured more than 226-feet long and was 164-feet tall from the … Read more