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Things You Should Know About Scandinavia: Test Your Knowledge

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From its beautiful landscapes to its incredible culture, Scandinavia is a unique and awe-inspiring part of the world. It’s also a region that people from other places don’t know that much about, aside from the fact that it’s cold in the winter and spawned pop maestros ABBA.

To remedy this situation, here are a few facts about Scandinavia that are definitely worth knowing. If you think you’re already a bit of an expert on the region, you can read on to test your knowledge and fill in any gaps.

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There Are 3.3 million Saunas In Finland

For a country that only has 5.5 million people living in it, Finland certainly has a lot of saunas. Stepping into a sauna is the national pastime, with the vast majority of Finns going for a session on a weekly basis.

It’s no surprise, then, that there are an estimated 3.3 million saunas nationally. The Finnish government even installs them in its embassies elsewhere in the world, including a rooftop sauna at its London location.

The Sun Never Sets On Norwegian Summer

Norway is the land of 24 hour sun when the summer months arrive and the Earth tilts on its axis. Or at least this is true of the regions of the country that fall into the Arctic Circle.

In the capital of Oslo, sunset can occur as late as 11pm at this time of year, while it will rise again by 4am, which means darkness is banished awfully quickly.

It’s certainly a surreal sight to see the sun shining brightly when everyone should be asleep, but things get much worse in winter when polar nights can last for days at a time. The only way to pass the time is to play online games at and wait for daylight to return. Sites like casumocasinonorge.com provide a fun opportunity for casino lovers (a particularly popular breed in this part of the World)

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Denmark Is Incredibly Flat

When you think of Scandinavia, you might imagine snow-capped mountains and craggy valleys, but compared to its neighbours the country of Denmark is virtually a pancake.

Reaching to just over 170 metres, Møllehøj has the distinction of being the highest peak that Danish people can claim as their own. For comparison, Mount Everest is more than 52 times higher than it.

Norway’s Oil Fund Is Worth $1 Trillion

After 20 years in operation, the state-run fund which invests cash generated by the Norwegian oil industry accounted for assets worth just over a trillion dollars in 2017.

The fund is designed to help the country secure a bright future for its citizens and its value has increased exponentially, largely thanks to the significant returns generated by earlier investments.

Rancid Fish Is A Delicacy In Sweden

The Scandinavian diet is made up of lots of hearty, unfussy foods which would be welcome in any other part of the world. But there is one exception; surströmming.

This translates from Swedish as ‘sour herring’ and it has become something of an internet meme thanks to the often violent reactions that its smell and taste can invoke in the uninitiated.

Sealed in a can and allowed to ferment for a minimum of half a year, the fish becomes quite the culinary assault on the senses. Of course the correct way to eat it is not on its own, but in combination with other ingredients like boiled potatoes, cream and herbs which reduce its potency and make it palatable.

Sweden’s Natural Wonders Are Open To All

Unlike many other countries, Sweden takes a liberal approach to allowing people to wander around its rural areas and explore its natural sights.

This right to roam is enshrined in law and means that you can go for a hike, ride a bike or visit the country’s amazing coastline without worrying about land owners getting in your face.

Of course that means citizens and tourists alike are expected to act responsibly when they trek out into the Swedish countryside. Respect the natural world, avoid causing damage to it and don’t hold an impromptu music festival in the wilderness and you should be fine.

 

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Sean Koski, Brian Kelly and MEND skincare Present Jill Zarin’s Luxury Luncheon by LAIFEN & Ticket2Event

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By Ilene Smith Sichel

The event to be at Saturday in The Hamptons was MEND skincare Presents: Jill Zarin’s Luxury Luncheon by LAIFEN & Ticket2Events. TV Personality Jill Zarin (Real Housewives of New York, Real Housewives Ultimate Girls Trip, & Amazon Freevee series The Goat), was happy to share her invitation-only event with T2C.

Sean Koski and Brian Kelly

Produced by Sean Koski and Brian Kelly, celebrity event planners and co founders of Ticket2Events, and will feature a red carpet, VIP entrance to their curated  showcase of the greatest companies in categories such as fashion, spirits, home decor, beauty,  technology, and tourism, all in support of Cancer Research and to honor Jill’s late husband Bobby Zarin.

T2C Ilene Smith Sichel on Saturday July 20th was on the Red Carpet.
This one-of-a-kind luncheon experience presented by MEND Skincare will treat invited guests to  a day of complimentary on-site activations performed by top tier brands. Amongst the  activations will be a gifting suite, known as the beauty bar, where giveaways from brands such  as Mend Skincare, a luxury new skincare that blurs the line between science fiction and  skincare, Laifen Technologies, who’s blow-dry bar will keep guests hair perfect, Oneisall, Coola, Corckcicle, Hanky Panky, Colleen Rothschild & so much more. The Beauty Bar also featured on-demand wellness services from Laifen & MEND skincare, complimentary  consultation with celebrity injector to the stars, Jennifer Anne Di Landro of Dolce Aesthetics  NY, hair accessories from Teleties, Beachwaver and more.

Brian Koski & Sean Kelly (Ticket2Events) and Jill Zarin (RHOUGT, RHONY), Alexander Hankin (Social Commentator), Aviva Drescher (RHONY), BillAydin (RHONJ), Dina Lohan, Dolores Catania (RHONJ), Evan Ross Katz (Writer & Columnist), Gracie Cashman (TV Host), Hannah Berner (Comedian), JenniferAydin (RHONJ), Joe Amabile (The Bachelor), Julia Haart (TV Personality), LeeAnneLocken (RHODallas), Luis Ruelas (RHONJ), Luann de Lesseps (RHOUGT, RHONY), Meredith Marks (RHOSLC), Ramona Singer (RHOUGT, RHONY), Serena Pitt (TV Personality), Shannon St. Claire (Love Island), Teresa Giudice (RHONJ), WendellHolland (Survivor).

All photo’s by Roger and Ilene Smith Sichel

 

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Tech Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts

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Summer is one of the best times to enjoy the outdoors with your family and friends. Here are some great and various modern technologies to add offering exciting options.

GPS Devices

Our first gift option is a GPS. It is a must-have tech gift for summertime excursions. It can be challenging to navigate different locations, but with a reliable GPS, you are assured that you are heading in the right direction. There are many really good options such as the  Garmin GPSMAP 66i. It has comprehensive charting, two-way texting, and SOS features. Another option to check out is Suunto Traverse Alpha.

Portable Laptop Monitor Extender

Are you creative and have multiple things to do simultaneously on your laptops. A portable laptop monitor extension improves productivity and easily connects to all laptops. The Mobile Pixels Trio/Trio Max, is our favorite with exceptional HD displays for multitasking. The Duex Float  can easily adjust with a 180-degree rotation.

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Portable Solar Chargers

A  good-quality portable solar charger will keep your gadgets charged and helps with extended outdoor travel. These portable solar chargers are an ideal option for an off-the-beaten-path excursion with few power outlets. An example is the Anker PowerPort Solar, which has twin USB connections for quick charging. Another option is the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus.

Action Cameras

Want to make an impression give an action camera. These incredible tech gadgets can effectively record all the exciting events in high definition. are favorite is the GoPro HERO9 Black, which is an excellent GoPro action camera with 5K video and modern stabilization. With the option of twin displays, 4K HDR video, and RockSteady stabilization for fluid filming is DJI Osmo Action.

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Wearable Tech

Lastly, a wearable technology that can offer various advantages like a fitness trackers and smartwatches. These presents help monitor your health, navigate paths, and measure fitness data. Garmin Fenix 6 and Apple Watch Series 7 are our picks.

Most travel lovers need the convenience of editing photos/videos, creating captivating content, and more. with a portable laptop monitor extender you have the world at your hands.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons

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I started off my weekend in The Hampton’s at an event for Hamptons Social Magazine.

Ilene Smith and Roger Sichel

Erika Katz and her daughter

The event was at Zadig & Voltaire East Hampton. The beautiful jewlery by Stacy Engman, was highlighted.

Stacy Engman

We were treated to some delicious ice cream and wine.

Then our friend photographer, artist and festival producer, Roger Sichel had a showing of some of his art at at Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. We attended his opening

Roger is prolific in creativing experiences that span generations and genres. From creating one of New York’s first erotic film festivals with judges Andy Warhol, Gore Vidal and Milos Forman to producing rock concerts with the Doors, Four Seasons and Isaac Hayes nationwide, Roger identifies most as a cultural observer and photographic journalist. Sichel has now entered the next phase of his artistic career and is choosing to explore neo-pop mixed media, inspired by his own life, as well as current events, while simultaneously preserving the legacy of his work in photojournalism.

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

The next day we attended the book signing at Barnes and Nobles of  Ann Liguori, sports Radio and TV Personality. Ann is the author of a new book called “Life on the Green, Lessons & Wisdom from Legends of Golf.” Hopefully we will have her on “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents,” because this book sounds fascinating.

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Maidstone, The Hampton’s And Norman Mailer

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I use to be friends with a woman named Beverly Bently, she has since passed on. She was married to Norman Mailer. For years, I heard about the filming of “Maidstone,” that was filmed in The Hampton’s.

Roger Sichel

This weekend when my friend Roger Sichel said he was going to The Maidstone, I jumped at the chance. Finally I was going to be able to see one of the places the film took place and put the pieces together.

The hotel

The restaurant

They filmed in multiple locations. The Maidstone, itself is a hotel and restaurant that defies time.

The Hydrangeas that surround the property

Walking from the parking lot

What made “Maidstone” so interesting was that it was Mailer’s improvisational attempt to blur the line between documentary and reality. Mailer played a version of himself in the film, as a film director turned political candidate, Bentley his wife and Rip Torn was enlisted to play the director’s contentious brother. During the filming Torn and Mailer improved a brawl that ended up to be real. Torn hit Mailer with a hammer. Mailer responded by biting Torn’s ear. You can see the scene here. Part of the problem was a booze, as well as other substances that fueled an increasingly drawn out shoot in East Hampton, as Torn took method acting a step too far. Both actor’s actually had violent natures, which is highly documented.

Lounging and bikes, for the perfect summer relaxation

Inside elegant comfort

A dinning table to confer with friends

more elegance

Dinning

cozy with a fireplace

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A table laden with brochures and unique gift items

Longing to soak up the sun with a garden view

Besides staying in the main house, you can stay in roomy cottages and you get your own dinning nook

The adorable cottages

It was nice coming full circle and seeing The Maidstone of today. It truly was a step back in time in so many ways.

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