Alesund, Norway

Okay, you are locked away at home, hopefully, you are working remotely, and everyone is well.  It is May, the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and you are itching to travel, but not quite ready to go.

Alesund, Norway
Ålesund , Norway

It is time to go virtual traveling. It is not a new thing. We’ve been traveling virtually for centuries. Homer’s Odyssey, told around table with a cup of wine was the first virtual story. That is unless you count the hand paintings on the walls of the caves of Lascaux, in Dordogne, France. Today, hunters are still telling stories of getting up before dawn to tramp the fields for birds. Storytelling, like hunting, is in our DNA.

The Egyptians with their cuneiform told pictorial stories, and the Phoenicians and Greeks turned symbols into letters and a whole new way of telling a story. Modern inventions helped us visualize what was written. Photographs and postcards gave us a picture, and stereoscopes made those pictures 3D.

Movies made them move.

There is nothing new under the sun. The whole point of going back to Homer’s Greece and to the French Caves of Lascaux is to remind us that, we are at our very core storytellers. We like to remember. Happiness and sadness, comedy and tragedy – we learn, we enjoy, we remember.

I remember Ålesund , Norway.

If you are lucky enough to travel to Norway, do it in the summer. The days are long, the nights short, the weather is sunny and spectacular. If you go, you are likely to land in Oslo the capital. But if you want to see Norway, travel north to the fjords of the western coast. And that will take you to Ålesund , the gateway to the fjords.

Enough with the story telling. The guy at the front of the tour bus eventually needs to shut up and let the tour group gawk and the beautiful scenery. What we all want to do is to see. Here is a smattering of what I saw:

Visit Ikornness, Norway

While in Alesund, don’t forget to take a boat trip up the fjord to Ikornnes, where Stressless recliners are made.

 Visit Traditions Home and discover Stressless

If you are in Wichita or Overland Park, visit Traditions Home and Traditions Furniture to discover the Stressless sensation.


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50 Million People



According to AAA, more than 50 million people will take to the roads and countless more to the air to join love ones for Thanksgiving. As Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (played by the gruff but lovable Michael Conrad) said at the end of cop roll call in every episode of Hill Street Blues , “Let’s be careful out there.”

We, at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park want to add our own message: Miles apart, wherever you go, however you go, be safe, take your time. Someone you love will be waiting for you.

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Oh, the place you’ll go in a Stressless chair

[Join us next Friday, Nov. 8th for Norwegian delicacies, French wines, European beer and a lot of fun, from noon to 7 pm. Register to win a Stressless chair and ottoman.]

Oh, the places you’ll go in a Stressless chair
You’ll see great sights
Like Timbuktu and the Taj Mahal
You’ll soar to heights
Like an eagle in flight
Go by day, go by night
It matters not
In a Stressless chair

Oh the places you’ll see
Like the Eiffel Tower in Grand Pareé
Might I suggest
A glass of wine
A Chablis or Merlot
From a grape that grows on a sunny hill
On the hills of Bordeaux
You know…
The wine they drink
In small cafes
On the Rue de Rennes in Montparnasse
You know the place
Where we first met
Years ago

Recline and relax
You’ll know what I mean
When you sit and you breathe
The air above Madagascar
You’ll know how it feels
On a safari on the Kalahari
Listen you’ll hear
A lion roar or an elephant trumpet
Stranger still is the hyena cry
And the baboon that laughs
By the light of the silvery moon

Now, close your eyes
You’ll see I’m right
It is not so far
As the grocery store
On the very next block

And to think
The simplest thing
Is the strangest thing
You’ll do it right here
In a Stressless chair