Or that’s what we thought – we know this place, returning here for our third time will be such a rewarding experience, especially as we will be here in the summer months with sunshine, a new experience – not the previous winter blasts of snow and ice.
And we were right, this is an amazing place to visit, such a beautiful region and city, and the people are fantastic – but did we know it as well as we thought, probably because there was so much more to see and do; things that are just covered in snow and ice in the winter!
So let’s get our bearings and get to know a sunny Aughust Stockholm, who knows after a few days it may all comes back to us just like a classic ABBA song!
A good way to start is always a boat trip under the ridges and around the many islands that make up Stockholm – as it is a tricky place to navigate around, being spread over so many connecting masses.
After that, it’s time for a hot dog, some local beer and a glass of mini sausages in Gamla Stan, old town, just up from the underground station and looking out to the Hilton in Slussen where we have stayed before.
This whole area is to change with a major upgrading of the complicated road, rail and boat canal lock that intertwines with the connecting islands and bridges between Gamla Stan and Sodermalm.
Another feature of Sweden for the weary traveller, is how hard it can be to buy alcohol from a shop – I don’t want to sound like we have a drink problem, but it is very different to the UK in terms of purchasing.
The search for alcohol became an important part of the trip, with only two bottles of wine purchased in 7 days, certainly the state run hidden store strategy is working!
OK, time for one of my highlights for the week – a cycle sightseeing tour with bike Sweden
Then it’s the Photografika museum for me
And the Royal Palace and City Hall for Kay
Then meet up and over to Moderna Museet, one of our favourites!
This is a very special museum with a great collection – many pieces I had seen before, especially good to be reunted with Robert Rauschenberg’s sheep – last seen at the Louvre in Paris…
Time to move on…Gothenburg beckons, and I am reliably informed that anything goes in Gothenburg.
Anything goes in Gothenburg
let’s find out…
Seemingly my hypothesis is true – this ‘Little London’ cosmopolitan metropolis (compared to sleepy Malmo), would appear to be a veritable den of vibrant celebration, an explosion of cultures and differneces; a celebration of every shape, size and shade of humanity – or is that just the about vodka and bag of nuts that I have had……?
Anything goes in Gothenburg
No it was not just the nuts – this is a crazy place; at least it is so in August, a couple of days here and you will be ready for a rest….
Sweden’s second largest city is a busy bustling one, the harbour and the ocean from the backdrop for a multitude of nautical activity, and there is plenty going on on land as well!
Let’s start with a boat tour – all the guidebooks suggest this is the best way to find your sea-legs, however they don’t tell you go out in a tee-shirt, just as a major weather front is moving in; here is to the first soaking of the trip.
That rain certainly caught us out!
Time to move on – August is the month of a major cultural festival seemingly all over Sweden
So it’s time to dress up as a giant crayfish again Gothenburg is not going to miss out!
In August every year there are over 1,200 activities with free admission for all tastes and ages. Streets and squares turning into party places where you can indulge in a rich variety of culture – opera, art, music, carnival, street theater, crafts, theater, literature and film.
The Culture Festival intermingled various cuisines along with international artists and local bands – we got caught up in two events that will stay in the mind for a while….
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Firstly we stopped by at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, or to give it the correct title; the Konsthall.
Johan Zetterquist, was in residence – cue some crazy modern art.
Zetterquist creates among other projects to public works, often in the form of gigantic monuments. The visions are both utopian and dystopian but also irony and humor. Proposals portrayed with great concreteness and precision in a variety of techniques, not least as sculptures and installations. He appears in the joint between the design and installation. [ 3 ]
This was an interesting exhibition – Kill the Poor Eat the Rich cerainly hits a cord with me!
The bridge runs nearly 8 kilometres (5 miles) from the Swedish coast to the artificial island of Peberholm, which lies in the middle of the strait. The crossing of the strait is completed by a 4 km (2.5-mile) underwater tunnel, called the Drogden Tunnel, from Peberholm to the Danish island of Amager. From Copenhagen airport, the train takes around 25 minutes to Malmo and costs around 1 Danish Krona (DKK) – around £7; amazing value given that the crossing cost over 31 Billion DKK to build, being completed in the year 2000.
OK, so the first thing to do is get your bearings at Malmo C station – so we had a bit of lunch inside the station at Smörrebröd by Freda, a tasty snack indeed and recommended by trip advisor.
walking to our hotel was a nice 10 minute stroll, trundling our bags along the busy cobbled streets.
After checking in we set off for 3 hours of walking around and sightssing – starting with an ice cream on the front!
Malmö was one of the earliest and most industrialized towns of Scandinavia, but it struggled with the adaptation topost-industrialism. Since the construction of the Øresund Bridge, Malmö has undergone a major transformation with architectural developments, and it has attracted new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students throughMalmö University, founded in 1998. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial centre for the western part of Scania. Malmö was ranked #4 in Grist Magazine‘s “15 Green Cities” list in 2007.
The administrative entity for most of the city is Malmö Municipality which, as of 31 March 2013, has 309,105 inhabitants in eight different localities. Malmö is also a bimunicipal locality, as part of it is formally situated in Burlöv Municipality. The total population of the urban area was 280,415 in December 2010.
Greater Malmö is one of Sweden’s three officially recognized Metropolitan areas (storstadsområden) and since 2005 is defined as the municipality of Malmö and 11 other municipalities in the southwestern corner of Scania. On 31 March 2012, its population was recorded to be 664,428. The region covers an area of 2,522 square kilometres (974 sq mi). The municipalities included, apart from Malmö, are Burlöv, Eslöv, Höör, Kävlinge, Lomma, Lund,Skurup, Staffanstorp, Svedala, Trelleborg and Vellinge. Together with Lund, Malmö is the region’s economic and education hub.
One of the best areas to walk around is the newly developed small harbour and appartment blocks in the North, around the Turning Torso; a residential skyscraper iand the tallest building in the Nordic countries, built and owned by HSB Sweden.
The project was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and officially opened on 27 August 2005; it’s great to photograph!
The tower reaches a height of 190 metres (623 feet) with 54 stories and 147 apartments.
Out and about in Malmo
The old town central areas of Malmo are nice for eating and drinking, even with a crazy festival going on, it was always a pleasant atmosphere for the visitor at night.
Another sunny day in Malmo
Being a bit hooked on Strava and not wanting to spend half the day in a museum, I hired a bike and took off to visit the outer edges of Malmo – this was the right thing to do!
A 15km ride up and around the beach area proved to be 75 Swedish Krona’s well spent!
The beach is fantastic, lots of cool shallow water and on a Friday the who family are out to make the most of the sunshine and the numerous jetties that take the bathers out to see.
Riding around here was certainly more fun than this…….
A tour of Malmo must include a cycle in the park!
After such a busy morning it is always good to be sat in park, read books and having some quiet time…..
It was with some saddness I dopped off my bike back at the hotel ( I may be ditching carbon for a basket and a comfy saddle soon); and then walked up through town to the Sankt Petri Church (Swedish: Sankt Petri kyrka) .
This is a large gothic style church, construction started in 1319 – beautifully plain inside, there were some interesting rehersals going on – part of the festival no doubt.
As a major bonus, this weekend sees the start of Malmo Festival -a week of music, dance and partying for the whole region, little did we know the festival starts with the crayfish party in the main square
– where everyone eats crayfish, drinks and sings, wearing a silly hat of course (or a crayfish claw on their nose)!
A combination of fast food from around the world, mad crayfish people and two days hard sightseeing had a detremental effect on my feet and it was clearly time to sit down and have a been and reflect on this strange but friendly city.
So that was Malmo – a town full of mad people, which I found rather comforting…
Ttomorrow is Saturday, its time to go to Gothenburg and leave on the train; as for Malmo, I will certainly come back another day!
We only live around the corner, but having moved back here a year ago, have driven past Jervaulx Abbey and Masham so many times, so glad we popped in today!
With a lovely tea room, a very helpful guide book for £2.50 and at £3 per person to look around the ruins of the Abbey, this is a fantastic venue for the afternoon
Many thanks, I hope you like my snaps, certainly everyone should visit this beautiful Abbey, the wild flowers and gardens are lovely, tranquil and rather more peaceful than other more famous places…..
Founded in 1156, Jervaulx Abbey was once a great Cistercian monastery
Plundered and pillaged during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century, the Abbey now stands as an enchanting, charming and atmospheric ruin, allowed to flourish by its private owners with wild flowers and plants freely exploring its many nooks and crannies.
Set in the midst of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Jervaulx Abbey’s dramatic and yet tranquil ambience has won the hearts of many of its visitors. We hope that this website presents a flavour of the Abbey’s special qualities and acts as a source of inspiration for past and future visitors.
Jervaulx Abbey, is open all year round, dawn till dusk and plays host to civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, charity events as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location, and is part of the Turner Trail.