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Anything goes in Gothenburg

Time to move on…Gothenburg beckons, and I am reliably informed that anything goes in Gothenburg.

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Gothenburg is beautiful

Gothenburg is beautiful

The people in Gothenburg are beautiful

The people in Gothenburg are beautiful

nice bit of canal anyone?

nice bit of canal anyone?

Anything goes in Gothenburg

let’s find out…

The Poseidon Adventure

The Poseidon Adventure

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……?

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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….

Plenty to watch

Plenty to watch

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!

A city made of ships

A city made of ships

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.

Posh houses along the central canal, from the boat trip

Posh houses along the central canal, from the boat trip

Everyone looks down on you as the low boat passes under the even lower bridges - health and safety look away.

Everyone looks down on you as the low boat passes under the even lower bridges – health and safety look away.

Our guide was very good - she alos had a big coat (unlike us) which came n handy once the rain started.

Our guide was very good – she also had a big coat (unlike us) which came n handy once the rain started.

Or was it Hull Docks from 1974?

Or was it Hull Docks from 1974?

Gothenburg boat trip

Gothenburg boat trip

Gothenburg boat trip

Gothenburg boat trip

The sensible people bought a poncho....

The sensible people bought a poncho….

Hiding under some very low bridges to keep out of the rain...

Hiding under some very low bridges to keep out of the rain…

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That rain certainly caught us out!

wet wet wet

wet wet wet

Time to move on – August is the month of a major cultural festival seemingly all over Sweden

It's quite easy to buy that little something for the party season!

It’s quite easy to buy that little something for the party season!

So it’s time to dress up as a giant crayfish again Gothenburg is not going to miss out!

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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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Gothenburg Culture Festival will sacrifice an annual party That Contribute to a warmer, more human and fun community. The event’s force attention and strengthens the rich cultural offerings and Helps to Gothenburg and the Västra Götaland region Becomes even more attractive to live and work in and to business. It is the City of Gothenburg and the Västra Götaland behind Gothenburg Culture Festival, along with a range of partners in the municipal, business and other organizations. Project Göteborg & Co.

Firstly we stopped by at the Gothenburg Concert Hall, or to give it the correct title; the Konsthall.

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Johan Zetterquist, was in residence – cue some crazy modern art.

born 13 April 1968 in Arvika , [ 1 ] Zetterquist is a Swedish artist . He works in Gothenburg and studied at Hovedskou Art School 1988-1989 and at Valand at the University of Gothenburg 1989-1994 [ 2 ] .

Kill the Poor Eat the Rich

Kill the Poor Eat the Rich

This is Sweden's first bank-robber, a hero seemingly?

This is Sweden’s first bank-robber, a hero seemingly?

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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!

poor man’s wall – looks like our back garden

He likes his crosses the other way up...

He likes his crosses the other way up…

 

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He debuted in 1994 at Galleri Rotor in Gothenburg. Since then Zetterqvist had exhibitions both in Sweden and internationally, including at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco , the Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin , Witte de With in Rotterdam , Galerie Rudiger Schöttle in Munich , Julia Friedman Gallery in Chicago , Suite 106 in New York . Along with Staffan Boije of Gennäs curatade he Nordic Darkness on Kristinehamn Art Museum in 2011 [ 4 ] 

Great work from Göteborgs Konsthall this solo exhibition from Zetterquist is certainly worth a trip!

Next it’s Carnival time!

Some amazing dancing, music and parading through the streets next as the Sunday afternoon carnival gets underway.

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OK I got a bit trigger happy with the Kiriaka Drum band – but they were amazing!

Anything goes in Gothenburg

Anything goes in Gothenburg

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What a fantastic place – music, happy people, international food fairs, and a couple of great meals out – Heaven 23 and the French Bistro around the corner – as below

The whole cast from the Poseidon adventure are here….

View from Heaven 23 restraunt – easy to jump when the bill comes

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All in all, a lovely town, you can walk safely everywhere, lots of nice bars and things to do.

Haga is also a lovely district to have some lunch and when it’s all too much, just sit back and soak up the multicultural vibe….

Light lunch in Haga

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Goodbye Gothenburg.

I will be coming back  -if they allow me after reading this drivel.











A tour of Malmo

The sun always shines in Malmo!

The sun always shines in Malmo!

We took a tour of Malmo; it was fabulous

The Øresund or Øresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen, Swedish: Öresundsbron [œːrəˈsɵnːdsˈbruːn], joint hybrid name: Øresundsbron) is a double-track railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Scania (southernmost Sweden) and Denmark. 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. The term Øresund Bridge often includes this tunnel.

The Øresund or Øresund Bridge, from the trendy Malmo marina area.

We arrived in Malmo via the Øresund Bridge (Danish: Øresundsbroen, Swedish: Öresundsbron [œːrəˈsɵnːdsˈbruːn], joint hybrid name: Øresundsbron). A double-track railway and motorway bridge across the Øresund strait between Scania(southernmost Sweden) and Denmark.

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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.

Malmo lunch

Malmo lunch

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.

Malmo street art

Malmo Street Art

After checking in we set off for 3 hours of walking around and sightssing – starting with an ice cream on the front!

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Malmo sunshine

Mrs B enjoying the Malmo sunshine on the front

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Malmö (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈmalːˈmøː]) is the capital and most populous city in Skåne County, and the third largest city in Sweden. Together with Copenhagen, it constitutes the transnational Øresund Region, the most densely populated area in Scandinavia.

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Malmö is classified as a global city, placed in the gamma- category by theGaWC,[4] ranked 5th in Scandinavia by the Global Cities Index in 2012.[5] It is ranked the fourth-most inventive city in the world based on the number of patent applications per 10,000 residents[6] and the 7th-most bicycle friendly city in the world, according to the Copenhagenize Index in 2013.[7]

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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 Magazines “15 Green Cities” list in 2007.[8]

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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.[9][10] The total population of the urban area was 280,415 in December 2010.[2]

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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.[11] On 31 March 2012, its population was recorded to be 664,428.[3][12] The region covers an area of 2,522 square kilometres (974 sq mi).[1] 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.

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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.

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The project was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and officially opened on 27 August 2005; it’s great to photograph!

Turning Torso is a residential skyscraper in Sweden and the tallest building in the Nordic countries.[citation needed] Located in Malmö on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait, it was built and is owned by HSB Sweden. The project was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and officially opened on 27 August 2005. The tower reaches a height of 190 metres (623 feet) with 54 stories and 147 apartments.[5] In August 2015, it was announced that the building was the winner of the 10 Year Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.[6]

Turning Torso

The tower reaches a height of 190 metres (623 feet) with 54 stories and 147 apartments.[5]

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.

Eating out in the old town

Footpaths and cycleways are everywhere -so much less congested than UK cities for getting around.

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‘Bastard’ oe of the top rated restaurants in Malmo – sadly booked up so we never got to sample the poor piggy.

Eating out and drinking, you could be in Leeds?

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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!

It's hotter than you would think in Malmo.

It’s hotter than you would think in Malmo.

A 15km ride up and around the beach area proved  to be 75 Swedish Krona’s well spent!

Hire a bike and get down to that beach…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Riding around here was certainly more fun than this…….

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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…..

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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) .

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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.

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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

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– where everyone eats crayfish, drinks and sings, wearing a silly hat of course (or a crayfish claw on their nose)!

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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.

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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!

There were a lot of strange people in Malmo; so i fely entirely at ease with myself there.....

There were a lot of strange people in Malmo; so i fely entirely at ease with myself there…..