Flam is for tourists

Flam is for tourists, of that there is no doubt.

Anywhere that has a train that stops in a tunnel so you can get out, take pictures of a waterfall and be serenaded by some character dressed as a mythical legend with piped music has got to have tourism nailed right…….

But before the tourists, there were the locals, and you have to have some sympathy for them, because if I lived here, I would not want massive cruise ships coming up my Fjord.

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Flam is for tourists

I wouldn’t want to be living here with this load of invaders; certainly Flam is for tourists, and it shouldn’t be!

Let’s start by leaving Bergen on a train…..

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Actually, you feel pretty relaxed after a lovely local train trundle from Bergen up through Voss and climbing over the mountains to the railway station and junction of the regional mainline at Myrdal; unaware of the tourism honeytrap you are about to encounter.

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Opened in 1908 this little station is where it all happens (at 866 metres above sea level). Looking back at our visit to the amazing Jungfrau railway in August 2013, makes me realise that this is really nothing compared to that 3,454m station – Transfer from the regional red train to the tourist green one – and off you go!

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From here, the famous Flåm Railway winds its way down to the tourism mecca of the fjord below.

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It’s hard not to get caught up in the tourist shots; ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ seems to be designed for the sort of traveller who wants to see the entire country in 24 hours while in a sprawling queue behind an iPad waving umbrella holding tour guide, helping them from ship to shore, to train to hotel to plane. Not for me thanks.

Norway in a Nutshell…..No thanks!

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You see; it could be a nice place without the tourists. But with a major travel interchange big enough to welcome the QE2 and load them on a big train, then sadly the only way to enjoy the area is to get on a boat and out of town, up the Fjord.

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Now we are getting somewhere!

taking a regular ferry up the fjord with a cup of coffee and your camera is the way to really take in the scene for a few hours; so after we packed up and stored our bags away, it was time for the highlight of the week so far –  the fjord tour and cheese making…

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Fjordcruise Nærøyfjorden

We start off with a little bus through amazing tunnels to Gudvangen; this was only built 20 years ago and until then this part of the world was cut off by road and only accessible by boat!

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From Gudvangen we jumped on to the 10.30 ferry/boat out up the Fjord and were soon sailing past Styvi and Dyrdal, getting to Undredal after an hour and a half; a very pleasant cruise.

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We hopped of in Undredal and were met by a guide; a super local chap.

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He took us on a tour of village and the highlight was a look inside the amazing church.

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Undredal Stave Church (Norwegian: Undredal stavkyrkje) is a stave church in Aurland Municipality in Sogn og Fjordane county, on the shore of the Aurlandsfjorden.

The church is part of the Undredal parish in the Indre Sogn deanery in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.[1][2]

The church is only 12 by 4 metres (39 by 13 ft) and has only 40 seats, making it the smallest stave church still in use in all of Scandinavia. The parish only includes one small, rather isolated valley, with only 116 parishioners, making it the second smallest parish in the Diocese of Bjørgvin.[3]

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Ostesmaking (cheese tasting and explanation) was all very good in the village, I can see why they were happy to be cut off until 1989 when the tunnel and road was built!

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Soon it was time to be back on the bus to Flam. (Sadly) And after a look in the railway museum, pick up our bags, have a coffee and then get back on the Flam Express to connect for Oslo train later.

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While waiting to board it was good to chat with some elderly American fellow travellers, on a three week Scandinavian mini tour they have also taken in St Petersburg (jealous now)!

The scenery on this late afternoon trip was superb from our reserved seats on the Myrdal -Oslo leg – a 4.5 hour spectacular over the mountains and down to our final destination.

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Itmay not be Switzerland but i don’t think I have been on a more stunning (regular) train ride in such comfort at such altitude.

Even better, unlike Northern Rail, the hotel emailed a menu through and we ordered some snacks and beer for our 10.30pm Oslo arrival – now that is pretty cool!

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All in all, a pretty good couple of days – despite the tourists!

Tip for next time – avoid at all costs and take to the hills!

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next stop….Oslo.

 

 

Trondheim is so trendy

Walking around this industrial landscape it’s easy to come to form that opinion.

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Trondheim is so trendy. This is a great place to hang out…

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Firstly there are the amazing junk shops, the beautiful cathedral, the famous coloured houses up and down the streets, and the fantastic bars and places to hang out.

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And then if you feel the need to get on a boat; there is always Munkholmen.

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Munkholmen is an island in the Trondheim Harbour area, approximately 2 kilometres from the town centre. The island was originally named Nidarholm. During the Viking Age, this was a place where public executions were held. Munkholmen is also where the founder of Trondheim, Olav Tryggvason, put Kark’s and Håkon Earl’s heads on poles, after battling for kingdom and Christianity in the year of 995.

A few years later, a Benedictine monastery was build on Nidarholm. The presence of monks lasted until the Protestant Reformation (in 1537), and this is why the island over time got it’s new name, Monk’s Island (Munkholmen).

In the following centuries, Norway was in union with Denmark, and were frequently at war with Sweden. After freeing Trøndelag from Swedish occupation in 1659, Munkholmen was reconstructed into the shape it has today, as a fort. This was done to build a better military defence of Trondheim and Trøndelag. Kristiansten Fort was built later in that same period. The architects behind these two forts in Trondheim were Willem Coucheron and Johan Caspar de Cicignon. They are also known for their involvement in other Norwegian forts and fortresses (Halden and Fredrikstad).

Munkholmen was later used as prison. Peder Schumacher Griffenfeld is the most famous prisoner held here. Griffenfeld came to Norway as chancellor, but had to serve life time imprisonment (18 years) after bringing himself in disgrace upon the king (Christian V).

During the second world war, Munkholmen once again was used as fort, this time by the Germans. There is still an anti-aircraft artillery gun at the island, left by the Germans.

Today, Munkholmen is a popular recreational attraction. The island has an open cafe and guide service in the summer season. There is also a small beach outside the fort. The fjord is relatively deep between Trondheim and Munkholmen, and you have to get there by boat. The boat service runs between Ravnkloa and Munkholmen at day time (between May and September), or when hired. For more information, follow link to the homepage of Tripps Boat Service.

Enjoy!

Bergen Beautiful Bergen

Welcome to Bergen, Beautiful Bergen.

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We got off the Hurtigruten boat in the port of Bergen and wheeled our bags around the city centre, through the shops, past the fish market, trundle up along Bryggen, landing at the Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret.

This is Bergen, beautiful Bergen.

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There is a lot of activity around the port and fish market area – it’s a fun place

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On a rainy day, the Sea Lions at the Aquarium are great fun, along with the penguins, they have seen it all before…

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And once you have tun out of exploring Bryggen and the city centre…

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Hop on that train to Flam (and eventually Oslo) at the station.

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Some Oslo images

I liked Oslo, but never really got the chance to reflect on it – mainly due to a terrible experience with Scandinavian Airline SAS.

So here are some Oslo images; I hope you like them.

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Oslo is one amazing place.

Oslo Opera House & Vigeland Park

Oslo Opera House & Vigeland Park

Our train to Oslo from Flam is rammed with tourists – it is a busy Saturday in June I suppose, and we are tourists ourselves-  just trying not to look like them.

Oslo is a huge city by comparison to where we have been; The 1000-year-old Norwegian capital sits at the head of Oslo Fjord.

Not being tourists, we would of course still be visiting the visual delights at Vigeland Sculpture Park, the Viking Ship Museum and the amazing Oslo Opera House, just across the road from our hotel.

So no apologies for these tourist snaps, the opera house is so amazing you can’t fail to make it look good – even on an overcast day with an iPhone, but on a sunny day with a new 28mm lens, it shines.

Music is never far away at Oslo Opera House
Music is never far away at Oslo Opera House

So let’s start this post with one of the busiest tourist hotspots in Oslo; namely Oslo Opera House; a fantastic building that is home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the national opera theatre in Norway.

The building is situated in the Bjørvika neighborhood of central Oslo, at the head of the Oslofjord, there is a huge amount of redevelopment going on here with the building of a new National library next door, scheduled to be finished in 2018.

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House interior
Oslo Opera House interior

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After the Opera House we moved on to the Vigeland Sculpture Park

Vigeland Sculpture Park

This is a wonderful park with hundreds of sculptures – each one a work of art in it’s own right. It’s free to visit – quite remarkable for such an accessible location in an expensive place like Oslo.

You could spend hours here depending on your personal artistic bent. Nudity is the order of the day – some of the offerings are unusual to say the least. We certainly enjoyed the experience, I hope you like these snaps.

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Gustav Vigeland (11 April 1869 – 12 March 1943), né Adolf Gustav Thorsen, was a Norwegian sculptor. Gustav Vigeland occupies a special position among Norwegian sculptors, both in the power of his creative imagination and in his productivity.

He is most associated with the Vigeland installation (Vigelandsanlegget) in Frogner Park, Oslo.[1][2]

He was also the designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal.[3]

This was the last day of the trip, it was a great idea to get out of the centre on the tram and take in the super Vigeland Sculpture Park – this was a truly amazing place!

Fram Museum

Finally there is no trip to Norway that is complete without paying homage to those Antarctic explorers who were busy beating Robert Falcon Scott to the South Pole nearly 100 years ago.

Fram is the strongest wooden ship ever built and still holds the records for sailing farthest north and farthest south.

At the Fram Museum you can get on board the ship and see how the crew and their dogs managed to survive in the coldest and most dangerous places on earth – the Arctic and the Antarctic.

The Fram Museum also has a polar simulator where you can experience both the cold and the dangers of polar expeditions over a hundred years ago. The museum’s Gjøa building has exhibitions on the Arctic and the Northwest Passage.

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Of course Amundsen beat RFS to the prize.

I suppose being in Norway I had to admit that the plucky Brits were never realistically going to win that race; having now seen it from the Norwegian angle.

A great end to our own little polar expedition.

At least we made it back, which is more than can be said for so many of those amazing brave explorers from 100 years ago.

Knowing me knowing Stockholm

Knowing me knowing Stockholm; Ah Ha!

Ah Ha!
Ah Ha!

Knowing me, knowing Stockholm!

Knowing me knowing Stockholm
Knowing me knowing Stockholm – we found new jewels in the sunshine!

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.

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BBBrrrr……
Stockholm
30th December 2009
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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!

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You need a big coat in Stockholm – looking out to City Hall
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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.

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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.

There is always time to fit in a hot dog

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.

Slussen and the Hilton
Slussen and the Hilton
Beers with a large dog are essential.....
Beers with a large dog are essential…..
A glass of sausages, overlooking Sodermalm withould the need of a huge coat…

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 drink shop - not easy to find!
The drink shop – not easy to find!

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

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Then it’s the Photografika museum for me

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And the Royal Palace and City Hall for Kay

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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…

http://www.modernamuseet.se/

Moderna Museet
Moderna Museet

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A special treat for Anniversary – the ABBA museum

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I also got a very special pair of socks….

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then a lovely lazy afternoon loving Stockholm, reflecting on this amazing place

You think you know somewhere?

Think again!

Knowing me knowing Stockholm has taught me that here especially. the climate makes Stockholm at least two cities….

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Knowing me knowing Stockholm
Knowing me knowing Stockholm

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I will need to add more comments/links and snaps, but just wanted to get it out there this morning before the next trip …

Travel dilema – where to today?

 

 

 

 

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…..