Magical Stockholm

290713- 115sStockholm, oh Stockholm. I just love that city. I instantly fell in love with it the first time I visited it 6 years ago. Only this year I got to visit it again, not a day too soon. Stockholm isn’t as small and cosy as say Gothenburg and not so down-to-earth. Gothenburg is where the averge Swede lives. I feel like lots of the people in Stockholm is a bit above the average. Stockholm is a city I would take weekendtrips to, but Gothenburg is a city I could see myself live in.  I don’t mean anything negative about this, because I love Stockholm so much. There is something magical about Stockholm. Something that is hard to explain what actually is. It just feels so close to my heart.

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Bikes in Gothenburg pt. II

In my previous post I told you about all the bikes I found in Gothenburg last time I was there. As promised, here is the second batch of the bike photos I took. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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Bikes in Gothenburg pt. I

140713- 004sThe photo above shows the first bike that attracted me after arriving Gothenburg. I spotted it just as we left the Central Station upon our arrival. That tiny little purse caught my attention and I knew I had to photograph it.

There was many more awesome bikes around Gothenburg. I had to stop quite often to photograph them and I think my friend more than once thought ‘oh, here we go again, stopping beside a bike’. When you’re on vacation with me, you got to be prepared to stop a lot when I got a camera around my neck / in my hand. Yes, I looked like a real (Japanese) tourist with my camera around my neck all the time. Taking my camera out of my purse every time I saw something worth photographing, would be too exhausting. It’s better to place it around your neck and pay attention to it so no one tries to steal it. Well, Gothenburg is not a metropolis like other big cities (London, New York, Paris etc), so I wasn’t so worried.

Well, back to the bikes. I saw a lot of them and photographed all the cool ones. That resulted in a lot of photographs. So many that I think it’s best to split it in two. Don’t want you guys to get a bike-overdose, do I?

Enjoy the bikes of Gothenburg, part one.

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Trägårdsföreningen

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I’ve been to Sweden a couple of times this summer. My Dutch friend Chantal visited me and we went on a 4 day trip to Gothenburg. We took the train, it took 4 hours. I had booked us a room at a lovely boat hotel, a tiny bit outside the city center, but close to the central station.

On the second day in Gothenburg, we visited Trägårdsföreningen. It’s a park full of flowers, trees, a lovely cafe, a big restaurant with an outdoor area and green grass big enough to host conerts. We saw them build a stage, so I think a concert was just around the corner. As you can see, the sun was shining and it was a lovely summer day. All the different flowers / plants were amazing. I love walking in gardens like this one.

On  our last day in Gothenburg we had to leave the hotel before noon. The train didn’t leave before 18.00, so we had quite some time to kill. We decided to spend the hours in the park, since we had our luggage with us and didn’t want to walk around with it. And after all, it was sunday, so not many shops were open and we didn’t want to spend much money. We spent the hours sitting in the park, reading, watching people going by us rating their outfits (socks in sandals is a BIG NO NO!) and eating a lovely lunch at the cafe. Chantie had a lovely salad and I had a yummy ham/cheese sandwich.

We took lots of photos in the garden. At least I did. Here are the photos I liked the most.

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There will come more photos from Sweden and Gothenburg later. Hopefully I’ll be able to share some in a few days.

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