Breakfast picnic

Since the weather is fantastic here in Stockholm right now we decided to go for a breakfast picnic this morning. I prepared as much as I could yesterday evening so all I had to do this morning was fixing the sandwiches and away we went.

We went to a part of our municipality called Garnsviken. It’s a lake connected to the ocean by a canal. The particular area of Garnsviken we went to is a popular swimming spot in the summer. 

Garnsviken is part of the old waterway used by the Vikings called Långhundraleden. The waterway used to go between the Baltic ocean and the old town of Uppsala. Nowadays it is not possible to travel this way by boat as there is not water all the way due to the land uplift. 

View of Garnsviken

The bathing platform

Nice view for breakfast

Of course I had to take a picture when I found wood anemones 😃

Rest day

This morning when we woke up we decided that we would take it easy today as yesterday was a very ruff day! After a spinning class and a dance class my hip did not appreciate life. Luckily I did not have any issues with it this morning but thought I better give it a break from exercising.

The afternoon we spent in a bus together with most of the other people in our group. We visited three places on Fuerteventura. First off was a aloe vera factory.

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Next was the medieval town of Betancuria. On our way there we passed a fantastic view point towards the ocean.

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Our last stop of the day was in a small fishing village where the have caves by the water. Lots of steps to get there but a very cool place so totally worth the effort!

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On our way back to the hotel three goodie bags where given out and I happened to win one of them! 🙂

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Road trip: Day 11

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Our last hotel night in Skåne at Spångens Gästgivaregård was so disappointing! 😞 Our experience with the dinner last night I mentioned in my last post. At breakfast this morning it turned out that they had forgotten the lactose free food I emailed with the before arrival. That is not acceptable!! Lucky for them I’m not lactose intolerant so I could eat a little butter on the sandwiches but something like that can’t be forgotten in case you have a person really allergic.

I’m a little annoyed at myself that I didn’t make more research about the hotel in advance. I suppose I thought that all hotels I could use with the gift certificate would be fairly equal. Clearly we would have had a much better experience if we had used the gift certificate at one of the hotels in Tällberg (one of our favorite towns to visit for mini weekends and we’ll go there again in 3 weeks!). That would have been a much better use… Oh well, can’t do much about that now…

After breakfast we started driving to Söderåsens National park (B), a 5-minute journey from the hotel which is why you can’t see point A on the map! Unfortunately the fantastic weather we’ve had the past week didn’t show up today so my joints did not feel as good today plus that it was raining when we went to the national park. Instead of walking we drove on one of the few roads you can access with a car. At least we saw a little from the park. Lots of beautiful Beech trees.

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Our next stop was at Hovdala Castle (C) where we had decided to meet our old friends, Ulla and Lasse. Ulla used to work as a librarian at the library I visited as a teenager. She’s my favorite librarian ever! 😊

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Oh almost forgot, before arriving at the castle we passed by a town which had this sign at the entrance. We passed the sign and I told Mathias he had to go back so I could take a second look… yes, the sign has two UFO!

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Next we left Skåne and drove to Älmhult (D) to pick up Mathias’ father before heading to Jönköping where we’ll stay the night. Tomorrow we will go HOME! After almost two weeks away I’m so looking forward to sleep in my own bed again!

Road trip: Day 10

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I managed to get a map today! It’s not the correct route after point D but better than no map at all.

Today we left Skanör and our first stop on our journey was the city of Lund (B) where we walked around the town square and in particular visited the cathedral. It’s not as impressive as the cathedral in Linköping but fun to have been there anyway. As the cathedral is located it was impossible to get a whole picture of the building. Hubby couldn’t even do it with his fancy camera so my iPhone don’t need to be too sad! 😊

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After our little cathedral adventure we drove to the next place C where we visited two castles and a church. First off was Trollenäs castle with the old (11th century) church in the gardens. Here we also enjoyed coffee and cookies. They had two types of “cookie packages”, we chose the small version which was three cookies, a cinnamon bun and coffee. The larger version has 7 cookies…

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Trollenäs castle is probably the most beautiful–both in regards to the actual castle and the surrounding gardens–here in Skåne.

Next castle was Trolleholm castle where we weren’t allowed to get closer than the front gate.

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In Landskrona (D) we just happened to pass by and followed the sign for the citadel. Here we (mostly I?!) enjoyed a little shopping in their domestic arts/crafts store.

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At 5 pm we arrived at today’s final destination, Ljungbyhed (E). Earlier this year we got a gift certificate of a free hotel night (we only pay for dinner and breakfast) from my mother-in-law. I just booked the only place it was valid for in Skåne which turned out to be Spångens Gästgivaregård or as most Swedes will know as Kalle på Spången, a movie from 1939. I’ve never seen the movie so obviously I have to rent it when we get home!

The three course dinner tonight was so-so… the appetizer was fantastic… salmon pâté.

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The main course was barely OK… sauce was good but the rest not so much. Hubby makes much better grilled pork tenderloin himself!

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And the dessert… well it was ice cream and fruits/berries which looked so bad on the plate that no matter how I tried I couldn’t get a good picture! So sorry, no dessert picture today!

Road trip: Day 9

Sorry no map today… I’m having issues with the map app. 😞

First off I just want to report that my hip and foot survived yesterday’s long walk. I was hurting a little this morning but after my painkillers I’ve been totally fine all day long! And I lowered my cortisone dose again yesterday after two days on a higher dosage. So far so good!

We started the day with a little geocaching by this old mill.

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Next we started the car trip of the day with driving to Falsterbo, the neighboring town, ~5 min drive, where we checked out their church.

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Next on the schedule was checking out the building “Turning Torso” by the harbor in Malmö.

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We also had a little “catch up” with a future co-worker of my hubby (he’s changing work in September). We got recommended a castle close by called Torups castle. Beautiful place where we took nice long walk in the garden.

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After checking out the castle we took an long road home to Skanör. Instead of driving on the big main road which would take us ~30 minutes we drove on smaller country roads.

Back in Skanör we walked a little along the beach before enjoying our last dinner here before our journey north starts tomorrow. We ate at the same place as yesterday but tried new dishes. They had a Toast Skagen which I just had to try… for dessert I ate a fantastic Valrhona chocolate cake.

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I’m gonna miss Skanör! It’s so relaxing and stressful here. It’s a very charming little town!

Road trip: Day 8

Today we’ve not used the car at all. We’ve stayed within Skanör all day long. Too bad this is the only day not using the car… it’s so calm and peaceful to be in a small fishing town. Okay, lots of people maybe but as they are on the beach where we don’t go the rest of the area is “all to us”. Neither of us are good beach people. I find it fun for maybe 5 minutes and then I get bored of just laying there doing nothing. More fun to explore…

The first thing we explored after breakfast was the pharmacy. Last week I called the pharmacy and ordered my biological medication to be ready for pickup today. As the shots needs to be in the refrigerator traveling is not so easy. But as we are within Sweden I could call an “expert line” and they set up everything I needed. So convenient to just say where and when I want to pick up my meds and they do the rest!

After taking my medication we went for a walk. First stop was the old church, both beautiful on the outside and the inside!

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We also walked by the old town hall and town square.

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For lunch we enjoyed small sandwiches, Mathias chose roast beef and I (surprise, surprise…) egg and shrimp.

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Mid afternoon we went back to the hotel for a little rest of my hip and foot. Shortly before 4 pm we were out walking again as we’d read that at 4 pm there would be geese crossing the road. We quickly located the place…

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…but when no one else had shown up except us I started checking online (how did I survive before I had the whole Internet in my pocket!? 😉) and apparently the geese had escaped. I guess they got tired of walking over the same crossing every single day just so the tourists could have some fun.

Instead we walked back to the hotel and sat down to rest a little more before walking to the harbor to visit a seafood restaurant. We ate lots of yummy food tonight. Hubby ate a seafood platter with different picked herrings and fishes, and I ate a fish soup. For dessert we enjoyed strawberries with white chocolate mousse. 😋😋😋

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In total we’ve walked just over 10 kilometers today. I’m keeping my fingers crossed my joints will cooperate with me tomorrow!! 😁😰🙏

Road trip: Day 6

Today I finally gave in and raised my daily cortisone dose again after trying this new dosage for 3 weeks. I don’t want more days spoiling things I want to do during the vacation. The hip is a little better today and has not hurt as much as previous days. Maybe the warm weather has helped a bit too as we’ve had +25 Celsius and more the past two days. Still, I didn’t want to bother the hip too much so no national park today either and tomorrow we’ll continue to another part of Skåne. I guess we have a reason to return another year! 😉

Today we’ve had quite a long car drive with several stops in order to exercise my hip a bit. Can’t stand/walk too long and can’t sit to long… 😏

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Our first stop (B) was at a waterfall and mill, Hallamölla.

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A short distance from the mill an old alum factory is located. It started in the late 16 century and stopped in 1912. Unfortunately we were there a little too early as they had not open yet but the building for the coffee shop looked pretty with all flowers…

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The rest of the day we’ve spent visiting castles. First off was Bosjökloster castle (D). It used to be an abbey and then in the Middle Ages it turned into an castle.

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Next was Övedskloster castle (E).

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And last we visited Marsvinsholms castle (F).

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All castles are private homes but the first castle had many areas open to the public whereas the last two only allowed for walking in the gardens.

On our way back to the B&B I captured a nice picture of a mill and fields.

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