Southern Scandinavia: A 3 day road trip.

Southern Scandinavia: A 3 day road trip.

I think the majority of us plead guilty when it comes to not doing so much travelling around your own country. So last summer I decided this needs to be changed and set out to explore the very south of this long, long country of mine with my French side-kick.

Bring on three days of picturesque stone churches, vodka distilleries and the bridge TV star!

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Summer post cards and future plans.

Summer post cards and future plans.

Mid-october. Already I am dreading the compact darkness that conquers Scandinavia for the latter part of the year. I have an escape route planned out though. An emergency exit in shape of a flight ticket (as per usual).

Where to? Find out!

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SÖRBÖLE 4EVER.

Wow, today has been an absolute stunner. Like I mentioned, I am in Sweden at the moment and this morning I took my parents dog for a walk. As we reached the sea a fog had crept over to cover it and it looked so beautiful.

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There was no wind at all. Just this thick silence that I have missed so much.

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As the sun came back we had a snow ball fight - few things are as amusing as watching Aaska's (the tiny furry thing) confusion as they crashed into the ground to vanish. The rest of the afternoon I sat drinking coffee on the porch with a sizzling 19°C in the sun - say what!!!

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To wrap it up, have a look at this wee little photo bomber! Gosh I adorez her!

Stora Hotellet.

Many moons ago I was on my way from Bath to Sweden to celebrate my mother's 50th year on this earth.

It's a fairly long journey, detouring London + Stockholm before you reach the north, so I had bunkered up with double provisions on the bus ride (1st my own, then my boss insisting I'd bring yet another baguette/water bottle/piece of fruit) to enjoy as England was waking up outside the bus windows.

Our house may be big, but certainly not big enough to store seven siblings with partners + cousins + grand children + what not, so we all checked in at Stora Hotellet ('The Big Hotel') in the city centre for one night. There they had these funky vending machines. Books, toothpaste and organic chocolate rather than your average mars bars.

The hotel has recently been refurbished, much playing on their history of being a sailor's federation, and looked very pretty!

I got my own room! Such luxury! Since I'm mainly used to backpacker-standard I was utterly surprised to find I even had my own BATHROOM! (Although the toilet itself was hidden behind a mirror, took me forever to find when I got back home around 3am and REALLY needed to pee. But that's another story...)

I don't have any photos from the party itself (although I was "dedicated photographer of the event") but let's round up with two photos of my baby niece. Incredible how fast she's growing!

Ps. I just love the lemon-set she is wearing, wish I had one of my own. <3 Ds.