Sweden 2014 - The Last Meal
The day before we left, we had to use all of the food we had bought on the holiday. So we had a little feast, loads of meatballs, potatoes, watermelon (wayyy too much watermelon) and snacks we had bought on the way. The next day we were all packed and ready to leave, we passed the keys back to the landlord, who had been really nice and met up again with the family before heading off to the airport.
This holiday in sweden would probably be my last family one, well at least one where I had to rely on them. It had become a bitter sweet experience, where I really wished for independence. I was happy to have driven again and experienced so many new things again with my family and loved ones, but I think this is a changing point, where I must be better for the next. Hopefully then my next trip on V&Tree will have even more beautiful sights than before!
Sweden 2014 - The Drive Back Home
These were the photos from my drive back to our swedish home. It was crazy stormy on the road home, my little Toyota Yaris was being pushed around, all slippy and slidey on the road. Luckily with Alan as my guide, and photographer on this journey, it was not as bad as it could have been, and moreover, the roads were empty!
On the way we were so excited to see the weird 80’s Mario statue on the motorway. Dan and I had been telling Alan about it all holiday and it started to feel like a myth, but there it was in the flesh! Weird huh? And FYI, Dan and I have actually been to the warehouse that that statue landmarks. its pretty empty but has some cool stuff on showcase.
Sweden 2014 - The Gothenburg Paddan Tour
Lisa took us into central Gothenburg to take a look around. It was the day after Midsummer so, rather like a bank holiday, almost everything was closed and noone was around. None the less, she had a plan in mind and took us to ride the Paddan Tour Boat (paddan means lillypad!). We stopped off for some restroom breaks then lined up for the next ride.
Sweden 2014 - The Gothenburg Paddan Tour (prt2)
We all took our seats after getting the tickets and sat on this supremely wide boat. The tour went through the canals of Gothenburg, under bridges and past sights where our charming tour guide, bursting with character, said his lines on the way and he was genuinely amusing!
Sweden 2014 - The Gothenburg Paddan Tour (prt3)
Going under the shallow bridges in Gothenburg, one was so low you had to get down onto the floor! This was called “The Cheese Slicer”.
Sweden 2014 - The Gothenburg Paddan Tour (prt4)
The tour boat exited the city centre and went out to the sea, where ships were docked on the side. I think this huge one was possibly a pirate ship, but now its a museum, amongst other things i’m sure!
Sweden 2014 - The Gothenburg Paddan Tour (prt5)
The Gothenburg shipyard by the sea, which boats are fixed without towing them onto the surface. This was the last sight of the tour before we made our way back, but it was quite exciting as it started to pour down with rain halfway through the journey. We had our raincoats on and were ready for it, but some alas were not.
It was a good tour! And we went away with plenty of laughs afterwards. Lisa took us back to her home in her car soon after, where then it was time to go ourselves. We gave back the coats, exchanged details and made our 2.5 hr journey back to Båstad by car. Thank you to Lisa & Family for showing us a great time, we had an amazing Midsummer!
Sweden 2014 - Beda Trip & the Fisk Museet
We stayed the night at Lisa’s home, where the morning after we went with her and her son to tour a bit of Gothenburg. We had a good breakfast and then headed off to see the neighbouring island.
Sweden 2014 - Beda Trip & the Fisk Museet (prt2)
We took the ‘Beda’ across to the other side of the island. There were lots of quaint touristic shops here.
Sweden 2014 - Beda Trip & the Fisk Museet (prt3)
Inside the Fisk Musset (Fish Museum) there were lots of boats, carpets, paintings and handmade goods on display. It was really cosy!