Gothenburg, + video of our journey NorthJune 2, 2017 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C
We have put together a film of the 7 days travelling between Slovenia and Sweden. It lasts a little longer than 15 minutes so if you'd like to see it, you might want to make yourself a cuppa before you click on the link! If you enjoy it, you can always subscribe to the VnW Travels YouTube channel to get notified whenever we upload something new!
We were able to park at Landvetter airport and meet Will's sister Sue and our brother in law John at arrivals. We were so happy to see them after nearly a year! Earlier, we'd scoped out a nice looking café in the town of Landvetter so we all went there for open sandwiches, self service coffee and sweet treats of raspberry pavlova slice, cream doughnut covered in cinnamon, nutmeg and sugar and a cardamom bun - delicious but a lot more expensive than we were used to!
After investigating what Swedish goodies WILLY'S supermarket had, we drove into central Gothenburg. For Sweden's 2nd city it isn't big, but alongside the trams and buses there was a lot of traffic and the atmosphere was buzzing. There were several cars with music blasting and young people hanging out of them waving Swedish flags and wearing what looked like sailors' caps. It was Friday afternoon and whilst we knew the coming Tuesday was National Swedish Day, we didn't know that this weekend was also a big one for students who had finished 3 years at the 'gymnasium'. They wore the white caps with their names in gold lettering upon graduating.
Leaving Sue and John as close to their hotel as we could get, we fought our way through the rush hour traffic to a car park about 5km out of the centre where we parked up for the night and cycled back in. The cycle lanes were amazing, with traffic lights just for us and priority crossing side roads. We even found they had separate street lights when we cycled back out later that night.
After a quick trip up to the roof terrace of Sue and John's hotel for a birdseye view of the city, we enjoyed wandering around the wide streets flanked with understated decoration on the tall, straight sided buildings. There were plenty of places to eat and an eclectic range of cuisines; burgers, sushi, falafels and pizzarias to name but a few. We always like to sample food typical of the country we are in and John's guidebook recommended a nice Swedish restaurant who luckily were able to fit us in. Gothenburg thrives on its reputation of innovative chefs who prepare traditional dishes with a modern twist. Familjen restaurant, with its emphasis on locally sourced food, certainly fitted the bill! We were brought dishes by the people who prepared them with an explanation of what they were. After bread and crisp bread with dips we had a starter of raw mackrell with cold jungle cucumber soup followed by pork with asparagus, green tomato and spruce shoots with a middle course of local cheeses and a desert of salted caramel ice cream on fresh strawberries with an almond flower topping. The whole meal was amazing and contained several things none of us had tasted before. The drinks menu even had the notation DFB- distance from brewery!
As a post dinner treat, John and Will found a pub to sample some Swedish ale, while Sue and Vicky had fun at Liseburg amusement park; a permanent setup close to the city centre.Read more