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Posts tagged sweden

Koloniträdgårdar

Gävle community garden neighborhood

Last year, when I traveled from Copenhagen to Sweden, my SIM card didn’t work in Sweden so I could only use my phone when I was on wifi. I arrived in Gävle a half hour or so before my Airbnb hosts were expecting me, and I had no way to ask them if it was OK if I showed up early. So I took a walk around the neighborhood and discovered a lovely community garden (that I would have never stumbled upon had I not had the extra time).

I believe the place is called Södra Kolonin Gävle. I found out later that the community gardens were established in 1905. Originally there were only a few tiny buildings, and no one lived there. The gardens were a place for the city dwellers to escape to for the day during the summers. As more and more people desired the properties, more small houses were built, and some now live there all the time I’m told. I hear there is a waiting list to buy a place should one become available. I’m not sure how many tiny houses are there now but over a hundred I think.

Should you ever find yourself in Gavle, you should explore this place. Head to the southern end of Muréngatan.

1889 Gävle Skola

130-year old school house

Today’s photo was taken after midnight on my way back to my Airbnb after the Gefle Metal Festival was over a couple years ago.

This year my Airbnb in Gävle was in an amazing house of similar age.

Vasa

Vasa

@thevasamuseum

Stockholm

12-photo photomerge panorama stockholm

12-photo photomerge of Stockholm, Sweden

#stockholm #sweden #VisitSweden

There is a good chance that I’ll end up in Stockholm, again, this summer for at least a couple of half days and maybe a couple of full ones as well. I feel like I’ve done all of the regular things in Stockholm (bike tour, Vasa Museum, boat tour, Old Town–many times, metal/rock pubs, etc.) What else am I missing? Has anyone ever done something in, or near, Stockholm that they really enjoyed that isn’t on the normal radar?

Aerial view of the Oresund Bridge

Oresund Bridge aerial

Oresund Bridge

Today’s photo is the view out my window just before landing in Copenhagen in June of 2016. The land in the distance isn’t Denmark. That’s Malmö, Sweden.

Stockholm Bike Tour

stockholm bike tour cykel tor simonsson

Stockholm

#stockholm #sweden @visitstockholm @VisitSwedenUS #VisitSweden

In the summer of 2017 I went on an awesome bike tour of Stockholm courtesy of Tor and Kerstin Simonsson of Stockholm Cykel. Two of us signed up. The other person, who I didn’t know, couldn’t ride a bike so it was just me and Tor. Tor was awesome. The bike was excellent. Unlike a typical bike tour, where you are “stuck” with a bunch of other tourists going to the same places as everyone else doing a bike tour, Tor’s tour avoided most of the touristy spots and was very personal.

Today’s photo comes from part of our ride. I’ve been to Stockholm three times, and 99% of what I saw on this tour I had never seen before. Highly recommended.

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