Sweden makes me think of Pipi Longstocking and when going to this place, I thought she could pop up anytime.
It is a huge wild garden where people can pick their own colourful flowers and vegetables are grown. There are some glass houses one of which has a café inside that serves all kind of home made food (we had yummy soup and cakes).
A place that seems a bit surreal and leaves you with a big smile on your face.
There is so much to see and do in Stockholm that it is hard to make a good summary. Here are some of the things we did during our long weekend:
– We walked a lot and did several city walks mentioned in 100% Stockholm that lead you through all the interesting neighbourhoods of the city
– Gamla Stan, the old center is of course a must. A great place for a break is Grillska Huset. A bakery and café part of the Stadsmission, the local Salvation Army. It has a lovely roofterrace, you have to look for it a bit and that is more than worth it
– We visited SOFO, a part of Södermalm island (south). A vibrant, young and laid-back area full of original shops, restaurants and cafés. You can feel the energy there. It is the area South of Folkunggatan (SOFO) and east of Götgatan. In many shops you can take the free map of the area where all the shops are indicated
– We went on a 1 hour boattrip around Djurgården. Very nice to see Stockholm by boat. Ferries depart from Strandvägen
– We visited the Museum of Modern Art on the island Skeppsholmen
– We ate the typical Kanelbullar, the delicious Swedish cinnamon roll
– We went to shop at NK Stockholm, a lovely department store, Nordiska Kompaniet with lots of brands and small boutiques
– And opposite we visited Illums Bolighus, a Danish design store that hosts several interior design, kitchen and accessories brands
– Good streets for shopping: Hamnagatan, Nybrogatan, Biblioteksgatan, Mäster Samuelsgatan, Stureplan with Sturegallerian (all close to each other). And the SOFO area as described above
Mallorca is not that large and changes are high you drive close by Santa Maria, in the centre of the island. Apart from the great market on Sundays, the town is not that much worth a visit. But this gelateria is worth a little detour.
Yummy Italian ice in all possible flavours. Our holiday house was not too far away from this town so we made sure to come by regularly.
Apparently they also have a branch in Palma.
But there are also many smaller parks. Close to where I live is the pleasant Parc Tenbosch. It is in the middle of a residential area and is a little oasis of three hectares. There are two main entrances at the top and bottom of the park and it has plenty of lawns to lie down, lovely wooden benches, gentle slopes, a playground for small children, a basketball area and lovely trees, flowers and winding paths that give a pleasant sense of getting lost.
Very much recommended if you need a little break, lie in the sun, want to have a picnic or let your children play.
This was one of the most special things we experienced while in New York: walking over the High Line. Old railroad tracks that were used since the 1930’s for cargo transport are now converted into a long, elevated, strolling park and opened in Summer 2009. Winding, 10 metres above street level, over 19 streets. It gives a very original view of the city, see throughs into apartments, hotels, galleries, warehouses and the Hudson river allowing for a total new experience of the city.
The lovely, rather wild flowers and plants are designed by Dutch garden architect Piet Oudolf. All kinds of terraces, mini shops, picnics and cultural activities are going on, there are lounge chairs awaiting you and around 26th street there is a kind of mini theatre seating where the life at 10th Avenue below is the stage through a large glass window: 10th Avenue Square.
You can get on and off at different points, the most southern entrance is at Gansevoort /Washington street in Meatpacking district. When we were there the end of the High Line was at 30th street, but plans where already made to continue building further on the last part of the track, till 34th.
It was hard to capture the feeling in the pictures I made, so definitely visit their website.
The High Line gives a total happy feeling, and people seem friendlier up there. Something not to be missed!
The very lively Union Square is sure worth a visit. It has a peaceful park where people are eating outside on green seats and tables while squirrels are jumping around.
On every Mon, Wen, Fri and Sat there is the fantastic Greenmarket from 08:00-18:00 with all kinds of delicious food sold by farmers.
And even shiny Andy Warhol is present on this square.