Saturday, 24 July 2010


After Helsingborg, we drove 2 1/2 hours to Göteborg, the second largest city in Sweden.

We found our hotel, right above the Central Railway Station, and had our fingers crossed that the windows would be double glazed this time.

Thankfully they were, and once we dumped our bags in our room, we headed out to explore Göteborg.
The great thing about touring Scandanavia at this time of the year, is that the sun is still up at 10pm, so we had lots of daylight to wander around.

Our first stop was the Trädgårds föreningen, the Garden Society of Göteborg, one of the best preserved 19th century parks in Europe.  It was founded in 1842.  The gardens were well manicured, and interesting to wander around.  We enjoyed the large Palm House.

There were some amazing plants and flowers inside.

There was Water House as well, and this had a pond with the largest water lillies we had ever seen before

These large water lillies have small thorns on the outside, which Alexander will tell you are very very sharp!

These sculptures are part of an exhibition being held in the Palm House by Birgitta Jannesson.  They looked fantastic in amongst the plants and cactuses.

We had a stroll along the Rosenlundskanalen river, towards the Haga district. 
Along the way was this interesting sculpture.

The Haga district is known for its "arty" shops.  It has some great window displays, and gorgeous little cobbled stones streets.

Finally the wind picked up a bit and we were able to get a good photo of the Swedish flag

We walked up a hill to the Skansen Kronan, started in 1687.
It was difficult to get a decent photo of it, this was the best that we did...we got a bit sidetracked.  Nicole thought Phil took a photo of it, and Phil thought Nicole has taken a photo of it.

The fortress was never attacked in battle, and has been used as a military museum. Now it is used for functions, and this evening there was a wedding reception being held inside.
The view from the top was great, again, Nicole taking photos of houses.

Pizza and Pasta for dinner, and a walk back to the hotel.
The Göteborg Stadsmuseum was closed by the time we walked past, but an interesting building.

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