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Gothenburg | Botanical Garden

I have never been to the Botanical Garden so we decided to pay it a visit. It was cherry blossoms season and I saw a lot of posts in instagram taken from the garden so I found another good reason to go.

Pay the entrance

There is nobody by the gate to collect the entrance fee so one can easily ignore it and get in for free, but how selfish is it to only enjoy the place and not help in maintaining it. Drop the money or swish it away!

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Appreciate the flowers

Twenty kronor entrance fee and we got so much more than what we paid for and expected. The garden was blooming! We were greeted by flowers in the entrance and everywhere else and it was fascinating to see tulips from the ground and not wrapped in a paper or in a bouquet like how I normally saw them in the flower shops back home.

Never miss the viewpoint

There are signs inside the garden including directions going to the viewpoint. It is not too high but you will walk on rocks to reach the top. It could get slippery when wet so watch out. From the viewpoint you could see the city including the fountain from Slottskogen if it is on. The view from here is spectacular because you will see that a huge part of the city is still green. This is one of the many reasons why I love Gothenburg.

Walk around

Walk and take pictures, the garden is beautiful and clean.

Rest, nap or play

A normal view in Gothenburg on a sunny, warm day is people in the parks or gardens having picnics or just hanging around enjoying the sun. The Botanical Garden is not an exemption, a lot of people go here just to relax under a tree or have a picnic while the warmth lasts.

Har du besökt botaniska trädgården? Vad tycker du? (Have you visited the botanical garden? What do you think?)

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Gothenburg | A bit of Hisingen

Hisingen is one of Sweden’s biggest islands and it is connected to Gothenburg centrum by a bridge. The closest I have ever been to the island was when I went to Backaplan, an area with quite a lot of shops and I was there to shop of course. I have never explored it that much for it has always been out of way for me when going home, so one sunny yet windy Saturday I dragged my husband to get to see a bit of Hisingen.

Take the boat!

Instead of taking the tram or bus we decided to take the boat that stops at Lilla Bommen. The boat ticket is the same cost as the tram and it is like a DIY hop on hop off only that we only hopped off twice. The good thing about being in the boat is you get to see the side of Gothenburg city from the ocean, a different yet beautiful perspective. I suggest going to the boat’s open area normally on top so you get a good view and take better pictures. You can also take your bike to the island if you want, the boats have a place for them.

Walk around!

Since it is an island, there are pedestrian lanes by the ocean and there is nothing better than exploring the area by foot. You feel the wind and smell the ocean while walking around and you can stop anytime and maybe sit down and worship the sun or just relax.

If you have not been in this part, it will be a good idea to do so. Something to explore on a free day.

Jag kommer tillbaka här snart! (I will come back here soon!)

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Gothenburg | Saltholmen

Sunny day on a red day Thursday so we decided to head over to Saltholmen to be a little close to the ocean, to smell the salty air and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Saltholmen is tram 11’s end stop and you can take it from the central station. As expected, the tram is packed and we were standing for a good 30 minutes from Järntorget. It is also the gateway to the different islands in Gothenburg, there are boats going to the archipelagos where people have their summer houses as well so you can imagine it can be really tight and warm inside tram 11 on a sunny day. Saltholmen can also be reached by bike because there is a bike lane all the way through, this is probably something I can do with friends during summer.

When we reached the Saltholmen tram stop we did take a boat to the islands for it was not part of the plan and we have to meet our friend for lunch. We only explored the area and relaxed a bit by the ocean. We walked around passing by the different docked yachts and drooled over them. We stayed there for maybe 90 minutes just walking around, relaxing and of course taking pictures. Saltholmen is easy to go to and cheap, you only need a tram ticket to get there.

Väl värt ett besök! (Well worth a visit!)

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Gothenburg | Cherry Blossoms

When I hear cherry blossoms I think of Japan mainly because when I see pictures of this beautiful tree it is always taken in Japan. This association has then changed when I first laid my eyes on a cherry blossom tree close to where we live and was told by my father in law that there are a lot more in Järntorget! What a relief, I don’t have to go to Japan! 😛

If you live in Gothenburg don’t miss the cherry blossom trees at Järntorget, they are beautiful!

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Halland | Fjärås Bräcka + Tjolöholm

‘Staycation’ is probably the perfect term to use every time I stay over my in-laws place for it does feel like a vacation. Both cook restaurant like food, looks good and tastes even better. Jättegott! I sleep as long as I want, I get fika and when the weather is not so bad my father-in-law drives me around the county for me to explore and take photographs. I am their favorite daughter-in-law, they only have one son.

This Easter, I decided to have another staycation since my husband works anyway. Kungsbacka is about 30 minutes train ride from Gothenburg city so it isn’t that far actually. I arrived on a Friday and as always I was greeted with delicious food on the table. This time around, both of them only speak Swedish to me for they assumed that I already have the skills. I was focusing too much and trying to understand what they say.  I have never been too exhausted since I arrived in Sweden but it helped build the confidence!

On Saturday, we drove to Fjärås Bräcka to see if the flowers called Backsippa (Pasque flower) have bloomed yet. Unfortunately they have not. It is maybe because the weather is still cold and not spring like. Close to the area lies the biggest lake in Halland county called Lygnern. This is the largest lake in the Halland Country and serves as source of drinking water for Kungsbacka.

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Lygnern lake

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Ponds of drinking water. The water here is pumped from the lake and filtered with pipes underground. From the ponds the water sinks down through and when the filtering process is done it is then pumped up to the households.

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Ponds of drinking water

142 steps down. This was used in the old times by travelling people, there used to be a railway station below the long staircase.

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The Kolera Cemetery. Residents of Fjärås who died during an epidemic in 1834 are buried here.

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Kolera cemetery

Li grave-field is Halland’s largest grave field.

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Li Grave field

After Fjärås, we drove to Tjolöholm to see more of the area other than the castle.

 

The Tjolöholm church was built in 1903-04. It has been unused for 40 years and was reopened in 1994.

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Tjolöholm church

The workers village are filled with red houses, a typical Swedish house in the old times. Today, these are available for rent.

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The workers village

A cottage located beside the castle’s former main gates.

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Fairy tale cottage – The gate house
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The gate

I am missing the red leaves on the wall, they did not survive the winter.

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The castle

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There were quite a lot of people at Tjolöholm slott because of Easter so after going around we drove back home and guess what was waiting for me? A delicious lunch! #spoileddaugherinlaw

 

 

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Gothenburg | Statue Walk

I found these mini cards in the hotel with short, precise information about the tourist spots in Gothenburg and I think it’s a great idea to have them hanging in hotels. Some of the cards offers discounts to city activities as well so it is perfect for tourists. I have 2 favorite mini cards, one is the statue walk and the other is the sculpture walk. Each walk is estimated to be completed in 1.5 hours if you follow the map. Today, I dragged my husband to do the statue walk and my plan was to take the trams to make it fast and easy but my husband refused to. ‘No cheating, we walk because it is a statue walk for a reason’, he said. I walk slow and stop a lot to take other pictures, so after 2.5 hours we were done, an hour more than it it supposed to. It is not entirely spring weather in Sweden yet so it was cloudy and foggy during the walk. The good thing though is I can skip the layers of clothes and use a thinner coat, it is not freezing outside anymore.

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The mini card for the tour.

So here it is, the famous statues in Gothenburg.

  1. Gustav II Adolf’s Statue. Bengt Erland Fogelberg (1854).
    Address: Gustaf Adolf’s Torg (On the Square)DSCF5760
  2. Skärgårdsfiskare (The Fishers) Svenrobert Lundquist (2003/04).
    Address: Fisktorget vid Feskekörka (at the “Fish Church”)DSCF5773
  3. Karl IX:s Ryttarstaty (Horse Statue) John Börjeson (1904).
    Address: KungsportsplatsenDSCF5777
  4. John Ericsson Statue. Ingel Fallstedt (1899).
    Address: At the northern end of Kungsportsavenyn (between Nya Allen and Parkgatan)DSCF5779
  5. Karin Boye Statue. Peter Linde (1987).
    Address: In front of the City Library (Stadsbiblioteket)DSCF5785
  6. Poseidon med brunnskar. Carl Miles (1931)
    Address: At GötaplatsenDSCF5787
  7. Danserskorna (The Dancers). Carl Miles (1952)
    Address: Göteborg’s Konsthall (the Art Gallery)DSCF5793
  8. Vingarna (The Wings), Carl Miles (1916/1940)
    Address: At the Göteborg’s Art Museum on GötaplatsenDSCF5803
  9. När Vänskapsbanden knytes (Friendship). Wälino Aaltonen (1955)
    Address: Näckrosdammen (The pond)DSCF5804
  10. Ingo – the Champ. Peter Linde (2011)
    Address: In front of the arena Nya UlleviDSCF5810
  11. Gunnar Gren Statue. Jan Steen (1993)
    Address: In front of the arena Gamla UlleviDSCF5817
  12. Evert Taube Statue. Eino Hanski (1996)
    Address: Jussi Björlings Plats next to the OperaDSCF5713
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Sweden | Gothenburg City

One little disadvantage of being a resident in a beautiful city is that everything that surrounds you and those that you often see turns into a usual scene. I remember the first time I visited Gothenburg or even on my first few weeks I was in awe with everything I see. The trees, buildings, monuments, cemeteries, houses, stores, parks, benches and even the streets bring spark into my eyes, but now, now that I am seeing them almost everyday, now that I can go around when I  feel for it, now that I don’t have a return ticket to the Philippines, they become the usual. It is not bad, it is normal and it happens. I am almost there so before I get to that stage, I would play tourist once again.

I have been here for 6 months, not too long, not too short but enough for me to start my walking tour around the city, just like a tourist would. My walking tour started at the Central Station and then i let my eyes and feet decide afterwards.

This is Göteborg!

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Nordstan, the mall.
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Bridge to Hisingen
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Viking, the restaurant
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Lilla Bommen

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Kronhuset, one of the oldest buildings in Gothenburg
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Haga Kyrka. Kyrka means church

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King Charles IX at Kungsportsplatsen

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Haga
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Skansen Kronan
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Oscar Fredrik Kyrka
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Feskerkörka, seafoods are sold inside.

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Järntorget
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Bikes for rent
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Sunset at Brunnsparken
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Poseidon at the Avenyn