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Monday, 25 August 2014

Sweden 2014 - part 3




Our son and his wife to be flew in to joined us for few days, and together we made a trip to pretty Askersund, a town at the top of the Lake Vättern, where we enjoyed a family lunch together.



There were other days out, of course, some of the places we visited before, on our previous trips to Sweden, and you can read more in "Sweden 2010" and "Sweden 2012" under My Labels on the left.

One of my favourite places to visit, for obvious reasons, is a small town of Hallekis, on the shore of lake Vänern.


These cottages were once occupied by workers from the local cement works.
Now they are rented during the summer to various artists and so it is now a street of small craft shops,
where you can find some unique works of art to take home.


I never leave here without "a thing or two",
this time I found this lovely handmade table runner,



a window or wall hanging in traditional design,









and a cute fridge magnet, made of wood.





























Not far from here is Sjotorp, where the start of the Göta Canal is.






This huge project, built in the 19th century, completed the waterways connection across
Sweden, between Baltic and North Sea. If you click on the link above, you can read about its history.









Back in Hjo park we were even treated to "a concert in the park".
During one of the the weekends we had an opportunity to visit Hjo Accordion Festival,
a meeting of accordion players from various parts of Scandinavia.


Free, just bring a chair (or a wheelchair).

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We were probably in younger age group attending, but it was a pleasant hour spent, on the beautiful summer day, on the shore of the lake.

Even this bus fitted in :-)



Sadly, like all holidays, this one was coming to its end.
Just a small stop on the way back; 


Gekås, apparently the largest attraction in Sweden, the largest Scandinavian Superstore!
You can find just about anything here and at very good prices.
But, more interesting for me, just opposite, recently opened Panduro Hobby shop, or rather moved from smaller premises since my last visit 2 years ago. Panduro is not very cheap usually, but there are very good prices in their outlet shop. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my purse), there wasn't much time...



And so, some 1,600 miles later, return journey, but choosing a short ferry from Sweden to Denmark instead of the Oresund Bridge, to catch 18 hour DFDS ferry back home. For the last time.



During this year's visit we managed to get together with our Swedish friends of 30 years, our children, their children, and this time also grandchildren.
Will we ever be back? Who knows.......

Thank you, Sweden, for another lovely holiday! 


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6 comments:

Anne-Mettes Oaser said...

Dear Radka.
I enjoyed so very much to read your 3 post about your Holiday in Sweden as well as the beautiful Photos. This summer was fantastic in Scandinavia. I too went to sweden but just for a few days. We also spent a week near the Store Baelt Bridge. I could sit outside the rented house and look at the bridge.
Greetings from Denmark
Anne-Mette

Hanna said...

Dear Radka,
Thank you for sharing this beautiful Pictures with us -
greetings
Hanna

Die Nähmeise said...

Dear Radka,
thank you for your comments on my blog! Your Holiday Photos of Sweden are so great! I have admired your Souvenirs! Lots of joy with the beautiful table runner and sewing accessories.
P. S. Maybe it is possible to dry Astilbe. In my case are the astilbe in water as a cut flower.

Ella said...

Radko you and your family had a wonderful time in Sweden .There country side looks so beautiful. Love there houses and your photos .Have a nice weekend.

Kays Kids said...

Thank you for the lovely photos of Sweden. Living in Australia makes it all too far away to visit.I would love to experience the culture of the country.
Hugs Kay

Katherine said...

The photos of your trip are beautiful. Love seeing your purchases too. Such a wonderful place to holiday with your family and friends Radka.

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