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.
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).
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!