Travelling further north in Sweden is like travelling further north in Saskatchewan… Everything gets a little greener with dense forests and you are surrounded by beautiful lakes. It never gets completely dark here, even when you are still adjusting to the time change at 3am.
The journey to the wedding required a stop in the beautiful city of Gavle. A small, historic city with a river running through it and amazing gardens surround everything! As we walked the river path, we passed Gavle’s lovely concert hall, Konserthus. Sweden is home to some of the best music acts around. We happened to be here during a heavy metal festival. Sadly, I left my leather pants at home.
Walking around can make a gal hungry. Thankfully, we found a riverfront restaurant called Bryggan. I was pleasantly surprised by the view, food and service. Everything is a bit high on the cost side in Sweden but the mussels and fries were amazing! Swedes have it made with delicious seafood. Highly recommend this place.
After a night in Gavle, we journeyed on to Hogbo, the sight of the wedding. Hogbo is a nature lover’s paradise! The Swedes love adventure and Hogbo has many biking and hiking trails, mini golf, beach area with beautiful lake, tennis and more. It felt like their version of Waskesiu. There was plenty to keep busy at the resort Hogbo Brukshotell! I’m not much for “roughing it” so I’m sure glad we were in the main hotel compared to the cabins which were a fair distance from the ceremony and reception sight. Unfortunately, mosquitos there enjoy Canadian blood too but it didn’t stop me from working on my tan! The weather was been perfect there.
What to expect from a Swedish-Canadian wedding? Lots of cheer, drinks and singing! The Swedes attending wished the happy couple best wishes with lots of Swedish songs. It’s a beautiful tradition that Swedes incorporate into every wedding. The couple looked beautiful and we were blessed with a fabulous sunny day!
A great way to end our beautiful adventure! Back to reality…
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Not everything can go smoothly on every trip. On this trip I learned the value of packing a good carry on with all the essentials when I learned that my checked luggage did not make it on my direct flight from Amsterdam to Stockholm. Did Scandinavian Airlines give me a reason for the loss? No. Was I going to let it ruin my Swedish experience? Heck no! So I filed a baggage complaint at the airport, called my insurance provider and carried on with my day.
Sweden is a beautiful, lush and sunny destination filled with the most beautiful people! Everyone looks like a super model. There are some good genes in these parts. The terrain here really reminds me of home. I forget sometimes how far North we are.
We are staying near the Stockholm Central Train Station in the heart of their central business district. Convenient if you are dragging your luggage off the direct train from the airport. Not me though!
My first goal is to view the Royal Palace and hopefully catch a glimpse of Europe’s best looking royal, Prince Carl of Sweden! Just a short walk from the downtown core is the area known as Gamla Stan best known as their historical area. This is where the Royal Palace is located and where I find my first taste of Nordic eateries. The Palace is grand and opulent with beautiful views of the waterways. Sadly, no Prince Carl but we do get to meet a friendly castle guard who kindly allows us to take a selfie with him!
Sweden is so ahead of the game. A lot of businesses do not accept cash at all. This is a destination where you must prepare to swipe your card everywhere you go for every purchase. Leading to large bills as it is expensive! But when in Sweden, you must do as the Swedish do… We had a wonderful evening having drinks and delicious appetizers at a local bistro called Osterlanggatan 17 Bar & Kvarterskrog. Friendly service matched with great dining in old town was everything I needed after the long day I had.
My luggage finally made it after a 24 hour adventure and I am so very thankful. I need everything in there as we travel further north to an area called Gavle. This small quaint city is home to my dear friends who are getting married in the next few days. Can’t wait to experience a Swedish/Canadian hybrid wedding!