a bit of denmark and sweden

I don't really know where to start with our trip. Perhaps with a big thank you to everyone who gave us suggestions of places to go and things to see. We followed up on many of them and our experience was deeper because of it. Our route across Denmark, Sweden and Iceland gave us a great mix of cosmopolitan cities and stunning landscape. We had more rainy days than not but it didn't dampen our spirits. Below a few of the highlights. In the days to follow I''ll have a few more posts on our days in Copenhagen including our meal at Noma and our time in Iceland.

TMHB_Scandi-4-3Our adventure started in Legoland on their last day in operation for the season. It didn't disappoint especially for our 4 year old Henry - the high point of his trip. The miniature Lego village is a sight to behold.

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TMHB_Scandi-4-2The next day we headed to the city of Arhus with its lovely shopping promenades and then up to the tip of Jutland to Skagen which we unfortunately reached in darkness and amidst the biggest storm to hit Denmark in a decade. Made for some good waves and very rocky ferry trip to Gothenburg, Sweden that evening.

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In Gothenburg we headed across the street from our hotel to a children's cafe and play centre based around the Swedish literary character Alfons Abergs. Travelling with children definitely has some drawbacks but it also has its advantages. In a way, you get to experience more of everyday life.

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After a brief visit to the Swedish fishing village of Marstrand we headed east to Stockholm.

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Stockholm is a city of  many faces. We spent one day visiting the Abba Museum (SO good - Henry became the 5th member of Abba and wowed the staff so much they made him visitor of the day!), ate lunch at a charming cafe in Gamla Stan and then went to the Vasa museum. That evening we got a baby sitter and visited the Fotografiska Museum and saw the very disturbing but brilliant work of Pieter Hugo.

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The next morning after breakfast at Albert & Jack's we explored the cool, hip section of Stockholm - Sodermalm. We shopped (loved Dusty Deco, Grandpa, coffee at Mogen & Grus, Eski Kilim and Acne Studios), and played in a children's park with toys that looked they came from decades ago. In the afternoon, we hit up Svenskt Tenn and headed up to Lotta Agaton in the pouring rain only to find it was closed.

Then it was off to Copenhagen. I'll have that portion of the trip next!