We both really enjoyed our trip to Stockholm and would like to go back again. I would like to see more of Sweden and think it would be a wonderful country to visit in the summer. Until then, this is how we spent our last day.
Every day I have had a huge breakfast but it has been healthy food, unlike my last day. I have been surrounded by people tucking in to hot buttered and jam covered toast and pancakes but resisted until today. I had 2 pancakes with chocolate spread, whipped cream and strawberry jam. That red devil sign was appropriate! They were so good I had 2 more, followed by a crispbread with cheese and egg. I left about half the cream and jam as it was far too much even for me but I did eat everything else. I loved those crispbreads. Complete gluttony! Time to go and get some fresh air and exercise. We spent the morning walking, pottering about and shopping and I found this cute shoe shop !
It was near a cafe I had been intending to visit all week – Cafe Pascal One of my favourite blogs is Green Kitchen Stories , a vegetarian blog with stunning photography. The bloggers live in Stockholm and they both have great Instagram accounts too. Recently they visited Cafe Pascal and I decided to visit too as it looked like my kind of place. It really was. I liked the decor, the layout, the vibe, the variety of food and the food display. I only disliked my coffee served in a glass! Unfortunately we were both too full to want anything to eat so we had a drink, played cards and took out a sandwich and bun for later. I was quite disappointed to leave the hotel. We were very happy here at the Clarion Hotel Sign.
The room was small but comfortable, dark (great for sleeping), very quiet with a super comfy bed. This may sound bizarre but bear with me. The lifts were so much fun !!! They really were. Each lift was named Rock, Pop, Jazz or Lounge which described the music they played and the decor. This was Jazz. Pop was my favourite and it had a spinning disco ball. It was not at all uncommon to see people dancing in the lift and in fact, on our final descent, Harvey had a boogie with the elderly lady who was in there with us – brilliant. The large lobby area was a pleasant place to sit and chill. Having packed we strolled down the road and hopped on the Arlanda Express back to the airport. We sat up at the table this time instead of the comfy chairs and ate our sandwiches. Such a lovely train. Yummy. Our flight was delayed but we had good seats in front of the telly. Look what was on !!! Plus cinnamon buns from Cafe Pascal. In fact today Green Kitchen Stories have the recipe to make buns similar to these ones. They seem to be quite a national treat. Look up the GKS recipe here. So after my day of gluttony yesterday I was much better today. A fruit pot for breakfast. I walked through torrential rain to get to WholeFoods for a salad for lunch made with just tuna, egg, chicken, raw vegetables and a brown rice and edamame salad. It was delicious. Some of the blogs I read eat dried mulberries and I saw some in WholeFoods and bought them to try. They are nowhere near as sweet as raisins but sweet enough and very moreish. Too moreish actually as there are none left now! Supper was a simple home made vegetable soup with some Cheddar cheese – delicious and sufficient.
I will make myself go back to Slimming World tomorrow to see the damage inflicted by pancakes, cream and cinnamon buns. I did do a lot of walking and cycling so hopefully that helped. We actually walked and cycled everywhere for 5 days. No public or private transport but we covered many miles and I felt better for it today.