Stockholm Day 5 and Home Again

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!Sweden pancakes 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.pancakes We spent the morning walking, pottering about and shopping and I found this cute shoe shop !

Zoe shoe shop

It was near a cafe I had been intending to visit all week – Cafe Pascaloutside 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.Inside Pascal Sunday It really was.Pascal counter 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!inside Pascal 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.playing cards in Pascal I was quite disappointed to leave the hotel.  We were very happy here at the Clarion Hotel Sign.

Clarion front

The room was small but comfortable, dark (great for sleeping), very quiet with a super comfy bed.Clarion hotel room 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.Clarion loves music This was Jazz.jazz lift 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.Pop lift The large lobby area was a pleasant place to sit and chill.Clarion lobby 2 Clarion lobby 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.Arlanda Express table Yummy.Pascal sandwich Our flight was delayed but we had good seats in front of the telly.  Look what was on !!!Downton in Swedish 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.cinnamon buns So after my day of gluttony yesterday I was much better today.  A fruit pot for breakfast.fruit bowl 3-11-14 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.wholefoods lunch 3-11 Some of the blogs I read eat dried mulberries and I saw some in WholeFoods and bought them to try.black and white mulberries They are nowhere near as sweet as raisins but sweet enough and very moreish.  Too moreish actually as there are none left now!dried mulberries Supper was a simple home made vegetable soup with some Cheddar cheese – delicious and sufficient.vegetable soup with cheese

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.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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