We are having a little Scandinavian sojourn and today we travelled, by train, from Copenhagen in Denmark to Gothenburg in Sweden.
This was our room at the Copenhagen Island hotel which as you can see, was on the water. It was a bit further from the centre of town than I expected and the room rate didn’t include breakfast but other than that it was good. The sunshine of yesterday was replaced by a thunderstorm with heavy rain. We certainly had a good view of the storm as the lightning was in the sky just here.
Instead of breakfast in the hotel, we walked to the train station and bought some food to eat on the train.
The train was delayed. And delayed. And delayed.
It eventually arrived and once on board, I had a hummus and salad sandwich which was very acceptable plus some almond tart and some marzipan.
Annoyingly, what should have been a direct train terminated at Malmo where we had to change as the first train was so delayed. This station was so different to the wrought iron and glass vaulted grandeur of Copenhagen. Malmo station was more like a concrete bunker. There was a film playing all along the wall, showing the view from a train window as the train moved slowly along. It was surprisingly relaxing.
Apart from an extraordinarily smelly tramp who was on the train for about an hour, the journey was very pleasant and passed without any more delays.
We were staying in the Clarion Post hotel, a short walk away from the station.
Our hotel in Gothenburg was once the main post office.
We settled in to our room, explored the hotel and set off for a walk.
We walked around the centre of town and came across this beautiful building. Quite possibly the grandest food hall I have ever been in – and the most expensive ! Sweden ain’t cheap!
We had only eaten the sandwiches we had on the train so were all feeling hungry by about 5:30 pm so we took a table at ‘Bee Kok & Cafe’ outside the food hall for an early supper. This pear cider was lovely; very light and refreshing.I had a vegetarian burger with the chips it was served with and a large side salad. It was excellent and Lara and Harvey enjoyed theirs too.
We sat outside under the awning which just prevented us getting wet. It has been warm but cloudy with occasional showers. A good meal was enjoyed by all. No desserts or extras but we did stop at a 7 Eleven and bought some sweets for movie night in our hotel room.
There are pretty canals near the hotel, trams, cobbled streets, flowers and grand old buildings. So far it looks like a very pretty city.
Back at the hotel , the lobby contains a flattened postal van as wall art, and a reminder of the previous use of the building. I keep hearing Michael Cain’s voice when I look at it ; ” you’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!” We like our room and had a relaxing evening, watching a film and of course, making full use of the wifi on various devices.