Okay guys, before you get stuck in. Make sure you’re comfortable because this post contains A LOT of photos. Starting with the most beautiful hidden gem in the countryside where we stretched our legs.
It’s about a four hour drive from Stockholm to Kalmar. After rainbow spotting, talking about superpowers and listening to hilarious YouTube videos, we needed a pit stop. Which turned out to be the luckiest find and one of my highlights of the trip. It was the cutest and typically Swedish spot. The sun glistened on the surface of the lake which I spent a quiet moment admiring from the hammoc. It was very idyllic. We watched a couple of swedes getting ready for a dip and spontaneously decided to go for a swim too. Nowhere near as cold as skinny dipping in Bournemouth at midnight, it was so serene. A soul cleanse that had us feeling refreshed for the remainder of the drive.
The next week was much more slow paced compared to 48 hours in Stockholm. We took our time to look around the town, visit the beach and got to know some lovely horses. Kalmar is a wonderful place, just a short drive away from the beautiful holiday island Öland which we travelled to a few times:
Each year at the end of summer the residents of Borgholm, in Öland come together in the town centre to sell their second hand stuff. It’s like a huge car boot sale! On our last day, we took a walk around the town. I admired the buildings and took pleasure in seeing so many people enjoying the last of the summer weekends. There was music and hot food. The streets were brimming with crafts, furniture, clothes and nik naks.
We had a bite to eat, well a few plates actually at the nicest sea-front buffet.
We decided to skip paying for entry and took a casual stroll around the outside instead.
Earlier in the week we visited the Zoo on Öland. If you’re a family visiting the island, I would definitely recommend this place. There were so many animals to see, what I liked is they all had such large open spaces to roam around. The animals have a lot of freedom, which is sadly not something I’ve seen in England.
We had a go at petting the goats too!
Not forgetting the stunning Kalmar Slott:
Oh Sweden. It was an absolute blast. Would love to know your thoughts in the comments, tell me which place you’d like to visit most after reading this post!