Travel Diary | Baltic Cruise | Gothenburg, Sweden
4th September 2018
The next port of call on our Baltic cruise after Oslo was Gothenburg in Sweden.
We docked quite far out of the city centre (right by the Volvo museum) so we had to get a shuttle bus from the ship into the city. I didn’t see a single IKEA on our journey!
As with Oslo, we didn’t have a plan for Gothenburg. In fact, I really didn’t know anything about Gothenburg before visiting. Of course I now know that it’s the second largest city in Sweden and the fifth largest city in the Nordic countries. It’s located on the west coast of Sweden whereas Stockholm, the capital, is located on the east coast.
Feeling clueless, we wondered off down a street that looked like it would lead us somewhere interesting!
We ended up finding a park called Trädgårdsföreningen, which translates to the Garden Society of Gothenburg. It’s a park with a beautiful park with a palm house in the middle of it.
This crazy plant lady was very happy…
After walking around the palm house and park we headed to what looked like one of the main shopping areas in the city.
We popped into quite a few homeware stores because, as I established in my last post, I love Scandinavian style! My favourite shop was called Lagerhaus which, in all honesty, I thought was some sort of pub! 😂 I bought a mug that says “Get Shit Done” on it, a cute cactus jewellery stand and notepad and altogether it came to £6! What a bargain!
We also stumbled across a cool comic book shop because it doesn’t matter where we are in the world, we will always find a comic book shop! It was full of novelty features include a lift that was painted like a TARDIS. It even made the sound the TARDIS makes when moving!
After checking out the shops we walked up a steep hill and discovered a viewing point with fantastic views over the city. After catching our breath we walked back down the hill to browse even more gorgeous homeware shops!
Gothenburg really took me by surprise. As I said, I didn’t know anything about the city before we visited, but I really enjoyed the short time we spent there.
Gothenburg wasn’t our only day in Sweden on our cruise. In the second week we visited Stockholm, but of course I will talk more about that in a separate posts (spoiler: I want to move there!).
Stay tuned for the next post in this series which is all about Tallinn in Estonia!
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