South of Sweden … pleasant enough, but …

To all the Scandinavian lovers out there – I am sorry… but there is something a bit dull about the south of Sweden – I mean, I have also joined the Scandinavian fever. I have watched all the Danish and Swedish crime series (my favourite – “Broen” or “the bridge“), I also really like Scandinavian design, but if I’m honest I didn’t find the south of Sweden very exciting.

So a couple of years ago we visited the posh areas around Malmö. I got the feeling this was where the well-off people go on their summer holiday. The houses are beautifully groomed, they all have a massive pole with the Swedish flag in their well manicured gardens – I guess just in case you’ve forgotten you were in Sweden. The sea is flat and with a brownish/blackish tint to it. We were considering going for a skinny dip, good thing we didn’t! The sea is really shallow for a few 100 meters – we would be showing our naked bums for a long time! There were lots of shrimps tickling your legs – that was cool.

We stayed in a lovely B&B (Malens Strandpensionat) in Båstad. I really recommend it, beautiful house. The landlady was really friendly and really into Emmerdale (an English soap), she was desperate to discuss all the plot’s details with us for breakfast – even though we have never watched it and don’t know anything about it…

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Belfast … one of the safest cities to visit …

…”Belfast is one of the safest cities to visit on account of most of our criminals are in Parliament….” – said our tour guide.

As we all know, it was not always like that. The city has an amazing history of ups and downs. Unfortunately, I think at the moment the city is living through another down moment. You see a fair few boarded-up shops and a few run down buildings. Overall, though, it is true, the city feels quite chilled out. The Norn Iron people are really friendly and have a great sense of humour, which makes this a great place to visit.

Yummy Sunday

Portuguese Cuisine by © Kerry Murray and by die Zeit Magazine

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In her recent blog post “Modern Lisbon – A food story for Travel & Leisure Magazine” Kerry Murray shares some really yummy pictures of modern Portuguese food – really worth checking her blog.

…and for those of you who understand German, die Zeit Magazine had a special feature on Alexandra Klobouk and Rita Cortes Valente de Oliveira new cookbook – “Die portugiesische Küche” – it has some traditional Portuguese recipes as well as really cool graphics.

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