Where to next?

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The desire to wander, travel, explore and discover is just getting bigger and bigger. I know that for a lot of you, as well as for me, the only question is ‘Where to next?’. It is just the way of life. Isn’t it?

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Illuminated sky over Antwerpen

During the trip through Belgium, one of our stops was Antwerpen. Here is located one of the biggest European ports and I have to say that I’m not really a big fan of the cities were the port and all the rotten ships are among the most popular attractions. It gives to the city a bit gloomy note and if there’s not so much of the sun and the sky is more grey than blue it is hard to be impressed.  That’s why we have found this great courtyard a bit away from the city center. People who live here don’t want to miss the stars because of the grey sky so they made an illuminated starry sky over Antwerpen. What a perfect idea, isn’t it?

View from the cliffs of Howth

Howth

Howth

During our trip to Dublin, I already wrote about, visiting Howth wasn’t really part of our plans. How did we get there in the end? Good question! We spent one week in Dublin, packed up our backpacks and rushed to the airport. But we didn’t make it. Our plane left Ireland without us and we had to stay a few more days. In that moment we were really angry but in the end it made us happy. We agreed: “Now we can go on a trip to Howth that was suggested to us by the man we met on the road.” And so we did.

When you think about Ireland first thing that comes to your mind is probably beer, music and grass that can’t be greener, but what about cliffs? Here was our chance to wander around those huge rocks that are one of the Irish most famous trademarks. The closest place to do that is Howth, small village near the capital. We took the train and in less than half an hour we were on this beautiful peninsula. As we left the train, there it was, wonderful view over the harbor where fishing boats are waiting for someone to release the ropes. This harbor is even more special because every step that you take will be followed by the monk seals that are swimming along the waterfront waiting for you to throw a fish. At first sight you will realize that fishermen are their best buddies.

Baily lighthouse

There are four different ways to get to the cliffs. Of course, we choose the hardest and the longest one. We thought to ourselves: “We are now here and we need to see every corner of this magnificent place.” On our way we passed by the castles, over big golf courses, near the lighthouse Baily from where the view is amazing!

To make our adventure even more interesting we got a bit off the marked trails. We wandered among big mansions, making sure that we don’t get run over by fast fancy old timers. In the moment it looked like we are in the old movie and we loved it.  Beautiful surrounding gardens gave us a chance to rest a little bit while the gentle breeze was constantly blowing.

On the way back to the port we left the perfect scenery behind us and the only thought in our heads in that moment was: Missing our flight wasn’t that bad experience at all!

Your story: What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Ireland?

Photo tour of the week in Gothenburg

 

I always wanted to visit Scandinavian countries but it seemed so expensive there that we thought that probably we need to get a loan to spend a week there. 🙂 But, in the end this was probably one of the cheapest trips that we went to. Really, it is possible to visit Sweden with not so big amount of money. Of course, it depends on what kind of traveler you are.

We choose Gothenburg, town on the south. First impression of the city was ok, nothing spectacular but very nice and of course worth of visit. It is not so big so in two days you can manage to see all of the interesting sights in the center. As we had one week to spend there we decided to visit some of the Islands of the southern archipelago.With few photos I will show you where we went and how we spend our first week in Scandinavia. It was great!

When you will be reading brochures about Gothenburg almost everywhere you will find something about Haga. It is nice, short street with lots of small coffees and shops. It was nice to walk around but for me it isn’t really something special.

Cinnamon bun

People from Sweden are crazy about sweets. In every supermarket you can find al kind of candy and cakes. They love their fika more than anything, Time for coffee and piece of cake is part of every day.

Moose

In Gothenburg you can find lots of parks. Great park that you should visit is Slottsskogen. It is very interesting because there you can wander around through the ZOO, which is free, and take a look at the animals that are enjoying the fresh air. Moose is our favorite, that clumsy big animal 🙂

Fish church

This is Fiskkyrkan (Fish church), one of the sights that you will also find in all the books about Gothenburg. From the outside it looks great but as you can see from the inside it is just another market. Good thing is that in this building, that used to be church, you can find restaurant where you can taste fresh seafood.

We were very exciting about visiting the coast. It was pretty cold because the wind was blowing all the time but it didn’t ruin our impression at all. It was almost dark so taking black and white photos was great idea, I love this three that I shared with you 🙂

Trip to the islands

When we started to plan this trip one of the first things that we decided is to visit the islands. Here in Croatia we have almost 1000 of them and they are really beautiful so we were very exciting to see how those places look in Sweden.

Map of Branno

During the week in Gothenburg we visited Brännö, Styrsö and Donsö. It is very easy to reach them with ferry that goes there almost every half an hour from Saltholmen. On those islands cars are not allowed so it was even more beautiful to walk around.

Panorama

It was just starting to rain while we were climbing up to see the great view over the islands. It looks so different then the Adriatic coast, shape of the big grey stones that are scattered there in the sea is really weird. Who knows how does it look like during the sunny day? Maybe one day we will find out.

Boats on the shore

This is one of my favorites. Colorful boats lying down near the sea, gives this bad weather a bit of optimism. It was nice just to stand there for a while looking at swans that are easily floating on the surface of the cold water.

Illuminated boats

During the night take a walk to the harbor. Illuminated boats are giving special touch to this city. You can visit museum of ships. 19 boats are waiting for you.

Here are few TIPS how to save some money: 

– Try to find and rent a room in the house or in the apartment where you will be able to cook at home. It is really expensive to eat outside. Paying 20 euros for pizza, or 10 euros for sandwich is crazy even if you have a lot of money.

– Prices in supermarkets are just a bit higher then here in Croatia so it is the best place to buy food and drinks.

– If you want to drink a beer you can buy it for less than 2 euros in those special liquor stores (System bolaget) and in the bar you will pay no less than 5 euros.

– Public transport in Gothenburg is really great. You can get trams and buses all the time, during the day and night. One way ticket costs more than 3 euros but they have this three day tickets that cost 17 euros and once when you validate it you can use it in buses, trams and for the ferry.

Your story: Did you visit Gothenburg? What did you like the most?