The trees are dancing vigorously outside my bedroom window with the branch’s hitting the glass throughout the night. Depending on which weather forecast app I look at, there is a choice of weather ranging from 100% rain to 3% rain tomorrow. Going on the accuracy of today’s forecast, which said no rain, as a tool for planning, it’s limited.
So first time in Sweden for me. Given the wind I’d anticipated the passage over from Denmark to have been a little rough, however it was surprisingly smooth. Departing Frederikshavn at 2pm we arrived to a dull and heavily overcast Gothenburg at 5.30pm. The whole trip went largely un-noticed due to being in conversation with a remarkable lady.
Several cyclists had gathered in Lane One waiting to board the Stenaline ferry, a large ship that is capable of carrying many coaches, wagons and all manner of vehicles. I fell into conversation with a solo lady cyclist. That conversation continued thought out the crossing. Yoya is a remarkable lady and after four hours of chatting we both agreed it was as though we had know each other for much longer. She horse rides, sails and cycles and has dealt with a life changing event in a way that you can only be in awe of. Her current adventure is cycling around the North Sea. This involves following the coasts of Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, across to the Orkney Isle then to Scotland and down the east coast of England.
Yoya, it was great to meet you and I do hope we will be able to have that meal in York in September. You have my number and if there are any places in the UK you are in two minds whether to visit, do contact.
As I write this the heavy rain continues. I’m about 7km out of the city and would like to have a look around the sights. Could be going to get wet.
A few of the wagons on yesterdays ferry:-
And before they arrived:-
Having returned from the city, dry, blown dry that is, I’ve had an enjoyable day. Initially I was sceptical, any ‘hop on- hop off’ bus or boat tour that includes Starbucks and Hard Rock cafe has to be dredging what they can offer the tourist. However I found some excellent places, including a cafe, ( but neither of the above mentioned).
Gothenburg has it’s own Covent Garden style building, the Saluhallen and a fish market, which certainly doesn’t look like Billings Gate.
Opened in 1874, the architect, Victor von Gegerfelt designed a unique roof trusses system to improve food hygiene standards. (Don’t know how).
I then found an excellent collection (fleet) of ships of all kinds moored on a quey. Included was a mine layer and other navy vessels and a lighthouse ship.
Further on there was the sailing ship Viking, which was very impressive.
As you can see from the flag the wind had been strong today. There were smaller boats too, kept out of water. An example of a Gothenburg Barge. At one time there were 1,600 of them and worked at unloading vessels until the 1960’s. The motorised life boat, Adolf Brett. This type of vessel slowly replaced the rowing lifeboat from 1935.
Other noteworthy places are, The Opera House, the gardens of The Garden Society of Gothenburg, one of the best preserved 19 century parks in Europe. Not one, but two multi functional stadiums adjacent to each other, with this bronze ( yes, more bronze) statue of Gunnar Gren, who played for IFK Gothenburg and AC Milan. He was also a coach.
To finish today’s missive. I thought it best to get these out of the way to perhaps in some inexplicable way, reduce the chances of getting any more:-
Oh, found another:-