Gavle. North of Stockholm. Journey of mostly motorway and so many, many trees! mostly pines and silver birches, but mile after mile after mile of trees. So different from the UK, you just knew you were in a different country! We stayed just one night in a little apartment which we could have joyfully lived in. Picture below on the right is a small hall and you can just see the kitchen beyond. All that timber is the original walls, with dried moss still intact, stuffing the cracks between logs. (Not the 18th century moss I don't suppose, but you know what I mean!!)
|Bread oven in chimney breast|
|Corner of living room - lots of pre-loved stuff here and it was charming.|
|Replacement bridge - so near the house|
|Apple tree in full bloom, right outside|
In the morning we decide to deviate a bit from our route and continue northwards heading for a small town called Soderhamn, picked entirely at random on the map. A good decision, a sunny morning, and a yearning for a cup of coffee take us to a little shopping street opposite a park and when you spot locals having a coffee outside in the sun, usually that's the place you want to be too! And the final good decision is going in. It's a Konditori, which is the Swedish version of Patisserie..... sort of. On our travels we discover that like the Brits, there is a stock selection of buns and cakes. We have doughnuts, chelsea buns, eccles cakes, custard slices, danish. They have doughnuts, buns which are light and fluffy, chewy biscuits (which must be where America gets cookies) and other cakes which appear in every Konditori we saw, including something for parties or similar called a "Princess" which is a green dome with sponge and cream of some kind inside. Fascinating! Anyway, the coffee is delicious, and so is the selected sweetmeat - so delicious in fact that we say same again and have another coffee and select another bun!! Every Konditori also seems to serve lunchtime rolls, packed with fillings. But after the double bun session we decide that there is absolutely no need for lunch now. Just before we leave we spot a wonderful little building up on the hill.