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Travel Diary: Kalmar Day 1

 
I have spent this Friday on the road together with my family.
 
We all had a couple of days off during Easter and wanted to travel somewhere together, but pretty much every flight, train and boat ticket was ridiculously expensive, and even though we all love to travel we refuse to pay overprices to get somewhere. We waited on a good "last minute"-deal but realized it was impossible to do with five people (me, my boyfriend, my brother and my parents) in the travelling group and decided to go on a road trip in Sweden instead.
 
We started to talk about possible destinations when we realized that none of us has been to an island called Öland since I was about two years old, which I obviously have no memories of. All said and done we booked a hotel in Kalmar (the city where you have to go to get to the island) packed our bags and headed out on the roads. Like every good road trip, we took a couple of stops on the way at places like Valdemarsvik, Västervik, and Gunnebo. The two photos below are taken in Valdemarsvik, which I, by the way, learned the hard way is a town that is pretty much closed down during public holidays. Let's just said that the search for a toilet after two hours on the road got interesting ;)
 
 
 
After a couple of hours on the road, we finally reached the city Kalmar where we had booked our hotel. The hotel is called Slottshotellet (translation: Castle Hotel) and is decorated in a very old-fashioned style I just adore. I have to remind myself to take some interior photographs before we leave!
 
 
 
We left our bags and the car at our hotel and headed out to explore Kalmar and get some dinner. I ended up with a memory card full of cute houses and a stomach full of spinach with cheese sauce wrapped in filo pastry from the restaurant Table 20. Eat there if you ever visit Kalmar, so so SO delicious!
 
We also stumbled upon a bench that's apparently the longest bench in Sweden. I'm not sure what else I can write about that since they didn't even write how long it was so I think we'll just leave it at that ;)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Before heading back to our hotel where we spent the evening playing cards, we also took a visit to Kalmar Castle which was built in 1100 and used to be an important part of Swedens defense back in the days. Unfortunately, the castle was closed for the day so we only got to see it from the outside, but we plan to go back there before we drive back home to see the inside as well since a lot of historical events has taken place there.
 
 
 
Our main goal with this trip is the island Öland which we will head out to tomorrow, but I'm already so satisfied with this trip since I've already been to so many places I've never been to before. I'm so happy that we actually ended up traveling somewhere this easter even if it's "only" a car ride away. Who said you had to go far to experience new things?

Charles Bridge - Prague, Czech Republic

 
One thing you can't miss when you're in Prague is Charles Bridge.
 
I mean literally, you CAN'T miss it since it's such a central part of the city connecting Staré Město and Malá Strana over the river Vltava. The bridge was built in 1357 (moment to process that please!) and is still used every day. Everyone that knows me know that I'm a huge sucker for old architecture, and I just adored this bridge.
 
 
 
We crossed Charles Bridge every day during our five days stay in Prague, and I think it's one of the most visited places (and the most famous tourist attraction) in Prague, meaning a lot of people in motion all of the time. I don't like when historical places get touristy and crowded and decided to head out to the bridge at 6 am one morning with my dad and we experienced the bridge a lot more majestic than during the day. If it's unclear, the two pictures above are captured at 6 am, and the pictures below are captured sometime during the day. Just a smaaaaall difference in the number of people ;)
 
 
 
Quick facts about Charles Bridge
 
Name: Karlův most
Built: 1357 (opened 1402)
Entrance fee: No entrance fee
Location: Karlův most, Prague
 
My rating: 
★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
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Coffee & Coconuts - Amsterdam, Netherlands

 
One of the coolest restaurants we visited in Amsterdam most have been Coffee & Coconuts.
 
We went there for breakfast during our second day in the city, and I have to say that I'm impressed! The restaurant is three stories high and it's built in an old cinema where they have kept a lot of the original architecture from the 1920's which I (the architecture nerd) of course, loved. I had a smoothie bowl and a croissant and my boyfriend had some french toast and we were both satisfied with our choices.
 
Everything from the interior to the menu is tropical themed and I just loved every second of it. If I where a local in Amsterdam, I would probably hang here a lot, working on my computer with a smoothie in my hand. It just felt like such an inspiring atmosphere where you could sit for hours and hours!
 
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Quick facts about Coffee & Coconuts
 
Name: CT Coffee & Coconuts
Menu: Breakfast, lunch, dinner - and everything in between.
Location: Ceintuurbaan 282-284, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Open daily 8 am to 11 pm
 
My rating: 
★★★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
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