Day 9: From Malmö to Ystad
Monday, 09 May 2016
Once again we moved on after breakfast, and reached the very south-western tip of Sweden, 30km from Malmö, around 10:30am. There was not a soul to be seen when we arrived at the Skanör beach, and we gave ourselves a few lazy hours to take in the glories of this sunny Monday morning, and enjoyed some pre-tourist solitude in this chunk of paradise on the ‘Swedish Rivera’. We all felt in love with the place - a simple, but very clean beach with silky white sand, crystal water, and multi-coloured cabins that are so typical to the Swedish shore. Sometimes tiny ones, sometimes large enough to hold bunk beds, sometimes with electricity, they all provide a shelter from sun and wind, and add charm and style to the coastline.
Day 8: Malmö
Sunday, 08 May 2016
We started our day with a classic boat tour through the canals of Malmö, which is a green and handsome city with parks everywhere. After lunchtime we spent a few hours relaxing on the Ribersborg Beach, Malmö’s most famous one, and found that it was full although it was an early May. Then, the time came to take a few shots of the Øresund Bridg, an engineering marvel that stretches for about 8km before transitioning through an artificial island into a 4km tunnel, and connecting Sweden with Denmark. And finally, by six in the evening we were at Västra Hamnen a stylish neighbourhood of Malmö with its intriguing, often quirky architecture, and innovative garden and park concepts, ponds, restaurants, bars, cafés, nightclubs and services, and Turning Torso - an awe-inspiring 190-metre residential building and a magnificent display of a technological expertise.
Day 7: From Copenhagen to Malmö
Saturday, 07 May 2016
Elegant squares, fine museums and galleries, old buildings restored with a sense of style, open spaces, green parks, and activity on the streets, urban planning in a favour of cyclists and pedestrians, all it makes Copenhagen a city not to be missed. But what I really liked is its horizontal skyline, broken only by the spires and towers of the churches and castles. I shall say it’s a bustling city on a human scale.
Day 6: Copenhagen
Friday, 06 May 2016
Copenhagen, originally a small Viking fishing village, was transformed into a fast, lively, attractive and prosperous city over centuries. These days it has nearly 600 thousand people, and as soon as we arrived in the city centre we could feel a cosmopolitan atmosphere with crowds flooding the streets and filling cafes. It promised excitement and glamour and we were ready to explore Denmark’s capital on foot starting from the Tivoli Gardens - a world-class amusement park.