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Day 9: From Malmö to Ystad 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.

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Day 8: Malmö 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.

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Day 7: From Copenhagen to Malmö 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.

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Day 6: Copenhagen 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.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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