#JanuaryJoy: Plan a Trip

Todays #JanuaryJoy prompt is definitely one of my favourites and sure to become a Florence Finds tradition. For last years ‘Plan a trip’ I talked about safari and what became my epic trip to South Africa. I’m so glad I took some time over planning it and your advice. Today after hearing a few people talk about it (and having a long term ambition to visit myself,) I’m sharing Becky’s trip to Norway, Sweden and Denmark, in the hope that it inspires you to explore. Please do sure your travel plans for this year in the comments!


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We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Guldsmeden

We ate a fantastic Easter lunch at the Ekeberg restaurant. Ask for a table by the window or if you’re visiting in the Summer, the terrace would be my choice.

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A lot of our exploring was on foot. Walking to the top of the opera house roof was fun – A fantastic example of architecture and landscape rolled into one.
We took a boat trip to The Viking Ship museum and The Norsk Folk museum.
We also got the underground to the Holmenkollen ski jump and museum. The view from the top of the ski jump across the fjords is breathtaking and certainly made us want to return to do a fjords trip one summer.


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The Rival hotel is a converted cinema owned by Benny from Abba. It was great and the cocktail bar was buzzing every night as was the adjacent cafe every morning which does a good breakfast. The location was amazing for getting around too.

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As I was in the first trimester of pregnancy and feeling pretty ropey, dining out in fancy restaurants wasn’t a priority but we had a good meal at Riche restaurant and the bar had a great atmosphere too.

Under Kastanjen cafe was a nice stop for a coffee whilst walking the streets exploring Gamla Stan

The Vasa Museum
Skansen open air museum – A combination of a Zoo and folk museum. Probably best seen in late Spring and Summer.
Hallywyl Museum.
We also wandered around Gamla Stan – The Old Town and got around predominantly on the underground or walking.


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We stayed in the Marriott as my husband had points from work so got a free night. Sure you can find something with a bit more character – We did walk past the ‘floatel‘ a few times and thought it looked interesting… as long as you don’t suffer with motion sickness!

We decided not to go to Noma due to the bump but if you fancy it, I expect you’ll need to book your table now for June.

We enjoyed a really good fish lunch at Kastellet, Nordre Toldbod 12-20… a warehouse style informal dining restaurant & foody supermarket next to the water. Expect it’s lovely on a sunny day

Again, we explored the city on foot unless we got a boat. A visit to Christiania was eye opening.
Nyehaven shouldn’t be missed and a good point to start a boat tour from. I found the most dreamy shop… Illums Bolighus, Amagertorv 1-11
See The Little Mermaid – the clue’s in her title….she’s little!
Rosenborg Castle
Tivoli gardens…. All in all a pretty naff amusement park. The lights make it look pretty at night!
Louisiana Museum of modern art is a pleasant train ride north of the city and on a clear day you can see over to Sweden from the galleries gardens.

So readers… have you ever been on a Scandanavian trip? It’s Stockholm that has always tempted me – all the islands are supposed to be beautiful in the summer.

Where are you headed in 2014?

Rebecca (& Becky)

Wanderlust… 5 Places [Europe]

Here in Manchester it is claustrophophically humid right now, but without much in the way of sun. I know it’s wrong to want a holiday when I’m not long back from our recent trip to South Africa, but I’m longing for a traditional seaside summer holiday. Lazy days, sand between my toes, Mediterranean food, and so warm you can eat out at night. In our efforts to travel further afield and tick places off the bucket list, we often overlook Europe so I thought it would be fun to share some of the European destinations on my must-visit list and see if any of you are going or have visited…

Amalfi Coast, Italy, by Lark and Linen via Style Me Pretty

Luckily this first one might just fit into next year’s travel plans as we attend a wedding in Tuscany next May. Make sure you click through to the full post as the images of the cliffs with painted houses clinging to them, above the crashing waves beneath, are breathtaking.

Ata Hotel Capotaormina, Siciliy

This whole hotel looks romantic but how beautiful is this beach tucked into the private cove beneath the hotel? Although I’m not sure I would be able to relax for fear of falling rocks!

Fjällbacka, Sweden Via

Beaches aren’t for everyone and I have long wanted to visit Sweden and its many islands that apparently come alive in the warm summer months, and to investigate its coastal towns.

Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, Cap d’Antibes, France

Have you seen the Slim Aarons iconic poolside image of the Hotel du Cap? Super chic and used as a hideaway for celebrities at the Cannes film festival, this looks like a place to see and be seen. I would just love to sit by that pool and feel like I had stepped into that South of France poolside culture of excess and glamour.

Gardens of Marqueyssac, Vézac – Dordogne, France),

My in-laws holiday in France every year taking their caravan around the country and invariably stopping in the Dordogne. They know a place that gives you (huge) rubber rings to float down the river on and a bus picks you up at the other end at the end of the day. Meanwhile you float past the turreted round chateaux on route and pull your ring up onto the riverside beaches for a spot of sunbathing. Sounds idyllic right? Apparently many of them open their gardens for viewings like this place in Vezac too.

So folks, where are you headed this summer, and have I got you wanderlusting after any of these places?


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