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If you are looking for the picture-perfect weekend getaway in Sweden, the colorful and charming coastal town of Lysekil is the perfect destination!

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We drove our Volvo up the scenic west coast of Sweden and found ourselves at Strandflickorna, a turn-of-the-century hotel quietly nestled on the shore of the North Sea. I loved every minute of our stay here.

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How cute is this little day bed in our sweet room?

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If you book a night at Strandflickorna, be sure to request room 20… (They can push the beds together if you’re a couple! ;))

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It has the best view in the house from it’s own huge private balcony!

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There were chairs and a little table on our private deck, the perfect spot for reading, drinking coffee, and relaxation in paradise, with nothing but the sea and trees as your view.

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After settling into the hotel, we walked down to the nearby harbor and took a short ferry ride over to the postcard-picturesque community of Fiskebäckskil (Fisk-ah-bok-sheil).

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This lovely village by the sea is the perfect spot for spending an afternoon just walking and wandering, gawking at the beautiful homes, colorful boat houses and picture-perfect sea villas.

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It was honestly one of the cutest neighborhoods I have ever seen.

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How sweet is this little sunroom?? I would sit out here all day.

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We wandered through the narrow cobblestone streets lined with colorful homes while making our way up the trail to the windmill. Gorgeous views were everywhere we turned. Do you see the little anchor nestled on the rock in the left corner of the photo above? I can’t even with the cuteness of this town.

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We climbed to the top of the hill…

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And were rewarded with a sweeping view over the whole area, including the colorful homes Fiskebäckskil and looking back across the sea to Lysekil. That tiny tall point way off in the distance is the church steeple from the first photo in this post.

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When it was time to say goodbye, we took the ferry back to Lysekil. The weather was perfect and we stayed out on the deck the entire ride, just taking in the beauty of the Swedish coast.

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Fiskebäckskil is seriously one of the cutest and most colorful places I’ve ever been!

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The ferry cruised past the beautiful church we saw in the distance. Love this architecture.

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That afternoon we were in for another treat as we walked among the striking pink granite rocks in the beautiful nature reserve (Stångehvud) located right behind the Strandflickorna.

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Not only was the Strandflickorna a bed and breakfast, they also offered dinner in their gorgeous dining room. After a full day walking around the islands, it was so nice to be able to just come downstairs for dinner in this beautiful sun room.

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You guys. I will never forget the focaccia they served at Strandflickorna in Lysekil, Sweden. This was honestly THE best focaccia I have ever had. I would hop on a plane back to Sweden right this instant for a piece of this bread. If you are planning a trip to Sweden, you MUST put this on your list!! :)

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Dessert was fresh strawberries and vanilla bean ice cream.

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After dinner we explored the courtyard behind the dining room. There were several little private areas of tables and chairs set up, surrounded by trees and rock walls, for quiet outdoor dining or relaxing.

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The backyard of Strandflickorna has the best view in the whole town. There’s a short flight of stairs leading up to a overlook surrounded by a short, round rock wall. Sit at the table and chairs in your secluded tower and take in this view at sunset.

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September 1, 2014

Exploring Sweden!

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Two weeks ago my friend Stephanie and I took an incredible road trip through Sweden. We started in the big city of Gothenburg, drove up the stunning west coast, explored the quiet countryside, and came back to the city again. We experienced unique and fabulous food, fun shopping, and explored some of the most picturesque and charming villages I’ve ever seen in real life. I could not get over how beautiful Sweden is!

Photo above via Stephanie

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Our adventure started at the Volvo factory in Gothenburg, Sweden. Did you guys know if you buy a new Volvo they’ll send you on a free trip to Sweden? Yes, it’s true! They’ll give you two complimentary roundtrip airline tickets to Sweden and one night at a hotel in Gothenburg. You can tour the Volvo factory and museum, pick up your actual car, and drive it on your own road trip through Sweden. When you’re done, they’ll ship it back to your local U.S. Volvo retailer for free. You can take an unforgettable vacation in gorgeous Sweden with free airfare and no need for rental car expenses. Volvo will also include 15-day European Car Insurance coverage and temporary Swedish registration so you’ll be all set to drive in Sweden.

Volvo and the West Sweden Tourism Board invited us to come take a sample road trip and drive this super swanky Volvo through Sweden so I could help spread the word about their Overseas Delivery Program when I got back. Over the next few posts I’ll be sharing how we fell in love with the car AND Sweden, as well as the delicious food we found, beautiful villages we explored, and some of the cutest shops ever — all the highlights you HAVE to see if you’re ever  in Sweden! :)

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Our first day started in Gothenburg, Sweden. Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden (after Stockholm) with a population of about half a million people. It’s located on the west coast of southern Sweden off the North Sea, about halfway between Copenhagen and Oslo. Gothenburg is a major hotspot in Sweden for fabulous restaurants and chefs, fun shopping, museums, and sight-seeing.

On our first day we took a “Foodie Walking Tour” through downtown Gothenburg to orient ourselves in the city and find Gothenburg’s unique and hidden gems. Our first stop was the show-stopping Dorsia Hotel and Restaurant. Yes, that is a bird’s nest above the door!

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This place is the cutest EVER on the inside!! It reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. This would be the perfect place to come for brunch, afternoon tea, or champagne before dinner.

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Our next stop was a beautiful hidden alley, the the Victoria Passage, lined with colorful shops, flowers, coffee, and chocolate.

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Flickorna Kanold in the Victoria Passage is a must-see in Gothenburg for handmade gourmet chocolates.

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They have more flavors to choose from than you could possibly imagine, but I had to get the Gothenburg Sea Salt truffle, topped with salt made from the sea off the coast of Gothenburg. Love!

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We passed so many colorful flowers and shop windows as we made our way through the passage.

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Loved this little paper and notebook store!

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At the other end of the alley is Bröd o. mer, which in English means Bread & More.

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One thing I should mention is that everyone in Sweden speaks English! So you don’t have to worry about that. :) However the one Swedish word you should definitely know is “fika” (pronounced fee-ka). Fika basically means taking a break to drink coffee (or tea, juice, etc) and eat something sweet!! Our guide told us that people generally take a morning fika AND an afternoon fika!! I seriously need to implement this at home!! :) And Bröd o. mer is THE place to go to get your fika fix.

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Sweden is famous for their bread and buns, especially their signature cinnamon bun and cardamom bun.

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So you should totally get one of each for your fika!! Look how flaky and sugary these beauties are!! This is an absolute must in Sweden! :)

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You guys. It’s time to get serious. Anytime you are in Gothenburg, BE ON THE LOOKOUT for this blue sign! That means that this ice cream brand, Lejonet & Björnen (The Lion & The Bear), is sold here. And there just happened to be a sign at Bröd o. mer!

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If you see it, you HAVE to try their Sea Salt Caramel ice cream. Hands down, this is the BEST salted caramel ice cream I have ever had anywhere. I don’t normally like caramel ice cream. I can’t really put my finger on why… sometimes it’s too hard, sometimes it just has an artificial flavor…   But THIS was like they had just freshly made the best homemade salted caramel sauce in the world, and then swirled it into the best homemade ice cream in the world, right there in front of you. Honestly some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had. I’m still dreaming about it!! I have got to go back to Sweden for this ice cream!! :)

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Our next hidden gem was Juicekällan. It is located in another beautiful, tucked-away courtyard you’d never find if you didn’t know about it. One thing I loved about Sweden is that many of the chairs and outdoor seating areas had soft blankets to wrap up under in case you got a little chilly at night. How sweet is that??

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Juicekällan is an AMAZING juice bar in Gothenburg!

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They had so many unique flavors and combinations that I’d never seen before. I wanted to try one of each!!

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After MUCH deliberation, I finally decided on a juice with aronia berry (which is kind of like a super healthy and antioxidant loaded blueberry), carrots, apple, lemon, and ginger. Loved it!! I could’ve seriously had breakfast and lunch here every day!

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We continued strolling through Gothenburg and came to another hidden courtyard at Floramor & Krukatös.

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Upstairs is a super cute home store. I totally picked up a few small souvenirs here!

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The courtyard is filled with flowers, tables, and chairs, and is the perfect spot for fika! Especially considering da Matteo bakery is right downstairs! Da Matteo is where all of the breads and buns at Bröd o. mer are freshly baked every morning. They also roast all their coffee there as well so you can get your coffee and sweet and have it in the courtyard surrounded by flowers. :)

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From the courtyard, cut through da Matteo and you’ll come out at a little food truck station, where you can get an Umami burger from one truck, or a classic Swedish dish from another: fried herring with lingonberries and mashed potatoes.

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For lunch we walked along the canal and made our way to the Fish Church!

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The “Feskekôrka” is an indoor fish market that looks like a Gothic church on the outside.

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It’s the perfect place to pop in for lunch and check out their fabulous selection of seafood, like this amazing gold-skinned salmon!!

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We had lunch upstairs at Restaurant Gabriel.

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How cute is this butter in an oyster shell??

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They brought us a huge sampler platter showcasing their finest fresh caught seafood and best dishes. An incredible meal.

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