I am well aware that the autumn has kicked in, it's November, I know... But I just can't shake the feeling that the summer should have been a bit longer, at least a few more months. Don't you agree?
So walking around in nature, really? Well, I am trying my best to enjoy what's left of the autumn before all the colors are gone, and the world turns into a brownish-grey for about six months. Depressing though right, but that's why you have to make the most of the days when the sun is shining, before the nights get longer and the days get colder. So it's about taking hold of the days, and maybe bringing some of natures good indoors as decoration, to be able to enjoy the most of it.
So here are my tips of how to really enjoy the autumn, instead of just letting it go by:
- Force yourself to spend some time outdoors, when the sun is shining.
- Bring some of nature indoors for decoration.
- Use that cozy knitted sweater you've been longing for all summer.
What do you do to make sure you are enjoying this season? Are you enjoying the season? Really?
If you haven't been to the medieval city of Visby, on the island of Gotland in Sweden, you should really start planning that trip. The city has so much to offer and today I thought I would share some of my favorite places for drinks and cocktails, hope you enjoy the read!
It's a restaurant and a hotel, with a gin bar... could it be any better? And it's not like you have a few Gin and Tonics to choose from, they hand you a five pages long menu with more different kinds of cocktails, all made with Gin. I've said it once, but I'll say it again... can it be any better?
Of all the times I have been to Visby, I have never been inside this bar. And now that I have, I can't for the life of me figure out how I've missed it. It's located right by the big open square in the city center, right by the big ruin as you see in the background of the images. It's a perfect place for a bit of a historical feeling.
My all-time favorite place. The upper floor has a British pub feeling going on with the interior design, super cozy and warm. In the lower parts, there's a bit of a dungeon feeling to it, medieval if you like. And then there's the green and luscious backyard, perfect for a warm summer day. They use to have our favorite cider on tap, but they didn't this time, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that they'll bring it back.
How can you not stay and have a drink when the view is absolutely amazing? But to be fair, the view is not the only reason why you should stop here, the drinks are nothing short of amazing. They have the classical cocktails, but with a twist of something special like a dewberrymojito or maybe an elderberrycaipirinha.
We did a short review last year, from the Summer of 2019 so I thought we would do the same with 2020, even though this year has not nearly brought as many exotic travel destinations as last year.
Fun fact, this is the first summer, in TEN years that I have not been abroad. We have always had our summervacations abroad, so this is the first year in forever and then some that we are doing the entire summer in Sweden. Most days were naturally spent at home, chilling in the backyard with some barbeque, playing games, and having some amazing laughs.
Having a cocktail in the backyard.
Brittish pubnight, Hungarian street food, classic Greek food and Italian.
But you have all seen our food travel series right?
When Corona put a stop to the travel year of 2020 we decided that at the very least it would not stop us from having the amazing food experiences that we always have abroad. We just had to make it ourselves in our own kitchen, so that is exactly what we did.
It has really been a blast doing this Food Travel series, and we will keep on doing it regardless if we can travel or not. We actually have some things coming up on the blog shortly, that has yet to be published, so stay tuned. But if you have any ideas for fun foods, we are happy to receive some new ideas.
Chilling with an Aperol Sprits in Trosa.
A weekend in Trosa
We started off the summer with celebrating Midsummer in a small town called Trosa, about an hour from Stockholm Sweden. It gave us a bit of a road trip, which I haven't been on in years. I truly fell in love with this small town with all its charm, and I can't wait to go back again, I would really like to visit during the autumn when the leaves are changing colors.
The magical views on Fårö.
Visby and Fårö
We booked ourselves a weekend in Visby, on the island of Gotland. It a few hours boat ride with the ferry, that actually departures from our hometown, so it's super easy to get there. We really should go more often. We even took a daytrip to Fårö which is a little piece of heaven all on its own.
Days trips to Stockholm
Of course, we took some daytrips to Stockholm for some good food and drinks. It takes us about 45 minutes by train to get to the capital, and every time we've been in the city we always wonder why we don't go there more often... Going to Stockholm is really a treat for your inner foodie, the amazing restaurants we have visited!
Minivacation on the Island Nåttarö
We ended off our summer vacation with a few days of calm and quiet on the island Nåttarö in the Swedish archipelago, which was exactly what we all needed. We rented a small cabin and did the easy living thing for a few days without running water or bathrooms in the cabin. That was quite the weekend!
We had a trip booked to Cyprus, that was canceled and rebooked to the island of Rhodes in Greece for the fall, but you all know what's happening in the world, so of course, the trip to Rhodes got canceled too. As I've said before, I know its all for the best but it still a real bummer! So no trips abroad insight... and not really any plans for booking new once either, we'll stay put in Sweden for now.
So to sum it up... Even though we only traveled within Sweden this summer, its been quite the summer with a lot of adventures. One of the best really. We've seen so much of Sweden that I've never seen before, and I am so thankful for that, it's really been a great summer!
What about you, have you had a good one?