Yesterday was the 14th July, National day of France and the birthday of the Swedish crown princess Victoria – we celebrated both with French wine and cheese (plus my favourite Swiss sausages and rösti, and actually most of the cheese was Swiss as well!) and by watching the Victoria day celebrations* on telly with my French friend P No 1 (I am P No 2!) who stayed on for a few days after our girls’ weekend.
But first some exercise… P No 1 and No 2 biked all the way to Åhus, 7,5 km away. It was a perfect Swedish summer day [for cycling], it was partly sunny, partly cloudy and the bike path to Åhus through the forest was quite full of cyclists, walkers and joggers. The bike ride is not too tough as the trees protect you from the wind and direct sunshine. The traffic on the road can be heard in the distance but it is very peaceful – I wouldn’t bike there alone though at night…
Once we arrived in Åhus we decided that we needed a reward – huge ice creams from the Ice Cream Boat in the harbour. I chose the flavours citron maräng & Knäck while P No 1 got her ice cream cone dipped in chocolate! No need for any lunch after that yummy treat!! I think that O was very jealous even if he had been to our local Häagen Dazs in San Juan this weekend.
Åhus is a picturesque little town, with a medieval centre, cobbled streets and roses growing everywhere – reminds me a little of Visby on the island Gotland in the Baltic sea. We did a little shopping – designer stuff at Percy’s in the old train station, tourist brochures in the Tourist centre (same building as the Police station and library), French wine in Systembolaget (hooray, they didn’t “card” me, I am after all 33 nowadays and apparently don’t look like I am under 20…), a set of a 2nd hand Winnie the Pooh-cutlery for P No 1 (perfect for when she brings her lunch to work) and a potential gift** for O – unfortunately, I can’t reveal what it is as he reads my blog every now and then ;-) but it is something that he has been looking for, for a long time!
After a short break at home where I taught P No 1 to play skitgubbe (Swedish card game, it means “Shitman”, funny thing is that in French they have another game called “Pile of shit”) we decided to bike to the local smoke house Martins Rökeri to buy some smoked mackerel but we couldn’t find it to my parents’ surprise – I got a little confused with which bridge to cross!! But we took some nice photos in the middle of a potato field – promise to publish those and photos from Åhus as soon as possible!
*) Swedish artists perform infront of the royal family and an audience on the island of Öland where the official royal summer residence is located. The Victoria prize is handed out to an outstanding Swedish athlete every year.
**) I haven’t bought it yet as it has to be delivered to the shop first…