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Her Scandinavian Secrets -- 50 Travel Tips



Come to Sweden...
Living in Sweden myself, I can assure you and your readers that it is well worth a stopover – no matter what your destination in Scandinavia might be. If, for example, one is travelling to Copenhagen, you wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to drive (or ride the train) over the Oresund Bridge. If one were visiting Finland, there are ample opportunities to take a short overnight cruise through some of the most spectacular archipelago anywhere to Stockholm. But however you get here, don’t miss Sweden – especially in the summer.
Sharen, Taby, Sweden


Solo dining in Stockholm, Sweden...
Eating dinner alone in a restaurant can be boring, a pleasant alternative to that in central Stockholm is to visit the food hall in the department store of NK. At the place where they sell cheese by the kilo one can also sit down and have a meal and a glass of wine. Select from the menu or choose samples (cheese, ham, etc) from the disk. I sometimes eat there myself after work when I am too tired to shop and cook at home. For visitors to our city I recommend this as a perfect way to do some wonderful people watching. Have fun, everybody!
Ulla, Stockholm, Sweden


A woman's walking map of Stockholm...
The not-for-profit women's organization, DEA, which has as its ultimate goal to create a women's history museum in Sweden, has just published a 'Women's Map' of Stockholm. This map, which at the moment is available in Swedish only, but will be translated into English, presents a number of walks in Stockholm between places of significance for women in history and today. Women who want to know more, or want to receive the map, can contact the organization at: I send my best to all Journeywomen!
Gunilla, Stockholm, Sweden


Floating B&B in Stockholm...
Malardrottningen is a tiny waterborne hotel converted from the former yacht of Barbara Hutton (Woolworth heiress and wife of Cary Grant, etcetera) -- floats in the waters of Stockholm's Lake Malaren, just a short walk from Old Town and practically in the shadow of City Hall (Stadhuset, where the Nobel Prize is awarded each year.) The intriguing B&B -- boat and breakfast, in this case -- offers unique accommodations. 'This one bobs,' says Christina Wilkstrom, an employee of the boatel. 'Guests sleep very well; they like being rocked to sleep.' Hutton received the yacht as a gift on her 18th birthday. The B&B has a distinctly nautical flavor, 59 quaint and quirky cabins, a sauna and a restaurant that ranks among Sweden's top ten. Single rates available, splashier suites as well. Address: Riddarholmen, Stockholm 11128, Sweden. Phone: 011-46-8-24-36-00.
Arlene, New Jersey, USA


Travel discounts for seniors in Sweden...
Local bus transportation is inexpensive in Sweden however if you're 65+ you pay up to 40% less than regular fare. Express buses run by Swebus Express offers 30% for those over 60. This company services 300 destinations in Sweden.

Check into the SL Tourist Card sold at tourist offices and kiosk. It's 50% off for seniors (about $12 for three days). With this card you get free transportation on buses, local trains, subways and ferry tours.

(Source: Unbelievably Good Deals and Great Adventures that You absolutely Can't Get Unless You're Over 50)


A dining treat in Stockholm...
Although eating out in Stockholm can be pricey, I do have a fantastic restaurant to recommend: Restaurang Grodan – it provides a wonderful environment for dining while serving some of the best fish casserole you could ever hope to eat! It has been my favorite Stockholm restaurant for many years! I am sending you a link to their website:
Sharen, Taby, Sweden


Swedish Meatballs from a Canadian point-of-view...
Doing the background research for this article on Sweden, my favorite recipe called “Swedish Meatballs” suddenly popped into my mind. I thought... Why not? This could be an opportune time to share a terrific little dish with other travellin’ women. So, here it is -- complete with it’s secret ingredient-- grape jelly.

cooking potINGREDIENTS
2 lbs. ground meat
1 egg
1 tsp. salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp pepper
1 grated onion
1 large raw potato, grated
1 bottle (smallest size) chili sauce
1 bottle water (equal to the amount of chili sauce)
1 small jar grape jelly.

Mix meat, onion, potato, egg, salt, pepper and garlic together. Shape into approximately 60 bite-sized meat balls. Mix chili sauce, water and grape jelly, bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and put the meatballs in the sauce. Cover and cook for one hour. Chill and remove layer of fat from the top. Reheat and serve hot, in the sauce, in a chafing dish or freeze for future use.
(Source: Gourmet on the Go, Ideals Publishing Corp., USA)

P.S. If you pass this recipe along to anybody else, please pass along the Journeywoman internet address as well ( We’d love to have your friends and relatives as part of the Journeywoman Network.
Evelyn Hannon, Editor


A great part of Stockholm to explore...
My heart beats best for Södermalm, known to be the more bohemian part of city. It is a mere 20-minute walk from Stockholm´s city center. The atmosphere here is very informal, and the absence of glitter is noticeable. And yet, this is where you find Stockholm’s unique stores which carry carefully-selected items which are otherwise hard to find elsewhere.

When visiting Södermalm, I strongly recommend that you visit the street called Götgatsbacken, which is actually a part of a longer street called Götgatan. Götgatsbacken got its name because it is the northern part of the street situated on a little hill. If walking is not your cup of tea, the street can be reached by the underground train (tunnelbana). Get off at the station called Slussen and take the exit towards Götgatan. You will find yourself right in the middle of Götgatsbacken when you emerge from the underground station.
Rosalie, Stockholm, Sweden


Great Swedish Design...
Designtorget (The Design Square) showcases modern Swedish design and artistry. It has a collection of the works of both up-and-coming as well as established Swedish designers and craftsmen. The shop has everything, from earrings to wine glasses, mirrors, clothing, slippers and toys. Address: Götgatan 31 Website:
Rosalie, Stockholm, Sweden



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