17th of May, Norway’s national day, fell on a Thursday this year and since it’s Pentecost on Monday, yippie yay for yet a long bank holiday! And given we’re not into crowds, flags or loud intoxicated youths and we don’t have children who play in a band, we thought we’d skip the whole shebang and escape to Sweden! And it turned out Gothenburg was a hidden gem, at least in this summer weather we’ve been having! “One should think Italy moved to Sweden”, I told a bartender excitedly, while waiting for him to pour our rosé. “I know, it’s unbelievable, it’s even hotter than the Mediterranean these days!”
This post is inspired by Edvard Munch, the great Norwegian painter, who would spend most of his holidays in Warnemunde. I got a glimpse of the place a while ago, immortalized in a movie they play at the Munch museum in Oslo, and I fell in love right away! I´m usually the kind of person who prefers summer during the European summer time, so the Mediterranean sea is an obvious choice. I usually need to know it´ll be sunny and nice, no matter what the weather Gods feel like in that period. Lately, however, I´m starting to get the charm of Nordic summers, too. It´s like travelling to Romania in May instead of August, the weather will be more moody, but you´ll probably have lots of fun being able to walk everywhere (instead of being stranded on the beach, by the pool or by the air condition), eating good food and reading or sleeping in if it happens to rain. So for the coming years, when we´ll finally have a driving licence and a car, I´m thinking of thrifting our way through Sweden (they´re famous for tons of countryside antique stores), eating and bathing our way through Denmark (they´re renowned for their incredible sandy beaches) and camping out in Germany, by the Baltic sea. 😉 For a perfect finish, a couple of days in Berlin are a must. What do you reckon?
This gorgeous apartment belongs to Caroushka Streijiffert, a versatile artist and interior architect living in Sweden. It took her three years to compose the apartment and bring it to its current stage. She wanted it to be inspiring as a home as well as a scene for her work. The apartment´s frame is out of this world- the view, the light, the windows, the space. And she did a marvelous job decorating it with carefully chosen pieces, it´s living art, if you ask me!