After my fun trip to Scotland it was time to head out on a road trip to see my brother and his family. As always the drive is stunning with the freeway running along lake Vättern. Our first stop was at a place called Brahehus which used to be castle. It was built 1640 and today looks more like a ruin than a castle as only a portion still stands.
After being in the car for over an hour it was time for “fika” which a Swedish custom that you do every few hours. It entails a cup of coffee and a cookie, pastry or a small sandwich. The Italians are often believed to be the coffee drinking country of the world but that honor goes to all the Nordic countries (I know…it’s been a while since geography class so here they are: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden). There is always a pot of coffee brewing in any of those countries!
We decided to stop at McDonald’s because coffee at a cafe is a lot pricier. What I didn’t know is that in Sweden McDonald’s serve organic coffee! Why do they not serve that here? And no coffee pot with an hour old coffee at McDonald’s in Sweden. It is freshly made from an espresso machine. The coffee was fantastic. If you go to Sweden go to McDonald’s for your coffee. Inexpensive, taste great and it’s organic. Of course, it is not the same as sitting at a cafe but when you are on a road trip it’s perfect.
After a fantastic dinner with family it was time to enjoy some nature the next day. And what can you always find in Sweden? Lakes. Often with cows grazing on the pastures.
After a great time with my brother and his family eating good food, catching up and enjoying some nature walks it was time to say good-bye and round up my time in Sweden. The next day the long journey back home would begin.
I will bring more photos and stories from Sweden and other Scandinavian and Nordic countries as time goes on but I hope you decide to visit Sweden sometime. It’s a beautiful country, easy to get around with public transportation and although Sweden can be expensive at times there are also plenty of low cost options available to make a trip very affordable.
For more information and a great travel guide for Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway and Denmark) check out: Rick Steves’ Scandinavia