Enter in style – Swedish Porches

The Hälsingland farmers fused folk art and the fashionable architectural styles of the times to create their own unique designs for their homes.  They constructed elaborate porches and entrances for their farmhouses to show their wealth.  Above are some examples of the different personal styles created by the owners of these beautiful Hälsingegårdar (Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland).

If you are interested in reading more about Sweden’s Hälsingegårdar,  which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Click on the links below:

Erik-Anders Hälsingegårdar (decorated farmhouse) – A UNESCO Heritage Site
Hamra National Park and Bortom Åa Hälsingegårdar– A UNESCO Heritage Site
The Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland (Hälsingegårdar)
Things to do in Hälsingland


Summer in Sweden brings 19 hours of daylight to enjoy each day

There is lots to do in Sweden and the summer is a perfect time to explore its cities, enjoy the countryside and find out more about the culture.  To give you some ideas of things to do  we have put together a small selection of off-the-beaten-track places to visit.   See Sweden in the travel destinations at the top of the page or click the links below to access information on:

Gastrologik – one of Stockholm’s best restaurants
Off the beaten track in Stockholm
Things to do in the northern town of Umeå
Exploring the Tavelsjöleden trail near Umeå
The Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
Erik-Anders Hälsingegårdar (decorated farmhouse) – A UNESCO Heritage Site
Jon-Lars Hälsingegårdar is  a magnificent decorated farmhouse in Långhed near Alfta in Hälsingland
Hamra National Park and Bortom Åa – A UNESCO Heritage Site
Things to do in Hälsingland
Things to do  in Stockholm

and a little taste of Sweden in London The Bageriet – A fantastic Swedish bakery and cafe near Covent Garden in London

Pretty villages and beautiful views along Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula

The Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy is breathtakingly beautiful.  There are 13 fascinating villages along this part of the Sorrentine coast and each one has its own unique character and charm.  We loved Positano, Praiano, Ravello, Amalfi and the spectacular Walk of the Gods that passes across the mountains high above them.

One of our favourite places to stay is Casa Privata.  It is secluded, beautifully decorated and, as well as having a fantastic pool, it has a gorgeous garden that runs directly down to the sea.  And here, hidden away on rocky outcrops beside the sea, is the perfect place to enjoy the sun, for the thoughtful folk that run Casa Privata have set out comfortable sun-loungers and parasols for their guests. Bliss!

A little piece of paradise in Alagoas, Brazil

South London Street Art

The graffiti tunnel near London’s Southbank is a living gallery of Street Art. It is not a curated space like the Wynwood Walls in Miami, so the works vary dramatically.  This makes it a dynamic space,  the works change all the time because it is an open space for artists to express themselves freely, at any time.

Above are a few pieces that have caught my eye so far this summer, 2015.

Where is it: The Graffiti Tunnel lies between the River Thames and Lower Marsh at the back of Waterloo in London.  Lower Marsh is quirky little street full of independent cafes, shops and a thriving old style street market.

A picutre postcard of Sweden

Swedish summers are characterised by their long days.  In the north the sun never really sets and people head to the beaches, lakes, islands and mountains to take advantage of the endless hours of daylight and warm weather.  There are no shortage of things to do and if you are looking for some ideas we have a growing selection of posts on Sweden in our destinations section (click here to access all posts).

Spectacular views on the Garden Route in South Africa