They're Kidding Right ??? 😆
|photo credit by Wikipedia|
The Central Train Station in Gothenburg
Most places in Scandinavia are NOT what I would consider the poster child of the old 1970s quote - "Europe on $10 a Day". And of all places Göteborg. In the central location of Göteborg, most of the older architecture as referenced in the above photo for the most part has gone extinct in favour of that New World Order look. In fact directly to the left of this shot which faces north is the popular central Shopping Mall called Nordstan. Not exactly my favourite place to hang out, but in cold rainy windy Göteborg it's where most residents get a life as opposed to being cooped up inside their homes. I don't get it, but Whatever! To me Nordstan always has that old 1960s/70s Parkway Plaza El Cajon California look about it.
|Image - Nordstan.se|
Article from Göteborg.com as the Source:
Lonely Planet picks Gothenburg as one of the hottest and best value destinations for 2013. The guidebook giant recommends the characteristic neighbourhood Haga, the art place Röda Sten and the southern archipelago, among other things.
"There's good value in Sweden if you know where to look," claimed the travel guide Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013 publication.
The guide listed Gothenburg in western Sweden as the best place in the world for those on a shoestring budget, behind only Brazil's Rio.
"This is extremely fun, almost surreal," said Camilla Nyhman, acting CEO of events company Göteborg och Co to the Göteborgs-Posten newspaper (GP)
Lonely Planet praised the city's highlights that can be found behind the scenes.
The guide especially mentions neighbourhoods away from the city centre like Haga and a small town close to the city, Kvarnbyn, as well as cheap eats and art attractions like Röda Sten, plus picnic-friendly city views in Keillers Park.
"If that wasn't enough, ferries trundling round the beautiful, car-free southern archipelago are a tram ride from the city centre. In short, this is as much Scandinavia as you can get for your money."
The Swedish city came ahead of Namibia, Cambodia and Bolivia in the top five. Portland, Oregon in the US took home sixth place, with the rest of the list made up of Spain, Slovenia, Nepal and Georgia.
I'm still a bit shell shocked as to how or why Gothenborg Sweden would be second on that list for "Best Value Destinations" along side dirt poor countries like Cambodia, Namibia and Bolivia ????? Somebody pinch me. Gothenborg has better value than those Third World "next services 10 centuries ahead" countries ? Okay, I figured it out. On the Lonely Planet website there is a quote that reveals all.
"Thanks to West Sweden Tourism Board who sponsored our weekend break in Gothenburg"Wonder how much Kronor-$ they had to pay for second place ? Well, I'm not exactly the one to promote the wonderful qualities of any city. I actually dislike most all cities. Even the home town in San Diego California where I come from. I just flat out hate crowds and traffic congestion that goes with living there. Must be why I excelled at creating urban landscape backyard escapes when I lived there before. Most of the photos of this place are a challenge to get. There is one coffee shop I like and I've been trying to get a photo of their normally beautifully tucked away in a hidden corner courtyard, but this blasted cold and and constant wet prevents this. The place is DaMatteo's Coffee House and well, here is what I got so far as an outside entrance shot.
|image - Geotraveler's Niche|
Gothenburg Files - coffee & bread tasting at da-Matteo
|image - dailyscandinavian.com|
da Matteo Café, Gothenburg
|Hmmmm, I wonder what drought year this was taken ?|
|photo credit - Lonely Planet|
Amazing what adjustments on a modern day technology Camera can do!
|credit - Swedish Wiki|
Stora Saluhallen (Market Hall)
|Cheese Butter & Breads|
|image - Pinterest|
|Image - Pinterest|
Fruit & Vegetable Produce
|Butcher Shop Section|
I'm so nervous the so-called improvements may have wrecked the warmth and coziness of the atmosphere. Knowing the track record of how most improvements go here, it's a scary possibility.