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Guide to Gothenburg

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

We recently took a road trip around the southern part of Sweden in a new Volvo XC90 which we picked up directly from the factory just outside the city of Gothenburg on Sweden’s west coast. Volvo has an overseas delivery program where when you order your car they will fly you to Sweden to pick it up and test drive it around the beautiful Scandinavian locations just as we did for a few weeks this past June. Once your journey is completed they will ship the car to you back home in the US. It’s a fun way explore a new country, get to know your car and make a ton of memories!

Our first stop on our #VolvoOverSeasDelivery was to Gothenburg, the gateway to West Sweden. This is what I loved: The people are so nice. The fresh seafood, especially the oysters, are amazing. The trams are not only beautiful with their blue lines rolling around the city but also very clean and easy to use. Gothenburg had a lovely balance of old architecture and cobblestone streets mixed with modern day conveniences.

Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see. Snapshots from Gothenburg, Sweden and some of the most beautiful places to see.

RESTAURANTS

  1. Atelier – One of my favorite restaurants ever. Think champagne, roses, etched glass, velvet couches, and incredible seasonal, locally sourced food. One of the best meals from the entire trip!

2. Dorsia – Amazing dining terrace with a great sophisticated social scene.

3. Gabriel – Inside the “Fish Church” of Gothenburg, perfectly fresh seafood lunch not to be missed.

4. Norda – Beautiful for dinner with a very lush dining room.

5. Brewer – Sourdough pizza joint and craft beer bar for something more casual

6. Taverna – Stunning courtyard for a cozy dinner or dine inside surrounded by galleries of cool modern art.

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Snapshots from Provence

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Provence is a country to which I am always returning, next week, next year, any day now, as soon as I can get on a train.

Snapshots from Provence in the South of France

Favorite eats:

La Bastide de Marie

Le Garage à LumièresLe Mas Tourteron

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Provence in Polaroid

Provence Polaroid film.

Everything in Provence touches your skin. The leaves of a rose bush may brush against your arm as you walk through a field. The light in the morning rakes angularly though a room illuminating your face. “Bonjour” the day says. The oil from the olives stick to your fingers, which I always enjoy rubbing into my hands like lotion. Wine inevitably presses againt your lips filling you with the energy of the vine, of life, that surrounds you in this sacred place. The air kisses your cheeks while you lay on a blanket under the dappled afternoon sun. Everything, though seemingly still, is alive here if you just slow down to feel it…

A collection of vintage SX-70 Polaroids of our moments spent in Provence 

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Chateau Saint-Martin

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Perched high a top a hill, the view from Chateau Saint-Martin swoops down over the ancient town of Vence soaring right out to the French Riviera’s magnificent blue waters that seem to melt into the sky. It’s breathtaking and something this luxury hotel showcases as much as possible from hotel room balconies, to sweeping terraces and large picture windows across the dining room, a perfect place to watch the sunset. Walking the manicured grounds you see traces of the estate’s history beginning in 350 AD to its important role for the Knights Templar in 1150 (who folklore claims buried great treasures among the grounds). 

It is traditional French glamour from the floral bed linens to the oil paintings and master fireplaces. I felt like a princess, just as when I stayed at the Le Bristol in Paris, another property that is part of the Oetker Collection. Aside from waking up to views of the French Riviera, I loved the property’s incredible gastronomy restaurant, Le Saint-Martin. Though wonderfully modern in technique and delightfully surprising, I appreciate that they still finished the meal with an oh-so-French traditional cheese cart, as if you could forget where you are with views like these….

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