Monday, November 20, 2017

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Phu Quoc - what I did and how I did it

Pick a hotel way away from the main town. Preferably one with great food reviews. Pay for a villa on the beach. Eat lots of great Vietnamese food and drink lots of cocktails. I chose Peppercorn Beach Resort. Don't expect perfect or polished, but be happy with friendly and charming (and the best margarita).

Don't spend too much time in town - I went once to go to All Good Things, a purveyor of handmade local products.

Do go to Phu Quoc countryside farm tour. Don't expect professional, but it's still a fun way to break up beach time.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Artist: Marie-Louise Ekman

One of the joys of travelling is discovering the unexpected.  Let me introduce you to Marie-Louise Ekman. You can find out more about her here:

Her work is colourful, clever, funny and sometimes a little bit disturbing.   

Monday, October 30, 2017

Adam Albin - Stockholm

Adam Albin.

I can't remember the details of this meal now that a few months has passed, except that it was the best. 

The room was divine. I sat around a beautiful shared table facing the kitchen - everything about it was pure Scandinavian restraint. The service was excellent, the wine list was interesting and the food was sublime.  The chef was in the house, and unbeknownst to me, is quite the celebrity. 

Such a visually beautiful but also well balanced menu. If I ever go back to Stockholm this is the first place I'll be booking for dinner.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Comings and goings of Stockholm

Stockholm - what I did and how I did it

Sunshine, thrifting, coffee, meatballs, music, beers, art and harbour walks. That is Stockholm.  Fair to say, a bit more uptight than Gothenburg  but scratch the surface and there is lots of fun to be found.

I stayed in Södermalm - and if you stay there, make sure you pick up the SoFo map. It's filled with antique stores, coffee places, boutiques and all those good things.  Do have coffee a Louie Louie, great music and coffee to boot. Meatballs for the people is the lunch option and Omnipollo is not only for beers but has the best pizza I've had in a long time.

If you are splashing out for one fancy dinner go to Adam and Albin. It was so good that it's getting its own blog post. It was also so good that I totally misjudged the exchange rate and in my post dinner bliss tipped very generously....

Bar Hommage is the place to go for cocktails (and for dinner too if you want a great charcuterie plate). They made me the best negroni. A sneaky mix of aperol and campari. Delightful!

And when you are not eating and drinking...galleries. A day trip to Artipelag and make sure you arrive by boat. You see the city from an entirely different perspective as you meander up channels past grand mansions and lush green spaces. A beautiful gallery set in woodlands, so regardless of the art you'll enjoy the surroundings. Oh and the ice-cream. They sell excellent ice-cream. 

Moderna Museet is also a must. Great pieces in the permanent collection and wonderful temporary exhibits too. As luck would have it I got to see a Louise Nevelson exhibition, and retrospectively thinking about this, probably one of the better galleries for female artist representation. 

Fotografiska should be next on your list - it's a wonderfully curated photography museum. Go in the afternoon so you can enjoy a drink and one of the best views of Stockholm. And finally a trip to Stockholm would be incomplete without a visit to the Abba museum. Seriously good, and while you are over that side of town wander around the dockyards and take in the sun and sea salt air. 

And that my friends is Stockholm in just under 5 days.