The first primary goal was Gothenburg, but instead of driving there directly, we stayed at a very nice camping ground outside of Jönköping called Lövsjö camping. It's situated at a small lake with surrounding woods - very picturesque. Sam and John went swimming in the lake while I made dinner.
Both me and the boys truly want to come back here, the DH is not overly convinced though I have no clue why.
Onwards to Gothenburg and one of the camping grounds that is owned by Liseberg - Kärrdal. The plot we was given was a sorry excuse of a plot - we couldn't even put our chairs out. Well the whole grounds was utterly boring - the only good thing was that the tram ran closely and it takes 10 minutes to the Liseberg amusement park and 15 to downtown and one thing is for sure, we will never get back unless it is some great concert. I confess, I had totally and completely forgotten how much I love this town. My maternal grandma lived here and when I left home I visited her a lot. That lady was always well turned out - tailor made clothes, hats, crinking corset, well made up and smelled nice always. And despite her somewhat stern look, she was a hoot. I will never forget when she and a close friend danced the Charleston for me :-D Hmmm, maybe my sis was there too? It's so long ago and my memory is short ;-
Well we went downtown, walked around, bough me and John new shoes (The DH is a marvel in picking out nice shoes for me), a new backpack for The DH and a shirt for Sam and then we where ready for some RR at the Hard Rock Café. Burgers, spareribs and a Caesar salad. But first - a cold lovely drink - Strawberry Daiquiri:
John and me took the train to Liseberg, while The DH and Sam went to Ullevi to get in line for the concert. Now lesson number 1- never walk in new shoes for too long, no matter how soft and comfy they are. I had to walk around barefoot the entire afternoon with blistered heels.
Neither John nor me are much for riding attractions but out plan was to at least go on the Flumeride. Well right - guess how long the line was??? Fivefold and John stated that noway in h-l he would wait in that line. So we wondered around, had some snacks, bought the most teethhurtingly sweet slush (even John thought it was too sweet and throwed it away and I can assure you that that's a first), John played at a lot of wheels, hit-this-or-that and such and won absolutely nothing. But he was in good sprits nevertheless. Went back to the Flumeride, but now the line was even longer so we took the tram back, bought some pizza and just hanged out.
After a good night sleep for everyone, onwards to Tylösand which in my mind is one large beach and plots with seaview. Taha, whatdayaknow - the campingground was situated mostly in the woods! Well we did get a very nice large corner plot but where the heck is the sea? Me and the DH went for a walk to try to find it but gave up, but John went around on his bike and he found it. The thing was that you had to walk a bit on a boardwalk and then you came to this:
Nice as it was, I don't think we will come back to this place though.
So far we had booked our camping lots in advance, but it's always a risk since you also have to pay in advance. So from here and onwards we called the camping grounds 1-2 days in advance and had no problem finding a place to stay.
It was jointly decided to return to our favorite place from last year - Torekov and was in such luck that we got the best place of them all - close to the beach, close to Torekov city and the only spot with a complete open ocean view:
We loved it so much here that we ended up staying 5 days. We walked over to Torekov and got some delish seafood sandwiches (except for Sam who had a burger) and two nights we had luxe pizzas - talk about great vacation time;-) One of the most favorite things for kids to do here is to go crabbing. John tried his luck on one of the piers, but in lack of the crabs favorite bait shrimps, non of them did bite :-(
After these five marvelous days (trust me, we are coming back next year and will book this plot long in advance) we felt the need to move on and even though some of The DHs riders who came visiting told us that Mölle was great, I still wanted to go to Råå - cause it looked nice in the cataloge.
We where given a great lot - a corner one under old large trees almost directly on the beach:
HA, but there are not only kids that don't behave - we met a lot of grownups as well who under the influence of to much alcohol behaved worse than bad. Wont bore you with the details, but they totally managed (along with overly salted roasted pork) destroy what was supposed to be a nice night out :-(
The trees we parked under:
After 4 days it was time to leave, we where booked from the 18th on Bödasand on Öland. This time we took the motorway when we came upon it and when we came closer to Kalmar (the mainland city before the bridge to Öland) the weather started to shift and after checking up on the forecast we made a snap decision - we are going home! I mean, who in their right mind voluntarily goes to a camping ground when the forecast says heavy rain for several days.
So after an extremely boring trip crosswise (from Kalmar over to Jönköping) where there is nothing but forests, small unexciting villages, forests and forests. After 5 hours (pitstop at Burger King at the way) we came back to the kennel and oh my - what happy dogs! When they where released they didn't which foot to stand on, they ran in circles and jumped at us with full RR force LOL.
We didn't linger, but packed them up and of we went and you have never seen more relieved and extremely tired dogs. They both found "their" places and slept all the way home.
Two summers on camping ground we are starting to wonder if that is truly our style???? We do have all necessities and comforts onboard, why live closely people you don't know or even like? Well it's a long step to go from camping grounds to what here is called "free camping"...only time will tell.
All I can say is that we had two very nice weeks together and we are lucky to be at home and not in the parts where there is torrential rains. If you might wonder what I did to pass the time when the men in my life was on the computer, played PS3 (yup) or watched DVDs, look here:
One more week of vacation = yayyyy.