Easter Witches, Seafood Safaris and Giant cinnamon buns! The Winner of a Seafood-themed Trip to West Sweden, Marie-Charlotte Maréchal, Describes her experience…

What did you see and do on your trip?

On the Friday, I met my sister, who lives in Corsica, at Paris-Beauvais Airport and we took the flight to Gothenburg. Our first stop was the coastal town, Lysekil (an hour’s drive north of Gothenburg on the west coast). On the road we enjoyed the landscape. A few minutes before arriving, our GPS told us to take a “road” on the water. Indeed, at the end of the road we went onto a boat that took us to Lysekil. We put our suitcases at the lovely Strandflickornas Havshotell and took the ferry to the island of Fiskebäckskil, where a table was reserved for us at a restaurant. I’m not very familiar with seafood so it was a great introduction for me, and it was really delicious. At the end of the feast we returned to our lovely room. I really loved the houses on the island and felt like I was in a movie. It was magical.

Lysekil from the Sea. Photo: Jonas Ingman

On Saturday, we started the day with a long walk into the town. It was Easter weekend, so a lot of the shops were closed, but we saw a lot of Påskris (Easter trees) and a few Påskkärring (little girls dressed as witches). In the afternoon, we met Lars and his wife for a mussel and oyster safari. We put on life jackets and boarded the boat ,”Signe”. Lars talked to us about his job, and explained a lot of things about mussels and oysters. We stopped in a small cottage for some seafood; it was the first time for me and a great opportunity to learn all about the mussel cultivating process directly from an expert fishermen. It was also a great moment to talk with Lars and his wife about the differences between our countries.

After this meeting, we took the road to Gothenburg. Our new room was on the 12th floor of the Clarion Post Hotel, offering a beautiful view of the city. After a long breakfast on Sunday morning, we decided to start our last day with a sauna in the hotel’s spa. It was Easter Sunday and a lot of the museums were closed, so we decided to take a walk along the roads of Gothenburg. At ‘fika time’, we went to Haga and had the biggest Kanelbullar (cinnamon bun) I’ve ever seen. I love Kanelbullar! We also visited the city museum, which provided interesting information on the history of the city.

Marie-Charlotte with Giant Cinnamon Bun. Photo: Marie-Charlotte Maréchal

What was your favourite part of your trip?

It was a great weekend and we were able to see two very different sides of Sweden – contrasting the small village of Lysekil with modern Gothenburg. If I had to choose my favourite moment, without a doubt, I’d choose our meeting with Lars and his wife on the seafood safari.

Would you visit the region again and would you recommend it to others?

I hope that one day I can visit the region again with the rest of my family and friends. I really love Sweden and before this trip I had only visited Stockholm. So thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to see another part of this beautiful country!

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