When I was in Gothenburg recently I went for a quick visit to the Botanical Garden, which with its 175 hectares is one of the largest of its kind. But it was not the lovely flowers, trees or plants that became the main attraction during my visit - it was three ducks. Lol!
A lovely, soothing fountain at the entrance of the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg.
Well, it was soothing until these guys arrived.
Because this duck couple were not happy to have been followed by another male duck.
Which they loudly expressed to him.
And showed him.
Which caused quite the little scene.
But in the end, the poor guy finally gave up and flew away.
Which was when the female duck, who did all the chasing by the way, jumped in the fountain to wash off all the drama.
Under the male duck's watchful eye of course.
Washy, washy, washy.
But just when the duck couple thought it was time for some relaxation.
Another type of chase began...
Man, those ducks sure had a hectic day. Not sure why the other male duck tried to follow them though? It looked like he was interested in the female duck , but shouldn't he had challanged the male duck then? Oh well, I do not know much about ducks - except that they sure seem to be very stubborn birds. Lol!
Now of course there were a lot of other stunning things to see at the Botanical Garden in Gothenburg, but I will have to save those photos for another post. Because these three cute little duckies certainly deserve to have their own post. I mean, they were a big part of my visit to the Botanical Garden and will definitely stay in my travel memory for a long time to come. :-)
I was in Gothenburg here in Sweden over the weekend visiting friends. And of course I brought my camera and took lots of photos. Some of which were of one of the largest fullrigged wooden sailing ships in the world, the Swedish ship Götheborg.
The Götheborg seen from the front.
The Götheborg seen from the back.
And the Götheborg seen from the side.
Actually this ship is a reconstruction of the mid-18th century ship The Original East Indiaman Götheborg. A ship that unfortunately, after a 30 months exhausting trip to China, ran aground in the middle of the entrance to Gothenburg harbour on the 12th of September 1745. She eventually sunk there with her entire cargo, which consisted of things like tea, porcelain, silk and spices.
The construction of the replica started in 1995 and eight years later the Götheborg was launched. In 2005 and 2007 the ship sailed the historical route to China and back in 20 months. Since then the ship has been on a number of smaller expeditions in Sweden and Scandinavia. This summer, starting on June 30, the Götheborg will set sail for a shorter tour in northern Europe with stop overs in Holland, France and Germany. To check out the exact route and dates go to --> European Tour 2012.
Now this replica might look like the original ship Götheborg on the outside, but it is in fact a modern ship with modern machinery. Though the majority of the advanced technical equipment have been concealed deep down in the hull. The new ship also meets the international safety requirements for ocean going vessels of course. So the project of this ship is based on modern research combined with the revival of traditional methods of craftsmanship dating from the 18th century. A rather enchanting combination I think.
And when we stopped by the Götheborg in the harbour it was filled with eager students who were on the ship to learn and practice.
Students tying away.
Students climbing away.
And in the middle of everything, tourists were boarding the ship.
So it was full activity indeed.
And I am sure it must feel like quite an adventure, as well as a trip back in time, to sail on that ship. Actually it reminds me of "The Pirates Of The Caribbean" ships and Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Now that is one pirate I certainly would not mind encountering. ;p
Anyway, it was fun to see the Götheborg up close and with full activity on it. It is definitely a beautiful ship. And a ship I wish many more successful trips in the future. :-)
I spent this weekend in Gothenburg, Sweden, visiting friends. Now I have been to Gothenburg a few times before, however I have not really done any proper sightseeing. So I decided to do that this time. And of course I brought my camera and took a ton of photos! :p
So the first thing I associate with Gothenburg is trams. Much in the same way I associate trams with San Francisco. Actually, Gothenburg has the largest tram system in Sweden and trams have been in traffic in Gothenburg since 1879. The carts were pulled by horses until 1902, which is when the first electrical tram was introduced.
Left pic: tram line number 12, also known as Lisebergslinjen. This is a museum tram line with trams from as early as 1902. Right pic: some modern trams.
Nordstan mall. I didn't do any shopping this weekend because I wanted to focus on sightseeing, but we did park the car in the garage of Scandinavia's largest mall - Nordstan (in the pic). In fact Nordstan mall is also one of Northern Europe's largest malls measured in terms of total area (320 000 m² or 3 444 451 ft²) and number of stores (200).
Paddan sightseeing (Paddan - toad in English). On to some proper sightseeing then! We chose to try the popular Paddan sightseeing boats that run along the river Göta Älv. These boats have been in business ever since 1939. And it was definitely a fun way to learn about and see Gothenburg.
Paddan sightseeing tour. But there are a lot of bridges along Göta Älv, like "The Cheese Slice Bridge" (bottom pics). Where, if the water is high enough (like when we went) you have to get down on the floor and duck so the boat can fit under the bridge.
Paddan sightseeing tour. Paddan seen from Göta Älv Bridge.
Paddan sightseeing tour. View from Paddan.
Left pic:Gothenburg Opera House, built in 1994 and shaped as a ship (was the idea anyway). Right pic: The red and white building which locals refer to as "The Lip Stick". Its real name is Skanskaskrapan and it's mainly an office building. Although a café is located at the top floor where you can have some coffee and enjoy the view.
Göteborgshjulet - Wheel of Gothenburg. This Ferris Wheel first opened on May 22, 2010. Today it's located at Kanaltorget - Channel square, however it will be moved to the amusement park Liseberg in 2012.
View from Göteborgshjulet - Wheel of Gothenburg. Unfortunately it had started to rain when we went on it and the raindrops on the windows made it hard for me to get any good photos of the view. But this is a decent is one.
Avenyn. Avenyn is probably the most well known street in Gothenburg. It's packed with shops, restaurants, night clubs and theatres. I had an awesome hamburger along this street at the Italian-American restaurant Joe Farelli's, yum!
Gustaf Adolf's square. A popular sightseeing stop indeed. King Gustaf II Adolf founded Gothenburg in 1621. However, the square was originally named Big square. But in 1854, when the statue of King Gustaf II Adolf of Sweden was placed there, the square became known as Gustaf Adolf's square instead.
Saluhallen. Saluhallen is a covered food market with tons of fresh, fun and unusual foods! Like Moose snacks - Älg snacks (bottom right pic), hehe.
Skansen Kronan in Haga, Gothenburg. This is an old defence construction built between 1687-1700. It's located on a small mountain called Risåsberget in Haga, a few kilometres outside Gothenburg. Today this building is used as celebration premises, it's also a great place to enjoy some spectacular views of Gothenburg (for free).
Views from Skansen Kronan in Haga, Gothenburg. I must say it was the best views of the whole day, and it didn't cost a penny. Just a climb up about 195 steep stairs and a small (but also steep) hill, PHEW! I had no idea my fitness level had dropped so dramatically! Yikes!
Liseberg amusement park, Gothenburg. We spent Saturday evening at Gothenburgs awesome amusement park Liseberg. I love this one!!! It has been in open since 1923.
Flumeride at Liseberg amusement park. I love this ride! It's like a mini roller coaster in water. :p
AtmosFear at Liseberg amusement park. This new attraction is called AtmosFear, ooo! Lol! It's Europe's highest free fall. From 146 meters above sea level you free fall at 110 km/h straight down before the attraction abruptly slows down. Now I have gone on an attraction like this one called Free Fall at Gröna Lund (amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden). It was probably a few meters shorter but I'm sure my experience would be pretty much the same on AtmosFear - CANNOT BREATHE or see!!! So, nah. I didn't try this one. Hehe.
Balder roller coaster at Liseberg amusement park. Balder is a roller coaster completely made out of wood. It's also the largest single investment Liseberg has ever made in an attraction so far, which is more than 100 million SEK or 15 099 809 USD. And I did actually ride on this one!!!
Me on Balder the roller coaster (right pic)!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!!! They had cameras that took photos when we came down one of the steepest hills. LOL! But I must say that the ride wasn't as scary (a good thing) as I thought. I think I probably had raised my expectations of what it would be like (getting slammed from side to side, not being able to breathe, being pushed down in the seat by gravitation) a biiiiiit to much. So it was a very, very, fun ride on da roller coaster for me!
So all in all I had a
great, and very active, weekend in Gothenburg! :p