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22nd July, 2014


Great weather followed us all the way back through the Baltic, a superb barbecue was held on the after deck as we came up through the Danish Belts, and as the ship docked in Gothenburg early on Tuesday morning the sun was hot on my back as I stood on the bridge wing.

The city was actually quite a way and those taking the complimentary shuttle bus had a twenty minute ride. There was a city tour of course, and one which included the district known as Haga, renowned for its wooden houses, 19th century atmosphere and originally for its bad reputation as a working class suburb. Not any longer thankfully. Another tour went off to Tjolholm Manor, built in the late 20th century in the Tudor style, but with an Art Nouveau interior and craftsmanship apparently in the spirit of William Morris.

I was again taken out by my Swedish friends who had taken the excuse of a Swedish Monty Python production to drive over from Stockholm. We visited the Anten Grafsnas vintage railroad about forty five minutes away, a little gem set in beautiful lake side country. I have reported back to the office that I consider this may be a suitable alternative tour for the future, even the wives might like it, but I would suggest taking a cushion, the 100 year old carriage seats looked a trifle ‘firm’. The train was very popular with families, and when it reached the end of the line the children were all out helping the driver push the engine through 180 degrees on the equally vintage turntable ready for its return journey.

The farewell cocktail party and dinner that last formal evening was followed with a superb performance by three young men calling themselves ‘Blake’, an act who, according to the one I spoke with the previous day, are well known all over the world. I couldn't bring myself to tell him that I remembered my father reading crime novels whose hero was Sexton Blake. Would have been showing my age somewhat.

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