Gothenburg, a Large City
Gothenburg,or Goteborg, is the second largest city in Sweden. It didn't feel huge to us, though. The ship had scheduled an excursion for the day, but we decided not to do that. Fortunately, Star Clippers provided a free bus into town and we were told what time we'd be picked up to come "home."
In Gothenburg, as in the other large cities we visited (Oslo, Copenhagen, and Stockholm), the best way to get an overview was to take a canal boat tour, and the first one we took was in Gothenburg. The cities also provided sight-seeing buses and boats called "Hop On, Hop Off," and we used that service in Stockholm. Following are some scenes from the Gothenburg canal boat tour:
We asked a lady in a shop to recommend a traditional Swedish restaurant for our lunch, and had the best meatballs, mashed potatoes, and lingonberries ever. In Gothenburg, as in all of the towns and cities, most people drank beer with their lunch, and sometimes stopped in the plaza in the afternoon for a glass of beer. Following are some photographs from our Gothenburg wandering.
There were two things that made Gothenburg special. One was a plaza dedicated to Raoul Wallenberg, and the other was in the heart of the city where there were rainbow flags everywhere in anticipation of a gay pride festival that was scheduled to begin the following day. The "Quaker" part of me felt right at home.