About 12 days ago did I come home from our little beautiful hideaway, Skanör – 2 nights on at a very cozy and welcoming little hotel, Spelabäcken, in company of my oldest friend, Jytte. The hotel has a great location on the main street and 2 min walk to the bus stop. It took in total with train and bus 2,5 hours, but it had been quicker if not one of the train companies had been on strike.
Our days had a little bit of everything, but loads of calories. *laughing. We both love our cakes and desserts. We had fine rain on and off the first day and but both the rain and wind was warm.
After check in we had a great cup of coffee at the hotel’s café and a chocolate cake – heavenly. After that we walked down to the harbor and the beach. Max 15 min walk without a camera and 1,5 hour with one.
We meet a lot of wild animals; cows, bulls, calves, herons, ducks … and two legged too – I think we call them tourists.
It was overcast and we was very lucky that we manage not to get any heavy rain on us – it came just as we was back on our hotel room.
Our room was a bit small, for only 2 nights no problem, even if I hit my head nearly every time I was going to the bathroom. Bathroom with the shower was fantastic and very comfortable beds.
“Spelabäcken” has the most beautiful garden and patio on the back, just like a English cottage garden. Stunning roses is all colors. Skanör had flowers everywhere.
Breakfast plentiful and the hotel was quite busy, even if the season hadn’t really started. Swedish holiday season start to Midsummer, end of June to August. In Sweden we have 5 weeks full paid holiday per year and by law, that we can split how we want over the full year.
The evening was stunning; we had a great meal at “Rökeriet” – fish & seafood smokehouse, shop and restaurant located down in harbor. We had a smoked fish flat platter with some lovely home baked bread and local mature cheese – and together with a perfect chilled white wine … life at it’s best. *smile
Of course coffee and I some Elder-flower dessert, like Swiss roll .. topped with some mousse and tiny meringues.
The restaurant was very busy, when we arrived around 8pm without booking – only 2 tables free. A good sign, but on the other hand is there only 4 restaurants in total in Skanör.
When leaving the restaurant around 10pm. we had both sunset and full moon on the same time. The sea was like a mirrow and the sky was truly on fire on one side of the road – and the other side was bathing in silvery moonlight. We had a magical walk back to the hotel.
Jytte and me goes back to the early 70’s – we meet on our favorite dance floor, Rondo in Gothenburg. It clicked straight away. Jytte was then a single mum, a 3 year old lovely boy by name Robert – today he are close to 50. Who my mum fell in love with and he fell in love with mum. So baby sitting no problem, so we was out dancing 3-4 evenings per week.
But we have never been away somewhere together, it was really nice to go away and relax together – we will do it again next June, to Skagern in the northern part of Denmark and in October next year we will make Nice unsafe together. Over 40 years of friendship and with me being away from Sweden at least 23 years in total – and it’s like we never been apart.
Jytte is like me a cancer survive, she had her treatments the year before me. It looks like we are going to grow even older together and I’m so thankful for that.
“Friends are the family you choose”
Jess C. Scott