Stockholm Diaries III: Gardens and Swims

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Household gardening is actually a relatively recent activity, being more common after WWII brought the need to produce vegetables. You also can’t compare Swedish gardens to their British counterparts, because annual access and cultivation is naturally a lot more limited. Nevertheless, nature’s boundaries mean Swedes really make the most of their plots and shared gardens, Rosendals Tradgard being a prime example. The garden uses biodynamic methods to grow and sell vegetables and pick your own flowers.

Hoppa!” (jump) into the Swedish water whenever you get hot or fancy a swim. You’re legally allowed to drop towel and swim anywhere in Stockholm, but it’s sensible to choose spots where you see others engaging. Brunnsviken, Vaxholm and Kungsholmen were our favourite spots, but see this article for a swimming tour of the city.

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