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My holiday is coming up next month.

 

Going to Copenhagen, then Malmo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo and back to Newcastle via Edinburgh. It's a lot of flying for a valium guzzler such as myself, but I reckon it's time I manned up since it's for my 30th.

 

We're just in each place for a few days so if anyone has any recommendations on things to do/see/eat/drink, please fire away as we want to be well prepared. :)

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Stockholm, definitely the Old City. Helsinki the harbour by far is the best place to be but if you want to look at how Finnish farm houses from the olden days then Seurasaari is the go, it's an outdoor Museum, can get there by bus. They usually have traditional dancing and music going on there during the summer.

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My holiday is coming up next month.

 

Going to Copenhagen, then Malmo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Oslo and back to Newcastle via Edinburgh. It's a lot of flying for a valium guzzler such as myself, but I reckon it's time I manned up since it's for my 30th.

 

We're just in each place for a few days so if anyone has any recommendations on things to do/see/eat/drink, please fire away as we want to be well prepared. :)

 

I've only been to Copenhagen Airport, but some of the more... interesting people I know here in the Eurovision press centre were quite taken by Christiania when they were there last year (although apparently it's overly commercialised these days #hipster).

 

Did two weeks in Malmö and didn't really find a restaurant I'd actively recommend, but if the weather's good, grab a falafel wrap from one of the million fast food places in the Möllevången neighbourhood (keywords: immigrants, integration, a place in Sweden that has a bit of actual personality) and go and sit in the Folkets Park, which is a cool mix of counterculture, bad sculpture and children's playgrounds. The "pavilion" in the middle of it is a good place for an overpriced drink (well, it is Scandinavia) and a bit of people-watching.

 

Been to Stockholm at least ten times and haven't really found a restaurant I'd actively recommend (there's a theme developing here), but as mentioned above, the old city/Gamla Stan is great for pottering around, both by day and by night. If you're going to do one museum in Stockholm I'd make it the Vasa Museum, which is on the next island along from the old city - it's just a big boat, but my, what a big boat. Then take a wander across the nearby bridge to Kastellholmen island for some good views.

 

Speaking of boats, if you've got time then make sure you go on a rather more modern boat trip, because Stockholm is basically built on the water and it's pretty gorgeous. There's loads of different operators who run various trips from the waterfront just around from the old city, so you can opt for a 90-minute spin around the more central areas or an entire day trip out around the entire archipelago, depending on what weather and time allow.

 

I was in Helsinki for a week in 1994 and remember precisely nothing about the place.

 

Oslo, well, there's the park with all the weird statues, that's a must. If you've got time and you want to get out of the city a bit, take the metro up to Holmenkollen and go have a look at the ski jump. Not that there'll be much going on there in the height of summer, but still!

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I've only been to Copenhagen Airport, but some of the more... interesting people I know here in the Eurovision press centre were quite taken by Christiania when they were there last year (although apparently it's overly commercialised these days #hipster).

 

Did two weeks in Malmö and didn't really find a restaurant I'd actively recommend, but if the weather's good, grab a falafel wrap from one of the million fast food places in the Möllevången neighbourhood (keywords: immigrants, integration, a place in Sweden that has a bit of actual personality) and go and sit in the Folkets Park, which is a cool mix of counterculture, bad sculpture and children's playgrounds. The "pavilion" in the middle of it is a good place for an overpriced drink (well, it is Scandinavia) and a bit of people-watching.

 

Been to Stockholm at least ten times and haven't really found a restaurant I'd actively recommend (there's a theme developing here), but as mentioned above, the old city/Gamla Stan is great for pottering around, both by day and by night. If you're going to do one museum in Stockholm I'd make it the Vasa Museum, which is on the next island along from the old city - it's just a big boat, but my, what a big boat. Then take a wander across the nearby bridge to Kastellholmen island for some good views.

 

Speaking of boats, if you've got time then make sure you go on a rather more modern boat trip, because Stockholm is basically built on the water and it's pretty gorgeous. There's loads of different operators who run various trips from the waterfront just around from the old city, so you can opt for a 90-minute spin around the more central areas or an entire day trip out around the entire archipelago, depending on what weather and time allow.

 

I was in Helsinki for a week in 1994 and remember precisely nothing about the place.

 

Oslo, well, there's the park with all the weird statues, that's a must. If you've got time and you want to get out of the city a bit, take the metro up to Holmenkollen and go have a look at the ski jump. Not that there'll be much going on there in the height of summer, but still!

 

 

Stockholm, definitely the Old City. Helsinki the harbour by far is the best place to be but if you want to look at how Finnish farm houses from the olden days then Seurasaari is the go, it's an outdoor Museum, can get there by bus. They usually have traditional dancing and music going on there during the summer.

 

Thanks for all of that. :)

 

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Stockholm:

 

For pubs, try Wirstroms on Gamla Stan but to be honest anything on Gamla Stan is expensive. I'd avoid eating there but there are some decent restaurants.

 

The Southside Pub on Hornsgatan (just next to a metro stop on Sodermalm) is where my brother drinks. They know me in there too.

 

For food, Nytorget 6 (also on Sodermalm but the other side) is good but in 30-40 SEK mark.

 

If you're feeling adventurous, take the boat out to Sandhamm on the edge of the archipelago, its beautiful and very nice for lunch. Not sure you can do it in a day though.

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Santorini is really beautiful but it's expensive in general (for Greece) and the accommodation is dear if you stay somewhere with a caldera view. If you don't stay somewhere with one of those it sort of defeats the object of going a bit. Well worth it if you can afford it though.

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I've been to Mykonos, which is basically santorini. Not much to do other than sunbathe and look at the White buildings. Olu Deniz is a bit more of a resort with plenty of shops, bars restaurants and a nice lagoon. We stayed here,

 

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g312737-d508069-Reviews-Karbel_Hotel-Oludeniz_Mugla_Province_Turkish_Aegean_Coast.html

 

Don't bother going half board though, we did and still ate out every night. Hotel was canny for the price and close to everything.

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i fancied santorini this year but it doesn't look the best spot for bairns so ended up booking a villa in kefalonia instead. off in a few weeks, can't wait, fucking love the greek island, me.

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i fancied santorini this year but it doesn't look the best spot for bairns so ended up booking a villa in kefalonia instead. off in a few weeks, can't wait, fucking love the greek island, me.

 

More of this could put a tiny dampener on your trip doc....

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3097559/The-march-migrants-Hundreds-Syrians-Afghans-walk-Kos-1-200-migrants-arrive-Greek-islands-just-two-days.html

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We really want to go to Thailand, but sadly, every holiday we're look at they're looking at £600 plus insurance because of my condition and the fact I'm on the chemo. 2016 it'll go right down though.

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