We got to Gothenburg around 12:30. Checked in, grabbed a map, and we were gone. Having a reasonable lunch was a mission today, so we set out first to do that. There is a large mall near our hotel, with at least 3 McDonald’s inside. We didn’t eat at any of them. We had paninis from a cafe, which were just about perfect.
Ellen had purchased the Gothenburg city cards in the hotel. So we first decided to visit the botanical gardens, which are included. That involved figuring out which tram to take. We had gotten this far in the vacation without taking public transit. Though it was included in our Stockholm cards, we had walked everywhere there.
In returning to the center city, we thought the Paddan boat rides would be a good way to see the city. They are flat boats that go under the many bridges in the canals. The tour was given in Swedish and English. There were often long passages of Swedish, followed by short English. One of those included in English that there was a bridge so low that we would have to get on the floor of the boat. I was certain that was a joke to be played on the English speakers. What tour company would take on the liability of the chance of people being decapitated?
Evidently, I was thinking too much like an American. The instructions to get on the floor came in Swedish first, and they all got down. We got down. Never in America!
We walked around the park afterwards, then returned to the city. TripAdvisor was our guide to finding a place to eat. Many restaurants in town close July and August, so it was a bit of a challenge. And boy did it come through!
We walked about 7 minutes (thank you, Google Maps!) to Magnus & Magnus. We both had perhaps the best meal of our lives. It reminded us of Volt in Frederick, MD. We both had 2 course meals, Ellen had foie gras and steak, I had lamb and a cake dessert. We both had the wine pairs. Different tastes would sometimes arrive at the table. It was just magnificent.
Because Ellen likes train stations, we stopped in as it is just across the street from the hotel. Gothenburg is the 2nd largest city in Sweden, and turned into a very pleasant surprise.