Cherry blossom in Kungsträdgården

Körsbärsblommor i Kungsträdgården

Last year, the cherry blossoms bloomed in Kungsträdgården (the Royal Garden) in Stockholm at the end of March. Can it happen again this year? Each year when the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Kungsträdgården, people flock there to take pictures of the flowers, themselves in a sea of rose petals a…

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Sakura Matsuri 2016


The Cherry Blossom Day (sakura matsuri) which is celebrated in Kungsträdgården (the Royal Garden), has long been a sign of that spring has come to Stockholm. The event is organized by the City of Stockholm in cooperation with the Japanese Association. This year The Cherry Blossom Day is April 16 fro…

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242 pistes, 425 kilometres of skiing

Stuga av sten på alptopp i Les Arcs

This year’s ski and photo journey with the theme of snow, the Alps and skiing did go to Les Arcs in France. The ski resort is about 3 hours by car/bus from the airports in Grenoble, Geneva and Turin. Les Arcs is the collective name for four car-free ski resorts in Bourg-Saint-Maurice in Vanois…

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Snow-safe ski area

Off-pist i Les Arcs

To Les Arcs you primarily go for skiing. The ski area is very snow-safe, because you ski at high altitude. Les Arcs has a 7 kilometre long piste, Aguille Rouge, with the single highest drop among the slopes in Europe, 2050 meters. I liked the area even if it sometimes was a little bit too……

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Seabirds below the Stockholm Castle

Sjöfåglar i vinterkall stockholmsström

Despite the cold and winter there are plenty of birds in the water between the Grand Hotel and Stockholm Palace. Here awaits the seabirds treats from the people passing by on the bridge above. Some years, when it has been particularly cold, the birds have been helped by feeding. But usually, they en…

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A true sign of spring

Körsbärsblommor i Kungsträdgården

When the cherry blossoms begin to bloom in Kungsträdgården then you know spring is on its way. Stockholmers and tourists who are in town flock here to watch, enjoy and above all, to photograph both flowers and themselves. The Cherry flower has its own day, “Cherry Flower day” (sakura mat…

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Cime de Caron in Val Thorens

Cime de Caron i Val Thorens

The week in Val Thorens offered everything from snowstorms, fog, biting wind to quite amazing beautiful clear days with bright sunshine. This picture was taken at the top of the Cime de Caron, the second highest ski slope in the Les Trois Vallées in which Val Thorens is located. The top of the Cime …

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Sun and newly-prepared slops

Sol och nypistade backar med utsikt över alptopparna

After one and a half day of involuntary rest, we got a great day. The slopes were newly-prepared and just perfect. Storm winds had settled and at lunch the sun came through. The day offered both slops and lifts that I had not tried before. Plus I think I’ve found a favorite ski run, Portette…….

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Wind-swept out at the hill

Eld i öppen spis

After two glorious sunny days it is blowing as much as the entire lift system is closed. If we’re lucky, it opens up after lunch. Some brave girls in my ski group has taken their equipment, walking the slope. But I stay indoors until it gets better. The day before yesterday we came to France…..

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Skiing with UCPA in Val Thorens

Skidåkare på en bergskam

My first trip with UCPA went to Val Thorens in France. Travelling with UCPA was for me a whole new experience, a positive one. The whole concept of travel, accommodation, meals, ski hire and lift passes and ski instructor feels very affordable. The accommodation and food is perhaps not top-notch &#8…

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