In a recent post, I talked about my first visit to Stockholm, which was pure delight and pleasure. Nikita, my mom, and I have finally had a chance to spend quality time together, exploring the city for over a week. During this magical family time, the three of us have truly fallen in love with Sweden so we decided to extend our summer trip by going further down the country right to an amazing village called Motala.
We drove for about three and a half hours until we arrived at our location. If you haven’t heard of this place, let me tell you how charming it actually is. Motala is a tiny, quiet, and super cozy provincial town located 200 km away from Stockholm. Its filled with farmlands, orchards, crystal-clear blue lakes and rivers, woods, and much more enjoyments that are available in the countryside. Besides, this place has its own peaceful vibe that seemed to us so pleasant and calming.
Overall, the vacation in provincial Sweden has become for us an amazing alternative way of spending the summer holidays. We had so much fun there, cooking different delicious recipes every day, biking around, swimming in the lake, walking, talking, laughing… It was priceless to spend half of July in Sweden with two of my favorite people in the whole world. I feel so lucky and grateful.
But let’s get back to my impressions of Motala. We were spoiled with sunny weather during our stay so we spent lots of time outside, admiring nature and attractions of the town. Speaking of interesting places to visit in Motala, we were impressed by Motala Motor Museum, the great Varamon beach, and the Göta Canal, through which small ships, yachts, and boats pass regularly for 200 years now. Additionally, there is a lovely square in the center of the city covered with appealing local shops offering everything from fresh fruits and veggies to stylish Scandinavian furniture and souvenirs.
But still, the main charm of this particular city, as well as Sweden in general, is definitely nature. The beauty of nature here simply amazing, to a great extent thanks to the locals who really care about the environment and protect the ecology in every possible way. Therefore, here, breathing deeply, you can feel an actual peace in your soul, as well as a deep connection with nature, with yourself and with people who are nearby at this point.
Thank you, Sweden. You gave me some of those precious memories that I want to hide in the safest corners of my heart.