Spring, sunshine and the sea – the perfect combination to put me into good spirits for the Easter holiday. On Saturday we took the ferry from Strömstad in Sweden to Sandefjord in Norway on our way to visit Renny’s parents for Easter. I can’t remember the weather ever being lovelier when we took this trip. Sunny and warm with a distinctive whiff of spring in the air, as well as salt water and the good smells the coastline always brinngs.
M/S Color Viking is the largest ferry on the Sandefjord Strömstad route, with the capacity for 1460 passengers and 340 vehicles. Practically all the public areas have been renovated/ upgraded in the past few years and the ship is equiped with lots of restaurants and shopping areas to delight their passengers. The crossing between Sandefjord and Strömstad takes 2.5 hours, plenty of time to both enjoy some lunch, hit the tax free shop and on a beautiful day like this – sun yourself up on deck.
Of course being a born and raised Northern girl I do love the winter and think this year with lots and lots of snow has been wonderful, but that doesn’t mean that I am not looking forward to a change. In April when the sun gets stronger and the birds start to sing we all feel a little bit reborn. In addition to that I love the sea. Actually water in general. My Dad took us boating quite often when we were small and I learned to swim so early that I don’t remember learning. We kids played in the water all the time. My Dad will tell you that we might be reffered to as a pain in the …… sometimes because we always wanted to be in the water or on the water in the summer time.
So nothing pleases me more than a chance to enjoy the freedom of the sea. The many small islands along the coastline are pretty to look at and there are lots of light houses and wild life to enjoy along the way. The sundeck is equiped with solid chair and even boasts an area for people who are traveling with their dogs, so the dogs can be outside and enjoy the weather. We had lunch onboard, shrimp salad of course, and bought some nice treats to take to my sister-in-laws home for Easter: Ferrero Rocher chocolates and Italian red wine to enjoy with the Easter dinner.
Next week there will be a short trip to Bucharest, Romania! I am looking forward to that and all the wonders it will bring. Sure hope it is good photo weather!!!