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Feb 23rd, 2015, 11:04 PM
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I can't think of anywhere particularly interesting to stay between Copenhagen and Stockholm, maybe Jönköping, Gränna? I would be inclined to do the train journey in one go and do as the poster above suggests.
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Feb 24th, 2015, 09:21 AM
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Thanks to you both! That makes sense. Why try to stop just to stop? I'm looking at accommodations in Uto, Finnhamm or Grinda. Is 1 night good, or should I try for 2? I must say, not a lot available in June.
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Feb 24th, 2015, 10:31 AM
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1 night is plenty.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 06:41 AM
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itinerary is set:

London (7 nights)
Brussels by train (1 night)
Brugge by train (3 nights)
Delft by train (2 nights)
Amsterdam by train (3 nights)
Copenhagen by flight (5 nights)
Stockholm by train (1 night)
Vaxholm (2 nights)
Stockholm (5 nights)

I didn't realize I would have to fly to Copenhagen but that became quite clear with a little research. This pace will allow us to see lots but give us relaxing longer periods. We will pack light and wash clothes in apts in London and Copenhagen. I'm going to look into SUP (stand up paddleboard) in Grinda. My husband has been wanting to try that. Thanks for helping shape our summer trip.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 03:13 PM
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Don't know if they have them, but they do have kayaks.
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Feb 26th, 2015, 04:09 PM
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Should be a great trip!

Is there a way you can go straight from Copenhagen to Vaxholm so you don't need the extra stay in Stockholm?
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Feb 26th, 2015, 09:02 PM
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You need to be in Stockholm to catch the ferry in any case. Depends on when you leave. If you make that an early start from Copenhagen, you go straight to the ferry from Central Station, and you'll be on Vaxholm end of day. For Grinda you'll have to check schedules, because as I remember, not all boats go to Grinda and they stop earlier than the boats to Vaxholm. So it's the ferry that determines that part of the trip.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 07:10 AM
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kja -- I hear you! I'm reflecting back on our trip from Avignon, France to Bern, Switzerland. We had a long series of train trips after dropping off our rental car. It was too long of a day. Very hectic. I was surviving on one yogurt.

We have the time, so we'll stop, relax and enjoy a meal. And then, next day, we'll head out fresh to Vaxholm and enjoy the ferry with the breeze on our faces.

It's funny, on paper everything seems easy. But you have to find places, read maps, drag luggage and manage to eat some good food. We have learned to pack very light -- we will only have one carry-on each, but still.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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Another vote for Zeeland (and Middelburg).
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Feb 27th, 2015, 08:07 AM
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In Brussels, if you want to enjoy some green and the weather is cooperative (no guarantees!), go to the Parc Woluwe (the tram ride down the Avenue de Tervuren passes some handsome houses and apartment buildings). Get off at the Chien Vert stop, walk through the park, then take the pedestrian bridge over the avenue and, if you're really in the mood for exercise, keep walking along the path that was once a rail line. Will take you to the Stokkel neighborhood.

OR: (Almost) under the pedestrian bridge is the Tram Museum, if interested. Catch the 94 tram there and take the longish ride back to the Place Louise. You'll see quite a bit of the residential and less touristy parts of the city. And you will see of plenty of cafes as you ride the tram -- if any catch your interest, just hop off and have a drink.

FWIW, this is one of my favorite restaurants in Brussels. It's very popular with the locals. We loved going there with our dog:
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restauran...-Brussels.html

Somewhat pricier and in a different residential neighborhood: Le Fruit Defendu http://sitebe.resto.com/l/LeFruitDefendu/ (watch the video). Reservations almost always needed.
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Feb 27th, 2015, 08:59 AM
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@annealex: and remember, in june, you have long summer nights and Scandinavia is at its most festive.
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Mar 3rd, 2015, 12:22 PM
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Thanks, All, for the great information! It will be a wonderful trip and we'll have lots of sunlight!
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