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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Malmo, Sweden

by JJ Keyes

If you’re heading to the World OutGames in Copenhagen this week I recommend making a slight detour over the Oresund Bridge to visit Malmo and the Skane region. Malmo became the first Fair-trade City back in 2006. It’s a gorgeous must-stop destination if you’re hanging out in Copenhagen for the week. Book a room at the swank Radisson SAS Malmo Hotel and explore the adorable town! Rent a bike and take in Malmo like a local. Life seems oh so beautiful as you zip past attractions like the Turning Torso, Carl Milles’ Pegasus sculpture, the Malmohus Castle, through the picturesque Town Hall, and past St. Petri Church and into the St. Gertrud District and all of the gorgeous 16th-19th century buildings. Be sure to stop at the Castle Garden Café to sample one of the Tarec Taylor’s delicious open sandwiches. If Taylor is in you will surely go back for dessert and get a second look at this devilishly handsome Swedish chef. After your bike ride, dust off your Visa and go from Stortorget to Trianglen to hit stores like Indiska, Stadium, H&M, and MQ. Carry your bags over to salt&brygga for Bjorn Stenbeck’s answer to the Slow Food movement. Pop into Wonk Bar after dinner for an Absolut drink of your choice. My Swedish drink of choice was an Absolut Ruby Red and seltzer.

You’re going to love Sweden so much that you’ll want more. Head on down the coast to Skane where you can spend the day out on the sun. The new Rang Spa is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from a perfect beach. Spend the morning soaking up some Scandinavian sun and then enjoy an authentic Swedish massage treatment before a healthy organic lunch. If you want to spend the night in the region I recommend either the Hotel Gasslingen in Skanor or in the luxurious the Hackeberge Mansion, built in 1875, and located on a tiny island in Lake Hackebergsjon. Brainstorming for the ultimate gay wedding destination? Look no further, the Hackeberge Mansion has plenty of rooms and the view is perfect. Who knows, you might even take a liking to a Viking and stay. Stranger things have happened.

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