Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tale of Two Cities

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tale of Two Cities

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The spectacular "resund bridge is the elegant link between two of Scandinavia's best known cities.

Inaugurated in July 2000 and measuring 7,845 metres, it's the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe.

And it's a good job it's there as our mission was to split little more than 48 hours between MalmU and Copenhagen, so a quick dash between the two was essential.

After checking in on the Swedish side at the welcoming Radisson SAS Hotel, it was time to explore downtown MalmU - and I doubt too many Brits have said that before.

With such a tight timetable, we plumped for a bus tour of the city to get our bearings and see what there was to see.

I expected a garish, open top double decker.

But Swedes are nothing if not functional, so instead we got the sort of single-deck coach used to take school parties on day trips to Flamingoland.

It came complete with friendly headmistress-type guide who, impressively, switched between English and German with equal aplomb.

Now me and the missus didn't mind this and were impressed with what we saw.

There was even a very big hole, accurately described by our guide as "a very big hole."

I can't even remember why it was there, so if you go to MalmU, it's worth going on the bus trip to find out!

MalmU looks a really nice place and we'd like to return for longer.

But for young Alex, slumber came after two minutes of the bus tour and lasted the remaining 88. Sister Anita lasted marginally longer.

Still, it meant they were in good fettle later on when we all leapt into a pedalo to set sail along the Park canal, necessitating the sort of lactic-acid-inducing legwork which made me wonder if it would ever end.

Good fun though, especially with kids accidentally/deliberately steering towards the bank at every opportunity.

Our evening was spent at the part of town everyone flocks to, Lilla Torg.

Appetisingly packed with nice cafes and restaurants, it's a lovely place to end the day in.

Next morning, the heavens opened like you wouldn't believe, meaning our trip to the indoor and outdoor Aq-va-kul water park was appropriate and immensely enjoyable.

And that was that, a trip to Sweden lasting 24 hours and leaving us wanting more.

Still, at least we avoided telling the kids about the fun-filled MalmU Folkets Parks we didn't have time for the night before!

But there was a fun overdose in store when we took the train to Copenhagen and headed straight to one of the world's most famous funfairs - Tivoli - which stands right outside the central station.

It doesn't have the biggest rollercoasters, it's not the largest - although at 82,717 sq metres, it ain't small - and it's certainly not the cheapest but, for sheer atmosphere and ambience, it's hard to beat, especially after dark. …

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