Swedish Baths

Towels & swimming costume

On our last morning in Stockholm, we went to the baths at the art deco inspired Centralbadet. We had a swim, soaked in the hot pools, and sat in the sauna. I would definitely recommend it if you like unwind time on your travels.

The Centralbadet is a beautiful building. I can’t show you pictures of the inside, but the swimming pool was surrounded by lush plants, wooden loungers and old-fashioned cubicles. Lots of light flooded through the stained glass windows. The spa area was quiet and relaxing. It was a Tuesday morning and mainly a mature crowd and housewives.

If we hadn’t had to leave to catch our flight, we would’ve stayed for lunch and booked a massage. And so, it was bye bye Stockholm, till another time. We departed super chilled.

~ Spotted Cow

Centralbadet window

Entrance Centralbadet

Stained glass window

Weekly Photo Challenge: Depth

Bondi Icebergs and Bondi Beach

I’m back at the Bondi Icebergs and Bondi Beach for the Weekly Photo Challenge “depth” theme – the comparative depths of the pool and the sea, as well as the relative depth of the blues of the water.

~ Spotted Cow

Cronulla

Cronulla ocean pool

I wanted to get in another “Greek swim” before coming back to London and so we got on the Illawarra train line all the way south to Cronulla. It’s a long way from where the folks live but we’d never been and thought we should get out of our comfort zone. Cronulla is the only one of Sydney’s beachside suburbs where the train runs all the way to the beach.

We were delighted to find a really lovely and local beach. It’s charm comes from it’s laid back-ness and there are few tourists. And there are two ocean pools! I love Sydney’s ocean pools because you can swim safely on the edge of the sea, with a wonderful view. I’ve never seen pools like these anywhere else.

When we had enough of the sun and sea, we went to get iced lattes at Grind, a quirky coffee shop that has been serving the area for over a decade … and a big wall of photos of their patrons saying “I’d rather be at Grind”.

~ Spotted Cow

Cronulla main beachCronulla sea view Girls on the edgeI'd rather be at Grindiced chai latte

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Barmedman mineral pool. We were lured by the regional tourist brochure describing its therapeutic waters fed by mineral-rich underground streams.  In the dead heat of a spring day in country New South Wales (ie October), we took a 35km detour from West Wyalong and headed for that cool dip in Barmedman (pop. <300). We pictured lovely swimming, cold drinks and a picnic among the lush green banks.  When we arrived, we found the gate open, an abandoned pool with no water, and a sign saying they’re back in the summer ! What’s up with that ?!

Barmedman, New South Wales, Australia

~ Spotted Cow

Barmedman mineral pool

Bondi Icebergs

This being Australia Day, I thought I’d take a walk through the archives and look for something quintessentially Australian. Something from Sydney.  My folks and the rest of the cows live in Sydney and every other year I go back to hang out with them as well as play tourist, albeit a familiar tourist.

I’ve chosen the Bondi Icebergs Club, which is a saltwater swimming pool down the road from Bondi Beach. Back in the day, it started out as a winter swimming club so that lifesavers could stay fit in the colder months.

I used to be an avid swimmer but I think I’ve been swimming there only once and I remember that the water was freezing.  It took ages for me to get started on laps because I was standing on the side, not wanting to get in. They don’t heat the pool and I’m particularly chicken about cold water.

I have, however, had lunch on the balcony from their bistro menu. It was a far more agreeable experience – eating and drinking with friends, taking in the ocean view, and watching the lap swimmers do their thing. The Bondi Icebergs website says that 82 whales have been seen from deck. I’m hoping I spy one next time.

~ Spotted Cow

Bondi Icebergs Club