Dino-mite

The last week of the school holidays saw us taking a few days away in Gothenburg.

We stayed in a huge glass hotel that was in the process of being built. Only one of the towers is ready,

But if you lego of reality and use your imagination, this is what it will look like once it’s finished.

(This is a small scale view of the three towers in LEGO.)

The hotel room had a great view of Gothenburg’s famous funfair.

Swaying in those glass bubbles 60 metres up in the sky reduced me to a blubbering mess.

You could say it took the fun out of fair and turned it more into a fun-fear.

Before hitting the funfair, we visited Universeum, Scandinavia’s largest science museum.

The museum has four floors of rainforest running through the middle of it.

It was like finding a secret slice of paradise.

After spending four hours wrestling dinosaurs and snakes and conducting science experiments

And another nine hours at the fair,

My dino-mo was running down.

(There was a great display of animatronic dinosaurs on the roof of the museum.)

Time to enjoy one last sunset and a good night’s sleep before returning home.

Not a bad way to end the summer holidays.

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81 responses

  1. Wow, what a view, blubbering mess or not, you took great shots. Love the close up of the Dino…and the bad puns.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:09

  2. Really nice photos

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:10

  3. Wow!! That sounds like a blast. Thanks for sharing this with us :).

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:14

  4. I don’t think I could ride those. Ferris wheels make me feel so unprotected! Your photos are extraordinary!

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:21

  5. Great captures….that last one takes my breath away!!

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:22

  6. Beautiful captures as always!!

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:32

  7. It sounds awesome and fun! Brilliant captures and I esp. liked the red crane and giant wheel.

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:44

  8. Bob

    Crazy place to see.

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    August 20, 2012 at 16:48

  9. Gothenburg is a lovely historic city with the landmark Lipstick building:) Love that place

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    August 20, 2012 at 17:20

  10. Sylvia Kirkwood

    What a terrific way to end the summer!! Your captures for the day are awesome! I’d probably have to skip the Ferris wheel though!! Love the dinosaur! And how wonderful to have the rain forest there in a building!!

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    August 20, 2012 at 17:44

  11. TexWisGirl

    lego. ha ha ha! 🙂

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    August 20, 2012 at 17:58

  12. That is a great way to salute summer good by. Two of the kids started back to school today–I am sure they would have loved seeing what you all saw.

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    August 20, 2012 at 18:15

  13. Don

    Beautiful images. Always a treat to visit your blog.

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    August 20, 2012 at 18:31

  14. What a fabulous end to a vacation! The images are all marvelous, but I think the last one is magical!

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    August 20, 2012 at 18:44

  15. some fine snaps…

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    August 20, 2012 at 19:06

  16. Great photos with great beauty, I love them all.

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    August 20, 2012 at 19:12

  17. Brilliant shots. All of them looks neat with fine detail. Enjoyed it!

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    August 20, 2012 at 19:26

  18. Pat

    Love the Lego models. That last shot is especially lovely!

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    August 20, 2012 at 21:10

  19. Sounds like a fun, if not fearful, trip. 🙂

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    August 20, 2012 at 21:18

  20. Jim

    What a wonderful place to end off any holiday! Great photos Fiona!

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    August 20, 2012 at 21:48

  21. oh wow…cool pictures…love the legos too…my sons are huge into legos right now…when i get home i will show them this….smiles…and the dinos….

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    August 20, 2012 at 22:42

  22. Wow! what an amazing place … I would be like you Fi if I were swaying about in one of those glass bubbles!

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    August 20, 2012 at 23:27

  23. I would like this place. The fair looks like fun but I could get lost in the rainforest and museum. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing.

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    August 20, 2012 at 23:39

  24. What an adventure..sorry to hear it is the last of the summer for you..where did the summer go??:)

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    August 20, 2012 at 23:54

  25. onceupona

    Great pics, Fi! It looks like you had a great time which is a wonderful way to kick off the school year. I would love to see the Universeum! It sounds awesome! Cheers! -Danette

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    August 21, 2012 at 00:16

  26. I’m “familiar” with this town from the Steig Larsson books. Nice to see it in person. He didn’t mention the dinos.

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    August 21, 2012 at 00:30

  27. Love that bird–is it an Ibis of some kind? Beautiful shots. Sounds like an awesome way to end a vacation.

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    August 21, 2012 at 02:11

    • I think it’s a scarlet ibis.

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      August 21, 2012 at 14:40

  28. Wow, fascinating! Great photos again.
    I’m often amazed at what can be created out of Legos.

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    August 21, 2012 at 02:48

  29. Amazing, Fiona… I am sure that not just you adults –but your kids LOVED that little get-away. What a marvelous place!!!!!

    Can’t believe that summer is almost over….. Gads!!!!
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    August 21, 2012 at 03:08

  30. I’m not sure I would have handled that Ferris Wheel myself. I like the Lego models and that dinosaur. Your sunset photo is gorgeous.

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    August 21, 2012 at 03:10

  31. That sounds a glorious way to end the summer, and get everyone into the learning frame of mind!!

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    August 21, 2012 at 04:37

  32. Beautiful!

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    August 21, 2012 at 04:49

  33. Wow! truly wow! great pictures.

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    August 21, 2012 at 05:41

  34. Looks like so much fun!!!

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    August 21, 2012 at 06:22

  35. Wow. Love the rainforest and the dinosaur. Funfairs are simply not fun. Great photos though – thank you.

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    August 21, 2012 at 07:08

  36. Thank you for taking us along LadyFi 🙂

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    August 21, 2012 at 07:40

  37. All photographs are fantastic but taking with the bird is unusual. I am greeting

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    August 21, 2012 at 08:51

  38. What a great place and wonderful things to see. I love that municipalities provide so many educational activities.

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    August 21, 2012 at 08:53

  39. Hi there – that last orange sky shot is great – I do think it looks like an end of summer shot.

    SM

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    August 21, 2012 at 09:15

  40. a rainforest in the middle of the museum is very interesting! love the bird shot.

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    August 21, 2012 at 09:38

  41. Rainforest in Scandinavia! Must be wonderful!

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    August 21, 2012 at 09:45

  42. There are varies kind of photos. I enjoyed them very much. The last photo is very impressive that the atomosphere of the ending summer.

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    August 21, 2012 at 10:14

  43. Wonderful shots portraying your memorable experience. The last shot is amazing.

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    August 21, 2012 at 10:43

  44. Terrific hotel ! what a picture of this Dinosaur ! It almost knocked me off my chair, lol !

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    August 21, 2012 at 11:09

  45. The close up shot is very exciting. 🙂

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    August 21, 2012 at 13:29

  46. Awesome!!

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    August 21, 2012 at 13:46

  47. What a great way to end the summer.
    Beautiful photos.

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    August 21, 2012 at 14:23

  48. It sounds hair-raising and wonderful, both at once!

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    August 21, 2012 at 14:56

  49. Fantastic way to have a vacation ~ Wow! Fantastic photos ~ Carol (A Creative Harbor)

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    August 21, 2012 at 15:13

  50. WAU – where some great pictures you show.
    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    Wish you a good day 🙂
    Hanne Bente

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    August 21, 2012 at 15:22

  51. lindyloumacinitaly

    lovely photos accompanied by your amusing commentary.

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    August 21, 2012 at 16:02

  52. Wonderful sequence!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    August 21, 2012 at 16:20

  53. Gorgeous shots of a fun place for a family vacation.

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    August 21, 2012 at 17:38

  54. How fun….Your Last BiG BLAST before the reality of school.
    Ohhh, I miss my kids being small, Lady Fi!!! We always did a fun event before school, as well. Xxx

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    August 21, 2012 at 17:47

  55. That scarlet bird is just beautiful and that last dusk shot is awesome!

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    August 21, 2012 at 18:53

  56. These are great shots, loved them all but that dinosaur almost looked real. I think you have more stamina than me but it sounds like you had a great time. Thanks so much for stopping by and wishing son a happy birthday 🙂

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    August 21, 2012 at 20:38

  57. its´been a while since I was in Gothenburg. That building can really make some people dizzy.

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    August 21, 2012 at 21:48

  58. Great series of photos!

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    August 21, 2012 at 22:49

  59. Thank you for this wonderful journey. Much needed. Please have a good Wednesday.

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    August 21, 2012 at 23:41

  60. An excellent way to finish off the holidays, but really rather exhausting, yes?
    I hope you took a little time out in between museum visits, for a coffee maybe, or a bite of lunch?

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    August 21, 2012 at 23:46

  61. Oh such gorgeous photos, I’m sure you had a superb time! 🙂
    The last one is stunning with lovely soft golden night colors!
    The dino-mo looks so real 😮
    And I love the colorful bird and the garden and the huge drops falling, or water.. :))
    What a extraordinary view from the hotel!

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    August 22, 2012 at 00:38

  62. I bet the children really enjoyed this last fling before hitting the books! Your sunset photo is fabulous.

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    August 22, 2012 at 02:06

  63. Al

    I love those huge Lego towers and the museum sounds awesome!

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    August 22, 2012 at 03:34

  64. I think the way you see is an indicator of who you are–a beautiful and loving mom!

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    August 22, 2012 at 04:07

  65. cloudia

    effortless excellence. you are the blogger we aspire to be!

    Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^=
    >

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    August 22, 2012 at 04:56

  66. Great photos. You make me realize it’s been a long time since I spent time in Gothenburg although I don’t live very far away. I didn’t know about the rainforest, for example!

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    August 22, 2012 at 09:24

  67. Really nice photos

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    August 22, 2012 at 18:19

  68. oh my word, I’m just LOVING that penultimate photo!!! what a fantastic holiday this must have been and I’m very happy that you’ve shared a slice of it with us. happy week to you Fiona.

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    August 22, 2012 at 19:43

  69. That museum sounds fantastic!

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    August 22, 2012 at 20:35

  70. imac

    Fun fun fun all the way through, with fab pics.

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    August 22, 2012 at 23:13

  71. I love awful puns and animatronic dinosaurs. And Ferris wheels and scarlet ibises. All in one post. How fun!

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    August 23, 2012 at 14:16

  72. thesmittenimage

    A bit of a change from your usual images.. all fun.. and I’m snickering over the word play. 🙂

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    August 23, 2012 at 22:08

  73. Awesome serie of photos!

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    August 24, 2012 at 06:05

  74. Wonderful images Fiona, so many fabulous things to see, all incredible except for the glass bubbles!! Did you really go up in one, you are a good Mum..I’m not sure i could do it.

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    August 24, 2012 at 18:10

    • I did go up, but was whimpering in the corner with my eyes shut for most of the time!

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      August 24, 2012 at 19:09

  75. I love Gothenburg, Have lived there many years ago.
    Your photos is beautiful!

    /Lillianna

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    August 24, 2012 at 22:55

  76. Gothenburg was one of the first cities Mads brought me too after I moved to DK. FABULOUS!

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    August 26, 2012 at 08:54

  77. JM

    I’m impreesed with the Lego towers, they’re just amazing! Also love the Scarlet Ibis, what a gorgeous bird.

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    August 26, 2012 at 19:15

  78. Nice photos, the last one is my favorite nice colors and silhouettes

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    August 26, 2012 at 23:21

  79. I drove through Gothenburg recently, but its is decades since I really visited the city.;) The view from your room is truly fantastic.;) xoxo

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    August 27, 2012 at 13:39

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