Travel With Photographers: Alex Lhermite-Schwass

Travel With Photographers: Alex Lhermite-Schwass

I have been travelling to Sweden almost every summer since I was born. My Swedish maternal grandparents bought a summer house in the southern town of Torekov in the mid 1960’s and it has become a family tradition to spend time there when the sunny days are upon us.

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Getting to Torekov is always quite a journey, one that involves travelling by plane, ferry and finally car. I first fly to Copenhagen, Denmark, which is one of the prettiest capital cities. If my holidays are long enough, I always try to spend a few hours or even days in Copenhagen and this summer, my husband and I stayed in Copenhagen for the weekend before moving on to Sweden.

We arrived on a Friday evening and stayed at Hotel Alexandra, which obviously has a great name, but also is tastefully decorated with Danish mid-century furniture. Copenhagen has many nice restaurants. I am yet to try world-renowned Noma, but I always enjoy having dinner in Kødbyen – Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District – at restaurants like Gorilla and Paté Paté, which have a lively and relaxed atmosphere. Copenhagen is also great for shopping, but my favourite thing to do is to simply stroll around the city, taking in the beautiful Scandinavian architecture. Krusemyntegade is one of the cutest streets – it reminds me of Notting Hill in London with all the colourful houses and parked bicycles. When in Copenhagen, I can never resist a bit of adrenaline rush...so, as usual, my husband and I went for a few rides at Tivoli, one of the oldest operating amusement parks in the world. Then on Sunday we eventually headed off to Torekov, driving from Copenhagen to Helsingør to catch the ferry to Sweden.

On our way to Helsingør, we stopped at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk for a couple of hours. It is an absolute must see – a wonderfully designed museum with an impressive collection of internationally renowned works. The Giacometti room with the Swiss sculptor’s iconic figures is my favourite. After a walk in the gorgeous gardens of Louisiana Museum to admire the many sculptures on display, we drove off to Helsingør which is known for its castle Kronborg, where William Shakespeare's play Hamlet is set. “To be, or not to be, that is the question.”

Ever since I was a child, the ferry ride from Denmark to Sweden has always been my favourite part of the journey! It only takes 20 minutes and the ferry isn’t particularly charming, but I love breathing in the fresh air from the top deck and only then it feels like the holidays have officially begun. Once we have disembarked from the ferry in Helsinborg, Sweden, we have a one-hour drive through the splendid region of Skåne and then finally we arrive in wonderful little Torekov!

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Originally a small fishing village in the South of Sweden, Torekov is now a popular summer destination for Swedes and foreign tourists. While the village gets busier during the high season, between June and August, it maintains its village-like atmosphere. It is impossible not to run into old friends and acquaintances riding their bicycles in their bathrobes, on their way to ″Morgonbryggan″ (the morning pier). It is a rather surprising sight to newcomers, but yes people wander in their bathrobes – they need to warm up quickly after a brief dip in the cold sea! Unpredictable weather is part of the charm of Swedish summer: one moment the sky is blue, and the next you get caught in a torrential summer downpour. But as long as you have a good raincoat, it's quite a lovely feeling (yes, really)!

The village is filled with adorable houses, and I’m always in awe of their well-kept gardens and the sheer number of rabbits you can spot running around. Holidays in Torekov are relaxing as can be. I read good books, practice my rusty golf swing and enjoy delicious dinners with my family. My favourite restaurant there is Swenson’s, they have a lovely terrace and veranda, and serve delicious meatballs! There is also a hotel on the outskirts of the village, but I think that to fully appreciate the Torekov experience one should rent a house and live like the locals. For those craving for an adventure, a boat trip to Hallands Väderö, the island opposite Torekov, is always a nice excursion, while a visit to nearby town Båstad is a must, especially during the Swedish Open tennis tournament, in July.

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It is difficult to convey with words how magical this little village is, but it truly is a special place. Every single year I fall back in love with it all over again. The familiar faces, the cobbled streets, the smell of the sea, the sound of seagulls, the bathrobes, the cinnamon buns, the cute rabbits and sheep, the long walks on the ″Heden″ (the heath), a beautiful nature reserve...everything in Torekov makes my heart happy.

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Alex-Lhermite-Schwass-bioAlexandra is a Swiss photographer and social influencer based in London. Born in Australia, of Swedish-German parents, raised in Switzerland and married to a French man she met while living in New York…″international″ truly defines her! Coming from a cosmopolitan background certainly sparked her passion for traveling, and she uses photography to encapsulate the places she falls in love with.

To view more of Alexandra's work, visit her here.

 

 




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