Southern Sweden, also known as Skåne, is easily accessible from Copenhagen, so I’m not sure why it took us so long to explore it. Perhaps we knew that the time would come when visitors would request crossing over the Øresund Bridge for a peek at our Swedish neighbors. One of the best things about this trip, was the spontaneity of it. Let’s face it, when you become parents, spontaneous travel takes a bit of a back seat. These days we usually map out a route, making sure it includes toilet stops, ice-cream/coffee breaks and reliable accommodations. This time, we were equipped with about 20 minutes of Internet research, an email from a friend who lives in the area, tooth brushes, a change of clothes and two rental cars. We were off… First stop: Ystad It took under an hour to arrive here from Copenhagen. It was a good place to stop for lunch and to let the kids run around the plazas. (Some might find it odd that we skipped Malmö. However, our guests had been on a 10-day, city-style vacation and were hoping to find some quaint towns and rolling landscapes. That suited us just fine, since our new city lifestyle has us always itching to see more trees and less concrete.) From Ystad we drove along the coast towards Kaseberga. We passed enchanting little cottages and imagined an idyllic beach holiday. Dahlia kept pointing out the window saying, “I want to live there!” And I must admit, I kind of wanted to live there too. Second stop: Ales Stener Ale’s Stones (or Ales Stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument, in the form of a ship, formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone. Besides being a part of Scanian folklore, it is a beautiful spot. Beginning along a small fishing port, it is about a 15 minute hike up to the monument, where you are rewarded with wide open space for kids to run and gorgeous panoramic views of the Baltic Sea. Overnight in Simrishamn On a whim, we kept driving east, arriving in Simrishamn around dinner time. We pulled into the courtyard of Kockska Gården B&B – and not only did they have space, but we received a “drop-in” discount. Granted, the young siblings had to share a twin bed, but two kids sleeping feet-to-feet usually works well at this age. Lund We decided to stop in Lund on the way home the following day, which was a pleasant surprise. The campus was in full bloom and we enjoyed lunch, ice-cream and coffee before heading back across the bridge to Copenhagen.