Stockholm to Kalmar via Visby, Sweden on the Island of Gotland August 4 - 8, 2014


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August 8th 2014
Published: July 19th 2015
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After leaving Stockholm we headed down the east coast of Sweden with a goal of going to the island of Gotland. It is located 56 miles from the Swedish coastline and is only 81 miles from Latvia. This strategic location made the island a chess piece in the military and economic history of the Baltic. The almost constant warfare between the Scandinavian countries and the northern European countries ... Read Full Entry



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One of the 12 Churches that Are in RuinOne of the 12 Churches that Are in Ruin
One of the 12 Churches that Are in Ruin

in Visby remind everyone of the past
Mixing Old and NewMixing Old and New
Mixing Old and New

You may not see it, but she of course is talking on a cell phone!
A View of the WallA View of the Wall
A View of the Wall

showing that changes have occurred over the years
The Gates Are Varied in StyleThe Gates Are Varied in Style
The Gates Are Varied in Style

27 ground towers & 9 hanging towers remain to this day
A View of the Town of VisbyA View of the Town of Visby
A View of the Town of Visby

and some of the homes built in the 18th & 19th C. lining the streets
Just a few of the Participants at the Medieval FestivalJust a few of the Participants at the Medieval Festival
Just a few of the Participants at the Medieval Festival

taking place in Visby while we were there
One of Many Churches Destroyed in the 1500'sOne of Many Churches Destroyed in the 1500's
One of Many Churches Destroyed in the 1500's

when fighting with those from L├╝beck. The ruins are a reminder of those times.
Protection Can Be Made & PurchasedProtection Can Be Made & Purchased
Protection Can Be Made & Purchased

at the Medieval Festival in Visby
Something for Everyone At the FestivalSomething for Everyone At the Festival
Something for Everyone At the Festival

Live music, roasted peanuts to eat and plenty of medieval attire to purchase



20th July 2015

Visby
Well,....between tearing down and building up? Loved the pictures of where you have visited,...BUT...have to tell you I really appreciate all of the sky shots, sunsets, storms, just great pics in general. What a nice approach shot of the church from Visby. Impressive, indeed. When you are on a power boat,...you often have to jump the bow rail....that was my job and got more difficult as my knee got worse. One of the reasons why the Maxum had to go. For being constructed in1652, the Burneister House looks to be in GREAT shape. What's the saying?...."They don't make places like that any more". You must have enjoyed walking along the cobblestone roads, but guessing you didn't wear high heels. Any shoe higher than a moccasin or sneaker cold be a challenge. The church in ruins still looks great, even elegant. Wonderful that people can see the power in not destroying them and putting up modern churches. Gives people a chance to pause and imagine what "was". Funny, getting caught up in all the sequential pictures of the people dressed in medieval costumes...then "click" the next picture and see modern buildings. :o) Well, thank you for this blog and pray you are not wearing yourselves out with renovations. Summer is fleeting by too quickly, and not the summer I was imagining, but no one can plan the future with any certainty. Guessing you are learning that lesson too if you didn't already know it. T-burg apparently survived Grassroots,....TONS of people and of course, our annual downpours and heavy winds, followed by 90+ and muggy days. I am not that dedicated to music or gatherings to endure that mess. Take care, stay well, and sending hugs. cyndie & Bill

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