Blogs from Sweden, Europe

Advertisement

Europe » Sweden September 19th 2021

Anyway the clouds of yesterday were gone, clear blue skies and top notch landscape, endless going up and down and curves galore, the Pyrenees are definitely a hidden gem, more people on bicycles than motorbikes which probably is because parts of Tour the France does the same ups and downs that I did. It got warm, 30C something and I was rather worse for wear as I got to Narbonne, park the bike, get a shower and get some beer, I also got a decent steak dinner. The hotel had no staff= no 10 E breakfast and the bakers had not yet made sandwiches, two pieces of nuked veggie pizza some water and a coffee got me on the road. Lovely, overcast no sun, good riding weather, well that did not last very long, to soon ... read more
20210819_130453
20210819_135502
20210820_101415

Europe » Sweden » Halland » Varberg August 30th 2021

Finally,finally on the road again So this blasted virus has not been very good for anyone to put it mildly. A lot of people have suffered more hardship than me and will continue to, i was lucky to be born where I was born and two shots of Astra’s crappy vaccine have entered my immune system and hopefully will keep me from croaking before the due date. Anyway I managed to get two weeks off, ok I know that I could retire but with our climate I can’t be on the road the whole time. Somehow the French Atlantic coast beckoned to me so off I went, 3 gruelling days on the bike with up to 33C made me rather tired and thirsty at that, black gear made me into human solar panel. The motorway down ... read more
20210815_132902
20210816_111934
20210816_155229

Europe » Sweden » Norrbotten » Haparanda July 14th 2021

From the TV-shows Monty Python and Survivor to Swedish Cold War military heritage Draisine Last summer we spent half a day riding a draisine on Dellen Railway. We absolutely loved doing that. It was so much fun that we have decided to do this maybe once a year. There are about 30 places in Sweden where it is possible to ride draisine so we won't run out of options for this activity in the near future. This summer we found a company in the tiny hamlet Vitvattnet, about half an hour by car north of Kalix town, which hires draisines for rides on an abandoned section of the Haparanda Line. On hot days there are a few reindeers that seek out the cool temperatures inside ... read more
Reindeers
A stream
Vitvattnet train station

Europe » Sweden » Norrbotten » Kalix July 11th 2021

An igloo in summer, a battle site in a country that has had peace for more than 200 years and a nature reserve to preserve the aftermath of a nature disaster We decided to stay in Sweden during our vacation this summer. We did the same last year and then we mainly travelled in mid Sweden. This year the plan was to go further north than that because, as we will show in this and in coming blog entries, there is plenty to see there as well. Going from Stockholm to north Sweden by car is a fairly long journey. It's longer than we really want to push ourselves to travel in one go. Fortunately we had some things we wanted to see along the way so we could make stops to break the journey. The ... read more
Bridge in Indalsälven river delta
Höga Kusten Bridge
Sävar - One of the last battles on Swedish soil

Europe » Sweden » Uppsala County May 10th 2021

Kopalnia w Falun Od kopalni lazurytu w Afganistanie 8000 lat temu po złoża ziem rzadkich w dzisiejszych Chinach, monopol na wydobycie surowców naturalnych był kołem zamachowym i źródłem bogactwa całych regionów. W XVII wieku taką rolę wobec Królestwa Szwecji odegrała kopalnia miedzi w Falun. Zaspokajając 2/3 ówczesnego zapotrzebowania Europy na miedź, kopalnia stała się głównym źródłem dochodu i pozwoliła na sfinansowanie niezwykle kosztownych wojen, które rzuciły na kolana potęgi takie jak Święte Cesarstwo Rzymskie i Rzeczpospolitą. Chociaż w Falun wydobywano miedź już od X wieku, to pełnię świetności kopalnia osiągnęła w wieku XVII, gdy wydobywano do 3000 ton miedzi na rok. Na dzisiejsze standardy jest to ilośćraczej niewielka, ale w czasach przedindustrialnych była ona zawrotna. Wł... read more
Kopalnia w Falun
Kopalnia w Falun
Kopalnia w Falun

Europe » Sweden » Uppsala County May 10th 2021

Falun mine From the lapis lazuli mines in Afghanistan 8000 years ago, to rare earth elements mined in contemporary China, mining monopolies have played a crucial role in the development and wealth accumulation of entire regions. In XVII century a single mine in Sweden provided 2/3 of copper in Europe. The copper mine in Falun became the main source of income for the Kingdom of Sweden and financed extremely expensive wars, which brought to the knees the most powerful countries of the era such as the Holy Roman Empire and Poland-Lithuania. Despite the fact that copper was mined in Falun since X century, the peak was reached in XVII century, when up to 3000 tonnes a year of copper was mined. While this is a meager quantity for today’s standards, back then it was an absolutely ... read more
Falun mine
Falun mine
Falun mine

Europe » Sweden » Uppsala County April 10th 2021

Co to jest kamień runiczny? Kamień runiczny to stojący kamień z wyrzeźbioną runiczną inskrypcją i dodatkowymi ozdobami. Tysiące kamieni runicznych zostało wystawionych w Skandynawii w czasie Ery Wikingów. Dzisiaj większość kamieni stoi w swoim oryginalny miejscu lub stosunkowo blisko niego. Powoduje to, że szwedzki krajobraz jest upstrzony tymi majestatycznymi kamieniami. Gdzie można znaleźć kamienie runiczne? Niektóre są w muzeach, inne zostały zniszczone, ale większość jest wciąż rozrzucona po Szwecji. Według bazy danych Rundata istnieje kilka tysięcy kamieni runicznych. Rejonem, w którym kamieni runicznych jest relatywnie najwięcej jest Uppland: rejon na północ od Sztokholmu ze stolicą w Uppsali. Niniejsza url=https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=13wWeQcnIgrp38tjqJsLQTdg2M3kSnSyg&... read more
U1014
U961
U1033

Europe » Sweden » Uppsala County April 10th 2021

What is a runestone? A runestone is a raised stone with a carved runic inscription and additional ornaments. Thousands of runestones were erected in Scandinavia in the Viking Age. Today, the majority of runestones is presented at or near the place of its discovery, making the Swedish countryside dotted with these majestic stones. Where are the runestones today? Some are in museums, some are lost, but thousands of them are scattered throughout the Swedish countryside. The rundata database lists thousands of runestones. The area most densely populated with runestones is Uppland. Here is the map of 103 runestones I have visited mostly around Uppsala, the capital of Uppland. When living in Sweden discovering runestones was a fre... read more
U1014
U961
U1033

Europe » Sweden » Kalmar County » Vimmerby April 9th 2021

A journey into our literary heritage Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish author who mainly wrote children stories. She wrote stories about Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, the Six Bullerby Children and many more. Many of the stories Astrid Lindgren wrote are so well known in Sweden that virtually everybody know about them. Astrid Lindgren was born in Vimmerby in Småland District and several of her stories are based on places in Småland and on her childhood memories. When we travelled from Öland back to Stockholm we decided to make a... read more
The house in which Astrid Lindgren grew up
The inspiration to Emil's tool shed
The inspiration to Villa Villekulla

Europe » Sweden » Kalmar County » Vimmerby April 8th 2021

Windmills en masse We might as well begin by admitting that we cheat a little bit this time. Some of the text, which isn't much in the first place, we have simply copied from other blog entries we have written. But we spend much time writing all the other blog entries that we think that once in a while we can allow ourselves to put together one entry where we don't have to write quite as much as we normally do. Also, when we started this blog in 2006 the main purpose was to make it possible for us to upload photos and make them available to our friends and relatives. It was publishing the photos that was the main purpose, not actually writing the text which accompanies the pictures. The purpose of this particular blog ... read more
Stone windmill
There are many windmills on Öland
One of 400 or so windmills




Tot: 0.132s; Tpl: 0.012s; cc: 11; qc: 80; dbt: 0.0183s; 1; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 1; ; mem: 1.6mb