Eric and Erica are professional travelers and
were the most prepared people I had ever seen. They know how to pack for a 10 day trip with clothes for 5 days, pack the appropriate footwear for all weather and forgo checking any baggage whatsoever. I was duly impressed! We hit the ground running on Saturday after they landed at 9am and found some nice sights and lunch at Gamla Stan.
|Awesome dragon statue|
|Ran into a random bachelor party in Gamla Stan -- hazing the bachelor is fun|
|Eric, pondering his alcohol choices at the Systembolaget|
|Drinks in Sodermalm -- soaking up the sun|
|Beautiful stop at Långholmen|
|Final stop at a playground to let Calvin play|
We HAD to check out the beautiful church and sights of Uppsala the next day. The weather was so beautiful and perfect and Uppsala is so beautiful in the summer with flowers on every bridge. The last time we were in Uppsala there was 3 inches of snow on the ground, so it was great to see it in the nice weather. Fortunately, it is beautiful regardless of the weather.
|In the botanical gardens|
The ferry ride in the animal lounge was surprisingly comfortable and all of the kids on the boat made sure to walk through and attempt to pet all of the dogs. Aside from some random animal smells, growling and the occasional barking, it was really comfortable and had the best leg room of any of the other options on the boat. Calvin slept through 2/3 of the boat ride, so we were happy relaxing with our beers and watching some Moneyball.
The weather was windy and cold but we didn't let that stop us from exploring the beautiful cliffs of Gotland and enjoying the views.
We rented a car and took it for a quick drive down the coast. We didn't have too much time in Gotland to really explore (only a weekend) but we still managed to see some beautiful parts of the island. One of the most impressive was these ship settings. These are burial grounds for vikings and are historically a Germanic burial custom and date back to the Bronze Age. They were surrounded by beautiful woods and situated not far from the sea. It was incredibly impressive and interesting to be surrounded by so much history in such a humble setting.
Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most well preserved walled towns. It is incredibly beautiful from the outside and things were only more surprising once we ventured past the wall. We spent two days just wandering the town and around each turn, we were more surprised and happy with what we found. I don't know about the others, but my 16 year old self would have been super jealous if she knew that I would be twirling around medieval fields surrounded by stone towers and a beautiful wall. It made me feel girlish again and I just enjoyed the moment. If only I was wearing a long peasant skirt, I would have twirled away!
The ocean was this stunningly beautiful blue-green. It was the type of color that you associate with warmer places, like Bermuda or the Bahamas. It felt like a different world and not at all like we were situated off the coast of Sweden.
Without a doubt, we will return to Visby at some point only we will stay longer than 2 days. It is the type of place where you can lose yourself, enjoy the surroundings and relax in one of the most beautiful places in Sweden. Seeing Gotland with great friends made us so appreciative of our lives and the experiences we have had so far. It has been rewarding beyond belief and we want to share it with everyone.