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Big dreams often come in small packages - a nice little full circle story
A bubble of melancholy expands in my chest each time I look at the map thinking this back on my family’s journey alongside the Baltic Sea coastline. So, I thought I would tell a bit of our story and zip the adventure in a single essay. The purpose for our project was also to increase awareness of numerous treasures of the region. It was not always easy to keep the account of all of them, but you will find here a reference to numerous sites, landmarks and scenic overlooks.

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Alice in Wonderland The last piece of our Taste of Baltic jigsaw has been assembled. The second half of August and early September was a great time to travel - less busy than the high season, and beautiful too. We found it pleasantly free of tourist crowds and the weather was also co-operating for most of the days.

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Day 12: Stockholm We were at the harbour early to board our cruise-ferry back to Stockholm. Standing with my elder daughter - Laura - on the sun deck, and letting a gentle breeze blow over our faces, I realized how extraordinary lucky we were to have seen this lovely land, still unmarked by human ambitions. In the silver-grey glow of the morning light the Åland Islands looked surreal.

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Day 11: Åland Islands It was going to be one of those days, when the warmth of the sun is like a balsam, and where a light jacket is sufficient. We headed to the northernmost tip of Åland, and once we were taking a hike on the Troll Path trail, the finest view on the entire journey was suddenly revealed. The full majestic spread of the Baltic Sea was laid out down the hill - a breath-taking display of natural beauty, the sort of scenery that lifts the spirit. There was not a soul to be seen, and the only thing I could feel while looking over the lush forest, blue sea and dramatic coastline was a sense of awe and wonder.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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