Alice in Wonderland
Saturday, 09 September 2017
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.
Day 2: From Karlskrona to Öland
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
In the space of less than an hour we found ourselves in a lovely village of Kristianopel, where we took a walk on the old city wall, before making our way to Kalmar - one of the oldest cities in Sweden. After strolling around its astonishing Kalmar Castle, that goes back to the Middle Ages - a graceful symbol of the city, we pulled out onto a busy Öland Bridge spanning for 6072m over the Kalmar Strait and connecting the mainland with the island of Öland. Having turned south, we followed the road through a lonely, a prairie-like landscape of the Great Alvar - a dagger shaped expanse almost 40km long and about 10km at the widest end, until we reached the lighthouse of Långe Jan on the southernmost cape of the island.
Day 1: From Ysatd to Karlskrona
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
After what felt like an eternity, we set off for the Episode V - a final push of our circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea.
It was 6:15am, when, seven hours after departing from Świnoujście on the Polish coast, our ferry - Scania - operated by Unity Line, docked in Ystad. Driving alongside the coastline, sometimes on the main road, but most often choosing the ones less travelled, was a great way to enjoy all the qualities that this part of Sweden holds - the sea, coastal hills, meadows, fields and wide beaches. Quite often those secondary roads in themselves lead through stunning sceneries making the detour well worth the extra distance. And, we always try to take our time, make stops and take closer look at whatever catches our attention.