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 13: Stockholm
Sunday, 03 September 2017
The time came to say our good-byes to the friendly Baltic Sea, and today was the last day of our entire journey. So, we took it easy, ‘savoured’ cloudy weather, walked a lot through pastel-colour Gamla Stan with its cluster of buildings, scouting out souvenir and craft shops, cafes, and, equipped with Stockholm Pass Cards, did other tourist stuff like checking out the city’s legendary Vasa Museum, visiting the Junibacken one, and taking canal tours.
Day 12: Stockholm
Saturday, 02 September 2017
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.
Day 11: Åland Islands
Friday, 01 September 2017
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.